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Sunday, 24 October 2021

Bean-bag for Bill

No Apology for more Atrocious Alliteration (ha, see what I did there - rolling eyes emoji). Alliteration always makes me smile and that's never a bad thing.

Happily, the large online retailer (thank you Amazon) delivered my long zips. Since discovering I could buy zippers online my haberdashery stock has grown considerably. I used to expect to buy zips one at a time, and pay at least £2 or £3 for each one. Now Amazon deliver me multi-coloured bundles for a bit more or less than a tenner . . . I know this is how local shops go out of business, but the nearest place to me that sells zips is a 15 mile round trip and they have a very, very limited selection of sizes and colours. It is almost embarrassing to receive 48 zips, 2 each of 24 colours, less than 24 hours after clicking 'Proceed to Checkout'.



Earlier in the year I found a lovely lady, Svetlana Sotak, on YouTube whose tutorials are excellent and the one for making a lined bag with a zipper is the best I have ever found. Since then I have probably sewn 20 or more fabric bags of differing sizes, just because I could 😆.





In between continuing to paint brackets on the van, completely re-stock and pack my rucksack with the intention of getting off my bottom and doing some proper walking, dismantle a fence, do laundry and try to keep on top of all the work which a large house generates, I found time to finish my "not a bean-bag". It is really just an over-sized version of this YouTube video.



Bill is starting to feel very smart as she heads for winter. I admitted to myself last week that I was most unlikely to have any more overnights this year so the tanks, water pump and boiler are drained down well ahead of whatever below zero temperatures we get. Must go in the loft and find the fridge vent covers that need to be on when it is really chilly. For days out it is easier to take bottles of water for drinking and I always travel with a flask or two of very hot water which makes it easy to do a quick bit of washing up whilst I am out. Wonder where I should go first?

Unfortunately I have not made such speedy progress on completing the water tank hoses, taps and brackets. The last week has been thoroughly damp and autumnal and although all the painting is finally done it's far too wet to go outside and refit everything. Yesterday was damp all day but "proper" high wind and rain started about 8.00pm last night and shows no signs of letting up.💨 ☔️



This morning Pinterest sent me the usual selection of things I might be interested in and for once there was a lovely little quilt top shown that might be a perfect use for one of the (far-too-many) boxes of scraps waiting to be turned into something nice. Tonight's supper has been taken out of the freezer, the washing machine is on, emails have been answered . . . so that's me into the sewing room for the next few hours!




16 comments:

  1. So, sewing on a Sunday - a suitably soggy Sunday - sounds superb.

    It is a shame for local shops however they often dont have what you need and even if they ordered it - often it is not next day delivery. Your rainbow of zips gladdened my heart somewhat!
    We're doing van things - upgrading the lockdown build to a better standard - still at the planning stage of redesigning the layout now that we've used Zeb for a while. Further discussions/debates are about to ensue!!!

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    1. Alliteration from an Artist, thank you 😄

      Good luck with the van things, you have to live with a layout for a while to learn what you might need to tweak, improve.

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  2. It's so easy to order online at a good price and delivered to our doors in record time, why would we traipse around looking for what we want anymore. I'm afraid online shopping is the death knell for bricks and mortar businesses. Bill is looking very smart, I love all your colourful accessories.

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    1. Eileen, I am sure, like me, you remember going to individual shops years ago and we were told that supermarkets would be the death of shopping. This is different, but the same. Society changes, it always has done.

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  3. All I can say is it’s simply spiffing you were set to sit and sew on a Sunday

    With those big bright hard to miss comfy looking accessories you won’t be bumping your legs on the edge of the bed will you 😊. They’ll certainly take your mind off the weather outside.

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    1. What a stylish sentence Cathy, thank you 😀

      Your comment suggests you have experienced the scraped shins of sticky out bits. Fortunately Bill is pretty well designed against that happening.

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  4. That looks like your Christmas presents sorted - who wouldn't love one of your bags. I am wrestling with the knitted dress for Sweetie's 3rd birthday next month - it may end up being for Christmas instead as I had to begin again with the next size up - just hope the wool doesn't run out!

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    1. Good idea Viv - the bag would make a good "wrapping" for just about anything and be useful subsequently. Cannot help you with the knitting - it's one craft I have absolutely no ability in.

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  5. A big beautiful beanbag for Bill, and your new zips make a lovely rainbow of colours :)

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  6. Those bags are lovely!
    Thanks for the link to the tutorial, I'm of the make it up as you go along school of sewing, it would do me good to sit and learn how to do something properly.
    Bill's one smart looking gal.
    What a shame that the weather stopped play. Jon's got lots of jobs to do on Gilbert but he's having the same trouble! xxx

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    1. Cheers Vix. I usually do the same as you and just "wing it" but I was getting so frustrated not achieving the sort of result I wanted with zips/bags and so on, that I spent a lot of time watching videos and actually trying to learn how to do things properly.

      I still have to concentrate and not 'get ahead of myself' because things can go wonky very quickly if I do not! 🤯

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  7. Hi, I've been reading your blog for some months and love those zip bags but can't quite work out which video it is from the link. I'd love to run up a few. Many thanks.

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    1. Hi Sara. Try "Devon Pouch" or "Slim Pencil Case". None of my bags are identical to either (I often add zipper tabs which is another of her videos).

      I find them all so clear that it is easy to do your own thing size-wise from her demonstrations.

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    2. Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly. I'm watching "Slim Pencil Case" right now and she's so wonderfully clear as to why she does and doesn't do certain things. I'll definitely be trying both versions and watching her other videos. Many thanks for finding and recommending her!

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    3. If you use Instagram (Meta? spit, growl 🤬) then she's very active there with regular video tutorials.

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