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Making things from scraps again this month and, although Mr. Tialys features again – 🙄 – I’m determined not to let him hog the whole post this time and, anyway, I think his contribution has been entered in a previous Scraphappy by somebody else.
Anyway, without further ado, plant pots were some of the many things we left behind in France which may or may not eventually arrive here but probably not. Mr. T. ordered in some fibre pots which will eventually break down and, although he did give in and buy a pack of plastic ones the other day, the seeds needed small homes. We’ve saved up the cardboard inner tubes from the loo rolls and Mr. T. manipulates each one into two small seed pots. At first he was snipping around the diameter of the bottom of each half and folding them in to make a base but found this made quite a shallow pot so now he leaves the bases open and puts them in a tray with a layer of compost in it so that the roots grow into that which then makes it easier to pick the whole plant up and transplant it. Apparently.
Here are the nasturtiums in their little loo roll homes.
So, enough of Mr. T.’s projects, I also have a contribution this month. If you remember, I made a wigwam shaped peg bag a little while back and thought I’d make another.
‘But that doesn’t look like much like a scrap project’ I hear you say and you would be right.
I did, however, have scrap left from making the peg bag and this is what I made with it.
Which, I believe, is an excellent excuse for couple of doggie photos.
Kerpow bandana modelled by Stan.
Going grey now – he’ll be 11 in June – but still my handsome boy.
LAST MINUTE EDIT:
Just before ‘going to press’ Mr Tialys had to have the last word 🙄
Remember all that wood and other old toot that he got off of the bank in the garden?
He just turned it into this
The roof protection is made from a bit of old butyl pond liner also found on the bank.
Then he climbed up the willow tree to position it.
Ready for the blue tits to find if they haven’t found accommodation already.
So, he trumped me again.
Scraphappy Day is organised by Kate & Gun for anybody who wants to make new things from scraps of any kind – doesn’t have to be fabric or yarn. Here’s a list of participants – both regular and occasional – if you want to have a look at the sort of things you can do with scraps.
Contact Kate or Gun (first names on the list) if you want to join in.
Some adapt to lockdown situations better than others.
As an advertising campaign said somewhere, some time
‘be more cat’
I’m sure you’ve met Flo before.
She is the light of Mr. Tialys’s life and can do no wrong.
In his eyes, she is a Princess.
So, Mademoiselle Tialys the Elder had this ‘painting’ made for him for Christmas.
I’m saying nothing.
All our dogs, past and present, have had different predilections for things they liked to chew. Susie liked hard plastic toys – preferably complete with batteries. Taz liked rolled up pairs of socks which, miraculously, would pass through him and emerge in the same form at the other end. Stan used to like soft furnishings to name just three. One of Stan’s earliest conquests was a cat shaped doorstop which made me realise how much stuffing actually goes into one of these things
I say he ‘used to like’ but bad habits sometimes just lie dormant .
This blanket was over the back of a chair and not draped across the shoulders of one of my antique mannequins where I displayed it for this photo, which is probably a good thing.
The culprit looked suitably abashed and made a vain attempt to hide although couldn’t resist peeking out to see if we had spotted him.
And just in case you were wondering what had happened to all those ‘Nature’s Walk’ crochet along squares I’m supposed to be joining.
My progress has been somewhat impeded.
Pets. Who’d have ’em?
Wouldn’t it be nice to be a cat
and not care when nature has played a mean little trick on you like giving you hairy ears
even though you’re a girl.
It would be of no concern at all.
Three days to go before the collar comes off.
Any cuddles gratefully received, even if it’s from somebody you’ve only just met.
Henry has been in the wars again.
The poor thing has already been diagnosed with hypertension so has to have medication syringed down his throat every day but now he has ear trouble too.
Firstly it was diagnosed as an ear infection so I had to administer drops twice a day for 10 days. This didn’t seem to sort out the problem completely and then I felt a lump under his ear.
I was going to take him to the vet on the Friday but he didn’t come back for the whole day then, Saturday morning he returned with a large wound underneath his ear where I’d felt the lump. The vet kept him in for the afternoon and, when I went to pick him up this was the inevitable result.
The vet thinks the ear infection made him scratch at his ear which, in turn. caused an abcess which then burst but, other than that, she says the two things aren’t connected. I’m not so sure but time will tell.
In the meantime, that plastic buster collar seemed overlong and the sharp edge was just on the wound and I was worried it would dig in to him. Also, those ribbon thingies that hold the collars on aren’t that efficient and kept dangling in the water bowl.
So, what’s a sewing person to do but improve upon the original?
As I make dog collars to sell to help raise funds for a dog refuge, not to mention having a rather large fabric stash, I had all the necessaries to hand to make him a small webbing collar with quick release buckle. I cut the top of the plastic collar down low enough to improve his peripheral vision but still high enough so that his foot can’t reach to scratch the wound. Then I traced round the shape of the plastic collar and. after adding a seam allowance, cut out the shape in two pieces of fabric, added some tabs in the seamline to thread the webbing collar through, sewed up the seams leaving one end open to slot the plastic collar through and installed a snap to close the ends.
He managed to get out of the house the other day (Mr Tialys isn’t that good at remembering to close doors 🙄) and I was panicking but I think he’d just gone to show off his headgear to his mates next door.
I wonder what they thought.
There’s nothing like spending a Sunday morning spying on the neighbours.
Of course, they’re mostly interested in the four legged and winged ones.
I hope your Sunday will be slightly more interesting.
Using scraps to make something new was all about the dogs again this month.
Well, apart from these cotton dishcloths I have been making as a ‘must do something useful while I’m binge watching a Netflix box set’ in the evening (which is ‘Dirty John’ at the moment by the way). Recognise the colours? It’s the leftover cotton yarn from the niece’s baby blanket. I’m actually going to start a new Eastern Jewels blanket – and keep it myself this time – because I had almost enough yarn left over from the first one to make another. I just needed another four 100g balls and am waiting for those to arrive. The cable cardigan I’ve started is far too complex to do without staring at it fixedly so these fit the bill.
But, I digress – back to the dogs.
Remember those fabric samples for car seats I showed you before ? I made a dog collar for Stan with some of it on Scraphappy day in January.
I decided to have another look at the samples for March’s Scraphappy day and, bearing in mind the state of Flo’s blanket which she regularly pulls out of her bed and then uses it to tempt Stan into a game of tug of war, I thought it might be time for something new.
I feel quite guilty about that blanket as somebody had put a lot of work into making it but, if I tell you I rescued it from a charity shop initially, then used it as a throw over the back of a chair before demoting it to dog bed status, I hope you’ll forgive me. It has certainly had a life.
Anyway, with ScrapHappy day approaching, I got a few of the samples out again and took them off their hanging cards.
I decided to use an orthopedic pillow for the insert as I bought it for when I had a neck ache and it made it worse.
I joined a couple of pieces together for both back and front and closed one end – a bit haphazardly – with a snap closure. I might as well have sewed it right up I suppose as the fabric pieces claim not to be washable but we’ll see about that.
Here’s the side with the ‘depression’ in the middle in case Flo wants to avail herself of its orthopedic qualities
and here’s the other side which is smarter in my opinion so will be placed facing up in the bed.
At first Flo studiously ignored it. I expect she was upset that her old blankie had gone and was busy thinking of ways to destroy the new one.
Then she came round to the idea.
I must say, this monthly ScrapHappy challenge is good for me because, in an effort to join in, I usually come up with something useful that I probably wouldn’t have bothered with in the normal course of events. Plus, my scrap bin gets smaller.
Joining in again this month with Kate & Gun’s monthly Scraphappy Day where you too can use your scraps of fabric, yarn, paper, wood, anything to make something useful or lovely or both and show it off to the world. You don’t have to join in every month, only when you have something to show. Details and a list of other participants’ scrappy endeavours over on Kate’s blog.