Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Crochet op shop finds

Spotted these gorgeous knee rugs/ blankets at Vinnies in Glenroy this week; they look brand new, priced around $10 each. I LOVE the fluoro brights with the black border! Like a giant liquorice allsort!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Mitts in May

I needed a small, quick project after finishing the last blanket, so since the weather has been a bit cooler, I decided to knit some mitts.
I had a pattern in a knitting book (which I mainly liked for the colours used!) I found a similar colour flecked grey at Lincraft.
When I knitted up the pattern, it was waaayy too big, so I frogged the whole thing and started again. These fit much better! I had to use youtube to figure out how to do the picot bind off- which I love the look of! - but will have to try blocking it again to make it sit flat.

Monday, 1 May 2017

And yet another blanket!

I finished another blanket - my first for the year! It is probably about single bed sized, I basically kept knitting until I ran out of yarn!

Now I need to get cracking on the next one, but after the blast of winter last week, I really need some new arm warmers. And I keep looking at shawl patterns, and the ball of wool and pattern for the " little dragon shawl" I bought from the brilliant craft store in Lakes Entrance last year...not to mention all the Outlander knitting patterns I have been looking at...and I always wanted to make a proper Tom Baker Dr Who scarf....!!!!

Thursday, 27 April 2017

A cake, a cat and a quilt

Cake - My eldest made - and decorated - an amazing birthday cake for my birthday this week! I had a lovely afternoon tea on Saturday ( except I completely forgot to take any photos of the table, laid out with my lovely embroidered table cloth, lots of vintage plates, flowers, and of course all the yummy treats!

Cat-  I bought my eldest a satchel bag from an op shop earlier this year, and he has been using it to carry homework in. He took it to his grandparents' house on Anzac Day- and their cat went crazy for it. She rolled around on it, slept on it and it ended up covered in cat fur!

Quilt- my MIL - owner of the cat! - made me a beautiful quilt for my birthday (which I have just realized I haven't taken a photo of yet, so I just took a quick one now, but it does not really do it justice!).  I will have to take some proper photos in the daylight!

Monday, 17 April 2017

There's a "new look" chair in there (part 2)

Tah dah! Here is my made-over chair.  I used some lovely grey upholstery fabric off-cuts, from a bag of bits bought from Rathdown Remnants a few years ago. There was just enough to cover the seat cushion  with one piece, and the back cushion with another- using another piece for the side seams, but they match the slip cover for the back frame of the chair. (Which wasn't actually planned, I kind of hadn't thought about the back, but it all worked out fine!)





Then the next day I decided the chair needed a cushion, so I used an offcut ( long term stash, I think it actually came from a box of offcuts from Nicole Mallalieu's workshop in Brunswick years ago!). A little touch of vintage style floral for my " new" vintage grey chair! Yay!



Friday, 14 April 2017

There's a chair in there...( part 1)

Many years ago when I first moved to Melbourne, our lounge room furniture consisted of 2 deck chairs and a sofa bed couch.  We still have the deck chairs (updated January 2014) with wood stain and cushion covers)  and the couch ( also recovered). 
Then we discovered the giant Brotherhood store nearby in Brunswick, and started adding more furniture to the house, including 2 60's recliners. I covered them with cream fabric ( purchased from the original GJ's fabrics out the back of Barkley Square. dyed darker cream with tea & coffee).
Then we bought our house, moved to Coburg, had 2 kids...and needed more seating in the lounge room!
I found a great blue couch at Salvos, but didn' t have space to keep my 2 chairs, so I swapped them for the couch.  But I always regretted getting rid of the chairs.  I loved their lightweight, the timber frames, and the way they reclined when you lean back on them.
I have seen similar chairs in scandi furniture shops for upwards of $200, so when my neighbours put this chair out for hard rubbish I couldn't resist!

It looked like it had been a bed for a cat, and had several layers of covers in a range of colours and fabrics!

Definitely ripe for a makeover!

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Sewing spirograph circles

Long term readers might recall a little op shop treasure  I found a couple of years ago- a janome "spiral stitcher".

The instructions left a bit to be desired, but I managed to figure it out. The tricky bit was getting the speed right- the instructions say to sew at half speed but my machine doesn't have that option.
They turned out really well, so cool!  Now I just have to think what to do next- use it on a bag, or maybe for a pocket? And I need to try some rainbow thread  next time too!