Monday, 11 August 2008

Blog love and old jeans. EDITED.. LOOK AGAIN!

Charlotte at fancypicnic has made my week with her post about machine embroidery.
When I wrote the tutorial I didn't know if it would really help anyone but it seems it did. I'm so pleased.

Look what I got this evening from Daisie.
I am supposed to choose 7 other blogs to give it to but how can I? I love you all!
Thank you Daisie.
I've collected a list of 'Daisy ' blogs and called it 'The Daisy Chain'. We've got to stick together.

On the dressmaking front I got a full refund from the online shop where I bought the pattern. They were most apologetic. I have located a similar one in the Vogue Pattern book but its £13.50 so I have to think about it.
Meanwhile I will show you a dressmaking activity I engaged in some time ago for a 'Deconstruct/reconstruct' project in a Group I was in. I used my sons old jeans.
Its modelled by my friend Denise.

While the eyes of the world are on the Beijing Birds nest ours are on the nest hanging from the clematis just inches from our front door. Our front 'vestibule' is now a 'hide' with stepladders so that we can view the 4 Goldfinch babies through the arched window above. There is much preening and fluttering and gaping beaks. I watched on Sunday as Mother and Father goldfinch visited at the same time with food. I can't swear to it but I think Mother fed two of the babes, then Father 're-filled' mother then mother fed the other two. Most of the time on Saturday Mother G sat and watched the rain . So did I.

I stand, at the top of a ladder looking through the fanlight, and here is the nest. Click on the picture to view the little sweeties..or should I say 'Tweeties'? There are 5 of them and they are just sitting up, all blinking at different times, and when a bus goes past they watch it...

Now for a grump.
What is it with FEET?
Every blog I look at these days has toes in it.
The first time I noticed toes was here where I thought they were very sweet, but now they're everywhere.
I'm jealous. I have problems in the feet department. They work, I walk but thats about it.
You will never see my feet in Manolos.
Or a blog post.
Be grateful.


Magpie's Mumblings said...

What a great use for old jeans! I'm a denim-lover & really enjoy working with it. I won't disguss my bulging shelving unit of recycled denim!

Chris' Greetings from the Shady Grove said...

That's such a lovely top. It looks so comfortable too. Yeah, what is up with those feet?

Victoria said...

Clever top!
How special that the birds are goldfinches! I think they are just the happiest little birds!

Gina said...

Love the top from old jeans - I'm stashing away old jeans for an idea of turning them into a ball gown but may only get as far as a bodice!
Thanks for disabling the word verification thing - I always get them wrong!
Gina x

alice c said...

I am so with you on the feet grumble. I am starting to feel that there are some toenails that I know better than my own.

Pat said...

Jackie, Your friend Denise looks great in this top, which is cool in itself.......great job. I, too, would rather watch your bird nest rather than the Chinese one. Of course, I work in a "birds nest" so there you are. Hope you are well. Pat

Threadspider said...

Goldfinches! Just delightful little birds and they seem to be increasing. Have you got bird feeders?
I share your thing about feet-best kept covered, I say.

Mermaid's Purse said...

The denim top looks great! Your friend has just the figure for it (unlike myself)!!!

jude said...

feet and a few other parts perhaps, ha!
great denim makeover.

Genie said...

Great Top,
I agree about the feet. mine have always been a trial.
Lucky you having a goldfinches nest.

green phoenix said...

What kind of blogs do you read!
The only time I ever come across feet they're encased in a lovely hand knitted sock, so that's ok.

Just wanted to say thanks for your advice.I did consider searching the net but it truly isn't something I'm good at.
Unlike some I could mention!

Elliemac said...

I'm only just catching up with your blogs Jackie. Where else can you hear about missing patterns, returning parcels,recycling, sore feet, machine embroidery tutorial and cute baby goldfinches, all in less than a week. Your blog is so entertaining and fun.

Anonymous said...

My Bella hates anybody's feet on show if she is eating.She gags and asks us to put on shoes or socks ,It really makes me laugh .She is only 3 bless her.
Lovely to hear all about the goldfinches.
Love from sesga xx

Lorie M. said...

love the jeans top, looks great. I made a big tote bag from some,and I love it..Ha ha about the feet, I guess they are always at hand (no pun) to model?? :-)

Chris' Greetings from the Shady Grove said...

Ooh they are getting bigger :)

st of my pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them.

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