What have I been doing?
|Turmeric, chilli, cumin and basil by Joluise|
Its hard to believe it is October already, where has the year gone! Less than three months to the end of the year. This is the month that my youngest turns 21, I can remember him as a babe-in-arms and now he is all grown up, living away from home and working 3 jobs! He is trying to be independent and doing quite well but from time to time he still needs our help. I can't help but feel sad that my baby is all grown up and I will never get back those precious years when he was young.
October also means we are mid way through spring and I have really been enjoying all the flowers around at the moment such as this very pretty poppy. If you check out my blog on Monday you will see some more glorious flower photos I took recently (that's a bit of self-promotion!!!) - tulips for those who love these flowers.
|Yellow poppy by Joluise|
I do hope you are all having a lovely October no matter where you are. Those who have family staying, may you have a wonderful time; those who are about to travel to see family, prayers that your travels go smoothly; those who are unwell, prayer that you feel better soon. And may the week ahead be without drama.
My 80 year old dad has inspired me! He told me he had been going though his food cupboard and throwing out any items passed their "due by date" or food that he won't be eating. He was surprised at what he found. I thought I should do my cupboards as well, and like him, I found all sorts of things to throw away and now I have plenty of space. I also discovered I don't need to buy any more tins of lentils or beans - I have plenty to keep us going for quite a while!!
Whilst I had the cleaning bug, I cleaned the cupboard under my sink which contains all the cleaning products etc... I found all sorts of things that ended up in the bin. Now that cupboard is looking good.
In the garden
Yesterday I planted beetroot (seeds and a punnet of seedlings) - I wasn't planning too - they never seem to grew for me. However after a long conversation with my dad (who has a green-thumb in the garden) I followed his instructions to the letter and planted some. Beetroot loves lime and "blood and bone" - these two ingredients need to be added to the soil before planting. Once the seedlings grow a little, more lime needs to be added (side dressing!). It will be interesting to see if, finally, I get beetroot to grow. Dad has also planted his - now we can see if we are both successful.
I have almost completed another skirt - this one is a brown stripped corduroy which I have lined with a rich coffee coloured satin. Only the hem remains to be done. Below is Ruby trying to help. Next one to make will be a white skirt for summer.
For a change I decided to make something different - partly to give myself a challenge from skirt making - I decided to make a little girls dress (size 4) which is coming along quite nicely. I just hope it fits the little girl I am making it for - it won't be perfect (as its my first attempt at children's clothing) but she can wear it during playtime!! At the moment I am learning to gather!!
With some birthday money I bought a few books that those who like to sew might enjoy:
Making cushion covers by Debbie Shore
This book really does make cushion making look easy, I am yet to try any of the patterns to see if this is true but I think it just might be!! Perhaps later in the year.
Skirt-a-day sewing: Create 28 skirts by Nicole Smith
I am yet to make anything from this book but I am looking forward to drafting my first skirt pattern as it will finally mean having a skirt that fits me without having to alter a pattern (already have the paper, just need to buy a long ruler for measuring).
Weekend sewing by Heather Ross
This book is full of great ideas but I doubt I will be using them anytime soon - until I am more experienced. Interestedly it got poor reviews on Amazon with some incorrect patterns and poor instructions, so I will need to sew with care when using this book.
Hip Handbags by Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader
Bought second hand last week, this one is full of great hand-made handbags. Nice to look at, perhaps down the track when I become a whizz at the sewing machine (lol!!!)
The best medicine in the world
is a good book and a comfortable chair
And here is a photo just for fun!! One large yellow rubber duck in a pond.
|Yellow rubber duck by Joluise|