Monday, 29 July 2013
So many buttons and such cool ones!
Friday, 26 July 2013
I was halfway through machine sewing the binding on when my sewing machine needle bent. I didn't have another because this is the second sewing machine needle I have bent in the 23 years I have owned my machine. Does anyone think that is good going or just plain weird? or normal?? I have read that you should change the needle after every project and I cannot for the life of me work out why. That needle didn't appear to be incredibly blunt or adversely affect what I was sewing or my experience of using the machine.
I have borrowed two needles from my good friend Suzy from rugrat rodeos, the star. This allowed me to at least get the binding on yesterday.
So as I will have to show you that another week I thought I would show you the pirate blanket I made for my little boy. He loves it and it is currently being used as the floor for our latest 'den', which is some large sheets of cardboard taped together. He uses it a lot for different things which is very cute.
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
The fabric squares are from avalon from moda and they came from a charm pack.
The lining and batting need to be larger than the pieced top.
So now I just need to make the other side in the same way, bind the top edges, sew together and bind around the edge.
I'll show you when it is finished.
I hope you are having a great week!
Friday, 19 July 2013
This was girls dress ups before...
I think it turned out ok but I will make a smaller one next time.
Thursday, 18 July 2013
Maybe I should have painted it a colour other than white. I thought about this for about 5 minutes but that stayed in the 'too hard' category.
The trouble is my sewing area is in disarray because we are sorting out the french window in there and also getting our spare room ready for the honoured guests. I'll share it soon.
Friday, 12 July 2013
My son said the bat motive on the front does not look like a bat. I didn't have any black felt for that so made it with yarn. I do want to try more of these as I think they are excellent for my crochet skills.
It has been the school holidays here so I have not done much blogging as I have been trying (and failing) to keep my children entertained. They are very little so I have years to perfect this. I haven't done too much crafting but I am very excited because I bought a bed on ebay and I will get it today! I will be painting it immediately and will share it soon.
And remember, Whatever is fair in love and war is also fair in crimefighting. - Batman
Friday, 5 July 2013
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, 4 July 2013
I have looked and looked for a before picture as I am sure I must have taken one but cannot find anything. This was a great excuse to look back at photos of the children which was great though.
So back to the chairs. I got these on freecycle. The previous owner had planned to refurbish them but she hadn't done it in several years so decided it wasn't going to happen and gave them away. They were pretty local so I got them and then I too kept them for quite a few months while I got around to doing them. They were brown wood with horrible seat covers. I bought a hand held stapler to do the job. It was ok but really doesn't have enough power. Lots of staples fail to go in properly and have to be removed which is a pain. I now have a pneumatic stapler which I love, but it is over kill if you are only going to tackle small projects. So I bought the fabric in the fabulous Burnt Street shop in Seaforth.
I wanted something a bit shabby chic which I think this is.
Then I painted them. I used water based primer and water based semigloss. One I did turquoise by mixing the white with some dulux green buoy which is my favourite paint colour.
I love the shape of these chairs and they are so comfortable. I love a cushioned chair and you just cannot beat them for comfort. If they get marked I will just change the fabric. I love that the turquoise chair picks out a little bit of turquoise in the fabric. We use these all the time and I love to have chairs that don't match. Some people hate this but not me. And they were recycled which I love.
Now because it is another glorious day in paradise, I think we will take the ferry over to the city. Have a great day!