- Brackley, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
- Granny to seven darling children. Mother to four not so darling young adults!mmm. I love to sew, and enjoy creating magazines. I have a stash of fabric so high that my friends think it will take me all my life to use it up! So here I am, showcasing My Making journey. Welcome, and come on into my world.
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
I realise this post is not about making, it's about replacing my old car with a slightly newer one. But if I hadn't started Mooloos in April, then I would not have managed to have any savings. So with a little savings and a help from my lovely Dad today I have bought a new car. Well new to me! I get to pick it up on Thursday.
Thursday, 19 September 2013
I have had a request for one of my children's bags to be a waterproof swimming bag. Some adaptation will be required as original bag picture customer has seen is a small child's hand bag. But not to be defeated I will do some adaptations with the fabric and come up with something I hope will be suitable.
With the machines back and ready to sew, I hope to finish my alterations and get cracking on the bag before the weekend. Fingers crossed.
Alas the customer has changed her mind. The cost of £8 - £10 for a bespoke bag was too expensive. As it takes over an hour to make a bag, plus the cost of all the fabric etc I can't make it for less.
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
Well the machines are both now sewing perfectly fine. The problems? My thread seams to have been the trouble as as soon as he put in his threads and changed a needle (although I had done that already), both sewed fine ! Grrrr so two hours driving and five minutes in the workshop! Needless to say I have invested in a few boxes of their threads and will not use the cheap stuff on my machines anymore. (Until its my last resort because I need the colour for an urgent repair or something! )
Well as I build my reputation as "the woman who sews" in the neighbourhood , the door starts knocking, the Facebook messages arrive and all is good you think. But oh no! After spending the morning using the over locker and going great guns I stopped for my lunch, one of Elaine Colliar's recipes- yum.
Then it was swap machines over and do the next stages. Great I hear you say, this is good. Except my Super Jeans machine said No! Well it didn't actually speak, that would be silly, but it just decided that after working hard since May it was going to stop making any stitches. Okay, no problem there is the older 502 in the bedroom. (Under a pile of boxes and cushions etc). So after a a mammoth effort to reach that, swap it over and away I go. Nope! It too has decided that it won't stitch! So today I have to rush around and go to Rushden to take them to the man with the magic spanner to fix them! What odds of that happening? At least there is cash in the Mooloo account to cover a service for them.
Sunday, 15 September 2013
! Well I am as the title says, tired out etc
It's not that I have had a hectic day at all. I had a very late night going to a charity concert, and then deciding to watch some catch up TV. Before I realised it was after 2AM! But I didn't have DGD here to wake me, so was able to have a very late lie in, watched the Great North Run ending on the TV in my bedroom and did a cooked breakfast for BF, DS and myself. Haven't done that in a very long time. Then it was pottering with housework as I no longer have a cleaner. That's going to take some. Getting used to!
Then this afternoon I dropped DS at his mates enroute to collect DGD from her Mum's and then we went shopping at Mr T for trainers she needs for school PE. And I indulged in a few other items that I had been putting off. Socks and pants, winter boots for DGD and some trainers and socks for me. I had to have these!
Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Monday, 9 September 2013
I realise that my making spot is usually all about my sewing but I wanted to share my bounty with you all.
All the budgeting and Menu planning that I have learnt with Moneysavingexpert.com has come into great use as I was able to produce a basic menu plan based on the items in the Food Bank bags. Today I went to deliver some more copies of the Menus and to see what else that I could do for them. A large donation of Indian Food has been given to them and so I have been given some as a Thankyou. I will also be trying to see what I can do with these items to extend the menus for a bit of a difference, but I don't know where to begin. Lots of research needed to get me started.
So a challenge ahead.
Any ideas greatfully received!