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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Bookmarks and Buttons and Oh So Light Scarves....

As I have mentioned in a previous blog, I am trying to make little things that will sell quickly at the markets where I try and flog my goods!  I started making headbands for little girls when I decided to make it shorter and turn it into a bookmark.  That actually did not look tooooo bad, so I started another.  So easy to do, don't know why I did not think about it earlier!  Will still make a few headbands, though!

 Those are the 5 bookmarks I have ended up making.  Will see how it goes before attempting more.

The pink one is quite interesting in that the piece is crochet and then lines of chain crocheting on top making it, if I have knitted stripes, almost tartan-like.  There's a lot of options there, think rugs.

 This blue one I have tried making bobbles (hardly be seen) and then added handmade clay buttons.  Actually looks nicer in real life than on the pictures.

  Here I have snatched one of Dana's (MADE blog) ideas and made 3 little clutch type bags from oilcloth that I had in my stash.  It looked so easy to make, but believe me, to keep those edges neat is a feat in itself!  I have given one to my granddaughter to keep in her satchel that she takes to kindergarden.  In it, a clean pair of panties.  It is girlie and looks good (not as pretty as Dana's, but it will do just fine!).

This is also an idea from Dana's (you see, she is a very talented lady and her goodies are quick and easy to make) - the ruffled scarf.  I have made mine a little bit different, although the result is the same.  Very nice and light and made from tie-dyed material.

 These are just plain scarves that I have made using french chiffon.  They are beautiful, so light and airy and just perfect for summer breezes. (If summer is ever going to arrive in this part of the world!) It has been raining cats and dogs since Monday and the forecast is heavy rain until tomorrow.  Love the rain, but in small portions, please!
Gingham covered hanger.
 As I have done quite a few knitted covered hangers, I thought that I might try my hand at material ones.  This is the first one, does not look tooooo bad, but the other two are not nice.  Will keep those in my cupboard.  Have cut quite a few more and will stitch them together tomorrow, I hope!

The rain is doing the veg patch so good, have been harvesting quite a handful since yesterday.  Taste so much better than bought!  My son buys chicken meat from an organic (free range) farmer and last night after it was roasted, I noticed how little fat was actually left behind in the pan.  The meat is really plumb and tender and I made a good soup from the left-overs today.  Added bits of greenery from the garden and a bit of herbs and with crusty bread made a delicious lunch!

Lastly, thank you to the ladies who so graciously commented on my last post!  It was such a surprise to actually know for sure that people are reading my tedious ramblings! 

Have a lovely day wherever you are!

Marl xox

Thursday, 11 October 2012

A Beautiful Spring Day

I have been away from this blog for too long and should really try and make it a weekly thingie. But, as you know, it is not always possible. Weather not good for photo's, too much other stuff going on, etc, etc. Anyway, I have been busy making stock for the next two craft tables coming up soon. I must admit, though, that I am slightly disappointed at the fairs so far as I am not selling as I hoped I would. Now I am sitting back trying to think of goods people might rather buy. I really did not want to go the boring way, but would rather offer people something out of the ordinary or something they will not encounter in their every day shopping. This is really a trial and error thing! An expensive one at that! It being a lovely sunny day after all the rain we had (miserable weather for nearly 5 days) and seeing that the birds are singing sweet songs, I photographed a few flowering beauties in the garden. I am also trying to crochet a shawl (second one mind you as the first did not turn out as I expected and will have to be unravelled) and have made a few table runners for Xmas usage. Beautiful material and good and heavy for tables. Also bought lovely prints of birds and will try and quilt those. I am a little stuck at the quilting, though. Anyway, the photo's of sunshine and accidental shadowy heads in between:
The photo's are from the top: 1) Spring onions gone to seed; 2) Calendulae - I have a plan with those beauties; 3) Lovely sunny weed (forgotten the name); 4) Close-up of a Pelargonium head; 5) Mauve pelargoniums; 6) The whole bush, bees love those flowers; 7) Lovely wild pink geranium with a lemony smell; 8) The common old red one, still beautiful; 9) Nasturtiums; 10) The crochet shawls; 11) Hoping to be quilted placemats of birdies; 12) 2 Christmassy table cloths plus a finished runner. I hope that your day will be a lovely one! Marl xox