Friday, January 6, 2012

It's In The Bag......well almost

A little project on the side is always good when you hit a snag, don't you think?......

The dress was coming along swimmingly, when suddenly out of nowhere there was a hiccup....
just one,
very small,
quite ladylike really,
but until I could figure it out, I needed a distraction.

An easy, peasy make, that would keep the crafty vibe alive but not cause any hiccups!!

It couldn't get much easier than sewing two rectangles of fabric together.

Because I love this green floral fabric so much, I had bought an extra metre and thought it would make a great bag to keep my crochet in.
I'm very happy with how it has turned out, although if I make another I will tweak it a little.

I love the gingham lining, it was going to be polka dots but I didn't have quite enough fabric, so gingham it is and it looks nice and cheery....

There's a spot for 3 crochet hooks and a pocket for some scissors or some chokky, hehe.....

Good place to hide your chokky stash, the family would never think to look in your crochet bag would they?

There's room for my rug......
hopefully not for much longer as I sit and hook a round or two in the evenings...

It's growing ever so slowly.

Earlier this week a bubble/cardboard/paper wrapped parcel arrived in my letter box.

In it were a couple of books I had ordered from New Zealand and I had been waiting patiently!! for them....

'The Story of My Ruin' and' I know A Garden' by Marion Cran.

They are lovely books, written back in the 1930's telling of her gardening exploits and of renovating old homes in England.
She was also the first gardening radio broadcaster.....

It was a completely different era, with gentler ways.

Who would've thought that a book purchased for 50 cents from a jumble stall at a school fete, would turn into a journey that has given me hours of enjoyment.......

There may be a little less crochet taking place in the evenings now!!

I'm also swooning over those David Austin roses...
Lady of Megginch♥♥

And to end the week, here is my first op shop find for the year.
A lovely woollen blanket, with lots of colours,


I haven't seen one like this before and hesitated before I bought it BUT I have plans which I am a little bit excited about, as it feels like my sewing mojo may be returning.

In my defence I would like to say that I was at the op shop dropping off bags and boxes of bits and pieces that I can live without.
I was having a little clear out, so when something new comes in, something old has to go.
So, 2 'new to me' books arrived and out went a bag of magazines and 4 books, along with a bag of clothes and some kitchen ware, yay...

It feels great decluttering....


You can see how much the countryside has dried out in the last little while....less green and more brown, but a beautiful, blue
sky, in the last photo.

We are in for another warm day tomorrow, but hopefully some rain on Sunday which will be lovely.

I hope you enjoy your weekend wherever you are and thank you to everyone who left a lovely, encouraging comment on my previous post.

It's always great to hear from you and a big thanks to Georgia over at Little Blue Mouse for her advice on my hiccups!!

Have a great weekend everyone and take care,

Claire X

P.S. Silly me, forgot to say that Emma over at Lemons for Lemonade is hosting a fab giveaway for those of you who would like to learn how to crochet. Lots of great things to get you 'hooked'
(I just had to , sorry!)

It's open till the 31st. January and she will post worldwide.
Pop on over read her January 4th post and throw you name in the hat and good luck!


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  2. Love the bag (and the space for the chocolate)! and I would love to read those books- it sounds so quaint. I'm in the middle of doing our garden and need some inspiration (and ideas of finding plants that can deal with grey water and have a non-invasive root system...any ideas?). Glad to hear you have a sewing mojo again, maybe you can find mine, whilst your there hehe. xx

  3. Great tip on hiding chocolate may well use that one in the future. Your bag looks lovely! I'm new to using a sewing machine and I am going to attempt my first project this weekend - a peg bag - found a great pattern on the net for one.

    Love the woolen blanket and the books look interesting.

    Hopefully I'm going to de-junk my stuff this weekend - perfect excuse for a little shopping in the local charity shop. x I saw a really cute dress the other day in a charity shop near my work but alas it was too small but I wish I had bought it now to recycle the material - it reminds me of the green floral fabric of your bag.

    Leah x

  4. I love the idea of stashing the chocolate in the crocheting bag....especially such a pretty one at that x

  5. A lovely diversion Claire. Now, I think I'm going to be hiding several things in my bag - I'm always searching for new hiding places for all sorts.

    What a beautiful view from your garden. No hills in our neck of the woods!!

    Have a lovely weekend.
    Liz xx

  6. Love your crochet bag - so bright and sunny! As you say, great place to hide the choccy! When I saw the book title, I thought it was going to be about something else entirely!!!!!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  7. I adore the fabric combo. You are so clever Claire. I'm sure those would be great on your stall too. Lovely chatting with you and raised my spirits no end xxx

  8. Oh WOW Claire, I love your new bag. That green fabric is just so gorgeous and the gingham lining perfect. Hiding places for chocolate, such a clever idea. :)
    I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with that blanket...
    Have a fab weekend,
    Anne xx

  9. Hello Claire,

    Love the crochet bag...that fabric is so ....Happy!

    Now what plans could you be having for that lovely woolen blanket?????

    janet xox

  10. Claire, I didn't know Marion wrote about decorating? But stands to reason, she knows about decoration outside, so why not inside?
    What terrific finds. The yarn bag is darling, curious to see what you will do with the blanket.
    I was reading Beverly Nichols last night, all about clematis. Oh, Clematis!

  11. Hi Claire , Love your crochet bag and your crochet "rug" :0)
    Yay for decluttering...feels great doesn't it !
    Your roses are stunning ,enjoy summer .
    Jacquie x

  12. I love the fabrics you used for your bag! Floral and gingham look fantastic together! Sorry you ran into a hiccup on the dress... hope it all gets sorted out soon. Your Austin roses are so lovely. And the books about restoring the old home and planting a garden sound delightful.

  13. Well,Claire, for an easy peasy project, you sure did a great job of it! Pockets, and everything.

    I am rather keen on that green fabric as well, the red gingham makes a lovely match for it.

    Must be bag seen, I finished my crochet one yesterday. Way cool


  14. Love the bag but have even greater love for the crochet! Pretty colours Claire.

  15. Love the colours in this post!

  16. Hi Claire - love your new crochet bag (esp. the tip about hiding the choccies, hehe!!).

    Thanks so much for the lovely 'goodies' - delighted with them all- featured them in a little post today :D

    'Speak' soon!
    Alison x

  17. Hi Claire,

    Love the sewing bag and can't wait to see what you do with the wool blanket. Always enjoy reading what you are up to! Karen

  18. Ooh, the red gingham looks great with the green fabric, and what a good idea having a pocket for your choccy stash.
    I hide mine from my son in the tumble dryer; he'll never look in there and on the odd occasion when I use it, I transfer the stash to my peg bag!

  19. I just love your little bag the colours are gorgeous. And I'm keen to find a copy of those books, they sound like a good read. We are experiencing a cooler day today thankfully!

  20. Red checks and green floral! Can't go wrong there and the handles :-} LOVE IT.


  21. Hey Claire, good for you!! I know how wonderful it feels to box up stuff and get it out of the house. Freeing. Like a weight has been removed from your shoulders!! It makes room for the things you want in your life today.


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