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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

"What to do with pink bricklayers string and Gnomes"


Sometimes you make craft kits without realising it. That is you make all the parts of the project but you just don't get it completed. That is what happened with the following two projects.

First off I had plans to make Bonnie a shopping bag for her Birthday which was in October just gone. I managed to get it to her a few days before Christmas.

 I used up a Canteen bandana for part of the lining. This fabric suited the base of the bag perfectly. The sale of  bandana's support young people with cancer.


 I followed partially a pattern I found at Atic24 blog then made the rest up myself.
I used up a roll and a half of Bricklayers string which I purchased from Bunnings. It was so lovely to crochet with. I will have to look out for another pattern to finish of the string I have. It was much cheaper to crochet with this than cotton yarn.


 I hand sewed the lining to the bag with a suitable matching DMC embroidery thread. The buttons are more or less decorative but also help hold the handles to the bag. Bonnie absolutely loved the colour of the bag and was most appreciative.

 My other kit I had made up was this pillowslip. It only sat in my sewing room for about two years. Twenty minutes of sewing and ironing and it was done. This will be shared with Jacob and Jude, so handy to have Grandies with the same initial!

Following on the theme of gnomes. This little fellow is now residing near a tree stump in Gnomesville. One of the newest residents having arrived late November 2019. I visited Gnomesville two times last year. The second time I made sure we had a gnome to leave. I lost count of the towns we called into around here and down closer to Gnomesville to find a gnome. Luckily we found this one at the Tourist Bureau in Dardanup.  He was signed by us and left to do his work. In case you haven't heard of Gnomesville, it is one of the top hundred things to do while in Australia. There are over 10 000 gnomes etc there. You can explain to people what it is like but nothing prepares you for the sight of 10 000 gnomes. Both times I have been there it has been busy with people from all over the world. We were lucky to find this tree stump with no other gnomes. I can guarantee by now he has lots of gnome friends with him.

I have recently built a house called Claremont, all went well and now I am up to the landscaping. I will share some more in my next post.

Happy days.
Bev C


Michelle Ridgway said...

Beautiful bag for Bonnie and very cute Pillow slip. Have read about Gnomesville but never visited x

Clare-Aimetu said...

Great bag Bev, a bandana will be something I'll be needing soon as yesterday I had my first chemo treatment

Pauline said...

Yay! Welcome back, Bev. Just picked up from where you left off! Thanks so much for the gifts you sent my way recently. I felt very spoilt. Happy blogging!

Fiona said...

great idea using the bandana and bricklayers tape for the bag... lovely to be leaving a gnome at his new home.... fun...
hmmm.…. looking forward to seeing your landscaping...

Lin said...

One happy Gnome! I love that bag, great work there. xx

Karen's Korner said...

It is amazing what you can find at Bunnings. Great bag. I have heard of Gnomesville but not been there.

Bobbie Lynn said...

Hello Bev, Love your latest projects. You put a lot of love into everything you do. Happy New Years to you and your family. Happy crafting, gardening and anything else that brings you joy.

Karen S said...

Great idea with the builders twine. I had not thought of using that, but I can see that it would be very strong and suit the purpose well.
Lovely finish with the pillow slip.
And a great story about the gnomes.
A new house! Wow!