Luxury of a Long Weekend

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Thank you for your kind words after my last post and patience while I collect my thoughts.

This morning I woke and lay in bed contemplating the unusual situation of 3 days at home (it is a long weekend here in Queensland) and no commitments.  That is right – nothing, nobody, nowhere.  We had no plans.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love catching up with family and friends, entertaining and going places but it is such a novelty not to have anything planned.

The weather is cool and humid with showers of rain threatening.

GMan and I began by taking the outdoor table downstairs to clean it in preparation for painting.  Next, we have cleaned all of the concreted area under the house – swept, vacuumed and cleaned with the high-pressure water spray.

After using the outdoor vacuum cleaner GMan discovered that the filter bag was falling to bits.

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I decided that I could make a new one which appears to have been a success.

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Here it is attached to the lid of the vacuum cleaner.

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There are lots of other things we can work on and there will be more about those in upcoming posts.

I hope you are having a safe and relaxing weekend wherever you are.

Craft Challenge

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It is Tuesday morning here and we have had a long weekend.  My mother came to visit and I have been spending time doing things other than blogging.  On Saturday we visited 6 open gardens as part of the local Garden Club’s weekend titled, “Gardening on the Edge” which is a specific reference to the escarpment location where we live.  These were large, mostly ornamental gardens with stunning displays of camellias which are in full flower at the moment.  One garden had a large, productive vegetable patch so that was of particular interest to me.

We arrived home at about 3pm just as it began to drizzle with rain. We have had consistent rain since then with it barely stopping, day or night for 64 hours.  The rain is not heavy – just gentle, soaking rain which is predicted to continue for another 3 days.  I hope my new vegetable seedlings don’t get waterlogged.

A 3 day weekend meant that I achieved most of the essential housework so I had time for some other activities.  Since it was raining I turned to my sewing room.  As always, there are some projects underway and many others planned and waiting to start, so my goal this week is to make some real progress and I will share it with you here.

2013-06-11 01This is a pair of pyjamas I have made for Izz.  I had finished the bottoms except for the waist casing and elastic so that was the first thing on my list.  This fabric was given to me and I had already made pyjama bottoms for myself and another pair for Izz.  This pair used the very last of the fabric and necessitated having an extra join in the back but it is not visible due to the casing.  I then found the tshirt fabric in my stash to make the top.  I was left over from when I was making school polo shirts for Belle (over 20 years ago).

2013-06-11 02The next project was another top made from scraps.  It can be a pyjama top or would be equally suitably to wear to daycare with her jeans.  The white ribbing for the neckband and cuffs is cut out and ready to sew.

2013-06-11 03This is some material that I cut out and prepared to make a sundress.  It will fit a little girl from about 12 – 18 months.  The style means that it is very flexible and can usually be worn for at least 2 years.  I am not making it for anyone in particular but may sell it or give as a gift.

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Here is a piece of plain calico and a smaller piece with teddy bears.  I plan to make a patchwork cot quilt – once again, not for anyone special.

You may wonder at me making random items for which I have no specific purpose.  Although I do not have a room full of fabric stashed to the ceiling, I do have a reasonable quantity of good quality fabric and smaller offcuts.  I love designing and creating garments and useful things that use what I already have so my goal is to gradually work through the pile.

This week I hope to complete several projects and I will share more photos as the week goes on.

Please let me know what you are doing in the craft room, too.