There’s a hole in my jeans!!!

Hello,

Its the first day of winter here in Queensland, the mornings have started to have a bit more of a nip to them so the other day, I found my good, old jeans from the back of the wardrobe. I do love Queensland winters, there is normally only a few days that I’m feeling quite unhappy with the weather, the rest of the time I can wear my winter warm things comfortably without feeling as though I’m going to freeze. As you may be able to tell I love the heat of Summer rather than the temperatures of winter. Living in the UK, I was always wrapped up even in the Summer months.

Anyway, getting back on track. My jeans!! I had forgotten that when I put them away at the end of last winter, holes were starting to appear in some embarrassing places. The first time I put them on, I tried to get away with the gaping holes but I did get a comment. Therefore I decided that something needed to be done but what! I didn’t just want to sew on a patch and be done with it. I needed to inject some of my style into it!

Here is the result!! Total Wardrobe Care loved the result on Instagram and I was thrilled to be asked by them to do a guest blog post on my jeans repair. To read the blog post about my inspiration for the first pair of jeans and how to make the little Suffolk puffs, check outhttp://www.totalwardrobecare.co.uk/blog/

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My jeans have now been washed a few times and they have stood up to the rigours of a washing machine, I felt confident about tackling the next pair of jeans.

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This pair had even more holes!!

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I used teals, olives, turquoise and eau-de-nil with sparkling beads and sequins. First I repaired the hole with cotton to bring the fabric together and then for the re-enforcement, I used Suffolk puffs / yo-yos. I started using the antique gold beads but soon decided that they were going to be too big and it would make sitting down a bit uncomfortable. The colour scheme will go beautifully with a new cardigan I bought from Next when I was in the UK last Autumn.

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I have finished the back tear, just under the pocket. I have added some lazy daisy embroidery stitches so now the Suffolk puffs look like flowers and the stitching looks like leaves.

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Just have to keep going until all the beads and sequins are on, it’s a working progress but what do you think?!!

Until next time.

Lilibet

 

 

 

 

Back together again!!

Whilst the Mummies were having a lovely time at the Baby Shower, Daddy and my two not-so-little ones joined  up with another Daddy and his three boys to go playing in a creek since it was a hot, sticky afternoon and it would be great to cool off on the last day of Summer. They had such a good time on Saturday afternoon that we all decided to repeat the fun on Sunday, the first day of Autumn!

Five have a wonderful time-Lilibet StanleyI love when we get together with our special friends. The five children get along beautifully and its just like the title of an Enid Blyton book!

donut-Lilibet StanleyJust like in a Famous Five story, the motley crew needs to feed first before any adventures can begin! You should have seen the smiles when they realised donuts were on offer!!

rainforest2-Lilibet StanleyLet the adventures begin! It was lovely just being able to sit and listen to the cicadas making their enjoyable racket.

dam2-Lilibet StanleyDams are always on the priority list when a creek is involved in play.

Daddy joins in1-Lilibet StanleyThe Daddies got stuck in too with dam building!

dam-Lilibet StanleyIt was a superb dam in the end.

dam3-Lilibet StanleyIt’s also fun breaking the dam apart! There is so much to do with logs, rocks, leaves and sticks with creeks. The next game was a thong (flip-flop) race, this didn’t end to well as a thong went missing in the water. Thankfully it was found but it was decided it wasn’t the best game to play and replaced it with a leaf.

painting on rock-Lilibet StanleyMy Little Lady is good at joining in with the boys but dam building isn’t at the top of her list of fun things to do, where as she enjoyed decorating rocks with “paint and beads” or in other words “mud and stones”. Hmm, I wonder where my Little Lady gets her decorating ideas from, I wonder?!!!

rainforest1-Lilibet StanleyWatching the sun streaming in through the green leaves was very relaxing. It did not feel like the first day of Autumn, it was just as hot as ever!

lichen-Lilibet StanleyThe beautiful textures all around were very inspiring. I love the soft, subtle hues of lichen.

Well, all good things have to come to an end, there were tears on departure. The five have such good fun together. The Famous Five always had there adventures in the school holidays and so must this set of five.

Until next time.

Lilibet

 

 

 

Loving the beach!

Hello,

We are mid-way through February and I’ve still not told you about January!! I had better get a move on, otherwise the month will be out!

January for me means a month of trips to the beach, to the country and preparing for going back to school. This January was no exception. I was snap-happy with so much texture, pattern and colour all about!

We went to Burleigh beach on the Gold Coast, a bit over an hour from Brisbane. The surfers were out, the kids with buckets and spades were building sandcastles and splashing in the waves!

surfboard-Lilibet StanleyAt the north end of the beach is a fantastic headland with encrusted limpets on the rocks.

Headland-Lilibet StanleyThe children liked exploring the rocks when the tide was low so they could look in all the rockpools and try to get around the headland.

limpets1-Lilibet StanleyI have always loved the pattern and texture of limpets!

sand-Lilibet StanleyThere is so much texture to be made with sand!

sand on rock-Lilibet StanleyI thought the sand on this rock reminded me of lots of embroidered French Knots.

Rock1-Lilibet StanleyThe sunshine and the waves on the rock creates so many beautiful colours from rusts, greys, golds, ochres and bronzes.

stones-Lilibet StanleyAt South Burleigh there are more rock pools that the children like playing in and the sand is a bit more pebbley right near the headland.

shells and stones-Lilibet StanleyThere are so many colour schemes at the beach, I love the subtlety of the colours- cool greys, slate blues, sand, vanilla and rust.

I have so many more photos to share from my gallivanting around Queensland.

See you next time.

Lilibet.

 

Walk back from school!

On my walk back from school, I am fortunate to go past some lovely Gum trees with sumptious tree bark.  I love tree bark for it has beautiful texture and colours.

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I think the texture of bark has always amazed me since I was a teenager and I started looking at the world around me in a new way! I would wonder  how can I use it as inspiration in my textile work! I would start trying to come up with ways of replicating it with paper, wax and fabric.

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They are just so textural!! My high school textiles teacher’s enthusiasm for texture has given me a life long love!

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I see new ideas every time I walk past this series of trees!

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I’m not sure what the name of this tree is but the colour of these berries and seedpods are divine especially against the greens of the trees and the brilliant blue sky!

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This beautiful Magnolia flower has just started to bloom near by, it is so stylish and classic!

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When I got home, I collected the eggs from our chickens and sat down to have a lovely cup of tea and to think about all the work I need to get on with today.

Until next time.

Lilibet