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Peg bag

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A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine smashed a hole in my concrete garden and put up my washing line. I got all excited about being able to hang my washing outside again – then realised that I had no pegs! I hurried out to buy some and greatly enjoyed hanging my washing out in the sunshine. However, my beg bag looked like this:

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Not pretty! I woke up this morning wanting to make something and, with several piles of washing to get through, a peg bag seemed like the perfect Saturday morning project.

I had a little look on Pinterest and found a pattern for this bag:

photo of a peg bag

I was going to adapt it slightly by adding a long strap and had some fabric in mind. But as I was rummaging for said fabric, I came across a pair of pink shorts.

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I’d bought them in a sale several years ago because I liked the fabric!

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I think they were super cheap (probably about £1) and have been stuffed away in my fabric box ever since. But they suddenly seemed the perfect thing for a peg bag!

I started by cutting the bottom off to make it straight.

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I also cut a section out of the back because they were a bit too wide.

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Then I got out Granny’s old sewing machine to stitch the edges. And this is where the process became a whole lot slower! I’ve not used the machine for a long time (in fact, the last time was probably when I was a teenager and Granny was sitting next to me explaining what I needed to do) and although I have the original manual, the language is slightly old fashioned and it takes a while to work out what it all means.

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Eventually I managed to wind thread on to the bobbin, attach it correctly (it took a few tries!) and get the thread ready for stitching. It coped surprising well on even the thickest parts of the fabric, but I found that the thread kept breaking – so frustrating. It ended up looking pretty messy! If I was giving this to someone else I’d probably have lined it to hide the mess – but since it’s only for me I decided not to bother. Anyway, I adjusted the tension and, even though I made it worse to start with, I managed to get it right in the end.

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I trimmed the bit I’d cut off so I could use it as a strap. I also cut some plain fabric to back it, then stitched both sides together before turning it the right way round.

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I hand stitched the strap in place. At this point Maisie decided to ‘help’ me. It’s actually really hard to sew with a cat in the way – she kept twitching and trying to catch the thread.

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Anyway, when the strap was attached I filled it with pegs and put it to use straight away.

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It’s a slightly different pink to the other things on the back of the kitchen door, but I figure the more pinks I can get in my kitchen, the better!

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The One Year Giveaway

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The time has come – details of the giveaway are finally here! (I just know you’ve been sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for this moment!)

My blog is about to have it’s first birthday. My intention was to announce the giveaway winner on the actual day – then I realised that I’m going away that weekend and won’t have internet access. So instead I’ll announce the winner the day before, on Friday 11th Jan. That gives you one whole week to enter.

But I’m guessing you’d like to have a look at what you could win (because who wants to enter a giveaway with a rubbish gift at the end of it?!)

The winner will receive…

…a pink egg cosy

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…a duck egg blue fabric flower brooch

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…6 red and white paper covered pegs

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…a skinny, ripply scarf

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…a jar of yummy goodies (you can choose a jar of honey roasted peanuts, malteesers, iced gems or crunchie rocks)

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There may also be one or two other little goodies that nestle themselves in amongst the shredded paper 🙂

If you’d like a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling me which item you would most like to win (this might give me a clue as to what other goodies to include for you!).

A new, blue pinboard

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I’ve just had a week full of cleaning and tidying. I was properly ruthless and threw away a whole load of junk which has been cluttering up the place for far too long. Some things, however, still had some life left in them but needed a little facelift.

I found a pinboard covered in ancient letters, receipts and dust. It had been wedged between my desk and TV table for goodness knows how long. I decided that it was time for it to be useful again.

I covered it with some duck egg blue fabric. Sadly it wasn’t quite wide enough to cover the board completely from side to side, so I added some spotty blue ribbon. I also added a boarder and criss-crosses of white cotton. It’s all stapled on to the back – it’s pretty messy, but as it’s screwed to the wall no one’s going to see it!

I found the ‘Welcome’ sign on sale in Store 21, and decided that it would be perfect for haning all those leads that normally sit around getting tangled together. Plus, it looks pretty!

I added a few embellishments – a few button drawing pins and paper covered pegs…

…some cute little safety pins…

…a couple of paperchase badges…

…and one of my Jenny Arnott magnets (cleverly attached to a drawing pin).

Pretty and practical – a good combination!

Big 30 giveaway

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Good morning! Some of you may remember that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I’m turning 30 soon. I’m still trying to decide if I’m more excited or scared about it, but have decided to celebrate regardless of how I feel! And part of those celebrations will include my second giveaway 🙂

The winner will receive these goodies…

1 flower brooch
2 egg cosies
4 fabric napkin rings
5 fabric covered buttons
6 books and buttons pegs
12 crocheted flags of bunting

And hopefully (if I’ve added correctly!) this adds up to 30! Let’s have a closer look at some of those things.

First of all, the flower brooch – 5 layers of fabric with a cluster of beautiful buttons in the middle.

The 2 blue egg cosies will comfortably fit over both an egg and egg cup.

The front of the fabric napkin rings…

… and the back.

Five fabric covered buttons.

6 books and buttons pegs (see the post about them here).

And last but not least, 12 mini flags of crocheted bunting. Each flag is approx 1.5 inches wide and long, and the whole string measures 32 inches from end to end.

Each end has a loop and a cute little button (you could even wear it as a necklace if you felt like it!)

So there you go, a lovely little bundle of goodies all handmade by me 🙂 If you would like a chance to win all you have to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling me what you love most about your birthday, or if you have any special birthday traditions.

I will put all the names into my high tec hat and will draw one at random on 12th May, so you have a whole month to enter. I look forward to hearing from you!

Pegs

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It’s a crazy foggy day again. I know I said I kinda like the mysteriousness of mist? Well, that does not apply to heavy fog. It’s so thick that driving was actually quite scary!

But it’s the perfect day for staying in a making things! I put on an Ally McBeal dvd and got cutting. And sticking. And trimming. And this is what came out of it.

(These are my favourites because they have buttons on them!)

You can also find them listed here on Coriandr. Along with my Granny Square Cushion Cover 🙂

And the winner is …

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Almost a month ago I announced a giveaway for an African flower scarf. I said that I would announce the winner either on March 12th (the 2 month birthday of my baby blog) or when I got 20 followers. Well, today I got 20 followers – one day before my second birthday! How exciting 🙂

Just a little reminder – this is the scarf that is being given away…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I have all the names of those who commented on the post on sticky notes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I folded them in half (so they wouldn’t all stick together!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I put them into my lovely Joules hat and gave them a good old shake up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the person I pulled out of the hat is…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations! I’ll post the scarf off to you early this week 🙂 Enjoy the cosiness while it’s still (just about) cold enough! Oh, and you can have a little look at Stocki’s blog here 🙂

Ok, after all that excitement let me just quickly show you another couple of pretty pics. First of all, I managed to finish my third set of boxes yesterday.

And here they are all together! I still need to sort out all the stuff on the top, but the clutter on the inside is all sorted 🙂

After covering all these little drawers I had some little bits of paper left. I really didn’t want to throw them away as they are just far too pretty. But what to use them for? Just as I was wondering this a packet of pegs caught my eye. I really have no idea where they came from, or why I have them. I’ve obviously used some of them in the past, but there were at least 3/4 of a packet left. And the scraps of paper were just the right size to cover them! How pretty?!

These are the only ones I have at the moment, but plan to spend some time this evening making more. Will show you when they’re done 🙂