Not Catching Up

You may have noticed I’ve been a bit quieter than usual but that’s because I had a friend visiting for a week and then I went back to the U.K. with her to spend a long weekend with my Mum.

My friend and I go back more years than I care to remember but, despite keeping in contact with Christmas and Birthday cards we’ve only recently started to see eachother again so I was really pleased when she said she’d come over to France for a visit.

Here we are on holiday in Tenerife back in the day looking bronzed but blurry on the balcony of our hotel room.

I blame the cheap camera – or it might have been the cheap alcohol ๐Ÿ˜‰

Another balcony, another country, another era.

I knew that the weekend spent with my Mum would be of the quiet variety as she is getting very tired lately and, once we’d been out in the morning for a bit of shopping or a brunch somewhere, she’d had enough of the outdoors for the day so I went prepared with fabric and pattern and used her sewing machine to make another couple of dogs for my eventual doggy garland while she had a snooze.

I’m going to make another three and figure out how to make a craft stall enhancing garland out of them but I’ve got until the end of November so something will come to me before then I’m sure.

Since I’ve been back and trying to catch up on emails, Etsy shop goings ons, reading blogs and dog and cat related problems, I haven’t got much done.

The Colette Negroni shirt I’m making for Mr. T. is still at the muslin stage – just needs the buttons and buttonholes and final hemming and then I can confirm what I’ve suspected for a while – it will be too small for him. ย I know it’s a muslin but I was hoping it would be a wearable one. ย We won’t know for sure until I finish it though will we!

I rush quilted a couple of my hatbox blocks which was easy because the machine quilting I’m doing couldn’t be plainer or simpler unlike the lovely hand quilting Kate’s doing on her version. ย Mine’s a wall hanging so nothing too fancy is called for – well, that’s my excuse anyway.

Here’s something I haven’t caught up on – the perennial ironing basket which I took from my laundry room up to my workroom as that seems to be the only place I brandish an iron these days. ย As you can see, my scheme didn’t work.

I did catch up with Mlle. Tialys the elder when I was in the U.K. as she came up to see ย me when I was at my Mum’s thereby killing two old birds with one stone. ย Oh to be young enough to dress up as a bloody (in the covered in blood sense) rabbit thingy and ย hug a dinosaur as she did last weekend.

The details of the whys and wherefores shouldn’t bother you – I certainly don’t like to delve too deep.

Off to look at the ironing basket again before doing something completely different.





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  1. #1 by nanacathy2 on August 31, 2017 - 10:25

    You can’t beat a catch up with an old mate! I love the dogs, but be careful where you put their noses.

    • #2 by tialys on August 31, 2017 - 14:40

      Yes indeed! I don’t want them too close to each other – it would look cute with elephants but not so much the dogs :/

  2. #3 by katechiconi on August 31, 2017 - 11:02

    I dunno, I’d call that a fair amount of achievement. Quality time with offspring, mates and your mum, a bit of perfectly acceptable quilting, some dressmaking and some cute dogs constructed. The smile on the doggy faces says it all, I feel.

    • #4 by tialys on August 31, 2017 - 14:40

      Well, put like that……..

      • #5 by katechiconi on August 31, 2017 - 17:37

        See? It’s all in how you present the information ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. #6 by claire93 on August 31, 2017 - 11:54

    the years just seem to slip away when you meet up with an “old” friend, don’t they?
    Lovely dogs, lovely quilting and it’s a real shame that shirt isn’t going to fit because you’ve made such a brilliant job of it and fabric is gorgeous.

    • #7 by tialys on August 31, 2017 - 14:43

      They sort of do although there were big swathes of time where we were out of each other’s loop so to speak – she lived in South Africa for a year and I didn’t know for example. Then you realise just how much time has gone past.

      If the buttons don’t do up – when I’ve put them on that is – I might make him wear it open over a t-shirt ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. #8 by onecreativefamily on August 31, 2017 - 14:42

    Such wonderful times

  5. #10 by Dartmoor Yarns on August 31, 2017 - 20:20

    Nice to see you back for a visit. Great that you’ve rekindled things properly with your old friend. I adore the sausage dogs. Every craft stall should have a s sausage dog garland. Go on, dress up as a rabbit and hug a dinosaur. You know you want to.

    • #11 by tialys on September 1, 2017 - 10:04

      Maybe if I wore a rabbit mask too nobody would know it was me.

  6. #13 by magpiesue on August 31, 2017 - 23:38

    I love your little line up of doggies. And as Kate pointed out, you’ve actually been quite productive. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • #14 by tialys on September 1, 2017 - 10:03

      I suppose so Sue, I just feel as if I’ve been doing a bit of something here and a bit of something there rather than one ‘proper’ project.

  7. #15 by Beads and Barnacles on September 2, 2017 - 08:34

    Lol. I’m not sure my laundry ever sees an iron so don’t sweat it.
    It’s always great to catch up with old friends. I need to get better at doing that…

    • #16 by tialys on September 2, 2017 - 09:30

      I do much less ironing than I used to do before. I try to hang everything up as soon as the washing machine has finished and don’t bother much with things like t-shirts. My husband wears ‘proper’ shirts for work but has taken to commuting wearing ‘civvies’ and then laundering and ironing his own shirts in his commuter flat. Result!! I vaguely remember that I used to iron things like knickers at one time – what was that all about?
      Anyway, did you know that your avatar or blog name do not click through to your blog- at least not on here anyway – which has prevented me coming over to look at what you’re up to. This time I decided to track you down by Googling the blog name and now I’ve subscribed by email so that’s solved that. Just thought I’d let you know.
      (p.s. My subscription request has come back as ‘unsuccessful’ – I think it must be a WordPress v Blogger kinda thing)

      • #17 by Beads and Barnacles on September 5, 2017 - 15:58

        Lol, my other halfs mum irons all the T-shirts despite him telling her not to (and then moans about the amount of ironing she has to do!). But well done on training your husband. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Thanks for letting me know. My avatar on here is with gravatar which I don’t think I ever really finished completing my profile on. Hopefully there should be a link to the blog on there now (fingers crossed).
        Did you get a notification of a post uploaded last night?

      • #18 by tialys on September 7, 2017 - 10:14

        O.K. there is now a link to your blog when I click on your avatar and I now seem to have successfully subscribed.

      • #19 by Beads and Barnacles on September 10, 2017 - 23:59

        Woop ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for letting me know of the problem ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. #20 by Kim on September 2, 2017 - 12:59

    Friends and family first. The ironing will wait ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • #21 by tialys on September 2, 2017 - 13:18

      True – and it’s certainly used to waiting.

  9. #22 by Born To Organize on September 3, 2017 - 08:26

    I loved seeing the then and now pics of you and your old friend. How wonderful to get together after so many years have passed. I’m glad you made the most of your UK trip, visiting mother and daughter, stitching together more pooches and perhaps you managed a nap yourself.

    I’m sorry to hear about animal woes. I hope those have righted themselves. As for ironing, I either wash and hang or take the few things in need to a local dry clean/laundry place. The iron comes out for sewing. Mostly it sits idle.

    It’s nice to see a post from you.

    • #23 by tialys on September 7, 2017 - 10:17

      I was inspired to do a ‘then and now’ photo by your get together with your school friend recently. Mercifully, as we wouldn’t have looked as ‘cute’ as you two, we didn’t have any of ourselves in such close up as you did otherwise she might not have let me use them ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • #24 by Born To Organize on September 9, 2017 - 07:44

        I’ve seen you up close in your sewing projects so I know you’re adorable. We’re always our own worst enemy. I’m glad you were inspired to share. It’s fun!

      • #25 by tialys on September 10, 2017 - 19:58

        Up close? Lordy! You didn’t zoom in did you?

      • #26 by Born To Organize on September 19, 2017 - 02:41

        [tee-hee] You’re lovely. And that is that.

  10. #27 by sewchet on September 13, 2017 - 16:16

    Oh dear, that’s a bit of a bummer that the toile doesn’t fit, still, ’tis fashionable to wear open over a T-shirt nowadays, so just tell him that was your intention all along. He wont argue in case it makes him feel too old to know what is currently in vogue – win/win! Love the old friends photo; nostalgia is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? It’s good to see the hatboxes progress to the quilting stage. A bloody rabbit hugging a dinosaur? I won’t ask!

    • #28 by tialys on September 20, 2017 - 14:41

      I’ve suggested the ‘open over a t-shirt’ remedy but it ended up fitting him anyway really – albeit a little snug. To be honest, he’s more likely to be up on what’s trendy these days as he spends the week in London while I’m in a corner of rural France where to wear something remotely trendy is to be viewed with deep suspicion.

      • #29 by sewchet on September 20, 2017 - 16:14

        Ha ha! The Cow-print dress wouldn’t be an option then?!

      • #30 by tialys on September 20, 2017 - 16:40

        Definitely not – they’d have a bell round your neck and nestled up against a bull in the nearest field before you could say ‘vache’.

  11. #31 by Thimberlina on October 2, 2017 - 23:22

    Loving the doggy garland….they look a happy project to do in between bigger ones. Is the rabbit and the dinosaur from when your daughter was at the excel? It wasn’t you in the dinosaur was it, lo ๐Ÿ˜‚

    • #32 by tialys on October 3, 2017 - 08:19

      It was actually this year’s (slightly smaller) Comic-con in Bournemouth. It wasn’t me in the dinosaur – I can’t remember the last time she’s hugged me quite that enthusiastically – maybe I should get myself a T-Rex costume and wear it at Christmas. I expect the dogs would be impressed.

      • #33 by Thimberlina on October 5, 2017 - 07:48

        Haha….I”ve a tigger suit if that’s any use to you, not quite a dinosaur but I’m sure you would attract lots of hugs!

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