It’s In The Bag ……

After quite some time now I have finally got around to doing another workshop at My Sewing Basket ….. Donna kept on at me and I gave way and made sure I allowed myself some time to run a workshop in making the wonderful padded tote bag that I originally saw on MissouriQuiltCo You Tube page ….. Fantastic tutorial that I have tweeked for my ease.

It translated really well for 4 wonderful ladies Margaret, Christine, Judy and Barbara.  All have varied levels of sewing skills but that worked to our advantage as it became a lovely support one another type day. It’s rewarding to watch people who start the day as strangers interact with one another and share skills and experiences.

As ever I under estimated how much time I needed!  Really I must always add an extra hour to allow for the lovely friendly banter that happens.

Excellent taste prevailed today with beautiful fabric choices as you can see and despite Margaret having to leave before she had finished, she has enough skill to finish at home and has promised a picture of her finished item.

I chose a fairly thick wadding so it gave us a few challenges but well worth it as the finished products were AWESOME 🙂

This is such a versatile  design, size up or down for various tasks : book bag, shopping tote, make up bag etc.

My previous variety of totes came along for the ride as a demonstration of how versatile the design is and the many fancy finishes you can put on for added personality.

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variety of totes

variety of totes

To think I really didn't like this fabric when my darling friend R chose it yet now it's my most favourite ;)

To think I really didn’t like this fabric when my darling friend R chose it yet now it’s my most favourite 😉

At the end of the workshop my delightful ladies left with very professional looking totes and without exception all seemed very happy with their results so I really can’t ask for anymore can I?

Donna has already started on at me for the next workshop …….. Doesn’t she know I work?  A detail that she is keen to skip over and if I’m honest, I rather like ;). Makes me feel wanted ….. The chance to share my love of crafting is a gift….. One my darling Mum gave to me all those years ago.  Wouldn’t be fair to be selfish and keep it to myself now would it?

What do you think of the finished results my lovelies?

 

 

It’s In The Bag !

Having had a jolly good dose of the lurgies this week I am finally beginning to feel more like me. As I sat watching mind numbing daytime TV with hottie, blanket and pup for comfort, my sewing machine sitting at the other end of my living room was taunting me.

All neatly prepped for my oriental fabric bag which should have taken just a couple of short hours has turned into an epic torture myself week. Every day when I finally pulled myself out of bed I promised myself a bit of sewing ( the fix all medicine), but I just couldn’t seem to make it happen.  So in true creative’s style gave myself a sizable anxiety complex about being lazy and the usual blah blah blah! Why do we test ourselves when we are least able to cope with the test? Oops! Maybe that’s just me ….. am I alone in the ability to cause self-induced stress and anxiety?  AND why do I think about work when I’m home being all poorly? Sad Act I hear you cry 🙂

Sew today I finally sewed YEEEEHA! It was worth having everything cut and sitting there mocking me because it was as simple as plug in the machine and tally ho, off we go.  The MissouriQuiltCo from You Tube  that I have both used and mentioned in the past is the perfect, easy peasy way to make a most presentable and practical bag. Every time I use this method I am never disappointed, you could swing by You Tube and take a look. Some great little tutorials there.

Friend Del at curlsnskirls used to fantastic effect on her ‘Library Tote’ with some fabric I had sent previously. Here we go, a tangent ….. Note to self get next parcel finalised and sent. Have a few bits together but trying to find amongst my obscene sized stash a particular thingie to send.  I must refer to it as a thingie else the surprise will be spoiled 😉

What do you think of this tote being the next subject of an Absolute Beginners class? You may recall last year I did a few but with a simple cushion. Am thinking this tote would make a great starter for a beginner. Think any beginner would be happy to walk out from a 3 hour class clutching such a useful item!?

So dear reader, for your approval my oriental tote and a little doobrie with left over fabric. Said doobrie is perfect size for me to put all the vital miscellaneous dross I carry in my main handbag 🙂

 

Weekend Plans

Moon rise over bedfordshire

Moon rise over bedfordshire

pretty beau

weekend project fabric .... LUSH!

weekend project fabric …. LUSH!

beautiful Beau

beautiful Beau

HH took this yesterday, how can you not love rainbows?

HH took this yesterday, how can you not love rainbows?

I have a couple of crafty tasks set for the weekend and I have also been busy with that camera I bought for HH at Christmas….. by gum that was a good buy, I’m really enjoying learning to use a grown up camera.

A hotch potch of photos attached today, follow me if you can! Any other creatives will totally get how so many things can go through your head and in a strange sort of way join up and make sense 🙂

Having really tested myself this week with some exposure therapy …. going out on short planned jaunts has proven quite successful. If you had asked me earlier in the week I would have said it was heinous as the side effect of agoraphobia is waaay too much adrenalin so when I got home after my first controlled jaunt (which didn’t turn out quite so controlled) I felt wretched. I did however stick with it and each day the effects have been slightly less, so all going in the right direction.

Anyway, I digress AGAIN!

The camera. We had a lovely moon rise 2 evenings ago and I wondered if I could get a good shot. What do you think? I was pretty chuffed.

Then today I was chatting away to our lovely old dog Beaudi, she is a 12 year old lurcher who has an identity problem…. she thinks she is part feline and part human. Either way, I think she is the most wonderful hound ever. These darling pets that we take into our lives, they comfort us through tough times, just sit and let you stroke them, hug them, kiss them and cry on them. In good times they are happy for you. On boring days they make you laugh and all in all are just absolute treasures.

Beaudi is rather camera shy, so the fan dangled, super duper fast shooting camera got whipped out. I felt like a bit of a quick drawing gun slinger only with my HH camera. Sum result a couple of lush pictures of my baby.

buoyed up with my growing camera confidence I have taken shed loads of pictures of some of my fabric stash that simply MUST be sold as I am unlikely to use some of these bits and the room is needed for another Walthamstow run 😉 While rummaging, yet again attractively with my rear in the air I came across some lovely fabric that my dear friend sent over from USA a while ago now. They are smallish remnants that are just lovely designs SO I am thinking I will make something this weekend. Have something in mind but won’t commit myself here, gives me room to change my mind. Woman’s prerogative!!

Additionally, the crochet-a-thon I have found myself on in recent weeks has grown to obsessive levels and I expect to take delivery of some yarn tomorrow. Hoping to make a start on a baby blanket with that.

As you can see, rather a lot going on in this noddle of mine 🙂

The proof of the pudding is in the eating, so let’s see if I get either of my craft projects off the ground as planned or will I digress just by way of a change?

Have a poptastic weekend lovely blogland readers x

Ultimate Vintage Upcycle

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Super Duper Quickie…..

…. have just set up my ‘business’ facebook page Ultimate Vintage Upcycle.

Until I have a real, honest to God website I’m starting here. Not convinced I have set it up right BUT it’s a start nevertheless!

From small acorns grow great oaks (we hope)

Welcome ANY tips on setting up a fledgling business to sell via the world wide web 😉

Thanks x

Howdy!

ebay trader the vintage pattern shop has thousands of patterns from many era's.... this is circa 1940's

ebay trader the vintage pattern shop has thousands of patterns from many era’s…. this is circa 1940’s

Failure to comply with my own rule of blog each Sunday has led to an overwhelming feeling of bloguilt today!

I am battling with a vintage creation. A wonderful little clutch bag and maybe even a hat, think I have successfully deciphered the pattern but the vintage fabric isn’t being quite so compliant. I found an odd vintage curtain in the loveliest fabric and now know after cutting that I will in future put my fusible facing onto the fabric BEFORE cutting. Dabnabit, it slid all over the place ….. I think my dog was privy to a few unsavoury words as I chased it about.(fabric not the dog)

As a seasoned seamstress I knew full well to put it away for the day lest I take my hissy mood out on the make …. which I must confess I have done before. Outcome, everything goes even further south.

May get a bit done tomorrow but my priority is a private lesson with 2 utterly delightful ladies who have little ones who have dwarfism. This brings such challenges for them as they want for the gorgeous little ones to be dressed snazzily but off the shelf just doesn’t work. Whilst they learn tomorrow, I too shall be learning not having yet had the opportunity to teach this specialist area. I am expecting it to be fascinating as I so want to be able to pass some skills along that will in turn allow these devoted Mum’s to use their creative juices for there little loved ones.

Look forward to telling you all more about that at another time.

S S S S S Successful Saturday

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Woke up with the bit between my teeth this morning. Having had creative meltdown in the week…. you know the sort when way too many ideas are popping into your head. YEP! One of them. My great new long distance friendship with Del of curlsnskirls is turning out to be an education. This week I learned that in a Martin Luther King speech he speaks of Analysis Paralysis …. did the great man sew I wonder? Us creative lovies know all too well the analyse, analyse and analyse again. I loved the new found knowledge, it was a “Yes, Yes, Yes that sums it up” moment.

So up with the lark a little project to test; a simplicity pattern 1706A  for a possible workshop was the oredr of the day.

Little fleece poncho, nice for beginners as it has a hood and hoods always seem difficult or too technical to the newly initiated and of course in practice they are a breeze.

Had the pattern cut, pinned, tailor tacked and fabric cut in 30 minutes ….. excellent start!

Should have kept going at that point but I let myself get distrcted by the most distracting person I know, The Husband! A cappucino and natter later, oh and a few comments on the horrors of morning TV I regrouped and went back to the task at hand.

The fleece sewed really nicely and the pattern was lovely and easy to follow which is a must as I so want to encourage my students to use commercial patterns and to not be afraid of them, this one fits the bill perfectly!

My only minor, really mini grumble is the amount of bulk around the neck line as the hood is lined in a fleece as well so got bulky quickly, other than that very happy and am sure it will be hit with beginners.

I made the large (age 7-8) and yet again lack living model of required age so after a charm offensive Big Ted agreed again to model for me, need to be careful there….. his demands could start to become diva-ish if I’m not too careful 🙂

So here is the poncho for your appraisal and comments …..

HAPPY WEEKEND x

Expertly Modelled By Big Ted

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Lacking a 4 year old for the job I whispered in Big Ted’s shell like (ear) and suggested that although he’s an old boy he would rock the halloween look. 

I think you will agree he really does, kindly throwing some excellent shapes like an old pro so that I could share with you, as promised possible cape for my coming Halloween Hoolie workshop.

What do you think?

What A Rotter !

Having led these lovely ladies down the garden path last week by assuring them this little skirt was suitable for beginners, I led the way this week (2nd week) and set them up to get sewing like their very own sewing bee.

Only when they had near on completed their skirts did I tell them this is actually an intermediate creation with all it’s french seams and being fully reversible and an elastic casing!!!

Every single one without exception had just tucked in and taken the challenge head on, I so admire that courage.

We had a wonderful giggle along the way with ‘nails’, code name for one of us leading the hilarity.

Can it be right to have this much fun whilst working  … HELL YES!

What Did That Fabric Turn Into ???

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Photo Fest Gives Me Away!

Less than a month at blogging and here I am subjecting you to my every sewing move … I take my hat off to my darling followers, sticking with the incessant chatter you are doing real well. Having said that, try being inside my head, it’s pretty crowded out with ideas and darn noisy so maybe you get a slightly better deal!

Today was week one of Kiddies Klobber workshop for beginners and as you can see by my pictures the ladies did an outstanding job.  I made the decision to keep these workshops small so that 1 on 1 is readily available.  The extra benefit has been, the ladies have all had a chance to get to know a bit about one another so the atmosphere has been relaxed and social. PERFECT.

 

I would like to take this opportunity as I sit here all heavy eyed and feeling very snoozy now after my exciting day to say THANK YOU. I am enjoying your comments and encourage more, the international dialogue is such fun. The world in my living. As my beautiful Mum would have said “well go to the foot of my stairs” which is a rather quirky UK thing translating to I’m surprised! Those of you within my generation, even in the 1980’s could we ever have conceived of such a social medium. We would have called it witchcraft! It’s marvellous, exciting and just a little bit scary.

Nunite from Blighty ( good night from England )

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