A long overdue visit to this amazing UNESCO World heritage site did not disappoint yesterday. I am not going to try and tell you its history do not worry. There is loads of information on line if you want to learn.
Of course it was raining but it didn’t matter, we went prepared and enjoyed the fragrances from the flowers all the more.
From now until October Dale Chilhuly is holding an exhibition of his innovative architectural glass masterpieces, which are dotted around these wonderful gardens. You suddenly see one through a space and are amazed.
The Hive is also not to be missed. Designed by Wolfgang Buttress it is a multi-sensory experience revealing the secret world of the honey bee. Fascinating!
There were just the two of us booked onto the day and so we were able to learn so much about this ancient craft from Richard who was so patient and meticulous with his instruction. I do hope he has a well deserved rest today!
We are both now planning our first creative journey into leather, I will now have to make my own version of the messenger bag as I have given mine to my long suffering husband. It is a replacement for a knitted scarf I promised him 50 years ago, and yes it still gets mentioned!
Hoping you all had a Happy Holiday, and here’s to a fab New Year. I have started my creative year by sewing a hen. Perhaps not the first thing to spring to mind when you are unable to get into the sewing mood or room because of all the festivities and bodies around?
But I was given this pattern from “Quilters Trading Post” web site and couldn’t resist!
I am thinking whether to make some more of various sizes with perhaps a nest or hen house with chicks, maybe in time for Easter .
Its April and I have continued my pledge of not buying sewing fabric of any type, craft dressmaking or upholstery, that’s such a lot NOT to look at or buy! Yes its been hard, but you don’t achieve great things without a bit of effort. Restraint for me, is always an effort, so I have stayed away from markets shops and most difficult of all, the internet.
By writing about it here it becomes a therapy, commit it to the ether and you cannot erase the promise even to yourself.
Here are a couple of shots of my recent makes, resourced from my drawers and cupboards.
Today has been a bit of a gift for me, I had unexpected time to mess about, as you are supposed to when you have “retired”.
It has snowed, and this wonderful country of mine, though I wouldn’t live anywhere else, cannot cope with snow. The place closes down and people hibernate! I holed up in the kitchen with my powerful Sailrite sewing machine, making dog bone toys from recycled denim leftovers! This is continuing my effort to not buy any fabric this year and I have made a slight dent in the denim pile in the corner of my sewing room.
I am also halfway through making a patchwork denim toiletries bag, I am winging it a bit as I never think shop bought ones are exactly what you want. Will post a picture when finished,during the next snow storm?
I have been very remiss this year. Not much sewing or writing has got done, and on a wet and dreary Monday afternoon I felt very pleased with myself . I actually got something made, not much but at least it is something!
I have also set myself the task and challenge of not buying any more fabric this year (2018) just in case I try and cheat! There is so much already waiting for the scissors, you know the feeling!
My first creation at zero cost, this year, is my little Elephant card! Now this has used up a real huge amount of fabric, but I needed a card for tomorrow. and as they say ” every little helps”.
Now I wonder how many cards it will take to make even a dent in that fabric stash?
I have been feeling very smug with myself recently, I have managed to get a few gifts sewn and have erased a few jobs from my burgeoning “to do” list. A great feeling isn’t it?
Today the post man arrived with a thank you present from a happy recipient of two baby sleep sacs I had made for gorgeous twin boys. Stupidly I forgot to take a pic of the sleep sacs but I am dying to study my new books, people are so kind. Have attached a link to tempt you!
I have also just finished a slightly overdue request. A Kindle Fire slip cover made from my friends favourite denim skirt she no longer wanted to wear. But now she has it recycled and I think it worked well. Well padded and lined it should continue to be a favourite!
Kindle Fire Slip Cover
Up early this morning, my best creative time, and I got the preparation done for a sewing session on Friday. All these pieces are interfaced, well almost all. And the labels are an absolute necessity. I am helping a group of clever ladies piece together a sweet shoulder bag, I have sewn one up already and written about it here. Zip and Clip Bag
Look at all the pieces for just one bag, I really should calculate the time it takes to complete, so I am ready next time a prospective purchaser asks!
I am really looking forward to working with everyone to get this bag finished, we have already been on a Quilting Trail of 3 shops to buy fabrics and notions. I used to go on pub crawls in my youth, but now its quilting shops so much easier on the head!
But my fabrics were all bought in India, hence the lovely bright colours, perfect! And now I have two new books for inspiration, what joy.
Now I am no sailor, considering I live on a small island and am always going away, there is no chance of me getting on a”boat”. Real sailors say ” its not a boat but a liner or a ship or a cruiser”. Whatever it is I am not venturing forth, unless I spend all the while with my head in a bucket!
But my next statement may cause you to think I am insane. I spent a week in Cyprus, with lots of time on my hands. Was staring up at this sail style canopy which looked very elegant. And I scanned around our private pool at all the sun beds and chairs etc. Look at all that sewing I thought. I could do that if only my machine could cope with all that canvas. Now you know whats coming! I did some research cos I have been wanting to make bags of various sorts, for a while now. I have no room for an industrial machine, but I found a compromise!
Some of you will have heard of “Sailrite”, not me! What a revelation! Spent the rest of the holiday pinning pics on Pinterest and convincing myself I really need this machine.
My brave husband said I should get it ” if I needed it” and so I have!
Those of you who have a very good memory may remember I was attempting to create an indispensable doggie walking bag for my favourite furry friend Louis, above?
With a month long holiday and various other interruptions I was only able to finish it off last week. I had made the interior before we went away in July, so it wasn’t too bad. But the requirements were quite exact, so it took a lot of head scratching.
I have ended up with something usable and practical, but I am thinking of making the second version with a flap across the top rather than a zip inside.
Would be very grateful for your thoughts!
Front with two pockets
Side with extra clip and long strap
Back with secure pocket
It is made from waterproof jacket fabric with a rip stop lining and waterproof top zip.
Addicted to sewing since the 70’s – Sewing Blogger since 2013 – Enjoying a #RTWFAST and Creator of #DESIGNINDECEMBER since 2015 – Designing Handbags and Accessories and PDF Sewing Patterns for bags and accessories at #LANYOSHANDMADE since 2018 – Lover of vegan, sustainable, repurposed and up-cycled projects – I want to try everything, learn everything and talk about it with you!