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!
  • cooked chutney with the apples from our tree in the backyard
  • 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.

fairy dress

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)


Bags and stuff

The weather is changing here and it is becoming cooler. And of course I decided to have a cold early this year – not good when you have a puppy in the house. There is simply no time to feel sick πŸ™‚ I have forgotten how hard work a puppy can be. Cats are so much easier

With the cooler weather I felt like crochet today and worked on the scarf I started in the middle of summer. I had to watch a couple of YouTube videos to get the pattern memorised again


For the past few days I have also been embroidering denim blocks for a bag I am planning to make. Yesterday I joined the blocks and today I added the leather at the bottom. Tomorrow I hope to start with the lining. I am going to use some left-over floral fabric for the lining and plan to add lots of pockets, as well as a zip. This bag is going to be perfect as a handbag when I travel


Of course I had puppy help today as I pinned the batting to the leather. Ended up popping her on the couch, she is still so small and I knew she couldn’t get down on her own. Cheeky as she is she barked at me

I have also embroidered a lace poppy to be worn on a lapel ANZAC day. I still have to hand sew the different parts together but it is going to be pretty


Looking back I have actually been quite busy πŸ™‚

Crazy and great weekend

We had such a great weekend, and it reminded me so much of the time my eldest still lived at home. He is 37 this year and moved out ages ago πŸ™‚ Growing up we used to have a full house almost all the time – his friends were here weekdays and weekends, with a couple sleeping here on a regular basis. Actually, one of his friends would often jump in the car after school, when I picked my children up, and stay for weeks. His mum would call and ask if ‘our’ son was with us. I loved having my children’s friends here when they were growing up and always made sure to cook enough to feed whoever showed up

This weekend was Wildfoods weekend. This festival started about 18 years ago and they used to have these crazy foods to eat, nothing normal – scorpions, locusts, pig’s nipples, bull semen and lots more. And lots of beer and music. The festival changed over the years and they now also have ‘normal’ food

One of his friends now live in Australia, but he came over with his wife to stay with us; leaving their baby with his mum (who also lives in town). Another friend joined them as sober driver. After a big breakfast they were off to the festival


Afterwards more friends arrived for a bbq and to watch rugby. It was a lovely weekend and I loved having a full house

Fabric drama

A fabric designer asked me to make a dress with her new fabric for a photoshoot. All good, of course I’ll do it. Especially when she said she’ll pay me in fabric πŸ™‚ And the fabric delivered to me was absolutely gorgeous


I always wash and iron fabric before using it, and did the same with this fabric. I was a bit concerned when I took it out of the washing machine as it was very stiff. But it dried beautifully soft. This was the first time I worked with rayon and fell in love the moment I took that soft cloud of fabric off the washing line

Pleating time – new needles in the pleater, I even pleated a piece of wax paper to make sure the needles were smooth. Rolled it up and started feeding it through the pleater……..oh dear, within the first centimetre the first needle broke. About four others starting bending up. I stopped, replaced the needles, tried again. No luck, the pleater hated the fabric and there was no way I could pleat it

I knew I had iron-on dots somewhere in my stash, about 40 years old as it was leftovers my mum used. I have never used iron-on dots, ever. I have never hand-pleated fabric either. Luckily the dots were still fine and ironed on without a problem


It took me hours and hours to hand pleat 14 rows for smocking, the density of the fabric hindered the needle (although sharp and new) and it wasn’t easy at all

But, in the end, I had it pleated and could smock. Β The dress has been made and I am actually quite happy with it, will send it to the designer on Monday. There is still some fabric left, but it won’t be used for smocking πŸ™‚

I hope she is happy with the dress. The fabric is so pretty

Our new little pup came home today. I love puppy breath, their clumsiness and playfulness. We couldn’t decide on her name, but after a few hours Bonnie stuck.