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Showing posts from May 4, 2014

Making Up For No Making

I've already made more this week than I did in the whole of April. I had a sudden attack of makedness (which should be a word) and so I give you...a thing to stop the door slamming.
Primpted by necessity rather than aesthetic value but it does the job very nicely. There are some batting scraps folded up inside to simply stop the door going 'wham' or 'clickity click' when the breeze catches it. Action shot.
If you actually want to close the door you undo the ties and leave it hanging on the knob. Nice.

Then we have a sunglasses case.
I handsewed the patchwork part of this last September, cut out the sandwich and glue basted it then never got any further.
I brought the pieces with me to Japan and finally it appears.
Straight line quilted since the machine I've been lent is very basic. The case has got one of those press-the-sides-together-and-the-rigid-pieces-bend-and-it-opens type closures.

This sewing machine cover was also whipped up this week.
The tulip fabri…

One of those "Oh God" days

You know those days where you sit there, clutching your head, going "ohgodohgodohgodohgodohgod" over and over and over again? I have had one of those days yesterday.

My utter dick of an ex brother-in-law is being an even bigger dickhead than the last time he was a dickhead. As go between I get both his idiot selfishness and constant demands on top of his last set and my sister's anger and dismay at his utter dickishness.

And then, this morning, I went to the Calico Cat Cafe. Here (on youtube) is the music from the Hamlet Cigar advert (english people living in the 80's will get this, otherwise it's Air on the G String to the rest of you) to listen to while you look at the photos.
(She looks really sad but actually was having an awesome time with the toy. It's just her folded ears.)
(On my lap)
Hinata (above two photos) is one of my favourites. She has an awesome face but also blisses out in a kind of trance state if you tickle her chin.

In a never before seen …

April Makes

Not exactly one of my most prolific months, but then I've either been staring at cherry blossom or in the UK for most of it.
Before I went I finished my name tag for Susan which I really hope she got and which I blogged about here. While away I managed two things. The first was a pair of Rise and Shine socks using a free pattern available here (Ravelry Link). The pattern is staggeringly simple to remember, even for someone like me who has no memory, and it was very satisfying to reach the end of each repeat before heading back the other way.
In fact I enjoyed it so much that having finished the main pair (for my sister) I had enough yarn left to do a baby pair for ickle Jasmine. Mother and baby socks - what every mother needs!
I also made a pin cushion for the EPP Early Summer Swap which needs to be sent by Monday. Must get on with that.
It has come out a little pouf-ier than desired as my stuffing was extremely springy. I incorporated some left over hexagons into the sides and th…

Makuhari Messe Doki Doki Flea Market

This was my outing for today. I'm still a bit dozy from jetlag but I managed to unglue myself from bed for the 90 minute journey across to the other side of Tokyo Bay for this. It is an annual event and there are other flea markets so why did I bother going so far? It was the size that drew me. This is just one part of one hall.
There were three halls. You do the maths. Except don't - apparently there are 1500 stall holders and they got 6500+ visitors yesterday. Yowsers. Plus it's on over 3 or 4 days. That is a lot of stuff. The middle hall (shown above) was people without cars and handmade things. The halls either side, which were the same size, were more like a british indoor boot fair where people had rocked up with their junk in their car's trunk and were hawking it to anyone who went past. For instance, this person was selling replica guns and chinaware.
There was a bit mixture in the car section between people genuinely having a clear out and those who were trade…