Friday, 28 September 2012
Hope you all have a lovely weekend and see you mid October!
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
Sooooo, I looked out my sewing machine manual and manoeuvred my way through the diagrams to work out how to blind hem the nightdress. And after quite a few tries, I had a light bulb moment and I got the hang of it! Brilliant! It definitely cuts down the time required for hand sewing. You can't really see the hem on this photo - but that is kind of the point to a blind hem!
And if you have problems with your workload, think of my friend (who already has a 15 month old) who has just announced she is going to have twins in April so she will have three children under the age of two! She will cope brilliantly though.
Monday, 24 September 2012
Over the next few weeks I'm planning to make more things for my Etsy shop and also I have discovered the combination of felt and embroidery. It's great fun! I'm hoping to tackle a stash of felt with me whilst I'm on holiday and really get to grips with how I want to use it. Exciting times.
Now that the nights are drawing in with the curtains being closed just after supper, less time will be spent on the garden jobs which demand to be done and there will be more time by the wood burning stove tucked up inside out of the elements. Oooo, it's almost tomato soup time of the year, a cosy time of the year. Lovely.
Friday, 14 September 2012
So here are the other three tables primed
I bought all my hyacinth, tulip and daffodil bulbs today so will get potting those up for some colour and fragrance through the winter.
I am doing my book-keeping again next week as the VAT return has to be submitted by the end of September. I will try my very hardest to post Tuesday and Thursday as normal but it may just slip by as next week is looking incredibly busy. I'll be pleased to get back to blogging though when I can.
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
I had done all the work yesterday that I needed to do to finish it off and then I thought, why wait for a month or so, why not just do it. So I did!
And here it is: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SewBlissfullyHappy.
So far, I have just got some napkin sets on there at the moment which I made before all my blog reading and perfecting my sewing techniques. But I'm working on some 'all purpose baby cloths' for catching all those spills you have through the day with a baby. I'm making them for a couple of friends at the moment but I'm going to make some more for the shop. Here's a sneak preview:
It's just a prototype at the moment, a couple of things I want to perfect before I give them to friends or put them on the shop. And I have so many ideas of things to make! The only limitation is going to be time....
Go check out the shop, it's exciting times!
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
However..... I thought why not see what happens when you fold the fabric on the diagonal (the bias). I had nothing to lose apart from another search for appropriate fabric and another wait for it to arrive. The pattern has lots of fabric in it anyway to allow for a full dress so I knew that some of that could be sacrificed by altering the pattern slightly when it was laid out.
So here we are, the fabric has been folded in a triangle,
then folded again to allow for two pieces of the body and the sleeve to be cut out at the same time.
Here it is all pinned up and ready to be sewn. It reminds me of a snow angel that you make in the snow.
And finally, it's all sewn up and ready for the hems. It's so cute! You could almost use it for a day dress.
Thursday, 6 September 2012
I think it looks really good and it's a new home for my sewing machine! But I'm concerned that the green is a bit too 'green' for the curtains and may need to be a bit sludgier, a bit more of a muted green. I'm going to use up the paint I do have on the other items and if it doesn't work then at least I will have done the hard work of sand papering and applying the undercoats. I can then just do one top coat in the chosen colour!
Tuesday, 4 September 2012
Speaking of which, I am busy working behind the scenes on my Etsy shop on setting it up, so I'm hoping that it will be up and running in a couple of weeks. However, I may delay it until I get back from our holiday. We have our two week holiday coming up at the beginning of October and the countdown has most definitely started...... It probably makes more sense to launch after the hols with a clear run up to Christmas.
So today, I'm hoping to get going with Jessica's autumn nightdress. The shirring elastic has arrived and on Amazon this morning, I found a special sewing machine foot for shirring - bonus! It should be winging my way for the end of the week when I should be finishing the dress.
Big treat of the week tonight.... The Great British Bakeoff! Can't wait, get the slippers on and snuggle down for a good hour of television!