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Chicken and Egg.

Whenever I set out to realise one of my ideas I find myself thinking back to Design Technology staff meetings at school! Our talented curriculum leader, Martha,  put us through our paces thinking through the design, make, review process. Well, whenever I make my ‘prototype’ there is always plenty to think about in the review part of the proceedings! There certainly was for this little fabric container … or pot …. or box. I’m not really sure what to call it. Ideas on a postcard  (or a comment here) please.

What to call it? Any ideas?
What to call it? Any ideas?

When I saw ‘Chicken and Egg’ in Aberdashery I knew what I wanted to make with it right away. I’d been planning some little round containers for a while. Initially the containers in my mind’s eye had turn down tops not lids but then the lid popped into my thoughts. I think I’ll still make a lidless round one, the rectangular ones I made are very versatile and I like them a lot.

Here are my choices from ‘Chicken and Egg’ in the Henley Studio Collection by Makower, lots more lovelies in the collection. Take a peek. These three were obvious choices for me, I’m besotted by the aqua and red combination and have to stop myself choosing it for everything I make. I love the fabric design and I thought the quilting should be kept simple and just let the design speak for itself. So my straight line practise came in useful.

I hope that I can get around to making the improved version soon but at this time of year, well gardening, golfing  and galivanting around the countryside seem to be higher on the agenda. Among my improvements will be making the lid slightly larger. I did make the diameter slightly bigger but not quite enough for the lid to just drop on.

There are other modifications too and as I make the new improved model I’ll have another go at writing a tutorial. All I need is a horrible wet  useful rainy sewing day. Shouldn’t be too long before one of those here in West Wales!

In a house by the sea

IMG_0690   Cot bumper I’ve already blogged my very first make when we moved to Rhydyfelin; it was a cot bumper for Dougie’s first visit.   Dougie's nursery   The seaside themed fabric seemed just right for his visits and a change from his jungle themed room at home. I had made up my mind that before he came for Christmas I would use more of the fabric to brighten up the room a little.   Making curtains wasn’t an option as I still haven’t decided what to do about the quirky window. I do like it, it has a bit of character but it needs a little bit of thought. Inspired by my daughter, Bethan,  making lampshades for their family room I decided to give that a go and to make some bunting in the seaside fabric and some co-ordinating patterns as well. His Christening party bunting is up in his room at home so it felt right – and it’s an easy,  speedy way to add a bit of colour. I found a drum lampshade kit in The Deco Shop in Machynlleth. You never know what you will find there and for all it’s so tiny I don’t think I have ever walked away empty handed. Making the lampshade was fiddly and I could have done with a third hand but it wasn’t difficult and I intend to do it again. Jeff suggested maps ….. watch this space.