Thank you very much, thank you very, very, very much,
Thank you very much for the Aintree Iron,
Thank you very, very much, very, very . very, very,
Very, very, very, very.....MUCH!!!!!
Those of you of a 'certain vintage' may remember this song by The Scaffold, a group from Liverpool, which included Paul McCartney's brother, Mike McGear and the poet, Roger McGough. It was a bonkers song, but catchy, and we still sing it in our family if indeed we are extremely grateful for someone or something.
And I am VERY grateful to JoZart for all her technical knowhow and sewing machine wizardry!! My DH took the machine apart following Jo's instructions, oiled all the little persnickety twiddly corners and...dare I say it.. the tension is fine once more. Hallelujah!!
So, on my workdesk this morning is my new, improved, ready-to-go, lean, mean, sewing machine... I'm just finishing off a handle in this shot for Mrs Dunnit's oilcloth bag, which you can just see shyly peeking out!
The oilcloth was easier to sew than I'd thought, but it isn't very thick. The heavy duty needle coped fine, even when there were a few layers to sew through.
Here's the finished bag, complete with reinforced seams down the sides and top corners, as the bag seemed quite floppy before. Now it manages to stand up by itself - I'm quite pleased with it, hope Herself likes it!! She chose the gingham lining, in the end....
It's a Bag-tastic Blog this week, as I also finished off Lynne's book bag. Must get it in the post tomorrow. The black lining material is slightly corded and gives a good grip, so hopefully the bag won't be forever slipping off Lynne's shoulders!! More by luck than judgement, that was!
I finished off my birthday celebrations last weekend with a Mates BBQ. Various friends from different parts of my life came, having not previously met but everyone got on like a house on fire! It dawned on me that my female friends are all:
* are..um..well.. opinionated - sorry, but you all are!!
* so, so generous in many ways
* completely and utterly fabulous!!
I looked around the room at everyone laughing and thought how lucky I am. A truly wonderful moment.
Have a great week!