Monday, July 27, 2009

of late...

it's been really busy lately (what? it's july already?!), so i have come to treasure the time i can spare for some sewing.

* my third attempt at crafting a baby quilt.
i confess that i'm making it up as i go along, but i think i'm improving a little bit with each attempt.
the fabrics are a mix of brand new, op-shopped or gifts from our circle of friends...

with a shinzi katoh frog for good measure...

* recently, i accompanied lise and d-man to ikea when they went to buy a kitchen (as you do).

i went exploring, discovered (apparently) better ways of living and, of course, complete disorientation ensued. do not veer from the ikea path in ikea world peoples!

it was with joy that i discovered the textiles section: this print is from the Gunilla range and i found a matching, plain canvas to go with. i snapped up a half metre of each and had to hold myself back from the other bolts of fabric.

i felt so inspired that i made this bag that very evening. this bag features a magnet snap clasp, a small pocket inside and a hook to hold keys. it's just big enough to hold A4-size documents, perfect for laptop free days to work... huzzah!

i always seem to come away from ikea feeling that life is poorer without a modular/minimalist/flim-flam organisation system.

(ok, alright, i want a clean-living, clutter-free, sweet ikea life, damnit!)

PS: we've been wanting to get out of the big smoke for a while, so we took advantage of a free weekend and went down to the peninsula.

a while back, i did some weeding and planting with a volunteer group.
how amazing is this transformation: compare this to our visit last week

our little grasses are so big...and it's so green and lush! it was very exciting to see =)


Jaye said...

C! Love the ikea fabrics!.. And especially love the bag. With the hidden pattern on the inside- Very freudian!

Anyways, haven't heard from you in ages, hope you and M are enjoying the winter months. Hope to hear from you soon.. xj

jfox said...

hello stranger! hard to believe that it's been more than a year since we've been in syd-er-ney - eek!
hope all is well with you dr j =)

Kate said...

Hello lovely! So pleased you're *back* - I adore the quilt. Having just done mine I can now appreciate how tricksy they can be!
Thanks also for your writing wishes. It'll get there eventually :)

jfox said...

thank you kate! yes, quilts are definitely tricksy, but so rewarding. i'm sure the recipients will be well chuffed with yours too.