Hot crafting, the end of a stressful week, my kind of therapy, a little sew

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It’s hot again! 33 degrees here yesterday. I sat and sewed, staying out of the sun – making more cute things to sell. Doughnuts and cakes seem to be the thing they like in the local teashop so watch this space for more doughnutty and cakey pics. Here are just three coasters/drink mats with the theme. Apologies for the photo quality.  It truly is a ‘snap’ taken in a hurry (reminiscent of those days when you took a photo, sent the film cartridge of 24 photos off to the developers then waited a week to get the pictures back, to discover out of the 24 only 4 or 5 were slightly worthy of being proud of. Anyone remember those days?!)


Today we’re hitting the 30’s again and I have the sewing machine at the ready.  I know many sewists have several machines, I have just one good one at the moment. What sewing machine brands do others favour?  I have a fantastic Juki HZL e80 with an automatic needle threader and I never use the foot control as it has a on/off/go/stop button as an alternative.  A good friend, sewing tutor, can’t get her head around the button but she likes the automatic threader – less squinting when trying to thread the thread!

Sewing and knitting are definitely my kind of therapy and I just read yet again another article on the internet that someone new has just come to realise it too!  For once in my life I am feeling slightly on trend.  This week has been a little stressful, with a family funeral, the build up to it, the coming down after it.  When time was free I picked up the knitting needles or fabric stash and set to. I can’t say I tidied up after myself, much to the chagrin of husband and son – but decided it was the creating I needed. I am wondering how long I can wing that one!  I always say life is too short to do more than the minimum housework.

Knitting, no photo made the shortlist today – sorry! I did 10cm of a green/white cotton top, just straight stocking stitch, mindless knitting rather than row counting.  I also started a new sample for the shop where I work – as the original has been stolen!!! Yes, that’s right! First I was horrified, then after a few hours decided that I must have made such a good job of it that the thief couldn’t resist.  The power of positive thinking, we should all do that more!   Food for thought here

Wishing you all a good day/weekend/crafting session.



7 thoughts on “Hot crafting, the end of a stressful week, my kind of therapy, a little sew

    Kate said:
    July 7, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    I have an old sewing machine that I’ve used for about 25 years or more. It’s not fancy and not a name brand (in fact I was told that they can’t get parts for it if it breaks) and I’ve always wanted to get a higher quality machine, so a couple of weeks ago I bought a Brother NQ700. I’m ashamed to say that since I bought it, I haven’t even had time to turn it on…this weekend though!

      tinaor responded:
      July 11, 2017 at 7:28 am

      I think sometimes that big leap into trying (or buying!) something new is a little scary – I hope you found time to try your new Brother. When I bit the bullet and bought my new machine about 6 years ago I never used my old one again. Mind you, the old one had been purchased second hand, was very ancient and clunky and the thread was always getting tangled, plus it was so heavy I had to brace myself to lift it out of the cupboard and onto the table. Happy sewing!

    handmade habit said:
    July 9, 2017 at 4:45 am

    What wonderful mats. I love that you’ve chosen the fabric to make the cakes look like they’re covered in sprinkles. How cute. 🙂 Knitting (and also sewing, once upon a time) are also my therapy. I hope you’re finding lots of peace and calm in your crafting during what sounds to be a stressful time. Thank you for sharing that wonderful article. It is spot on.

    tinaor responded:
    July 10, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you. Luckily using up scraps and they happen to be very cake-like often!

    sewchet said:
    July 11, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    The first weddings I shot were on film, so you can imagine the stress I felt waiting to see if the films came out! The advent of digital certainly took a lot of the stress out of it. I don’t think I would ever buy a machine which couldn’t thread itself as I struggle even with my glasses on:)

      tinaor responded:
      July 12, 2017 at 9:52 am

      I can’t imagine the stress waiting to find out if a wedding photo shoot was a good one!

        sewchet said:
        July 12, 2017 at 9:54 am

        It was normal back then, before the advent of digital – you just had to know your job and your camera well:)

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