handiwork from my god-daughter. This time a very useful pincushion made out of Japanese summer yukata fabric. The firework design that wasn't able to be centred actually ended up looking like a shell. A perfect fit for my urchin shell collection.
I have recently spent some time with my darling god daughter - well, truth be told, she was never baptised, so I like to call myself the "fairy god mother". Sunny asked me to be her mentor for a middle school "journey" project she needs to work on over the course of the year. Let's just say she has made an amazing start. In the course of three days she has learnt to use both the regular and overlocker machines and has made two pairs of shorts. This sampler was later fashioned into an iPad cover. That's what I call amazing progress!
Think small. Better still, think mini. Mini bag, that is. Inspired to read that mini bags making a comeback, perhaps as a backlash against the oversized designer "it" bags, I set out to play the other day. This little number is simply a test run - checking to determine length of strap / handle, clasp placement and what would fit in it - phone, tick; keys, tick; lipstick, tick. What else does a girl need to carry? Oh yes, I forgot - the kitchen sink.
Trying to get my fledgling business off the ground and learning every day has meant that I have been too busy to attend to the garden this summer. It is my favourite sort of surprise, however, when I visit to go to harvest and find something I hadn't intentionally sown there. This is the biggest of the melons that self seeded. The taste of melons I have grown in the past hasn't been particularly good. Let's see with this one.
A shot of our kitchen with moveable parts. With thanks to the designers, Andrew Simpson and Charles Anderson.
When I am not busy sewing down at our island retreat, I love spending time in my organic edible garden or in the kitchen.