birthday present for Katie. Angus had actually started making the owl for himself but when Islay and I made her the teddy carrier he decided that he'd like to give the owl to Katie.
Angus made pretty much all of owl himself - except for hand sewing the gap once owl was stuffed.
Pattern - Wise Old Owl from Sewing For Children by Emma Hardy
Fabric - bought in Tanzania by my sister-in-law
Felt - wool felt scraps leftover from other projects, bought from The Village Haberdashery and Myriad
Comments - a great wee pattern although the template has to be enlarged which always frustrates me (that was too much faff for Angus and me so we just sketched it out to a similar shape and guessed the size). Angus machine sewed most of it although it can be hand-sewn
Katie loves her Wise Old Owl and Angus is very proud that he was able to make something for her.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend, especially those of you who have been celebrating Thanksgiving.
Friday, 29 November 2013
Monday, 25 November 2013
It was definitely worth attending but I didn't leave the night skipping with joy either. Unfortunately numbers were down 50% from previous years and the organisers, a local school, only took half of their normal amount (from raffle, their own stalls etc) - and when I take that into account I'm pretty happy.
For some strange and organised reason I had labelled and sorted most things the night before. A friend had very kindly offered to take Katie for me for a few hours before the fair and I had saved the extra time to do some additional, but not essential sewing, and not, thankfully, the rather vital task of packing up, working out prices and so on. I say thankfully because early in the day Islay was sent home from school with a recurrent eye infection (she's fine again now)......so that was the end of my child-free time (although to give Islay her due she is a little less demanding than Katie - but that isn't much of a challenge!).
I made a few properly Christmassy smaller items to go alongside my bibs, baby blankets and so on. My favourite is the clove filled Christmas Hearts. They smell wonderful and I love the fabric which is wintry rather than overly Christmassy. I have backed them in a beautiful deep red linen too. I also made some hanging lavender decorations - they're an elongated diamond shape to mimic the funny long diamond/conical decorations we had when I was little. And lastly there's some more wee robins. I really enjoy making them.
I have a few of each left and have listed them in my folksy shop.....with any luck I may get some more things listed some time before the end of the year!
The final new item is some tea towels. You can see them in the last of the stall photos, but I think I'll post more about them another time as I'm planning a giveaway.
This week is back to chaos as our refurbished sash windows are being painted but it does look as if things are coming together for our roof work to start soon which makes me very happy - I'll be even more happy when it is all done and dusted! Grant funds, and shared responsibilities, for old buildings have their benefits but they don't half make things very very complicated and drawn out......especially for the poor person who is trying to make it happen (i.e. me!).
I hope you have some happy things to look forward to this week, even if they are chaotic happy things - and that your house is warmer than ours (open windows on sub zero days makes for pretty cold living!).
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Lennoxlove - just a few minutes drive from our house (and often on my running route.....although I haven't been out for a few weeks thanks to a horrible cold which has only just finally gone). The colours were beautiful. The trees were beautiful. It was very good to be out.
Our weekends have become so busy lately that we haven't had many proper family walks. I don't know what to do about it. I feel that it is really important to get out together. None of us are short of fresh air and exercise - but walking and exploring together, and in the countryside away from roads and other people, is much harder to manage these days. I suppose we just need to take the opportunity whenever we can and also make the most of school holidays.
I hope you have managed to see some beautiful colours this autumn too. Do you struggle to fit in all the things you'd like to do? And, do you have a solution? Please let me know if you do!