canine cushions

JRT cushion on my sewing chair

JRT cushion on my sewing chair

I made a JRT cushion for our sofas a while back and have found a few minutes to finish the other ones that I cut out and prepared at the same time.

grey gaberdine cushion with stone coloured daschund

grey gaberdine cushion with stone coloured daschund

I love the striped linen daschund one & I’m really tempted to keep it but we don’t have a daschund (yet!) so it’s not necessary, really.

stone coloured daschund detail

stone coloured daschund detail

Silhouette appliqué is simple and effective and with a huge soft spot for dogs, these canine cushions are becoming my favorites.

My sis & friends have labs and we also have friends with a beautiful lurcher, all of which would make fabulous silhouettes.

grey striped linen cushion with grey daschund

grey striped linen cushion with grey daschund

They will have to go onto my huge the list of ‘to dos’.

Once I’ve finished the jungle chums blanket which is my next unfinished project to get done, I need to get on with a patchwork quilt requested of my by a very special girl what seems like a very long time ago.

grey daschund

grey daschund

I think I need to give up work, it’s definitely getting in the way.

weekend workspace

vintage table cloth

vintage table cloth

Well I have finally got my little sewing corner finished and the wine box shelves are in place with everything just where I need it now.

workspace shelves completed

workspace shelves completed

I started arranging this little weekend workspace in spring 2014 but managed to finish it in October (just not had time to talk about it).

rows of buttons

rows of buttons

I’m really pleased with the use of the wall space that the wine boxes provide and it is an inexpensive way to get storage and shelving.

It also appeals to the recycler in me so ticks many boxes (!!) and only took about 10 minutes to install.

my gorgeous little singer featherlite

my gorgeous little singer featherlite

I have somewhere away from my sewing table and sewing machine to store my collection of vintage table cloths, napkins and cloths, the staggered line breaks up the width and the spaces between are perfect for those long awkward knitting needles.

sewing table

sewing table

There is a stash of unfinished work (no!!) in a trunk nearby and some fabrics in a rather nice basket ready to be turned into something. All this and a commission for the pooch pouches (Sorry it is taking so long, Barb. I haven’t forgotten!!)

cut glass bowl of threads

cut glass bowl of threads

Now I need to find some ever elusive time to sit there and get busy.

scraps and spares

scraps and spares

Camo Christmas

Henry all kitted and saluting

Henry all kitted and saluting

JC’s godson and his brother are some of our favourite people to buy for at Christmas. They are 8 & 5 and still at the age where us big kids can indulge ourselves and buy them stuff we would really have liked as kids.

Henry is still into machinery, be it tractors or JCBs, William is very much into his ball sports and loves the beautiful game (but he is an ace with a rugby ball!!).

I have to confess to always being on the look out for little things to take along for them when we see them and also ideas for their birthdays and Christmas.

William decided that a kitkat was a good thing to at the bottom of his HUGE kit bag

William decided that a kitkat was a good thing to at the bottom of his HUGE kit bag

Whichever little man’s birthday it is, the other gets a non-birthday present so they both have some fun stuff, there is no fighting and everyone gets to enjoy the event equally.

The challenge for birthdays and christmas if getting hard though. They are getting bigger and they are no longer impressed by silly bits of plastic (or cardboard boxes!!!).

Attention!!

Attention!!

I like to put a bit of thought into what they get and I also like to have made some of it.

This year, we have gone camotastic, camo overalls, camo wells (who knew!!!!), camo walkie talkies, camo helmets (they have webbing like the real ones), dog tags engraved especially for them and a big camo kit bag to put them all in.

Henry to Control, come in

Henry to Control, come in

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the shopping and I have made the kit bags myself for all the camo things to go in (individually wrapped inside the kit bag that is also wrapped – evil present wrapping).

What do you think?

William was despatched to the end of the garden to see how far the walkie talkie's reached

William was despatched to the end of the garden to see how far the walkie talkie’s reached

I’d have loved this little lot as a kid!!

soft furnishings

JRT cushion

JRT cushion

I rarely make things for myself or our home these days but I have started a range of cushions inspired by our JRT, Max and one of them is now on our sofa.

detail

detail

I’m not the first so nothing new there, there are lots of makers who are putting silhouettes of their pooches on bags, cushions and T-Shirts.

detail

detail

But the covers on our sofa cushions, have become a bit shabby and with a plan to build an extension and fit new curtains soon (I think I know which will be easier), it got me thinking about bringing some of the colours together.

detail

detail

My inspiration for all the decor in our living/dining room has been 2 limited edition lithograph prints by Brenda Hastin. They aren’t worth anything more than about £40 each but I love them with a passion.

Max

Max

The colours are gorgeous and as a result, everything in our living/dining room is based on these colours and the textures in these 2 prints.

The walls are white like the clouds, the floor is american black walnut like the substrate, the sofa is dark grey like the layers of the rocks, the rug is pale grey, winter white and the pale teal like some of the other layers of rock, sea and sky. So far, this is about it really.

weiner!!

weiner!!

It’s a simple and easy pallet that I love and one that I could inject any number of other colours into (if I felt so inclined).

I’m fundamentally lazy though (& scared of colour – can you believe it?) and things stay the same for very, very long periods of time.

I fancy lime, I fancy yellow and I fancy khaki but I probably won’t go there (although I do have some lime napkin rings!!!) so working with the pallet that I have and love, this cushion fits in perfectly. I just need to add more of the colours to the next ones now.

ready to start

ready to start

 

 

I’m going to add to the range with other slightly different cushions (sausage dogs, labradors and other popular breeds) that I will sell but finishing this one has inspired me to make more things for us. I’ll finish accessorising our living room which will enable me to tie together the colours from the prints onto the additional cushions for the sofa that sits in the bright light of our lovely victorian window.

same colour way as our JRT cushion

same colour way as our JRT cushion

Another job to add the ever lengthening list of things to do!!

 

Vintage Apron

ready to wear

ready to wear

All the aprons I make are generally long bib aprons with decorative appliqué.

wide pocket

wide pocket

I have just finished a short waist apron in vintage floral fabric that is decorated with yellow velvet ribbon and I rather like it. It is something I will make again.

pocket trim

pocket trim

It is roughly based on a very old apron that my gran used to use (I think it was hers – it has certainly been around a while) which is very thread bear and much the worse for it’s years of service.

waist band trim

waist band trim

The pocket detail is full width and divided to hold cloths, tools and anything else you need when wearing it, be that in the kitchen or elsewhere.

tie at waist

tie at waist

I love this fabric. I picked it up a few months ago and I have already used for a different apron but I have been waiting for an excuse to use this lovely yellow velvet ribbon for an age and this was it.

 

 

advent

on the 12th day of christmas......

on the 12th day of christmas……

I really do need a week to be 14 days long. I simply can’t fit everything into 7 days.

I want to do our local market leading up to Christmas but can’t find a sunday to do it.

8 maids a milking.....

8 maids a milking…..

I want to make some more christmas stockings but can’t find the time to make them.

5 gold rings.....

5 gold rings…..

I want to make some little dresses to go with the lovely cardigans and shugs my mum has been knitting but I can’t fit it in.

3 french hens......

3 french hens……

I have, however, managed to finish the advent calendar that I started last year!

It’s very simple and very red.

a partridge in a pear tree.....

a partridge in a pear tree…..

24 pockets for small delights.

Each decorated with a date or a christmas shape.

lined on the rear and each pocket is lined the same

lined on the rear and each pocket is lined the same

Trimmed with pretty vintage cotton lace and hanging from a ribbon that is secured to the stiffened top.

IF, I find time to do the market, I think it will be the only Christmas thing that I have to sell

christmas eve!!

christmas eve!!

Doggy Bag

dog in a bag

H being a dog in a bag model

One of the guys that I walk with on a morning when I take my JRT, Max, out has a little lhasa apso called Tilly.

She is 14 years old and although she seems incredibly fit for her age, she suffers quite badly from arthritis.

get me outta here!!

get me outta here!!

This isn’t helped by her dense and curly coat which holds all the moisture in this wet and windy weather and doesn’t dry at all quickly.

The damp adde to the soggy coat makes her very stiff, achy and miserable in the cold and wet weather.

I have already suggested that she is towelled down before she goes in the car for the trip home but having seen how she objects to being messed about with (and let’s face it, she has earned her objections at 14), I can see just how tricky it is to manage that.

No point in the little lady suffering unnecessarily, so I have made her a towelling drying bag for her trip home in the car.

The idea is that the ‘bag’ dries the dog as they rest or travel and it keeps them warm at the same time (key for little Tilly).

Couldn’t be simpler to create either:-

1 cut the decorative edge from your recycled towel

1 cut the decorative edge from your recycled towel

take an old towel (this is one that my mum donated to us) which I have dyed (Dylon Woodland Brown) a practical and serviceable colour for using on the dogs when they have been out getting dirty…….

1 – Cut the decorative finished edging off the towel (this one is about 70cm x 110cm – and the size of towel needed for a small dog).

2 – Fold the towel length ways

3 – cut a triangle off one corner 10cm down (on both layers)

4 – sew the short seam (this forms the front)

5 – sew the opposite straight seam (this forms the back)

zip

6 fit zip down back

6 –  fit the zip along the back (allowing enough space for the towelling loops so they don’t catch on the zip teeth). I happened to have a chunky brown zip that had been taken out of something. It is an open bottomed zip and not the full length of the bag but sewn in to fit.

towelling loops need to clear zipper teeth

towelling loops need to clear zipper teeth

7 - forming corners

7 – forming corners

7 – fold open (right sides facing) and sew bottom corners to give depth to base of the bag

trim corner once sewn

trim corner once sewn

8 – turn collar over to allow for threading cord or a ribbon on inside and sew, thread ribbon for tightening.

8 - tie ribbon inside in case the neck needs to be pulled a little snugger

8 – tie ribbon inside in case the neck needs to be pulled a little snugger

Tada!!!

I have added a few extra details such as a towelling tab over the bottom of the zip so it softens the edge in case it comes into contact with a soggy doggy.

zip end sewn into bag

zip end sewn into bag

stitching tab over base of zip

stitching tab over base of zip

zip tab finished

zip tab finished

I have yet to find out if Tilly objects to this method of drying as much as a rub down but we have tried.

I hope it works for the little lady and helps with her aches and pains.

I suppose I ought to be making one for my own mutt too!