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A good sewing afternoon wasted with visitors.  They were in the garden for a start and I was busy upstairs so never noticed them.  DH was talking to them so I might have got away with it if I hadn't 'noticed' and gone back upstairs.  Course they came in and had coffee and the two men talked and talked  and talked.  We ladies on the other hand had a chat, had coffee and then both were  ready to split.

Sorry but I'm not used to visitors now, I can't even get a phone call and not get fed up with endless chat, which is why I always let DH answer, he runs on Eveready batteries.

They'd got a posh new car as well that DH was hanging his nose over it, all electric and it did sound funny when  he started it up. 

Blue sky and sunshine again although breezy so I can stand that.

That is good news @Catllar  I'm also impressed you can think about a house move for your convenience, even though you have lived there a long time.  hg

Leaving my home would be a huge wrench (the house that dad, DH and others built).  In the 50's they were going to build a roundabout where it stands.  Daft as it sounds, having it knocked down so no one else lived there I could live with.

Today I have nothing I must do, which is how I like it, so I can do what I want to do. :loveit:  Hopefully in the fullness of time the joints that have had a huge workout recently will settle down.

I'm a bit of an idiot, I had no idea what a mug rug was, I thought it was some Darkside shorthand for something technical.  I might even try myself next year now I've had some experience  :laughing:

Patterns Discussion / Re: Independent pattern companies
« on: September 22, 2021, 16:08:59 PM »
1991, I spent a few months in Scotland on a course at my employer's main office.  In the middle of nowhere they could wear what they liked and on the first day one of the locals turned up looking like Andy Pandy.  Somebody from further south, thought she looked very fashionable.

Nearest I got to adventuress was hot pants with a dress split to the waist.  DH loved them.

Lovely September morning but a nip if you go outside, although DH has been outside a few times, short sleeves no jacket, typical for him.

I made my phone calls yesterday, second one was funny.  Rang the alarm company because he hadn't turned up on allocated day.  "Don't shout at me, I have a note on your  file.  He says he will contact you as soon as he can". I nearly started laughing, he must get shouted at a lot.  If it's the same man again, he lives near my next door neighbour's daughter.  Anyway life is too short to shout for a paltry thing like that.

Wednesday, so giving the car a ride out.  I must say the change in mileage per year has fallen dramatically in the last two years.

Have you tried CPRE @Bjay they are very good at putting a spoke in the wheel of housing developments that are wrong.

(Campaign to Protect Rural England now known as the Countryside Charity)

 :faints: but if you get it @Silverlake  :VV:

Current Projects / Re: Table mat
« on: September 21, 2021, 12:58:05 PM »
Do we get a picture

In my head at the moment @b15erk   I had a job getting the fabric, Higgs and Higgs had sold out so I finished up going  somewhere else, Dalston Mill, who were cheaper but not as cheap with postage but my head was set, I wanted it.

Fortunately the pink binding I used on the machine mat, I have plenty.  I got that from Higgs and Higgs ages ago and  got a 5 meter roll (I only need around 2).  Stuffed away for later and then discovered there was not 5 meters but 25 meters on it.

The lace mat is in a scalloped edged circle so I'll have to get my Swedish paper out, pencil and string.

Current Projects / Table mat
« on: September 21, 2021, 10:38:50 AM »
Years ago our next door neighbours at the time brought us a large lace table mat from Spain, which sits in the middle of the table with a vase and a picture on (DH) in the dining room.

At the weekend I was cleaning out the window where the old lady  sits and was looking for something for the rubbish out of the window to sit on (DH's little buys, including a pot donkey :laughing:)  I wanted some newspaper but then I saw my sewing machine mat draped over the machine on the floor and grabbed that.

Well  what can I say, other than the colours on the table looked fabulous with the polished wood so I'm making another table mat in the same fabric. 

Since I won't be able to bag this will just quilting clips around the edges be sufficient?  All I can think of is just do circles around with an alternate circle of tacking to increase the width.  Not sure whether just plain and simple stitch or a fancy one?

Today... One thread per day / Re: Are we not up and at em yet? Tuesday
« on: September 21, 2021, 10:23:25 AM »
Good start dull sunshine, so if it stays like that I'm happy. 

Two of our neighbours have chickens, the nearest next door but one, lost all their chickens in the space of a couple of months.  The postman, who lives across the road, used to moan because he looked after them when they were away, said  they were not cleaned out regularly etc.  Now their neighbours look after them along with their chicken.  Their chickens live in the height of luxury. 

I remember ringing the RSPCA about some chickens.  Some dodgy neighbours had them near the canal.  I saw them when I was delivering the Parish newsletter.  It was freezing cold and windy and the poor scrawny things only had muddy bread to eat.  When I say scrawny I mean scrawny and I was worried (easy for me).

We've had our letter for the flu jab, so just have to turn up on Saturday at the local surgery.  Around 12 is a good time, everyone is having/preparing their lunch.

As far as  the rest of the days concerned, I must ring the plumber and get the boiler and fire serviced.  Also ring the burglar alarm people and ask why they didn't turn up to do the servicing.
I hate making phone calls, always put them off.  I've spent money, that's easy, Superdrug, hair stuff and some new rollers, I've had the others yonks.  I also bought more fabric yesterday but not for clothes :ninja:  but I might need assistance.

So have a nice day.

Bridal / Re: My Wedding Dress
« on: September 20, 2021, 10:35:05 AM »
Absolutely gorgeous @charlotte something I would never dare make.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Wakey Wakey ... its a New week Monday 20th
« on: September 20, 2021, 10:11:45 AM »
Not bad again this morning but definitely September and the nights are drawing in fast, unless you live in Scotland.

I'm actually feet out of bed at 7.45 but but by the time I've eaten, painted and dressed it's 9.  I do not move fast, why should I, I'm not going to work.

So the day is like this, read the papers, do my banking, coffee, ironing, maybe some research with a view to a later spend (I've nothing in mind it's just that it will probably happen).  I hate to say the C word but I have already started looking.  Makes it easier to spread the cost out.  I'm not quite as bad as DH's late aunt.  She started in January.

I need to colour my hair after lunch so I think what bit of time is left I shall have a tidy up in the sewing room before starting again and bring the downstairs sewing machine back upstairs. 

Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 19th September
« on: September 19, 2021, 09:59:07 AM »
Another nice morning although not as bright as yesterday.

I had a rubbish night and didn't get to sleep until 4.  Indigestion out of nowhere.  Fish for dinner with sautéed potatoes and only about three pieces, even I was surprised he didn't pile the plate up.  Then around 9.30 I had a drink, a port.  From then on it was all downhill, burping that even Gaviscon wouldn't shift.   Then to add insult to injury, suddenly my nose was blocked up and I was struggling to breath unless through my mouth. 

I'm with you on the aches and pains @Diane they still haven't gone yet and then my right shoulder got cracked on the floor when I fell out of bed so that's been in sympathy.  I always have a kneeling in pad in place as well but stretching up all ways but then you forget and do something silly.  Anyway all finished now, until next year.

Well looks like China is going to lose out this year if all that stuff they send for Christmas is proving too expensive on the container costs.  We'll just have to manage, like we always do.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday 18th September
« on: September 18, 2021, 10:01:41 AM »
Good start to the day, blue sky and sunshine with the side order of a September nip in the air.

DH's gone to Morrisons for his bits and bobs, joint of meat and strawberries although not that fussed about them now, plus a few other bits he sees.

First load of washing in, coffee and then clean the birdies out.

@Sandra I hope in the very near future you meet a fabulous man and live happily ever after, thus leaving noisy neighbours and an obnoxious ex. I have put it on virtual paper, so it will happen. :VV:

I've been, I've looked and decided to keep my hands in my pocket.  I have too many and the last one I bought is still unused, despite buying the fabric for it.  Last winter was not good for coats, they never went anywhere.  I want to make it and wear it. 

The main winner was tops and skirts although I did manage to wear the dress I made to a family party a few weeks ago.

I forecast a similar winter.  It's getting harder and harder to get out more when you are avoiding crowds.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Foggy Friday in DDD
« on: September 17, 2021, 09:45:50 AM »
The weather, same as yesterday by the looks of it and came really warm.  Mr/Mrs Morrison not been yet, although I have a sneaking suspicion they might have started roadworks, which will be hell for weeks.  No way around without going miles out of your way to the next river bridge.  Easiest for them will be to deliver via Retford store.  Not my problem though.

Decorating about finished when I've got  some old sealant off.  The stuff I put on only brought half of it off. Although I can leave it for later and start the clean up and put things back, so the landing no longer looks like a bomb site.  Bit of an over estimation saying it would be done in two days, although I suppose that's down to 7 years clocked on the body since last time, but there again I can still do it which is a plus.  Easy bit then, order the new blind, which will be fitted for me, can't risk that sitting in a corner for 7 years like the curtain pole.  My own fault, I don't nag.

So next job washing in, beds made and that's Friday sorted.

Sewing Machines / Re: Best sewing machine for dressmaking?
« on: September 16, 2021, 17:44:43 PM »
Being a sucker for pretty pictures, I like the QE4.2 the best @annieeg

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