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Pinterest win! (Winterest?!)

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

I love Pinterest. I can while away hours pinning away interesting craft projects, sewing ideas and projects for the garden that, realistically, I haven’t got a hope of actually doing. But I can dream, and actually there are a lot of pins on my board that I have found useful… hair ideas for my daughter, Chiglet, and helpful household hints for me. Although that does make me sound rather dull!

Taking advantage of a day of good weather, and in anticipation of a forecast week of wet and windy ahead, I spent a bit of time gardening. And of course my thoughts turned to the inspiring ideas on my ‘Garden’ Pinterest board. “What a wonderful chance for some family projects”, I thought.

I cracked my husband on with creating a fire pit using the bricks in the skip (kitchen renovation is ongoing, but that is a story for another day!) and persuaded Chiglet to put down her iPad (no mean feat) and join me in a bit of Mother-Daughter crafty bonding. The plan was to recreate a picture I had seen of a little metal watering can hanging from a hook, with a shower of glittery beads coming out of the spout to give the illusion of  water droplets.

I had a little metal water can already, and a stash of beads from old necklaces and previous planned projects (blame Pinterest!) so Chiglet and I spend a very happy half hour or so threading beads while watching husband lug bricks back and forth. And I have to say we are very pleased indeed with the finished item… Pinterest win!

Pinterest win watering can!

 

 

Made by Chiggs

Monday, March 14th, 2016

This is the first of a (probably somewhat infrequent) series;- “Chiggs Makes!”

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m very proud of my card ‘makes’ , but after 10 years it’s safe to say I’ve got them down pat. This is something a bit different to the usual Baby Feed Wheels, Baby Medicine Wheels and Get Well Wheels!

My husband is a big tea drinker (i.e. he drinks a lot of tea, not that he’s big… he’s around 5 ft 10 allowing for shrinkage).  He’s also very fussy about his tea, which is why I refuse to make it for him… many years ago when we first met he made the mistake of saying I made the worst cup of tea he had ever tasted. Big mistake. Huge! He’s had to make is own for the last 19 years.

Each cup of tea has to be made in his little tea pot and left to brew. I have noticed recently that he’s been using a tea towel to put on the tea pot to keep it warm while it mashes, so as the loving wife that I am I have been looking around for a little tea cosy to fit over his little tea-pot-for-one. Not easy to find! In fact, I found it impossible, so I decided to have a crack at making one myself, and I was very pleased with how it turned out. Which is why I’m boasting blogging about it here.

Choice of fabric was easy: it had to be tiger print. I like to buy (or make) tiger things for my husband, because my favourite football team are nicknamed The Tigers. He doesn’t support this football team, he supports a completely different and far inferior football team, but I don’t let this stop me in my quest to tigerify his little life.

Tiger Tea Cosy

 

I was without a pattern, and quite honestly winging it, so cut 2 pieces in an elongated oval shape, and sandwiched a semi circular piece of wadding in between each pair. The fold then became the bottom of each semi circular half, I pinned together both pieces and sewed the whole lot, i.e. both ‘wadding sandwiches’ (not actually a technical sewing term!) around the curved edge.

Sewn around the wadding sandwich

Turned right side out so the stitching was on the inside, and voila! A Tiger Tea Cosy.

One-pot tea cosy