First of all I want to share a photo that I took yesterday - on the way to the tip of all places! I used the Hipstamatic settings on my iphone and shot it out of my open nearside window so it's a bit wonky. I love poppies.
Kate and I are running a series of classes at Pickleberry recycling and altering every day goods. One of them is a paper bag book, not a new idea at all but not everyone has made one or even heard of them.
I love the different size pages and the inserts
My sewing machine has not been working properly at all since last December, it is so frustrating that I just don't bother with it any more. It is £65 + vat to have it looked at and then parts and labour on top of that. It's about 9 years old so Steve decided it has had its day and bought me a new Janome machine on Saturday, along with some threads, embroidery accessories and some material quarters. I even got a latte afterwards!
My first project was to alter an old pair of slouch jeans into cargo shorts for the summer. My jeans are too big now and forever drop down so I just wear them at the beach but they get wet around the bottom.
I wanted cargo shorts but they are all too blokey so with some design advice from Julie, my studio neighbour, I cut my jeans down and tarted them up with some cotton print material from a little fabric shop in Whitstable.
Julie suggested that I add some patterned material in the pocket inserts, I had some red polka dot at the studio but it was too strong - a great excuse to visit the fabric shop for something more suitable..
Helen has a button covering gizmo so I'm hoping she will make a couple of fabric buttons to finish the pockets, I trimmed them with some ribbon from East of India. I loved the detail on the bottom of my jeans and didn't want to lose the slouch look so I cut them off and used them for turn ups. They still looked a bit plain so I added a strip of the cotton print behind them.
Life is so much easier when something just works like it should, my new sewing machine is fab and I can't wait to make something else with it.
This week has seen an improvement in the weather, the NE wind has gone and it's a lot warmer now which means time at the pool and the beach. We went down on Monday evening to cook tea on my bucket and to watch the sun set. Georgina's friend came along and Bill popped down to see us too. Poor Alex was stuck at work, he's got himself a job at McDonalds, they transfer him between home and Newcastle so that he can work while he's away at Uni. At least he works evenings and can get out in the sunshine during the day.
The girls got cold and wrapped themselves up in a blanket and fleeces from the car
Finally the sun set and it was time to go home, I can't imagine moving away from the coast, I love being so close, especially in the summer when it's humid, there is always a fresh feel next to the sea. Georgina is old enough this year to spend time with her friends at the beach, I hope she realises how lucky she is.