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photo challenge week 36: view

I’m feeling a little meh about blogging right now. Maybe I’m just feeling a little lazy. Whatever it is, I’m still here, and I’m sorry that I’m ignoring you. Do any others of you ever feel like that? Any tips on feeling more excited and enthusiastic on blogging.

I think it’s just a general feeling at the moment, really. I’ve just started back in to school, and it’s going well so far. Just the normality of life, I suppose. I’m sure I’ll be back and blogging soon.

The good news is that I’ve been doing lots of crafting and sewing lately. Not finishing much, though. I almost finished my print dress, but it’s waiting to be hemmed. I’ve started and almost finished a kimono top, but I made a few mistakes, so it’s taken longer than I thought, so it’s waiting for arms. That’s how things are going at the moment.

But I’m sure I’ll finish those soon – maybe I’ll go sew now…

Now…

To today’s reason for blogging – the photo! This is an old one (last summer), and it always makes me feel a bit homesick. It’s the view from up the mountain above where I grew up. My old house is even in the pic. Love it!

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Enjoy! Looking forward to seeing your views!

-Jamie

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my crafting area

The title of this post was going to read ‘my messy crafting area’. I really wanted to, but couldn’t figure it out. Might be that I can’t do it…

Anyhow…

As I’m on holidays, I figured that I should get some things around the house (read – things I’ve been ignoring for the past few months) done.

I went through all my clothes and have a couple of big bags for charity – something I’ve been meaning to do for ages, and today we tidied the cupboard under the stairs. It’s where we keep the vacuum and cleaning supplies and stuff, but there’s also pain that our landlords left in there and such. Messy! And I think I got grease on my top – any top tips on getting it out of clothing? Not impressed, but at least it wasn’t a favourite top.

Anyway, the biggest task that I’ve done so far is cleaning the loft (or attic) out. When we moved into this place, I was really excited about the prospect of a crafting room. I have wonderful, huge dreams of a dedicated craft room someday, with custom furniture and the lot! But for now, I was just happy with a room that I could use at least part of for my crafts.

The problem was, I haven’t been doing many crafts upstairs for a long while. So it became a bit of a dumping ground. See, we still have to use the area for storage – camping stuff, luggage, etc. Here’s what it looked like:

Before 1 Before 2 Before 3Not exactly a productive area.

It’s still not amazing, but here’s what I have to work with now:

After 2 After 3After 1 Much better! And the stuff by the stairs is more that we’re getting rid of.

And I’ve already been sewing up there again. Started a new project (again… why do I do this to myself). Realised this evening that I have made a significant measurement error, so I’ve got to re-cut a bunch of pieces – ANNOYING! But I’ll share more soon, and I’ve got lots of pics of my garden to share in the next couple of days.

Still a bit stuck on tomorrow’s photo challenge – who knows what I’ll come up with!

-Jamie

 

 

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Crafty Box-Bag

DSC_6590I made this box-bag a couple of weeks ago, and have been meaning to share it with you since! Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to, thanks to technology. You see, I had an idea of what I wanted to create, so I looked EVERYWHERE online to find a pattern to make it with, but couldn’t find one anywhere! So I ended up making a pattern myself. And because there wasn’t much in terms of a pattern I thought I’d share a pattern and tutorial! If you do end up making one, please send pics! 🙂
Here are the steps that I took to make my lovely little box-bag:

First I cut out the fabric. I used a heavy cotton (think curtains) for the outside, a thin cotton on the inside, and a thin iron-on interfacing to give it shape.

Then I sewed the outside together (with wrong sides together), and the interfacing and lining together – right side of fabric together, with interfacing on outside.

On both pieces, I measured in 3 inches  from the bottom and side, and sewed across this line to give the bag it’s rectangular bottom.

Then I put the outside into the lining, with right sides together, and sewed around only one of the handles. I turned it so that the outside was on the outside. It was tricky, but I then folded over the edges of the un-sewn handle hole, and sewed it together, then top-stitched around the other to match.

At this stage, the bag didn’t have quite the square edges I was hoping for, so I pinned the corners and ran a stitch all the way down them, which gave the bag a very crisp corner. Nice!

DSC_6561In the end, I’m very please with the box-bag. It turned out EXACTLY like I had imagined and holds sewing and knitting projects perfectly! I may need to make a few more, in fact! Hope you enjoy, and it you’d like to download the pattern, it can be found HERE: Box Bag A4, Box Bag LETTER. My first pattern, so please let me know how it works! Happy sewing!!

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-Jamie

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i {heart} gardening

One of the few things that I make sure I get time to do (when I’ve ‘finished’ my work) is to play in my garden. There are few things that keep me as happy as my nice little garden, all colourful and pretty in the summertime. So I thought I’d share with you a few things that I’ve been doing in my garden so far this year.

Last year, we discovered (the hard way) that our leylandii fence was seriously wrecking the soil on that side of the yard, so all of the veg that we had near it died. We decided that this year, we would extend our initial veg patch, which isn’t near the horrible leylandii, so that we could grow a little more. This is what we came up with.

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My little veg patch and the ‘Narnia lamp post’.

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This is the new part of the garden.

Doesn’t look like much, I know, but keep in mind – we rent at present, and so don’t want to put too much into our gardening endeavours. Please ignore the nasty white stuff – our soil is pretty rubbish, so we spend a lot of time trying to get nutrients into it!

And this is the other reason I’m looking forward to time in my garden this summer:

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Between store points and a sale, we managed to pick this up for a song, and I am looking forward to many relaxing cups of coffee outside this summer! One down, at least 250 to go! Coffee and a book… all summer??DSC_6126

Can’t wait for summer to finally be here. Right now, I’m loving all the little sprouts that are just starting to come up (that’s a peony – first year having them – one of my two favourites!) I have some carrots and lettuce coming up as well, and my camellia is just starting to bloom. Loving the gardening so far!

And here’s a little idea of what I’ve got in mind for the rest of the summer! Would love to hear your gardening plans for the summer, too!

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-Jamie

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mini-pinboards

I saw this craft on pinterest ages ago and decided to have a go at it…

Mini-pinboards:

DSC_6078 DSC_6081It started with some cute fabric (you’ll be seeing more of it!) and a pack of three Ikea pot stands. Nice and cheap!  And look at how cute the fabric is:

 

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I cut out three fabric circles with diameters about 10 cm wider than the cork itself, then carefully stretched and hot glue gunned the fabric all the way around. It took a bit of doing to make it look really nice, but I think I succeeded.

Here is the final version, although still at this point just laid out on my coffee table. Cute, eh? I’m really pleased with how they turned out and can’t wait to get them up on the wall.DSC_6090

And with a few little things pinned to them – you get the idea!

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Isn’t it fantastic what you can do with a few little scraps of fabric?

-Jamie

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back from busyness

Hello lovely friends!  Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted. During the last couple of weeks of school, I was pretty unwell, and just couldn’t cope with doing anything beyond work. Then life got busy and Christmas happened…  But I’m back.

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I hope you all had wonderful Christmases – ours was great. A little quiet, but nice and relaxed. We were at home alone for the first time ever, which was strange, but a good chance to just think about what Christmas really means to us. Now all the family are gone, and it’s time to get back to normal life.

And…  I’ve been being creative again. I’ve started (and completed) a fair few little projects since the start of the holidays, and I’m hoping to get even more done. What that means is I’ve got lots of blogs to write in the next few weeks.  I’ve also been planning things to do with the blog moving forward!

Here’s a few projects I’ve written about earlier that are are now done. My wreath went up on the door just before Christmas and it looks great. As I mentioned before, at first I was VERY unhappy with the bow on it, but on the door, it just works. I don’t think it would be enough without the bow.
DSC_5006.NEFAnd finally, after three years of work, my advent calendar went up on the wall. I’m not particularly happy with how its hung, but it’s up, and we got to enjoy lovely little chocolates out of it for 13 of the advent days. I think I might, sometime in the future, take the little characters off and sew them onto a large felt Christmas tree as ornaments. I’ve really only tacked them on for now. But it’s still up and it held chocolate for us – success!

DSC_5009.NEFDSC_5011.NEFThat’s all for now…  Stay tuned for some new and exciting blog ideas. They’ll be starting to come your way in the next 48 hours.

-Jamie