Saturday, February 28, 2009
Actually, I encouraged Ben to set up his heated mats and lights on timer switches there, because it gets a lot of natural light too. He's got tomatoes and goodness knows what other veg getting off to an early start there.
I've discovered that the blue flowered pillowcase perfectly fits the smaller cushion on my rocking chair, so that solves the immediate problem of how to cover those cushions! I'm going to have to use the sewing machine to make the sheet into a cover for the larger one, though (gulp).
I got some good books, and had a great, if brief, tour round the ancient market town of Samatan on my way back. Sadly, I didn't take my camera.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
It's about the size of a large stamp. I've stuck it in my bedroom with my other inspirational cards, including pictures of blossom and words from the Bible, Martin Luther King Jr., Ghandi, Calvin and others.
Next to the set of inspirational cards is this eclectic mixture hanging from our low beam: a wire and bead heart, a Valentine's card from a few years ago and a Fu Dog puppet I bought in the school Vide Greniers last year.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Don't you think the combination of 'treasures' is amazing? He was immediately drawn to a red plastic dog bead and the diamantee, but I'm afraid I kept the diamantee strips for myself! What do you imagine they came from?
Also in the tin were African glass beads, sequins, plastic 'Hamma' beads, carved wooden ones, pieces of abalone shell and the tiny red tin which held vitamins long before I was born. We love opening up boxes of treasures like that!
Son number 1 doing the same thing - he was only half a kilo too light to try the really big 'moon jump' experience, but he took the disappointment quite well...
This is all at Toulouse's 'Space City', which is the French Space Museum/Activity Centre. It's a wonderful place and we've renewed our annual family pass once again. It also happens to be about 10 minutes drive from our new church, and open on Sundays...
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Ben bought the chair for me, even though it wasn't quite what he'd visualised! (He was being kind to the vendors, see below.)
It's a lovely chair, and I'm terribly grateful for it. It became a second Valentine's Day gift, really! However, the 'comme neuf' cushion cover was far from as new, and I've temporarily replaced it in this photo with two random cushions. The cushion pads will do fine but the decision I cannot make is what to cover them with!
The vague plan is to make the cusions double-sided, with denim on one side (from a much-loved but now defunct skirt) and SOMETHING on the other side. That way I can change the look as often as I like.
I've had fabrics out, and even got them as far as the ironing board, but cannot come to any proper decision. Any suggestions would be much appreciated, please...
I planted a few snowdrop bulbs in the autumn, without much hope, but I do have ONE snowdrop!
Both of the photos above are from my shady log-garden.
Son 2 picked me these willow buds from a fallen tree yesterday. I think they make the fabric rose behind them (which I wore in my hair for my sister's wedding last summer) look so fake - I'm going to need to get back to fresh flowers once spring really starts and the daffodils are out in the garden.
...using a lovely Ikea table runner I picked up for 50 cents in their remnants section! I bought three more the same, so look out for more of this great fabric in my make-overs.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Wow! I think I made a proper link there! Click on the blog name and you should go straight to Ele's button heart. Blogger is beginning to make sense!
Isabel at Maison Douce has some wonderful button crowns part way down the post I've linked to here. I am beginning to envy these people who are making a living out of their collecting and crafting! However, I love my teaching and my family...
Here are the beautiful glass buttons my mum and I sorted from one of her button boxes this Christmas:
Here are some amazing Chinese ones we re-found at the same time:
And this is just a shot of one of my pearl button boxes:
Now, while I had temporarily mislaid the new buttons, I saw lovely button crafts on two blogs. I'm going to track them down and put some links to them here, and maybe it will all help me to decide what I'm going to do with my mother's glass buttons. All suggestions welcome...
Monday, February 16, 2009
So far I have decided to use this little broken Roxy bag as a base. I looked at handbag patterns on the net but I'm not feeling like starting from scratch. I'm feeling exactly like 'make do and mend', so that is what I shall do.
I've drawn around the bag and cut out a pattern onto which I've pinned the pieces - it's a bit like crazy patchwork but with hems.
Now I have to start stitching, which shouldn't take too long. The real challenge will be fitting it round the base-bag. I will let you know if it works...
I've been very inspired in this by Happy of the great blog http://happylovesrosie.blogspot.com/. This is the first time that I've posted a link, so I hope it works! You'll really like her wonderful ideas and creations.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Prayers for the vendors too...
Friday, February 13, 2009
Children as available:
One Troc Shop/Thrift Store or other bric-a-brac vendor:
In Veti'Relais (one of the Secours Catholic Thrift Shops) I came across these four crocheted mats. They seem to have found a natural home on my Kath Kidston ironing board cover...
To add to the candy-stripes theme, our younger son has been spending the holidays making and decorating biscuits...
They were 'maths biscuits' - here you see some of the mathematical symbols and a few numbers. We had to put them together to make sums with correct answers before we ate them...