Saturday, 14 May 2016

The Garden Pole Project

Ron and I have started a new project to make our garden more interesting.   We  got fence posts in two different sizes from the CRT shop.    Ron dug holes about 450mm to 500mm deep and concreted the poles into the garden with rapid set concrete.    We waited a week or so for the concrete to cure.  Today in perfect Autumn weather I painted the poles with an undercoat paint that acts as a sealer to smooth all those splintery poles.  I am developing some wild ideas for decorating these garden poles.  While I was painting Ron was lifting all the old stepping stones out the front of the house.  We have asked Sam the bricklayer to come back and make another fabulous paver path out the front of the house.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Silk Sewing

Both these fabrics are silk and it is about time I got them out of the cupboard and sewed something to wear.

I usually avoid styles of tops in this photo however this top will suit the silk sewing.

The silk is placed on top of paper so cutting out will be easier.

I cut out every pattern piece singularly. I had to copy the pattern paper piece for the back, front and sleeves.  Paper under the fabric and pattern paper above  the fabric made cutting out not so bad.  Before cutting out I always alter all my patterns.  I have a high round back and now with my alteration the back sits properly on my shoulders.  These sleeves are very wide so I did not have to alter the sleeve width at all.
I had to do some research about silk sewing.  The youtube videos below were very helpful.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Magic Garment Folding

I bought a magic garment folder from Ebay.

It took a matter of minutes to fold all my T shirts and file them in a drawer.  I love gadgets and tools.  I like this garment folder as it will make it more fun to have organised clothes.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Fold Up Tote Bag

Another project from the book in the photo

The tote complete with handles and drawstring closure

Fold the tote down to a smallish rectangle.

Fold the folded tote rectangle in half towards the velcro triangle attachments.

The two triangles are a handle come velcro closure.  The tote is ready to add to my handbag contents.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016


Yesterday Ron and I set off from Moss Vale railway station to go to Macarthur.  Ten days ago Ron did the same trip to have a CT scan of his brain and yesterday we got the results from the brain surgeon, Dr Darwish.  This has been an annual procedure since Ron had a brain aneurism on 4th September, 2010.
Dr Darwish looked at the scans and was satisfied that there were no brain changes or anything to worry about.  Dr Darwish said to keep up the healthy lifestyle and Ron need not return ever  for any checkups.  Of course if an symptoms return the option is open to get more treatment.

Hooray, hooray, hooray.  First the all clear for Oscar and now the all clear for Ron.  We all feel lucky and appreciate every day since the illnesses.  Good health is such a gift in life.

To celebrate Ron bought a right and a left terrace house for his model train set.  Ron likes the Hobbyco shop at Macarthur as he always finds something interesting to add to the growing home model train room.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

What to sew for a man who has everything!

What is this mystery object???
Surely Ron has not taken  to using handbags.
NO...Something more practical for a man who feels the cold.

Warm and light fleece
A train themed fabric for the double zippered closure

The  reveal is that the mystery object is  a light and warm travel blanket.
 It is something practical for the man who has everything.
Soon I will make a travel blanket for myself using dotty fleece fabric.
I watched a Nancy Zieman/ Mary Mulari video on Youtube.
I liked the project so much that I bought the book to make other easy travel things.