In a popping red that isn't too popping in real life, but has just enough pop to make me happy.
We went to a village fete on Sunday, and I started by taking photos.
There was a lot to look at, colourful inflatable fair attractions (for children to slide down or jump on), stalls selling candyfloss, lots of colour and busyness! I planned to continue clicking away with my camera.
That was until we reached the car boot sale and I found the £1 All bag of wool.
My hound like bargain sniffer, (it's an official part of my brain, I doubt I'm the only one afflicted with this), went into over-drive after that, I think I was practically salivating.
Maybe I should have been on a leash.
I did notice out of the corner of my eye, that Hugo was standing back looking slightly bemused, and knew better than to say anything like "haven't you got enough yarn?"
I went on to buy two cones of yarn for £1, three embroidered tablecloths for £5, and a nice necklace for £3.
I left feeling like I'd had a very big meal, and was all bloated up with bags full of bargain goodies.
Another thing I did this weekend just gone, was visit the market stall of someone I know called Hannah. She's in the process of starting up a shop that she intends to grow, from a market stall, to a shop in bricks and mortar, and she's called it "Sew Pretty". She's not yet selling her wares on-line.
Saturday morning dawned lovely and sunny, and I felt very excited at sauntering down to Hannah's stall.
I bought the fabric, threads, elastic and button from Hannah's stall a couple of weeks ago to make the turquoise Miz Mozelle Dress. Everything to make the dresss came to £12, so you can see her prices are affordable. And the selection of fabrics is wonderful. Shall we have a little look?
Hannah's son has set up a company called Crow and Dunnage, printing t-shirts, and soon to expand to bags. You can design your own t-shirts and they will screenprint them. It would be great if they started printing fabrics for garment making, maybe that will be in their plans for the future. The link to their site is here.
And yes (!) I did buy some fabric from Hannah! This 2.3 metres screenprinted fabric was in her bargain box for £12, and I've got a pattern in mind for it......... will reveal that when I come to use the fabric.
The stripy blue and white fabric above is a metre of curtain fabric, the plan is to make another Starboard Skirt with it.
The red gingham dress I last reported on in this post, has now acquired a waistband.
I've got some sort of mental block concerning this dress, you could call it "attitude". I'm like a sulky teenager reluctantly finishing a job I have started. I worked on it for a few hours on Saturday afternoon. The skirt section is ready to be attached. I should just get on with it.
The reason I'm not doing that, is that I've been concentrating on my sculptures.
You might enjoy this little anecdote. I was making butterflies that are to be part of a commission I'm working on, and couldn't understand where one of the pieces had gone. It seemed to have just vanished, and I put it down to that mystical vanishing thing that happens to things like needles and pins, and other little bits and pieces. Well, the whole evening, during supper and afterwards, I was slightly perplexed as to the missing piece. It was only as I was washing my hands in the bathroom, and glanced at the mirror, that I noticed a butterfly tangled up in my hair.
I had been around Hugo all evening, had supper with him and spoken to him, and I presume he looked at me when he spoke to me. At no point had he observed the butterfly in my hair, (I'm not in the habit of wearing decorative things in my hair, so it wasn't a case of him thinking it was normal, and so not necessary to remark on).
What's this called? "Invisible Wife Syndrome"?
And my knitted dress? I'm starting to sew the side seams up. I'm praying it fits. Maybe my Friday post will have good news, or bad news, about that.
I'm off to get on with things that have to be got on with. Have a good week! Vanessa xxx