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Scraphappy Day April

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.

Show-off.

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.

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The Last (French) Hurrah

If only I had known what a traumatic/dramatic/stressful/upsetting/labour intensive/expensive/all round pain in the arse moving house (and country) with five cats and two dogs would be during a global pandemic and just before the end of the Brexit transition period, I would have written a running blog about it and bored the pants off you.  Luckily (for you) it has been so ‘all of the above’ that I haven’t had the inclination, time or energy to write about it.  One day, when the memories fade, I might try to relay some of it as a warning to anybody thinking about doing something similar but, for now, the cats were picked up two days ago and we will follow next week with the dogs so, instead, I will show you the last projects I’ve managed to complete amidst the general disarray that my life and sewing room have become.

Just before I packed up the last of my sewing/knitting/crocheting/needle felting supplies in the umpteenth box, I thought it would be easier to finish this small quilt up so I could pack it flat instead of rolled around a cardboard tube which I did last year some time after spray basting the layers together.

I quilted it on the machine in a simple diagonal cross stitch – my quilting is not a thing of beauty so the simpler the better.

I backed it with some fabric I had rather a lot of and the reason for that is lost in the mists of time.

Then I bound it with some spotty fabric I’d used in a quilt I’d made for my niece’s new baby last year.

I had some pieces of panel left over and used them to make a titchy matching cushion with a hare on one side

and a rabbit on the other

so I’m thinking that cushion might mean I could enter for this month’s Scraphappy Challenge too, thus killing two projects with one stone.

If you think that’s cheating, I have another entry.  I found lots of things during my sewing room clear out and some fabrics I’d forgotten about were just crying out to be made into masks.

This has become my favourite mask pattern, very comfortable with full coverage of nose and mouth and, once I can crack the comfort of the ear loops, I should be on to a winner.

This was my favourite, modelled by my handsome young plaster head, yet to be packed.

When I sent her a photo, it also proved to be Mlle. Tialys the Elder’s favourite so off it went in an envelope to England.  I am determined to make another for myself when I can find my supplies again.

Anyway, back to  the small quilt which is destined to be artfully slung over the white wicker armchair – in  the manner shown below -placed in whichever room it will fit into in the dolls’ house we are moving to.

A full view of the finish so that you can be mightily impressed at the empty cubes behind, usually stuffed full and, if I’m honest, soon to be so again.

Next time I post I will be proper English again.  I’ll see you on the other side of the Channel. x

As I snuck in a bit of Scraphappy chat, and it’s the right day for it,  I’ll share the following with you

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.

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaire,
JeanJon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki,
Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin, Vera, Nanette, Ann and Kym

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