Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sewing: Bags, a Skirt and the Vegetable Garden

I really must apologise that this seems to have turned into a sewing blog.  It was never intended to be so, but now it's all I seem to do.  I'm constantly covered in bits of cotton, (I go out and find myself picking bits off my clothes) and I seem to be measuring time in the amount of projects I get completed.  It has, however, helped me on the road to living a more simple life because time has indeed seemed to have slowed down and there's nothing really technological about sewing.  Yes, I know you can get fancy 'touch screen' sewing machines, but mine is a simple common garden one with a couple of dials on the front that go 'clunk clunk' when you switch modes.  I don't have an overlocker (nor do I want one) and don't sit with an iPad in front of me reading the instructions from downloaded patterns.  Instead I like to buy the pattern (the paper version) or use a book.  Like the one above.

Yes, I did make the Farmer's Market Bag again, (first attempt here) this time using this light green fabric with the white flecks for the front, the fancy half circle pattern fabric for the back and the front pocket (which looked really snazzy) and the red was for the lining.  I made this with my big sister in mind and popped it in the post yesterday.  It's a surprise, which I'm assuming she doesn't read my blog (?) so hopefully it will be a nice thing to get in the post either tomorrow or Tuesday.  Or the day after that, depending on how slack the postman is. 

I then decided to make another one because I had some of the grey leaf fabric left (which I used for the original one) and I had found some other leaf fabric which was going to match it perfectly.  It also has grey leaves as well as pink and gold ones too.  I just had to do it again.  See....
I thought it turned out rather well!
Once again I ignored the instructions where it called for a bit of Velcro to hold the flap of the pocket closed and used a button instead.  This was another I found out of a collection that I got from the Yarragon Vintage Market up the road.  It's a lovely gold colour which suits the gold leaves.  Bonus! (And why I'm getting so excited about buttons now I have no idea.  Mid-life crisis??)
 
After finishing this last night today I decided to get back to making clothing.  I had fabric left over from one of the pinafores I made my daughter so I decided to use that to make up a little skirt.  It was nice and quick and one of those great ones that are easy to put on (as it is just secured with elastic), which is perfect when it comes to dressing wriggly two year olds.
In other news, I have finally managed to take a few more steps down the simple living path, or should I say sustainable living, and I've put some vegetable plants in my new veggie garden.  It's been a bit of an ongoing saga because I had to get my husband to make the veggie boxes, and that was in between being busy with shearing jobs.  But he did a great job and last weekend he got the soil for them so now I've been able to put some plants in.  Tomatoes were the first thing I put in, one of them being an heirloom variety, and yesterday I got a few other bits, such as baby spinach, cos lettuce, basil, mint, zucchini and strawberries.  Today I even found a raspberry plant at the supermarket so I had to have that too.
My daughter has rearranged the little tags that I popped under each plant, so unfortunately I now have no idea which is what....but there is a Black Russian and a Tommy Toe and something called a Grosse Lisse (I think) and some other one that I have completely forgotten the name of.  I really want some cherry tomatoes too but the nursery didn't have any, although they are expecting some tomorrow.  My four year old is crazy about tomatoes so I want to have lots of cherry tomatoes out there for him to gorge on, otherwise he'll gorge on the big ones and there will be nothing left for salads.  Yes, there is a method to the madness.
There are already some strawberries on my strawberry plants (although they are still green) but I think it will be a race between me, the kids and the birds as to who will get to eat them.









10 comments:

  1. Looks like you're having a great funtime of it with the planting, sewing, tag switching, and button finding. Thanks for sharing. We've had great luck with cherry tomatoes: the volunteer plants that came up on their own have given us a rich bounty of the little gems for popping into our mouths as we go by the raised beds each day.

    Thanks for sharing the little skirt. So easy and cute to make. Great way to use up fabrics you have a bit of and want to be able to see it sometimes.

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    1. I'm still hunting for cherry tomato plants!! My nursery still hasn't got them in so I might have to look further afield. Most frustrating! I'm sure they're out there somewhere. Yes, it is a good skirt for using up fabric. I'll be doing this one a lot I think.

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  2. Gosh I wish I was better at sewing! I really enjoyed seeing how your veggie garden was going, we have purple sprouting broccoli and runner beans at the moment :D usually have more but the deer come and eat everything! xD Lovely blog, your header is gorgeous! xx

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    1. Purple broccoli sounds unreal! As annoying as they would be it does sound rather lovely having deer visit you....even if they eat all of your veggies!

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  3. Psh don't apologize for the direction your blog is taking you! It may just be the best thing to ever happen, you don't know. (; Indeed your blog has changed, but so have you. I think it's great that you are comfortable to share with us your new found simple living and simple way of life. Literally a veggie garden is the first thing on my list when we move into a house some day. We use insane amounts of fruits and veggies in our house hold. (:

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    1. True, actually it might be! We eat lots of fruit in our household. The kids go nuts over it which is great. I'm always buying more bananas and apples especially. They just help themselves all the time, which sort of drives me mad, but at least they are eating lots of fruit!

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  4. I'm in love with these bags that you keep making and the gorgeous fabrics that you find! Keep us updated on the veggie garden, I hope it all goes well for you :) x

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    1. We're coming in to a drought so I'm a bit worried about the veggies and how it will go. I'm shocking at remembering to water!! These bags are great. I'll get that pattern to you!

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  5. I think an apology is not due from you. but from me! I'm so happy that you've found a passion for sewing. Everyone deserves something that makes them happy, but sewing for me is not that. My mom is a huge sewing-person.. Seamstress (she makes some of my clothing) ?? So growing up sewing has been her thing, and I think subconsciously I pushed myself away from getting involved. It's just not interesting to me! Haha!! I'm SUPER HAPPY that you've found something you love, but am also happy to skip over some of the posts about sewing. Don't take that the wrong way, I'm still all about your blog because you are such a great friend (and a great writer) so I'm not leaving!!!!!

    I really like the dual leaf-fabrics in the new bag! The garden looks super cute! LOLOL I love that Im has made the garden a bit of a guessing-game. I LOOOOVE TOMATOES, too! I hope you win the strawberry race. Or, at least the kids. I'll be sad if a bird wins!!

    MUCH LOVE!!!!

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  6. Your garden looks wonderful, and I love the tote bags. I wish I could sew : )

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