Some of you might find it hard to believe but I have had a pet rock from Georgia, America helping me these last few days! I have had a lot of work on for Creating a Welcome and my anipal mini me page. This little rock has had many adventures all over the world and you can read about them here. He belongs to a little piggie called Bacon.
Bashful arrived a few days after his birthday in a box filled with human and anipal treats. Bashful didn’t mind having his birthday in transit with aussiepost and has made up for it by having many treats and games here.
It isn’t all work here at gentlestitches, here Jack, Tricky and Bashful play tug o war with the new squirrel toy Bashful gave them. Jack and Bashful take the squirrel and play keeping’s off from Tricky but tricky has a plan…….
it has been a long day and this has been a long post but the fun with Bashful has really just began. He is going to a sleepover party with a group of teenagers tomorrow night. I can only hope they behave themselves. Bashful is tired now and I have owls to sew so shhhhh!!!! Good night Bashful. Tomorrow we will start having a look around this amazing place called Westgarth, Northcote, Melbourne, Australia!!! The fun is just beginning.
This post is inspired by my blogging friend Katherine who has a “what can you make with a?” series in her blog PILLOWS A-LA-MODE. Katherine takes a piece of fabric or a item of clothing and turns it into something else. When I first started following this series I thought the articles made interesting reading but I soon realized there was more to it than that. It is about rethinking, using imagination and upcycling at it’s finest. I have been taking Katherine’s lead for some time now and my other post using her idea is here.
This lovely piece of red and white polka dot was once a sunfrock.
Now it is a smarty pants mobile phone holder with a waist band suitable for listening to downloadable audio library books while one does chores or walking. Note the cotton crochet ruffle around the top for extra decoration. It has also become several bookmarks, one is in the photo and because we are talking about Katherine, a small doll’s pillow. but wait, there’s more!
Ella the sock monkey’s lovely frock, also came from this material.
The young people and I have been promising ourselves we will make a baby sock monkey. I have kept aside a tiny piece of this material in case it is a girl and needs a polka dot sunfrock!
My friend just returned from Singapore for a short holiday. This was pretty exciting considering it was the first time she had left her three teen and almost teen children and the first time she had been out of Australia. I wanted to give her something to take with her that would be practical, beautiful and remind her of home. I had purchased a beautiful jacket from a thrift shop which when I got home, was in terrible disrepair and had been eaten up by moths. Immediately I thought of the what can you make with? series by PILLOWS A LA MODE I never would have thought of it until I saw the what can you make with series so I decided to make my friend a wrist or ankle purse out of the jacket. Don’t you love the internet for idea sharing?
pinning and cutting.
very careful ironing. the finished product on wrist.posing with Singapore currency and something only available at home, (home cooking) by my friends lovely, eldest and fabulous cook, daughter!
and that’s how gentlestitches ended up in Singapore! Thank Katherine! and PILLOWS A LA MODE!
There comes a time in all craftivists lives when they realize “blocking isn’t going to do it” The choices are (a) leave or (b) pull out and sew together again. I chose option B. Even my pin cushion looks cross. I will post the finished project and hopefully P. Cushion will be in a better frame of mind. We are still a bit crook over here to be honest. Mortality can really slow one down. :-)
Recently I re blogged a post sent to me by my Aunt Joy about “keepers” With this sentiment in mind I noticed a problem with my laptop cover. It comes from a shop at the end of my street in Sunny Westgarth, Northcote. It is a gorgeous thing of practical, durable beauty and although Catherine Manuell is famous for after sales service I thought it would be pushing the friendship considering it was years (and a few more) past it’s warranty.
On inspection the zip wasn’t broken as it first appeared but rather the material around the zip had come away from the material it had been sewn onto. Putting in a new zip is a bit hard even for an expert but hand sewing a small area(4cms or 1.5 inches) is quite doable. I used upholstery thread rather than regular thread and I strongly recommend you have some living in your tool box.
Upholstery thread is available in most sewing or craft supply shops and is super strong and durable. I very carefully and with good light followed the track of stitches and was rewarded with a working zipper!
My joy was short-lived however when I checked the other corner and found it was in a more subtle variation of its neighbor. Yes it was coming adrift there too! Back to the drawing board. Another round of gentle but firm stitches and we have a fully functioning very smart laptop cover.
Here is a picture of it at work. Well if you count watching a DVD work. LOL.
Remember “mending is better than ending!”
Sock monkey and the baby socks destined to become his little brother. We are in Barwon Heads enjoying the sun and surf. The children get to escape the “helicopter parent” (me) and bike ride, climb trees and walk about on their own. OK I admit it, I still fret but I leave them to it. When they return it is time to make things and sometimes they put on a play for us. This holidays we are making baby sock monkeys using what else? Baby socks. I will post the end result but meanwhile enjoy these originals.
What do you do when you go on holidays with children at the beach? You finish your craft projects of course and start new ones
The children are seen here working on their sock monkeys. How adorable is the pink monkey with red hair? If you want to know more about how to make a sock monkey click here. The first stop is to Ocean Grove sewing centre. Shop 2, Park Lane, Ocean Grove. Victoria. It is a small shop with a lot to offer. I was directed to this shop by a friend and from someone who lives in inner Melbourne, I was amazed at the variety of goods on offer. Another really interesting thing about this shop is that you can purchase items one at a time and not a bag of 20 when you only wanted 3. Ocean Grove Sewing Centre gets a big gentlestitches tick of approval for this example of sustainability .
The children finished the monkeys.
and then dressed them with items from the Barwon Heads All Saints opp shop before sending them outside to play.
Wow! The view from here is amazing!
Then time for a rest!
Time to finish it all off with tea and homemade rock cakes. Yum! Love holidays.