Monday, 29 August 2011

The theme of time photo challenge 13

A Time to Talk by Robert Frost

When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don't stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven't hoed,
And shout from where I am, 'What is it?'
No, not as there is a time talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.
The time of day is early morning hardly any sunshine, later in the day sun shining overhead the washing making shapes onto the ground.

Washing on the line early morning

Time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted time: T. S. Elliot

In the afternoon when dry

Summer Floral

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Photo Challenge 12

Two ingredients used in cooking today
Red Flower Tote
You could use this colourful tote to carry home quite a few ingredients .
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Our family was taught to cook pasta the traditional Italian way as my sister maried a Sicillian.  He taught my mother to cook spaghetti using puree for the sauce.

He showed me the correct way to eat it when I was a little girl picking it up with a fork and winding it around on a spoon. Mother got used to cooking pasta and we enjoyed eating it.

I added my colourful Red Flower bag as it is a bright red like the tomato puree ha!

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Photo Challenge 11

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I photographed some of my handmade shoulder bags. It had to be bags for the anything begining with B for me. I make bags from recycled materials sometimes new.

There is a Shells Bag, an Orange Bag, and a Cord Patchwork. All to be found on my website and soon will be added to Folksy sometime.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Photo Challenge 10

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This formation came up over houses and chimneys thats why you see a bit of green which is a tall bush. I liked the white clouds forming with the bit of blue. I think you call it a Cumulus but what type? There are some very beautiful shapes made by clouds and blue sky to see. There was thunder and lighting last night and rain today but it did brighten up and I managed to capture this around where I live in a village in the countryside.

Blue Flower
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My bag is featured on Folksy Friday

My handmade Orange Flower tote is featured in Folksy Friday by Sam of Sconch Textiles. The theme is Orangey Delights and such lovely items were chosen. What a good idea it is for crafters to help each other in this way.

She was inspired to do Folksy Friday after seeing her green phone case featured on Uniquely Yours "green-themed" treasury blog.

Her blog is well worth a look. She likes crochet, patchwork quilting, embroidery.

I loved the material which was a curtain I found at an outdoor market near where I live in Cornwall. I thought it would make a lovely colourful bag. I'd chosen another orange curtain material for the straps. There was not enough for two straps and luckily I found a lighter  colour so the straps became two tone. The colours blended really well together and matched perfectly. It is a fun funky bag.

I make bags from recycled fabric and curtain material make really good bags I find especially vintage retro also I sometimes use modern material too. Its what ever catches my eye and would love to make into a gorgeous bag.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Photo Challenge 9

Fluffies having a sit down beside my sewing machine

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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Photo Challenge 8

Yellow spiky
One of my threads

Shop front

Big bloom

Button in a case

Textile craft
I have responded to the blog challenge to take a photo a day. I am sure the colour theme is yellow today, this is a colourful post to add to my blog. I included my Felt Bag in the mix as I would like to add sewing and crafts too.

The cotton reel is one from my collection of threads. The other photos are from Truro town today. The big flower this stood out from the rest and is from a plant seller in Truro farmers market. The yellow frontage of a travel agents is a such a bright cheerful yellow. In the library I saw this yellow textile and others pined to a wall advertising a textile course starting in September, looks like it would be fun.  The photograph of the big button in a case is from a fabric shop.  That's it from me I hope I fit the bill and did what was required. I wonder what the others on this challenge have photographed.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

A Few Snippets

I have not been blogging lately as I've been on Folksy I've opened a Shop and addded my first six items so far to it. I have been getting more likes too as a result on my facebook fan page.

I have enjoyed looking at the lovely quilts since joining Lily's blog sbmu and because of this I have been inspired to buy a book about quilting. It is The Quilters Bible so I should gain a few ideas. I got it at a reduced price with a promotional code in a magazine I picked up while in the doctors surgery. I will have a go at making a small quilt and see how it goes.

Its good to be able to buy buttons so cheaply as I found in a charily shop recently in tubes at only 5p each. A Retro Vintage fashion shop were selling buttons at the same price its good having a look through and finding a few lovely bargains. 

I have joined the Proffesional Crafters Guild. I received badges to put on my website and facebook fanpage. I wanted one to shown up on the front of my blog pages. I put the first one on okay but it was the wrong size. I couldn't do it a second time it's in one of my blogs anyway.

Also this weekend has been busy I and my famly went to Sophie's Wedding the person I mentioned in my Pink Stretch Limo blog. It was a real family get together with my daughters arriving one by air from Manchester to Newquay in Cornwall, we did not have far to go collect her. The other one arriving by train which takes 5 hours from London to Cornwall.

Myself and the girls each wore a fasinater in our hair we did look the part. The wedding went off without a hitch Sophie wore a traditional white dress with a train and a full length blue satin dress for the evening. We had a three course meal in a nearby hotel for the reception and later a hogroast and disco in the evening. We enjoyed ourselves and a good time was had by all.

Some of my buttons that I bought for 5p each
I might start a quilt
I am a member
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Saturday, 13 August 2011

On Going Projects

These are two clutch bags that I am working on. The yellow ochre will be smaller when its hemmed around with the lining. The dark green and olive clutch will have an added decoration, maybe a button. I am not too sure they will look as good as I'd like. I'll know as I start adding the linings. The next bag I'd love to make will be a velvet handbag.

Today I found two pieces of new fabric in a charity shop for 50P each! More material to make more bags!

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Friday, 12 August 2011

I liked this website

Thursday, 11 August 2011

My Article

I love knitting and crochet also. I wrote about the part I played in the "Knit a Poem" for the Poetry's Society's Centenary Celebrations.This article was published last July 2010 in the Simply Knitting magazine.
My 12 inch square is a pink R with a pale yellow background. I have yet to see the completed poem. It measures 43ft x 30ft and took more than 1000 knitters and crocheters a year to complete. It gets put on show at poetry events around the country. It is usually kept on display at the British Library in London.

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Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Me at Home

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Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Falmouth Art Gallery

 I saw this whilst going out through one of the doors in the art gallery I probably wouldn't have noticed it if I had not been looking around at the art and automata displayed there. I think it is really funny with the scratch marks on the wall the naughty cat! It is entitled Slipping Cat.

Some of the automata in the gallery

This I thought was really good as when you turn the handle they are eating happily, then all of a sudden it catches you by surprise when the wolf pounces on the sheep with his wide open mouth.
A wolf in sheeps clothing 

This little old lady is made of Papier-mâché
Brian's Brilliant Bike
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Monday, 8 August 2011

My Sewing Machine and Sewing Essentials.

I had a little tidying in my sewing room. I made little white storage boxes with free cardboard boxes I covered in wallpaper. It did the job and looks effective.  My sewing essentials are kept where I can find them. Then on to my box of  fabrics now tidied and sorted through, I have ideas for what to make. Now my big bag of  linings need a need a  bigger container. Its so true, to tidy as you go makes less work for yourself!  
A few Fabrics

A Bag of  my Linings
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My Trusty Sewing Machine
Some Sewing Essentials

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Our Adopted Cat Tiddles

This is Tiddles the tom cat he like visiting us and a few others in the neighbourhood to get tip bits. He goes in through others cat flaps, he is a bit greedy. He is a bit of a scrapper and has had a few fights as you can see, a piece of his ear has gone. He is a handsome cat. I often see him stretched out on our path sunning himself and waiting for tip bits.
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Pink Stretch Limo

Yesterday I went to a hen party for my niece which was held at the newly opened Weatherspoons in Camborne and named after John Basset. The limo arrived in the afternoon. It seated eight and it was a leisurely half hour drive to the cinema in Redruth to see Mamma Mia with a choice of wines to celebrate along the way. The cinema complex has seven screens, we had a private showing for our group. Drinks were served during the film on tables by our seats and a buffet was served after. The film was appropriate for the bride in waiting Sophie as she has the same name as the young woman making arrangements for her wedding in the film. We enjoyed singing along and dancing at the end. Apparently this film was booked solid for six weeks when it first was first shown during the summer term.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Hi Welcome To My Blog

This blog is mainly about sewing and bag making with also a few added musings and snippets for interest and colour. I hope you will visit  and add a comment or two. I have seen so many lovely blogs through Lily's SBMU that I will follow. I am picking up tips on quilting. I hope to give it a try adding another skill to my "crafty" list.

I am glad I joined up to Lily's small blog meet-up it is so nice to be meeting so many other small bloggers in this way.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

A Book

While I was Truro the other day on Lemon Quay there were stalls showcasing outdoor pursuits of Bushcraft Survival and The Ramblers Association. I was given a free back issue of Walk Magazine with wonderful colour spreads. A book Journey Through Britain by John Hillaby published in 1968 was recomended by Christopher Somerville who says John Hillaby was his boyhood hero.

Hillaby walked from Lands End to John O' Groats one spring. A joyful journey that inspired this book. He delights in observing a colony of young lapwings above Lothersdale says Somerville giving a glimpse of the unfolding story inside and conveying his enthusiasm for the book he has said he has read many times.  Hillaby also had a vast knowledge of plants, birds and geology. Sounds like it will be a  good read just the sort of book I'd love.
The libraries in Cornwall didn't stock it just one a kept as a reference in The Cornish Studies Library, the lady there offered to check online  a hardback from Abe books was found at only 61p and  with postage it came to just £2.26.

This was written 1968, the same decade as the Vintage Retro material I have and from which I have made my totes!

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

In Falmouth Town

Yesterday I went into Falmouth town to pick up a few vegetarian supplies at a Health Food Shop, there are a few there. I went into a Natural Food Shop also where there were two chairs and a woman having a massage. I would love one I thought. I went and bought some dairy-free and other goodies to try, at the Health Food Shop then I wondered back to the Natural Food shop. The chairs were empty I sat down ready for a massage. The lady said that she practises Kinesiology, body balancing. We had a chat about foods and diets and then starting with taping to balance my body I had a lovely free massage on my neck and back, it was just what I needed lovely!

I thought I try some bread made with Spelt flour on my way out a change from the wheat I normally buy. It it has a delicious fresh and homebaked taste.

I am trying a Vegan diet as I haven't eaten meat for a while I eat soya instead. I feel it is good for my health but of course it wouldn't suit everyone. I  have dairy alternatives and get a good range of vitamins and minerals from food especially B vitamins which are important, maybe also a B12 vitamin supplement.

Then it was back to my sewing if I can stop getting distracted with writing my new blog, facebook, twitter and a website! So far!

Crafty Bags Labels
Just as I was writing this these labels arrived. My bags now have a name CraftyBags!