Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Patchwork clothes and tablet covers

Now, what connection is there between tablet covers and patchwork clothes??

For most people there is none, only for me there is !! This summer I am wearing the patchwork dress I made last year a lot. The tablet covers, which aren't patchwork, were made while I was wearing my dress. (This patchwork is becoming an obsession!!!!!) 

It was a try-out and I am rather pleased with it. I used a sleeveless blouse I have as a pattern for the top and lined that part. Then I sew slightly ruffled strips underneath and .....voila!!

The long, hot summer over here inspires me to use bright colourful fabrics for whatever I make. 

I am planning on making more of my own clothes again. I used to do that years ago, but got so fed up with it at a certain moment that I stopped. Maybe I have to start again, nice linen dresses and tops. I copied a lot of them on my Pinterest 'summer clothes' board. So much inspiration!!! 
As a didn't have any linen, but wanted to make a long blouse, I just used some scraps again!

I must say that I get a bit impatient sometimes. Couldn't wait to go shopping for  some nice linen and couldn't wait for someone to take a picture !

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Garden and cats

Due to the recent heat wave we had, with temperatures over 40 degrees Celcius, my poor garden is suffering! Leaves turn brown, although I water every day, and buds dry on the plants before they get the chance to open, especially the ones from the pink Mignon-dahlia.

I am not going to show you the dried-up buds, but this was the plant three weeks ago. 
Some plants aren't bothered at all by the heat, like the Solanum, who hardly has any soil, but became enormous. Started off in a plastic pot. I laid some bricks around it in a corner of the house and just watered. The roots must have gone through the pot, and use the dust that gathers in this corner as soil too!!!

Opposite of above Solanum blooms the Campsis radicans. This is a very abundant shrub/climer. The orange flowers are beautiful, but.... be careful, it attracts a lot of wasps and ants. I have been stung already twice! But then I rub the spot with some broken ivy leaves and the pain subdues quickly. Lovely to have a garden and be able to use the plants, to eat, to use as medicine and just smell and enjoy the shapes and colours. 

Of course not only the wasps, beetles, snails, grasshoppers,  and mosquitoes like my garden, but also the garden cats. These are the cats that my neighbour and I feed, but they aren't coming in the house, like these two enjoying an afternoon nap.

The one who owns the house is Flopsy, a neutered male. He is a bit frightened of the female garden cats, because they can become vicious when they have kittens! So he prefers to find hiding places in the garden. As he is "well-nourished" he is not so quick any more! But he is very sweet.

We just had a nice thunderstorm. Love it at the end of August, after all this heat! The garden feel great too, it needed desperate a downpour. And the jasmine smells wonderful after the rain.

As the heavens provided the water, I had an hour free to write!! Now it's time to feed the hungry!!!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Beach and Caretta-caretta

It is going to be hot again today and the next few days, 36 degrees Celcius with no wind, so a  bit suffocating. Thank God for technology! We can put on the airco upstairs and in the basement, where I kind of live, (with my sewing machine, fabrics magazines, books etc.etc.) it is cool, especially with the fan on. Excellent weather for the beach! 

Reading at Petalea Beach, in Mavrovouni, near Gytheion. The sticks in front mark turtle eggs. The big Caretta Caretta leaves its eggs all over this beach, as on many other beaches in Greece. The little ones come out at full moon and wobble to the sea. There are lots of volunteer turtle watchers. First to put protection around the eggs and, when the babies have to find their way to the water, there shouldn't be other light sources to distract them. The volunteers look into that too. 

Of course I am going to the beach with one of my patchwork beach bags.

I am planning to go more often to the beach this year. Last year I didn't go at all! And it is so relaxing! The second time I went I took this bag with me, together with the Boutari pareo. I love this one, because it has a real Greek island scene and because blue is my sea colour!

My daughter Alexandra choose the bag I just finished last week. She loves the colour and the pattern.

Two post ago I showed you the cushion one of my students was working on. Well, she finished it and this is the result. Good work Eleni!

Time for me to get back to work. Have a few I-phone covers to make and started a garden quilt. That will keep me busy for quite a while!

Monday, August 4, 2014

tablet covers in all sizes and colours

When I got the idea to make tablet covers, I imagined that there would be different sizes, but that there are so many ....nothing a bit standarized! So I made some samples in different sizes.
They all have a pocket to put the earphones and I also made a little pouch for the battery, that you can hang on the button. The covers are padded and very soft.

Nice little presents for my friends, who, one after the other, are buying a tablet.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

country life

The end of June! So many days, so many hours! Where did they go???
I must say that my daughter, who lives in the States, came over for a week. Then time passes really quick! 
So, what did I do with the remaining time? I started to teach two women patchwork and quilting. They are going to make a cushion and are doing very well.

The pieces are cut from quilt fabric, vintage greek fabric, a second hand dirndle dress and an old second hand house dress. 
The result looks lovely.
It is a challenge to sew pieces cut from different quality cottons, because some pieces have more stretch than others. 

I made this red cushion as an example. The other one with the little Asian girls is made earlier. They go very well together and give a feeling of summer in the countryside. 

In the background the Jasmine is smelling exquisite! It is a very old one. My father-in-law planted it when he had the house built in 1953! One winter we had 6 continuous days of frost, till -6 degrees. That year a lot of plants died in Sparta. I was very upset because the Jasmine also looked destroyed. But.... next year it started to get new branches and now it is in full bloom again! 

Next time I will show the tablet covers I made. I'll try to post them in very due time, because I have plans to do a lot of sewing, so I will have a lot to show!!!!
Time to start working!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Ready for the beach

The weather is unstable at the moment. The sun is hot, but a very strong northern wind is blowing! That makes it hot and cold !!!
Yesterday evening I went to a choir event at the ancient city of Mystras. Three choirs were singing and were nearly blown off the hill! Boys were holding the speakers to prevent them from falling over. It was really cold and that on the last day of May! Unusual. A pity because the choirs were really a pleasure to listen to. 

I hope that the the wind will subdue and that summer really starts, because it is time to go to the beach, Of course we need a big beach bag, that will hold all our stuff.

I decorated the bag with a handmade doily that I found at Monastiraki, de Athens flea market and a tiny little pocket.
The bag has a zipper, so no fear of watches, glasses, suntan falling in the sand and getting all sticky! The bag has 4 inside pockets.

We are taking our favorite magazine with us to read on the beach and get inspired! Lots of ideas for new projects.

I made quite some tablet covers but will show them in my next blog. Some simple tote bags are also in the planning. Who knows I have time to start them today?? The garden also needs a lot of work, though. Questin is....what to do first?? Maybe I should have another cup of coffee and think about that!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Summer bags

Spring is such a lovely time, especially in Greece, not too hot yet, beautiful wild flowers everywhere. My vegetable garden is ready, hurray! No veggies yet but it looks great. Have to carry on with the normal garden, still quiet some work to be done. 

It's time to get our summer clothes ready, put on our sandals and enjoy spring and summer. Time for summer bags !!!

These ones I made just now.

I made this one of a tea towel I bought in the second hand shop. The outer pocket comes from an old shirt from my husband.

Both bags have a key chain

Time to get going again. Working on a bag with embroidered doily. And .... the garden needs work again... and again....and again!!!