Thursday, 31 October 2013

Happy Halloween

Just a few Halloweeny things to say hello!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Amy

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Vintage style cushions

A few weeks ago hubby and I rescued this fabric from hubby's family home.  It is genuine from the 1950's, and indeed, the rest of it is still hanging as a pair of curtains.  Not in a vintage style way, but because those were the curtains that were made for the space way back when and there they still hang.


The fabric is a very coarse weave, so I don't know what it was made for originally, I assume that it was for curtains, but I'm not sure.  It made it hard to work with though, because as soon as you cut it, it starts to unravel.


There wasn't really enough to do much with, but I thought that some cushions for the lounge might be an idea.  Now, I am not really great at sewing, I can do straight lines and basics, but definitely not zips!


I love my sewing machine though, it is older than me, and used to be my Mum's.  When I was little it did all sorts of fancy stitches, but now it only does straight stitch.  Oh well, that is all I need really.


So... rather than make some from scratch cushions to begin with, I decided to some some applique.  I found these two felt cushions and set to.


Taking inspiration from the little birds on the fabric, here is the first one!


I haven't done the more usual way of doing applique these days of using bondaweb, instead, I did it the old fashioned way of stitching round the shape, turning the edges under as I went, and then adding the decorative stitching afterwards.


Add some little button eyes, and voila, a couple of old birds....


For the other cushion I decided to go with one big bird.



I have some grey fabric leftover from my little curtain addition, so I might do another cushion with the vintage fabric on the front and the grey on the back.  I need to get a cushion first though!



Don't they look at home on the sofa!

 
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I also wanted to share a little bit of loveliness with you.

Yesterday, while I was hauling the furniture around the lounge and cleaning and putting everything back into place after the decorating the doorbell went.

I hesitated to see if a small card would come through the letterbox or perhaps some junk mail.  Nothing.  The bell went again, so it wasn't a meter reader or someone trying to sell me double glazing.  I already have double glazing by the way!

I answered the door to find my neighbour with a big bag of enormous apples inside.  She has lovely apples growing on her tree, not like the acidic marbles that grow on ours.  I have been coveting her apples from over the fence.

My lovely neighbour made no mention of the falling down fence, did not ask when it would be repaired.  Nothing.

She just handed over the apples and said goodbye.

How lovely is that.

Now, I will have to get my apple gogger going, but that is a whole other story.

I do love apples, but not as much as lovely neighbours!!

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Re the missing pictures from yesterday's curtain post, I have no idea where they went.  They were there on my computer, there in picasa, but not on anyone else's computer!  Weird especially as some showed, some not.  Anyway, I have done a re do of the post, so if you want to see my horrid old curtains or the great big gap at the bottom of the new ones, click back to the previous post and the pictures (should ha!) be there.....
 
Amy

Curtain post do over - I hope with photos!!

OK, so, this post is a do over from yesterday.  Somehow half of the photos went missing between being posted and the post appearing with all of you!

No idea where they went or why, and I am not going to figure it out.  I didn't want to delete the post because then I would lose all of your lovely comments, and they are the best bit of blogging!

So, if you want to see the comments from this post see here.

Otherwise, read on and you can see the pictures (I hope, she grimaces!) this time.

If you're not bothered don't worry, I won't mind!

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We were able to order some new curtains earlier in the year for our lounge and dining room. We were so excited, it was the first time we had ordered curtains, and we would have curtains that fitted the windows properly for the first time too.

We looked at lots of options. We really wanted these, but they cost... well, you can imagine!


So, we chose this fabric.


To replace these.


We measured, ordered, and waited. It is amazing how long a week is when you are waiting for something isn't it.

They arrived. We hung the first pair.


We congratulated ourselves on our great choice, they looked fab, they fitted, we were so happy.

Onto the second pair, they looked great, they went all the way across the doors, no gap in the middle.


Then we looked down. Oh no....


If you order made to measure curtains that is it, no returns! So, two choices, order some more, or make the best of it.

Now, when we took down the old curtains, I was horrified to see how grubby the bottoms of this pair of curtains were. I am blaming it on the fact that we have these doors open all summer and the old curtains would blow outside and drag on the door frame (and I am sticking to that excuse by the way!).

So, a stripe along the bottom would be a double problem solver, it would cover the gap, and disguise the grub that comes in from outside. I found this lovely soft grey fabric which went well with the leaves.

After a bit of fiddling around, voila, one grey stripe along the bottom.


Now, do I tell people that this is because I can't measure windows or because the bottoms of my curtains get filthy...


I reckon I will go with it being a deliberate decorative style choice.

Amy

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Curtain catastrophe - or not!

We were able to order some new curtains earlier in the year for our lounge and dining room.  We were so excited, it was the first time we had ordered curtains, and we would have curtains that fitted the windows properly for the first time too.

We looked at lots of options.  We really wanted these, but they cost... well, you can imagine!



So, we chose this fabric.


To replace these.


We measured, ordered, and waited.  It is amazing how long a week is when you are waiting for something isn't it.

They arrived.  We hung the first pair.


We congratulated ourselves on our great choice, they looked fab, they fitted, we were so happy.

Onto the second pair, they looked great, they went all the way across the doors, no gap in the middle. 


Then we looked down.  Oh no....


If you order made to measure curtains that is it, no returns!  So, two choices, order some more, or make the best of it.

Now, when we took down the old curtains, I was horrified to see how grubby the bottoms of this pair of curtains were.  I am blaming it on the fact that we have these doors open all summer and the old curtains would blow outside and drag on the door frame (and I am sticking to that excuse by the way!).

So, a stripe along the bottom would be a double problem solver, it would cover the gap, and disguise the grub that comes in from outside.  I found this lovely soft grey fabric which went well with the leaves.

After a bit of fiddling around, voila, one grey stripe along the bottom.


Now, do I tell people that this is because I can't measure windows or because the bottoms of my curtains get filthy...


I reckon I will go with it being a deliberate decorative style choice.

Amy

Monday, 28 October 2013

After the storm

Today I am very thankful that the hurricane came, passed by and did not cause us any problems.  Truly thankful and grateful.  I am saddened for those who have suffered damage and loss of life however.

 
 
 

The trees at the end of our garden have been a cause of stress this year for me, due to the neighbours getting in a pickle about them, so I was very worried in case any of them came down.  When I got up at 6 am to have a look out of the window they were blowing from side to side in a way that I have never seen a tree blow before.  Although there are lots of leaves, twigs and bits of branches spread around the garden, the trees stayed put.



When I went out this morning there were lots of leaves and some bits of tree down on the roads, but no full trees and no chaos or commotion.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It seems that almost every year that we have lived here we have lost one or two fence panels each winter, so I was expecting to find half the fence blown away, but although one panel has broken free from the post, all of the panels are still upright and attached.

 

The shed roof has not fared quite so well...  It was going to be in need of repair and new roofing felt, which we had already discussed.  Yesterday when the wind started to really blow it started to tear away the felt.  Hubby went out and nailed some pieces of wood on the torn area and it has stayed put, so at least we can repair it when we are ready, not because there is roofing felt scattered far and wide across the neighbourhood.


Now, this is really strange, normally in even the slightest breeze our plastic recycling comes out of the bag, blows around the garden and gets stuck in all sorts of places.  This time though it all stayed put.  Nothing has moved.  Weird huh.


Oh, and another weird thing, we had all this wind and rain - and believe me, it howled with wind here last night and this morning - how come all of the bits that hubby threw out of the door from the decorating cloths are still just sat here on the patio and have not moved at all.


So all told, a lot to be grateful for.  Trees intact, fence and shed roof fairly intact, garden not shredded and no going round hunting for bits of plastic in the plants.  There are still plants trying to flower and come into bloom - even after all this weather, amazing huh!

 
 
 

The birds appeared again this morning and had a mass munch on the feeders, so I have topped them up - I think they deserve it, don't you.


Oh, and little selfie because I noticed how funny I looked whilst I was out in the garden.


The sun is out, the sky is blue, the painting is finally done - that is another story - and we are safe and sound.  I hope that everyone else has managed to be as lucky and that those who have not will be able to sort themselves and their homes out quickly and with the minimum of fuss.

Amy