With t-shirt sleeves for straps and old pants for part of the front, this is the first bag made by me that my husband claimed as his many years ago. Although my skills have developed and I now have a more amazing collection of fabrics, I am still fond of this one - it's simplicity, lack of pretension, and the colour combination of red, white and blue is still one of my faves.
The "Rain" bag features a shoulder strap as well as short handles for wearing versatility. Never mind the crocs (they weren't supposed to make the shoot).
The location of some of my earliest memories, this used to be my nonno's workshop and house. In actual fact, my parents lived there shortly after getting married for a while. I take a nostalgic look whenever I drive past. This week I actually parked as I was going to check out the Minanoie cafe and store around the corner in Peel St. It's no secret that old inner city buildings are being razed to make way for shabby apartments (just take a look at the building next door) so I thought I had better take a pic before it was too late.
I believe it is best to enclose seed heads in some way to prevent the seeds falling to the ground and germinating. I thought I would give it a go. These must be well and truly dry by now.
Darling god daughter is making excellent progress with her "journey" (hate that word!) project. A little bit of unpicking had to be done on the gathered skirt to get it to the desired fullness but we got satisfaction in the end. Yay!
Aren't these the cutest little mushrooms you have ever seen? They are popping up all round the place.
It has been a busy day in my sadly neglected, yet surprisingly productive garden today. Lots of cleaning up to be done in the intermittent rain- pulling out the spent tomato plants, the weeds and the vines that will no longer ripen. Case in point, the rockmelons. I am fairly certain these came from the compost. Loads of self seeded seedlings coming up - rocket, Queen Anne's Lace (already!), coriander, and broccolini amongst other things. Harvested today: silverbeet, rocket (Italian and French), two stray cucumbers, parsnips I practically had to excavate, some sad looking baby beets, the last of my yellow pear tomaotoes, loads of parsley and a bunch of young cavolo nero.
I had been thinking of sowing a green manure but there are simply too many goodies coming up. My sort of gardening...
Nothing like a Monsieur Truffle chocolate hen to put you in the easter spirit!
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.
When I am not busy sewing down at our island retreat, I love spending time in my organic edible garden or in the kitchen.