Tuesday, May 29, 2007


I know what you're all going to say....I know I am a bit hyperactive, making things oh so quickly but what you have to remember is that although I have been an arty crafty soul for as long as I can remember, there are so many exciting new things to create right now. I have never known such gorgeous patterns and ideas.

Everything stayed the same for far too long, acrylic and nylon yarn to knit with and dare I say crimplene? Am I really old enough to know that fabric?? One false move with your washing technique and the beautifully created garment either distorted or changed colour . Beautifull created Margot Ledbetter designs are now sitting in some landfill site without even an inkling of what 'decompose' means!! This just doesn't happen these days, what with our wonderfully educated washing machines and gorgeous natural yarns and fabrics....lucky us!!

Suddenly, BOOM!, there is an explosion of fabrics, patterns and yarns and it is all driving me to distraction! I am like a headless chicken, wanting to have a go at everything and I thank all of you for the inspiration and also I thank all the differently aged people in my life that I can create for. I keep trying to make things for Maisie but she's gone a bit skull and crossbones on me and screws her face up a bit before she says something like, 'I think that is more of an Ali bag really'....the last time Maisie and I went clothes shopping she told me in no uncertain terms that 'you just don't get my style do you Mum?' and to be honest I don't, but I'll keep quiet, occasionally throwing in a pair of pink knickers in the hope that in the not too distant future she'll go a bit more erm...pink!
Maisie does look so pretty with her strawberry blonde hair and strong cerise and orange colours, but I won't push it, I know when to take a step back. She's more likely to go a bit more 'pink' if I say nothing. I have had four children you know! Eleven seems to be the new 13!!

Anyway, not to disappoint you I have made a 'Sherbet' bag using some scraps of material I had lying about my person....the pattern comes from a talented duo Melly & Me, it was a joy to sew. Every pattern piece went together perfectly and I can't wait to make another version, but a bit quieter for my more...ahem...mature nature! I ordered the pattern from another duo of very friendly girls here in the UK, buttonberry, they stock loads of interesting stuff and I have to drag myself away from placing an enormous order! I wonder who will be the recipient of this one though....I think Maisie may have given the game away earlier in this post. I don't think I have anything else to show...well not just this minute, I do have some angora felted bootees drying in the background and I suppose I could just photograph them when I have added a bit of voile ribbon in a big pink girlie bow on the front!

Must go and have my bath I suppose...got no water pressure today apparently, so a shower is out of the question. The other thing that not working properly is the coffee machine..I wonder what the third 'not working' thing is going to be?

So what did you get up to on this persistently rainy weekend?? A girl has to do something other than housework!
oh and just as a PS....I did this little quiz after finding it on Marianne's knotminding...I think it's pretty accurate!!
You Are An ESFJ

The Caregiver

You are sympathetic and caring, putting friends and family first.
A creature of habit, you prefer routines and have trouble with change.
You love being in groups - whether you're helping people or working on a project.
You are good at listening, laughing, and bringing out the best in people.

You would make a great nurse, social worker, or teacher.


CG said...

The last time I tried to suggest a top for Kate she screwed up her face and tiold me it was like something Tracy Beaker would wear!!

Lovely bag. I remember Crimplene...ugh.

Marianne said...

Your bags are all so gorgeous and so very well made! Looking forward to seeing what fabrics you pick out for yourself.

We had the same kind of rainy weekend here...but it is good for all the trees, plants, flowers...

marti said...

oh my gosh! I absolutely love that bag. It is almost enough to make me wonder where I left my sewing machine!

sulu-design said...

FAB-U-LOUS bag! And I love the personality quiz link - I've been in the wrong profession all along! I'm suited to be an exectutive or lawyer, and I've been slaving away for years as a teacher. Who knew?

andsewtosleep said...

I love that bag. I think the colours are just perfect. Don't bother 'toning' down - I think your eye for colour is pitched just right. Mary

Jo said...

Love the bag, the fabrics all work so well together, great random things, I struggled with mine but now I keep thinking up more!

Ann said...

You are so good with the bag colors...I could not do that. I'd be worried that they did NOT match! And the bags themselves are so wonderful!

Miss you!

Mrs.Kwitty said...

I LOVE the bag--people are generally to scared to just let go and use color with reckless abandon!! I applaud you, and the results are so wonderful!
Smiles, Karen

Fiberjoy said...

Ah that bag takes me back to something vaguely remembered from maybe the late 60s when I had a similar bag. I loved it especially since I was not a purse type of girl. It fit my quirky personality. Funny how I'd totally forgotten all about it and just now have only flashes of it.

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