What no Fairies?

We’ve had a month of madness here and I’ve barely done any sewing let alone any blogging about it – as you will have noticed! We’ve eaten some fantastically tasty new dinners and been out and about at the seaside with the rellies as well as out walking here but my creativity is feeling a bit squished and I’m getting antsy.

I am struggling with the annual irk of winter which is that we spend too much time indoors and too much mess is made that doesn’t get cleared up. I really do still believe that fairies will come in the night and everything will be cleaned and tidied by them ready to start a new day. Or, if they can’t make it at night then they will come when we are out during the day and I won’t come home to washing that need processing or dishes that need to be washed.

We have been making envelopes at a rate of about six a day for the last week since the wonderful The Crafter’s Companion Enveloper Pro was delivered by a very patient post man. This poor man has to come to our house in a van now to deliver parcel after parcel containing vinyl albums bought for pennies on ebay by El Famosisimo.

We’ve also had a run on badge making so we are surrounded by snipped up bits of paper and magazines as well as all the washing which I have been drying on the really useful Ikea Pressa peg things on the shower rail or the door frame as I can’t be bothered to go to the shed and put them in the tumble dryer. I feel like I am the only person who has piles of clean folded clothes on the sofa which don’t move (no fairies again) as well as piles of clean plates that get dirty then clean again and don’t make it into the cupboards in-between those states and paper everywhere. I just can’t be bothered to keep moving things and putting them away ALL THE TIME…. I think I need to go to housewife boot camp or something to sort myself out as I’m twenty years into this job and I have still not really got the hang of it.

I have a few finished things and more unfinished things to show for a month’s worth of thinking about sewing:

What you see here is what can be sewn from 1 meter of denim: one pair of trousers for Miss Amoo – now 128cm tall, one bodice for a simple A line pinafore for Miss Froo and one back piece sewn from the leftover denim ready to be cut to shape and attached to aforementioned bodice if I can find more denim to make the front.

The bodice is completely lined with a bit of one of Mr G’s ink-stained shirts and finished with poppers so as soon as I get some denim there will be no excuse not to get the thing finished. This is proving tricky though as there is currently absolutely no denim in my favourite shop. Local folks will know that this small town is disproportionately well supplied with dress and upholstery fabrics, notions, yarn and more in three fantastic shops all called Masons. The ladies tell me that ‘He Who Does All The Ordering’ hasn’t been well and some things haven’t been restocked lately as his mojo is taking some time to find again. That and the price of cotton is ridiculously high at the moment and denim is hard to find at reasonable prices. So, disappointingly, the only useful bit of the metre is the trousers which have been well worn already.

The other thing was a last minute birthday gift for Mr G. The story behind this is that the caravan came with a stainless steel tea pot which we have been using on a daily basis. We have had tea pots before but always ended up breaking the lids somehow so the hinged lid of the metal pot is a real bonus.

Now that Mr G is getting into drinking green tea and decaff Earl Grey he needs a littler tea pot at the office doesn’t he (this is my thinking, not his). I left it til the last minute and bought a brand new shiny pot for one from an old fashioned hardware-and-more shop in Oxford that is close to where Miss Froo’s drama thing happens. It is the kind of place where you have to ask if they have something as everything is everywhere. On enquiring, the chap moved some plastic sieves on a high shelf to reveal three different sizes of boxed tea pots. This kind of shopping is much more exciting than buying him yet another pen, I can tell you!

This was the winner and is is seated on a hastily but carefully sewn tea pot mat to save scalding his desk. This is the first time in years that have bound something without using the Singer bias tape foot but the thick cotton (from trousers) the batting (fleece) and the backing (check shirt) wouldn’t fit through the foot so it was old fashioned half machine, half hand sewing that got the binding so neat. I’m so happy with it that I offer you an extreme close up as a bonus.

I have yet to cut any of the Rag Market fabrics to sew anything for myself so I plan to do something about that next month. Or not. Depending on the effect produced by the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Australia.

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8 Comments to “What no Fairies?”

  1. oh my word! An enveloper pro! I must stop reading your blog as it gives me ideas of gadgets I need even when I have no need of them. It seems that I am far too easily influenced.

    Hope you get a chance to do more sewing. Always impressed by your creations!

    • The enveloper is very easily stored so even if you don’t use it all the time it won’t take up too much space…. (I am a terrible enabler tee hee hee)

  2. That’s some really neat binding! I like the progress on the denim dress too, shame about the lack of denim to finish it. I’ve yet to use any of the fabrics I bought at the Rag Market too, so don’t worry!

  3. Ah, Rachel, I want /need one of those ikea peg thingies. i know I am highly suggestible. Why don’t ikea do mail order? The denim dress looks good and clever reuse of the old shirt as lining. The tea pot mat looks very neat and stylish. I don’t think you are alone in the clothes piled on sofa. This morning i suggested the children start to put their own clean clothes away..think I am going to have to work on training them. We have a permanently overflowing clean laundry basket on the upstairs landing. Soometimes I think it is easier to just bypass drawers and wardrobes and dress ourselves straight from theis basket. I am looking forward to seeing what you make from that yellowy-green fabric we both bought at the Rag Market. No pressure though. πŸ™‚

    • That green fabric is teasing me from under the sewing machine and I’ve been half-asleep-sewing in my head with it for weeks. That almost asleep-sewing is about as productive as drying washing at night by moonshine but I’m sure a skirt will come to life some time soon….

  4. I think it pretty much impossible to have kids, be creative and have a clean house. Sounds like a fun place to be: badge-making, envelope folding, sewing and vinyl record collecting, how could laundry ever compete? And believe me, couches all over the world are inaccessible due to laundry pile-ups. Like this http://www.theredneckmommy.com/2011/03/04/nobody-likes-a-hypocrite/

    • Oh Siggy thanks for that link. Tanis made me laugh out loud! It’s 1.22am here and I should be in bed but I’m doing business banking rather than sleeping or clearing the arms and back of my sofa which each have piles at least 2ft high of clean clothes and towels. Mr G and I sat together on the sofa tonight to watch a bit of tv so that is proof that it isn’t too bad today!!

      Fun is good – make sure you have a little bit of fun today too πŸ™‚

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