Um, um and yep, nope, maybe………

I embroidered a pair of booties to go with a little romper, for a pregnant friend. After lots of umming and yep and nope I decided I wasn’t 100% happy with those and embroidered a new set of booties this weekend

These are the first ones, but I decided it wasn’t done well enough to be gifted

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Now I am happy and the set will be gifted to the pregnant mum this weekend. These are the new booties and they are perfect!

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I have smocked for a very long time and still enjoy doing it. Wish I knew years ago how well the smocking and the embroidery done on the embroidery machine would compliment each other

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Busy smocking weeks

The weather has been quite miserable here, with lots of rain, and it is getting cold. I am also still (trying) toilet-training a puppy and therefore decided to just spend time in the sewing room which allowed me to keep a close eye on her

One of the students I taught about 10 years ago is expecting a little baby boy and I made some rompers so that I can give her one for the new baby. I had enough fabric for four rompers and decided to use all the fabric, instead of saving the rest for another day

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I’ve had my eye on a specific smocking plate for a long time and decided it is time to use it on white batiste fabric. It was supposed to be a little dress but the fabric decided it wanted to be a top, with pink under it. I love the little flowers on the smocking, it is such a dainty little top

The toilet training is very hard!!!!! I have to remind myself she is still a baby and to be patient. But personally I think people of a certain age should not be allowed new puppies. She is such a bright, sweet little thing and although she doesn’t understand about going outside if needed, she can ‘sit’ and ‘come’ on command

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Since last week………

Since last week I have

  • made a dress – not smocked – I cannot remember when was the last time I made a dress without smocking!
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  • cooked chutney with the apples from our tree in the backyard
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  • knitted a cardigan
  • cleaned half of the kitchen – washed out kitchen cabinets, repacked everything, washed the doors. When I say I cleaned half the kitchen I actually mean I cleaned half of the kitchen cabinets
  • been trying to toilet train a puppy!!!!!! Oh dear, I have forgotten how much hard work a little pup is. And she is a cheeky one, she runs in circles outside and runs away when we try to catch her. I am now limiting her to an area in my sewing room during the day. She sleeps here, under the watchful eyes of the cats, and I take her outside the minute she opens her eyes. There are always treats in my pocket and I have different places where I sit outside to watch her. But as I said – it is HARD work

Knitting (what??????)

It is no secret that knitting is not something I enjoy very much, but every single winter I take out the knitting needles and knit – and the moment I cast on the stitches I think ‘why on earth am I doing this again?’

Yes, I bought wool. It wasn’t an impulse buy. It was carefully planned and I even made a list. What is wrong with me???????

This is what I bought. And the colour combination looks a bit weird but I am actually planning two little cardigans. No, not one…….TWO!

I am also planning a new smocking project, something I have never done before, but it should be fun. I have the fabric for the dress and I also sorted the fabric for the butterfly wings. Now just have to pleat, tie it off and smock. At the moment I am planning to change the flowers on the waist to a ribbon with embroidered lace butterflies but I will decide as I make the dress.

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We are still battling with the toilet training of the new puppy. It is hard work and I am not sure we are very successful yet. I am doing everything Mr Google told me to do……but as I say, no success yet. She is, once again, nameless as we decided she is not really a Bonnie and the name didn’t suit her at all. I call her Gogga in the meantime (which means bug)

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