When we bought our house at the end of 2003, one of the bedrooms had the oddest décor. It was painted white, but all over the walls were circles of varying sizes in dark blue. Two of the circles were almost a metre across.
This was the only picture we took of this room at the time we viewed the house.
When we moved here in 2004, my husband decided that he wanted this room as his "office". He never really used it very much, and over the years it became a dumping ground for all sort of things.
At the end of last year, I decided to put this room to good use, so with help, it was repainted in an attractive 'milk coffee' colour, and I had a new beige carpet laid. Then I hung pictures, and moved my sewing machines and their desk from the spare bedroom into this room.
So now I have an attractive workroom, with a sewing desk and table, and lots of storage space for all my craft materials.
This is my sewing corner. There is a pinboard on the right which is handy for keeping track of projects.
The cupboard on the left keeps all my materials out of sight.
I hung a lot of pictures, as I hate bare walls!
Behind my work table are bookshelves where some of my books are stored.
The cupboard on the right holds most of my needlework books.
I've not posted to my blog for quite some time, as I have been busy with markets.
The first was Talana Creations in late October/early November, and I did very well there.
I spent some time after that making crochet angels for the Christmas Tree at the Talana shop, as the ones I made for Creations all sold out.
Then I shared a table with my friend Marilyn at the Bon Appetit Café Market on 29 November. The day started out cold and drizzly, but warmed up in the afternoon, as did the sales. Luckily, we were in a marquee, so we didn't get wet.
Tomorrow were are again sharing a table at the Lennox Farmers' Market, and we are inside their barn.
As I bought a bargain bundle of furnishing remnants, I decided to make bags. Here they are:
This is a pretty green and beige striped fabric, lined with ecru cotton. The flap is trimmed with a beige pearl button. I bought the bamboo handle some time ago, and think it looks well on this bag.
This 'lion' bag is made in a beige fabric with ribs,, rather like corduroy, and is lined in ecru cotton. There is a flop-over tab to close the bag, weighted down with two huge beads.
I trimmed this bag with printed cotton ribbon. It is lined with cotton, and the tab is fastened with a magnetic button.
The last bag is in beige fabric has shiny bronze-coloured handles. It is lined in Shweshwe. The flop-over tab has a large bead to weight it down.
These will all be in sale tomorrow, here's hoping it will be a good day for me!
I've not been crafting lately, probably because I wore myself out preparing for Creations at Talana! I have been having a clear out and a tidy up, though, and I also took a walk around my garden. This is what I found:
While rummaging in the garage some time ago, I found this old birdcage. I decided to put a plant in it, and I decided on the lovely burgundy ivy geranium. It looks pretty good, I think.
I planted foxgloves last year, and now some are blooming again.
I bought an old wheelbarrow at an auction. A man said to me "You do know it's got holes in the bottom, don't you?" "Yes." I replied. "That's why I want it." So here it is, all planted up and blooming, That's Tyson in the background.
These dietes, the South African wild Iris, have blooms that last for only one day. I like them as I am fond of white flowers. It is said that when the dietes bloom, it is going to rain, So far this year they have been telling lies!
This jasmine is so rewarding. Every so often it is covered in beautiful star-shaped white flowers. They are scented, and they perfume the whole garden.
Now I moved indoors with my camera.
I love orchids, and have bought several from time to time. When they stop blooming, I put them in my dining room, and nurse them. This is the result! I now have three in full bloom.
Somehow I managed to cut the top off this one when I took the picture.
This is quite a small plant, but there are at least six flower stems coming from the main stem. It will probably stay in bloom for the next six weeks or so.