Hello all and welcome!
Before I start, somebody wanted to pop their head up and say hello... do you remember this little gal?
As to my last post, yep, you guessed so right - I was making a fabric bucket. I forgot to take a picture, but will post it when I do. You know me so well!
I've been making more bags -it's become a bit of an obsession. My handles from Robson and Mason arrived, and so I tried the Sew Pretty Homestyle one last night...
I got a bit frustrated with the pattern. There are never enough pictures in books to explain the steps to complete novices, but I'm pleased with the outcome. It's using the lovely Robson and Mason handles. And it's from a pillowcase I got from Ikea. The set came with a duvet and four pillowcases... all that lovely material for about £18, I think. So I'm planning to cut it all up for various things. I think it works really well for this sort of bag.
On Tuesday, just after getting back, I made this one...
That was using a T-towel I found in T K Maxx. I love this thing with fabric craft, that you can use anything that takes your fancy.
I am enjoying this so much, though I feel a bit of a fraud as I have no specific textile/sewing training, aside from a mother who was an excellent seamstress. But in those days, I wasn't interested in sewing. I bought a little bit more fabric yesterday - I'm trying to find out what batting is. All the books refer to batting, and I haven't a clue. So I asked in fabric world, who have usefully opened a shop not too far from me. They are on the web, but their shop is amazing, and they have several all across southern England. But the two girls in there didn't have a clue either, which I thought was hilarious. But they were very young, and they reminded me that I'm of advanced years and don't know. I love my blog, because I don't feel embarrassed to admit I don't know.
Anyway, ramblings on batting aside, I've made a big decision, which I'll own up to here as it'll help to fix it as fact in my mind. I want to have a little stall for Christmas, at a fair, to sell my bags and buckets and whatever else I can make before then. How outrageous is that! I'm a complete beginner at this, but I love it so much and it means I have an excuse for indulging myself in fabric and sewing every spare minute I get. I'd like to say a big thank you for all the encouraging remarks from you all, because they have helped me go from a totally negative feeling, to believing I can do it. Nothing's impossible! So I'll update regularly on progress.
I don't think I've shown you my belt holder yet. I decoupaged a plain black life-size half mannequin a while back, and it occupies a pretty corner in our bedroom. I thought it was about time I popped it in, and hopefully it will encourage me to finally finish the other mannequin I posted about some time back.
As to the little gal who popped in to say hello, here she is in all her finery. This is of course one of Bloomin' Myrtle's - probably the best she's ever made (but I would say that!). We were discussing soft toys on the shabby chic forum, and BM's are a world apart and incredible prices. She puts so much care into them. If you are lucky enough to have snapped one up from her website, shared with her daughter who produces lovely jewellery, you have got a real heirloom to pass down the family. If you haven't got one yet, good luck, they go fast!
Have a fabulous day all and thank you for reading my post. Blessings. xxxxxxxxxxxxxx