Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wobbly Wednesday

I had a lot planned for my child-free day today. They're few and far between, and time is very precious. I always plan to cram in more than is humanly possible. But I forget.... having had my brain scrambled by the rest of the week's madness always leads to hiccups in the schedule.

Today I had a lot of sewing and photographing planned but the camera battery went flat. I then "charged" it for hours with the battery upside-down.... and by the time I charged it properly the daylight had faded. It was useless trying to photograph stitch details so I faffed about taking photos of random-but-bloggable things.

..like my wee girl's brooch. She wanted to make one (like mine) with one of her paintings. We streamlined the process somewhat to suit a three-year-old's abilities. We fused the printed fabric to super-thick non-woven interfacing, cut it out and stuck a brooch back on it. An offcut was glued over the pin to secure it. Voila! A very original (and quick!) LION brooch!
AnnMarie has been making compact mirrors and GAVE me one! Super-sweet with vintage images and the perfect size for discreet poppy-seed-in-teeth checks (or lipstick applications).
The mirror has a sturdy rubber edging on it to protect it from getting broken in my handbag. I love it.

AnnMarie also brought in a few large sized self-cover buttons so I could finish my bag. I used a Joel Dewberry stripe to add that splash of red. Apart from being the only fabric in my scrap bag that matched the cream and black and also had red on it... I liked the way the Regency theme came together in a kind of modern way.

I'm a bit fascinated with the Regency period at the moment..... currently reading another amazing 18th Century woman's biography. I digress... I told you my brain was scrambled.
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Soooo...... The sewing and photographing are in limbo. I've HOURS of writing work to do if I'm to call this day in any way productive. If any of you catch me leaving friendly comments around the blogosphere (or writing any more blog posts about what I should be doing) kindly point me back in the direction of the "Instructions" file on my computer.

10 comments:

Sandra @ Pepperberry and Co. said...

Lol! My goodness, you're funny. I laughed very hard at the battery being upside down :-) I do stuff like that all the time- in fact, just two days ago, I locked myself out of my car for the fourth time this year. And I don't even have kids to blame it on!!

Oh, and I love the lion brooch :-)

Annie said...

Nikki, you make me smile, and feel oh so normal - not many people can do that to me!! Good luck with the scramble and the focus!

I Should Be Cleaning Up said...

those buttons look FAB on that bag. LOve it. You're so cool :)

(To maybe make your brain look not quite so scrambled, and along the lines of what Sandra above wrote: I locked myself out of my car twice in one day, AND had my transmission go later on, so I ended up calling the equivalent to RAC/AAA three times in one day, and I was supposed to be having a relaxing holiday)
Kath

Esther said...

I so understand the trying to do lots of stuff when you have time off the kids and then it getting all mixed up cos I do the same thing.

Nikki @ My Black Cardigan said...

Love the lion. If it's supposed to be scary, it is very scary. Having said that, if it's supposed to be friendly, it is very friendly!

The striped buttons with the red are perfect. Your instincts were right... as usual!

our shabby cottage said...

Gosh, that made me smile Nikki - I'm not the only one who does silly things lie that! I LOVE the buttons on this bag!

Handmade said...

Some very cool stuff going down ....

Tania said...

Brain scrambled posts are my fave. They slot in nicely with my own non-linear, all over the shop thinkery!

Karen said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog.. but, ahem... weren't you supposed to be working on your "Instructions" file???
Loving the upside down batteries story and the buttons look great.

Pinktulip said...

That sounds so familiar! Those precious few hours without kids never do go the way you planned!