It's a lovely cool Sunday and that's because we've had a few days of rain, the sky is dark and gloomy, and the temperature has dropped to just 30C (86F)...total sewing bliss! I don't know how long this reprieve from the heat will last so it seemed a good idea to do some more budget decorating - after all, making this house a home will take a while, and every cool day is an opportunity too good to ignore.
Firstly, I should explain that as a family we're trying to be better citizens of planet earth and avoid using plastic or plastic products as much as possible this year. Our old shower curtain died recently and I really didn't want to purchase a new nylon or plastic one, so we've been showering without a curtain at all. Fortunately it's hot here, so a quick mop of the floor afterwards and it's dry in 5 minutes. However, bathrooms look much nicer with a shower curtain, and it would be nice not to mop 4 times a day. ;-)
When I was reading Kaari Meng's "Home Sewn" the other day she mentions using lovely old linen for shower curtains. I don't have any old linen on hand, but I did have a few metres of lovely faded blue floral cotton that had been waiting in my stash for the last 3 years to be used.
I was able to make a lovely shower curtain, and remember when I used my old towels to make bathmats? I still have some old towels to recycle so I made another bathmat with some of the fabric offcuts for trim.
Once that was finished I started on another Tea Towel Challenge project!
I had this lovely Donna Hay tea towel that I got free with her wonderful cooking magazine, and the colours were perfect for using in the kitchen (my kitchen is predominently blue, red and mustard).
This years calendar had been looking for a home so with the tea towel, an old stitchery I did back in 2006, and the softest cream vintage ric-rac....
...I made this!
I still need to make some top curtains, but Mr Elefantz needs to purchase a curtain rod first. Hopefully later this week the window dressing will be finished.
Not much hand-sewing being done at the moment but I did sketch this little bird in the rain, then stitched it on a piece of Rural Jardin...
I'm going to use it in a giveaway prize next month here on my blog. I love the simplicity of redwork and it works beautifully withKaari's French General fabrics.
If you'd like to stitch my Rain Bird, you can download the pattern HERE.
Only 5 days left to enter my January Tea Towel Challenge!
As you can see above, today I used a tea towel to make a Calendar hanger, but look what Manda made with her tea towel...
...a home for her Eastern Blue-Tongued Skink, "Buffy"!
Buffy travels everywhere with Manda, but usually in a pillowcase. Manda says that Buffy is much happier in her new, thicker, cloak!
What have you made with a tea towel this month?