So little time

Where does the time go? I have another day to myself and it’s nearly time to pick the boys up! Looks like this will be another 10 minute blog.

I shouldn’t complain as I have achieved what I set out to today. I’ve been caught by the sewing bug and today’s mission was to sew myself a simple top. The weather is warm here and I haven’t got many lightweight tops. The one I wear a lot has definitely seen better days but I like the shape of it so I have made a copy of it (of sorts).

Firstly, I would just like to apologise to anyone who knows anything about sewing. I don’t, so have probably gone about this in all of the possible wrong ways. The good thing is that I am learning as I go along. What do you think?

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Basically, I drew around my existing top, straight onto the fabric I wanted to use. I marked the darts and left a seam allowance and just leapt in with the scissors. The fabric was only $1 from a thrift shop so I didn’t feel too worried about anything messing up. Once I had sewn the darts, I sewed up the seams and then added bias tape to the neckline. The tape was wider than it should be but we’ll call that a ‘design feature’. Because it was so wide I didn’t use it on the armholes and just made a folded over hem instead. It’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but it’s wearable as I have tried to show below.

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So that was my morning.

As you know we have recently moved to British Columbia, Canada. We live in a small town called Chase. It is in a beautiful setting.

These are from the deck at the back of our house.

Some of you may have spotted the train track that we live very near to. You get used to the trains very quickly!

Here is the view from the front of the house.

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Lastly, this is the Little Shuswap Lake, about 10 minutes walk away.

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Like everything on your doorstep, we don’t use the lake as much as we should. Then again it has been raining here a lot. A reminder of English summers.

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Catching Up

It is hard to know where to start this post so I have given myself ten minutes to write it and that way I will actually post something! I have a new computer so bear with me, I appear to have set it to Canadian so have no apostrophes alas.

I have spent this morning looking through the photographs that have been taken since we arrived in Canada back in April and there are soooo many. So those will be shared over the next few weeks, but for now I shall share some from today!

This is my first day all to myself since we arrived. The boys are at a Summer programme day together and I have some precious time to catch up on the long list of things I want/need to do.

My main objective for today was to set up my sewing machine, a lovely birthday present in May. If all went well I wanted to make a peg bag too. The good news is everything is working and I made the peg bag as well. Hooray!

Here it is doing its stuff.

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I made it with some lovely fabric that I found in a thrift shop. There were lots of pieces so my sewing skills were put to the test piecing them together. I love that the fabric is faded in places already. The hanger is for trousers and has its original label, another lucky find.

clothes peg bag clothespin handmade

I have been busy knitting and crocheting since we arrived too but I will save that for another post.

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Making new friends

Many of you will know of the fabulous blog Pomegranate and Chintz and will be familiar with Meredithe’s visually stunning posts (if you aren’t, do take a look, it is lovely). I frequently gush over the fabrics she and her class/group use for all manner of sewing projects and a while back I admired a fabric panel she had been sent in a fabric bundle.

Well, you can imagine my surprise when Meredithe contacted me and asked if I would like the panel as she wouldn’t use it. Of course I said yes and asked for her address so I could send a gift in return. Addresses were exchanged and if you read Meredithe’s blog you will know that we each received our parcels incredibly quickly. Meredithe has already posted about the gift I sent her and here is part 2!

Just one week after sending my address, I was delighted to receive a parcel from Australia in the post. I was at home with my youngest and he still talks about opening the present together. Of course I knew about the panel but I did not expect any of the accompanying treasures within. If I had been thinking I would have taken step by step pictures but no, I was too excited.

Just take a look at this bundle…

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Can you believe that there was more. Chocolates and lots of them. TimTams (amazing chocolate biscuity bites), a Cherry Ripe (coconut, cherry and chocolate heaven) and Turkish Delight (my all time favourite chocolate bar). These were saved and savoured but never photographed alas.

The card was a beautifully handwritten note from Meredithe (how rare it is to get a letter these days) and recipes from her and the ladies in her class.

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The red peeking through?

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A gorgeous needle case made with fabrics which were part of the original bundle that I had admired. How lucky am I?

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And then there was the fabric panel. You can see why I admired it I am sure.

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I have been riding on a high since I received Meredithe’s original email, offering me this amazing gift. I have found the whole experience so uplifting and I am so grateful to have made another new friend through blogging.

And Chicken in the Kitchen? She has finally been made! I am not great with needle and thread and broke my sewing machine a while back so decided to take the bull by the horns and hand sew her. Here she is in her full glory … in the kitchen of course.

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She’s not shy, so here is a close up…

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Thank you again to Meredithe and all of the other supportive, kind bloggers out there.

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