It's definitely getting autumnal out there. Oh, the leaves on the trees may still be green but the air is different. Even when it was warm yesterday, it wasn't the same as high summer heat - onwards then, into my favourite time of the year. Conkers, crunchy leaves on walks, bramble jelly making - these are a few of my favourite things - tra la la :)
Ok, things desk-wise have been somewhat fraught. The tension on my machine went belly-up, especially from the bobbin. So the innards were taken apart, a disgusting amount of fluff and gunk was removed from underneath, a little light oil was massaged into the important bits and... it's still not quite right. Damn. I'm going to have to play around until the upper and lower tensions are happy again. Any tips???
During the recent trip to Winchester avec Madame Dunnit, she spotted this red and white floral oilcloth which she rather liked. Having seen the prices of oilcloth bags in Cath Kidston (faint....) I rashly offered to have a go. I worked out a rough pattern/measurements as Julia didn't want the bag to be too big and am basically going to make it up as I go along! Story of my life really....I either end up with amazing successes or glorious failures :D
I'm undecided whether to use the spots or gingham as the lining... herself has yet to see either. I had to buy some heavy duty machine needles to cope with the oilcloth - hopefully my machine will be tamed again by then! I also invested in a bias binding maker - yahoo!! Thanks for all your tips on this little beauty - (Elizabeth, I had a look at the automatic Singer one but couldn't justify £70!!)
And as many of the desks are featuring Christmas ideas - I had to show you some fabric I found in The Cotton Angel in Monmouth (thanks for the info Sam!). I know it's too early yet, but have found through bitter experience that if you don't buy it when you see it.....well, you all know the rest!! Anyway, these will make some fine Christmas bunting a little further down the line!
PROUD MUM WARNING........
Here's a pic of The Big O, taken on holiday a couple of weeks ago. He did really well in his A Levels and is off to Cardiff University in September to read Computer Systems Engineering. I'm proud of my boy - it's the next chapter in his life (and mine..). I'm so happy for him, but shall miss him like crazy.
And finally, here is the latest shot in the Mad Moggy Moments. Ron is in love with the net on our ping-pong table - I mean, WHY??????
But whatever the attraction, he just can't leave it alone...!!
Do we get a 'let' if we hit the cat during the game, do you think??
Have a great week!!