Saturday, 27 July 2013

Gentle sunny days...

Oh my, first week of summer holidays gone already. We have been having such a lovely time, not really doing much. Filling our time with picnics, ice creams on the beach, playing in the paddling pool, trips to cool down at the bouncy pillow where there is always a breeze... and I get to sit with an iced coffee and knit or crochet!

These were taken in to school on the last day of term... Patch choose some jolly boxes

and some cheery earrings for his lovely teacher...

Layla Amber has such sweet things - I have a dear teacup necklace and just love it! Patch looked at all on offer and decided that these were just the thing for Kelly. She loved them! We put them inside a sunny glasses case

Not sure why these photographs are so gloomy as we have been having such bright days. I think it was fairly early in the morn... The yum clasp is from Guthrie and Ghani... just look at all those delicious colours! The fabric is Chloe's Closet 30s playtime purchased from the lovely Seamstar

Off to have some more fun sunny days!

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Friday, 5 July 2013

A shopper bag for Kate

I do think the name given to this bag is rather misleading as I would imagine a shopper bag to be more spacious. And useful for shopping. This one is definitely a handbag. You could certainly take it shopping as a very stylish place to put your keys and purse but that would leave no space for half a pint of milk and a packet of choc biscuits.

This bag is from Cath Kidston's Sew, and I shouldn't have been too surprised at the dimensions as there is a photograph showing the bag with a bunch of keys for an idea of size, and also I did cut out the fabric pieces! I still had imagined a medium size handbag... but it is a lovely bag

I did just as the pattern asked, oh other than adding some inches to the webbing handle - this one can go over a shoulder. The main fabric is Makower's coastal houses... hmmm, cannot remember from where. Which is worrying as I purchased it fairly recently, particularly to make a bag for Kate. I thought it would remind Kate of her happy summer holidays in coastal towns. The lining is a heavier weight blue dotty fabric from my fabric pile, and the delightful webbing is from clothkits. This is all webbing should be - cotton, sturdy and colourful. Sadly clothkits only sell this one... does anyone know of any more colourful webbing stockists?

And why does that first photograph look oh so out of focus (which the original doesn't) but becomes in focus if you click on it to enlarge?

Do so hope you had a lovely birthday Kate!

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