Tuesday, October 06, 2020

The Swan Bag



 I’ve had this on the go for some time, waiting for hardware in the post and then needing something else and waiting for that. Maybe three times and I still need longer rivets to put the bottom thingys on. It’s made from a big canvas work tapestry found at the op shop, some roll-up plastic cutting boards for stiffening inside the base... which I kept not buying because they were too much money (I want to use what I have if I can, or make do if I can). Very strangely, one morning walking to the train station, I found three scattered on the road. True story. Lining is stuff-sack scraps from camping days. Washable, nylon. Because bags get disgusting. And a couple of really old stash (possibly Mum’s or even Grandma’s stash) zippers.

I need a bag I can sling over my shoulder or use with smaller handles. I bought a gorgeous camel hide back pack but it’s a pest to take it off every time you want something. So this has detachable handles. I can roll up the spare/s and put them in the inside pocket.

Sunday, September 06, 2020

Happy Fathers’ Day To All Of My Dad's (Or Those I Have Picture's Of)

 Dad, Bob Armstrong 

Gramps, Keith ArmstrongDah, Ronald West 

g. grandfather, George Armstrong 

g.grandfather William Phillips

g. grandfather Harry West

g. grandfather George Dickinson

g.g. grandfather John Armstrong

g.g. grandfather Alexander McKenzie

g.g. grandfather William Phillips

g.g. grandfather Cornelius Harold West

g.g. grandfather Joseph Hatchard

g.g. grandfather John Dickinson

g.g. grandfather Thomas Wakeham

g.g.g. grandfather John Smith

g.g.g. grandfather John Arnott

g.g.g.grandfather Francis Hatchard

g.g.g. grandfather Thomas Wakeham (might be son)

g.g.g. grandfather Bob Mallett





Saturday, September 05, 2020

The Stone Cottage

 My brothers mate squatted here in the 70’s, Glenn might have as well,  I can’t remember. My friend Marion and I used to go up there sometimes too. You turned right at the creek down a certain road and bashed along a bush track for a bit to find it. 

It was that exciting time in your life when the world is newly seen through your own eyes. Everything sparkles and interests, and your senses are keenly soaking in things for the first time. It was freezing up there because we never thought of clothes and I can’t remember thinking of food or drink either. We never had money in our pockets, or at least I didn’t. Sorry Marion, you probably did. But did we ever eat?

Dad came up to check on us the night Marion and I stayed. He was fine. We were fine. When I think back now, he will have been in his early 40’s. A young man and tolerant of my adventurousness and independence. Actually, they were probably worried sick.



We nearly didn't spot the place. 





Sunday, August 30, 2020

Crocheted Card Yarn Bowl With Lid



 Here is the pattern for my Yarn Bowl. I have made a tutorial which also gives links to where I bought my hole punch and the plastic sheets I use to cover the cards.

With this one, the vintage Mills &Boon romance penny dreadful covers (plus a fantastic 60’s book) make the outside and I’ve used the back covers on the inside. The names of these books are as crazy as the covers, along with the synopses. I’ve used the pages from the stories on the sides or backs too, the naughty bits. But I’m getting too old to even find it ironically funny. Now it’s a bit ew! Not is a prudish way, just in a for goodness sakes, that’s ridiculous way. 

If you follow the tags below (boxes, crochet, tutorials, etc.) you’ll find the tutorial, other patterns and ideas. Here is one directly: http://robynefmelia.blogspot.com/2010/01/box-tutorial-sort-of-thing.html













Sunday, August 23, 2020

My Crazy Quilt With Grandmother’s Fans Is Home!

 Just about to do some repairs on my Crazy Quilt With Grandmother’s Fans. A new back and new bound edges. 

There’s a big back story. A bewildering, odd saga that has brought it back to me and to my family. Welcome home! I’ve missed you. 💕 

Here’s some of the story via this link.

Now, with great generosity, eccentricity, typical unpredictability... with the... hmmm... not flippancy, but maybe the unconcern, or ability to not be concerned about finances, the buyer has returned the quilt to me at a fraction (and I mean fraction) of its sale price. Because she thinks I should have it.

That’s what’s filling out the crazy carpet bag in previous posts and to tell the truth, that bag has had no purpose since I made it! Ha!



Saturday, August 22, 2020

Thanks Ruby!

My daughter gave me some gorgeous handspun, hand dyed alpaca/merino for my birth in June. I just had enough to make these lovely warm cuffs. The pattern I adapted from a freebie on Ravelry (follow the link to Rav). 





Friday, August 21, 2020

New Handles On The Crazy Carpet Bag

 At last I fixed the handles! It’s only been an hundred years. I used some from a bag my mum had been making, sentimentally. Mind, she’s in all the sewing I do, she and Grandma.

Look to this post for the details of construction, if you want to make one yourself. I had a class where we did all of the various stitches. These and more. It was heaps of fun and I miss those times with the gals. Maybe after I retire...

I made this to demonstrate a thicker style of stitching to my big crazy quilt, which juxtaposes heavy and very fine work. Contrary to what you might think, it whipped up fairly quickly.

I've carried around these tan velvets since I was 17 or so.

'A fair little girl sat under a tree
Sewing as long as her eyes could see
Then smoothed her work
and folded it right
and said Goodnight dear work
Goodnight, Goodnight.