Thursday, 22 June 2017

Ayza's new clothes and getting to know one another

   The past week has been soooo hot! That muggy, humid sort of heat that makes you feel tired and listless. Ezri's been so glad of her new lightweight summer dress to keep her cool. Little Ayza managed to preserve her modesty with a piece of pink gingham wrapped and tied around like a sarong, but she needed some proper clothes. Ezri found some of the green flower print fabric that I made her first dress from and suggested there might be enough for a dress for Ayza. I said I wasn't sure that I could make a dress, but I could make a skirt and perhaps a knitted top to go with it. Here is Ayza's new outfit. I wonder what she thinks of it 💭

Ayza- My new top and skirt are soooo trendy and I love this sweet, flower print fabric and the shape of the skirt

We settled on a very simple semi-circle style. I decided to make it reversible. I cut out an identical semi circle from the pink gingham, placed them right sides together and sew round all the edges leaving a small opening for turning out. My machine skills are still not so honed yet as to sew perfect curves; so the waist and hem are rather uneven. I put a snap fastener on the back and it's a passable attempt. I decided to take the easy option for the top and knitted one. Just a simple ribby with a fold over collar

 Ayza- You can see the whole effect much better if I stand up. I think it's just perfect and I can't wait for Mum to make me something else

Ezri and Ayza have been getting to know one another and it seems they share a love of pretty things. I thought I'd listen in and see what they have to say ( I hope it's not eavesdropping 👂 )

Ezri- Mum got these lavender and gerbera flowers from The Range
Ayza- What's The Range?
Ezri- It's a shop that sells all sorts of pretty things
Ayza- They're beautiful and they look so real. I love pretty things

... and other musings
   Because of the heat, work in the garden has been a bit slow. A little work here, a little rest, a little work there, a little rest... However, a trip to the garden centre got us a load of flowers being sold off cheap. 9 pack plug punnets, normally 4 for £10, now £1 each! A lot of the plants were in a bad way and some were overflowing the punnets, but I picked out the best and now the filled in area behind the new sundeck is full of flowers! I gave them a good watering, lots of Tomorite to feed them and I think they'll do OK

Thursday, 15 June 2017

A new friend, a new dress and a new sun deck

   The search for another doll, of any kind, similar to Ezri's size and build, is proving fruitless. I've found lots of baby dolls with poked out eyes and curly-permed nylon hair, and Barbie dolls and those Bratz and Monster High dolls. I did make this small purchase of a nude Monster High doll for 20p that has white hair and red eyes. She is articulated, about 11" tall and very slim. I may be able to fashion a dress of sorts for her. I've named her Ayza

   Ezri has been very patient with me and now she finally has a new maxi sundress. I made it from an old dress of mine that had gotten badly stained and then musty from being in the bottom of the wardrobe ( it was to nice to chuck out and to grubby for the charity shop ) So I salvaged what I could ( it was made in narrow panels ) I had to piece 3 pieces together to make the width and I simply pleated the top and attached a folded band and shoulder straps. It overlaps a fair bit at the back, for modesty. Even though I pressed it well it still wants to fold into pleats ( perhaps I made them to wide ) Anyway, Ezri and I are happy with it

It's a nice tropical print

A very simple style

...and other musings
   Things are moving apace at the bottom of the garden

Shiplap fastened to the tree stumps and filled in with the soil from levelling the ground for the decking base frame

A nice new sundeck at the bottom of the garden

   There is still an awful lot to be done, but it's a start. The weather has brightened up and the veg are growing like crazy! We are already feasting on kale and courgette, snack cucumbers, lettuce, radish and beetroot. We planted leeks yesterday; out first attempt.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Looking for a new friend and big changes in the garden

   Since my last post I have been looking for a friend for Ezri. When we have been in town I have rooted through the toy boxes in the children's areas of the charity shops and I have daily looked through Ebay. I don't mind what kind of doll she is; she doesn't have to be vintage, but she needs to be affordable and about Ezri's size and build. I haven't found anything apart from a few 'feed and wet' baby dolls. With hindsight, I do wish I'd kept 'Anne'. She was one of my 'like' dolls. I had a Tiny Tears 'like' doll, a doll 'like' the one off the Kellogg's cornflakes packet and a few others. 'Anne', this was her name on the box she came in, wore a purple print maxi dress and had blonde hair. If you held he hand and tipped her slightly forwards she walked. I can't remember how tall she was, but she seemed quite tall to such a small girl as I was. When I got into my late teen I suppose that was the time I put my childhood away and all my toys and things went to charity shops. I actually gave away my entire Star Wars collection, many of the figures were STILL in their unopened packets!! Hindsight is a fine thing LOL. I haven't made anything new for Ezri as I haven't really had the time. I planned to make her a summer dress, so hopefully I'll find time to get around to that.

... and other musings
   The last fortnight has been very busy. The glorious week we had meant we spent every hour in the garden and the wet and stormy week past has been one of rather late spring cleaning. There has been a lot of change down the bottom of the garden. The 40' leylandii trees have been cut down after a lot of branches were rotting and breaking off in the winter storms, one almost smashing into our neighbours greenhouse!! These trees had been there for almost 25 years. It was very cool, damp and shady under those trees and there were frogs, toads and newts and lots of ferns, but alas they are all gone now :(

The stand of Leylandii that had become dangerous with huge branches breaking off in winter storms

One of the tree surgeons at work

Daylight coming through

From the back bedroom window ( you can see the neighbours greenhouse )

nearly there...


all gone

and the garden suddenly looks so bare!! There's a lot of work to be done

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Ezri ventures forth

   In the time I have had Ezri she has never been outside. I see everyone's Sasha dolls enjoying the great outdoors, so I felt it was time Ezri ventured out into the world.
   So yesterday we ventured out onto the decking and Ezri seems to share my love of the garden and all things growing

   The chives in flower in the herb bed

The little aeonium

 Ezri learned that the scent of Rosemary improves your memory

The aeonium potted up next to the cordyline

   Ezri enjoyed the warm sunshine and her first adventure into the garden.

... and other musings
   We came home from a week on the Isle of Wight on Saturday and it was a glorious week. We love to visit old churches and the church of St Boniface in Bonchurch is my favourite. In fact, Bonchurch is my favourite place on the IoW. It's sheltered spot and the warm sunshine make it almost feel Mediterranean. So I'd like to share a few photos of Bonchurch with you. We parked the car at the duck pond and walked down the winding road to the seafront. There we met a chap from NYC who comes over to the UK every other year for a walking holiday and this year he picked the IoW.



Thursday, 11 May 2017

Maxi dress weather

   The glorious weather has continued here and is what I call 'maxi dress weather'.  In the time I have had between gardening jobs, I have made Ezri a maxi dress using the green/pink flowery fabric from the first dress I made. I have a few maxi dresses and I love them. I do have some skirts and knee length dresses, but I'm more a jeans and maxi dress girl. Being only 4' 8" I'm lucky I can wear girls dresses. I have a couple by Hooch ( my fave being my tattoo print one ) a Blue Zoo and a Principles Petite, which I got over 20 years ago!! So Ezri had to have her own maxi dress. It's not bad, though I think the pleat should have been inside rather than outside. I also treated her to a bit of bling. I bought one of those little stretchy 'crystal' rings to wear as a bracelet.

I think the pleat may have been better inside

Apple blossom

New bling

... and other musings
   The gardening has been a pleasure this week. There's been little time for much else really. Most of the weeding is done now, just a bit left behind the greenhouse. We took down the fence and tidied up alongside the greenhouse where the grass and weeds were hard to get at and put down membrane, plum slate and planted 130 bulbs, but I think I'll also get some bedding plants. The bean supports are up ready for bean planting. We also got the car washed and cleaned inside and out. I have to have 2 feather cushions behind my back, or I can't reach the steering wheel, and the inside of the car was covered in feathers. After cleaning the car I replaced the plastic bags that are inside the covers, as they had split so the feathers were escaping!

 The fence along side the green house as it was, grassy, weedy and overgrown

and as it is now, neat and tidy with bulbs planted in front

The plum slate looks so nice

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Ezri's quilt is finished

   Ezri's new quilt is finally finished! It was quite a new experience making one entirely by machine, but it was good practice. I rather liked the machine quilting; it was very quick and it gives a denser effect to the top. I did make a boo-boo though. I normally use wool or cotton batting in my quilting projects, but as this was so small and I didn't want to buy a large piece to cut into; I bought a 1/2m sq of polyester wadding. I think this made it rather stiff and I won't be using it again! I washed it and used fabric softener so hopefully it will soften with time. Not one of my best, but it's OK and I think Ezri is happy with it. I said I would take some photos as I went along. As I had already pieced the top by last week's post the photos start from the quilt ready for quilting

The simple lattice design with the wadding and backing tacked together
I thought navy thread would work well in this design
After machine quilting
                                                                        Close up
The pieced binding
One side bound, three to go
All finished

 ...and other musings
   The weather has turned warm and sunny again this week and we have been out in the garden as much as possible. The weeding seems an endless chore. However, the potatoes, peas, carrots, swede, beetroot, courgettes, onions and kale are now in the veg beds. The tomatoes already have flowers and the beans are going in next week

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Ezri chooses the fabrics for her quilt

   The cold weather has continued this week and, despite the blue skies and sunshine, that north wind is bitterly cold. So Ezri and I decided to stay indoors where it's warm and make a start on her quilt. The first job was the hardest- choosing the fabrics. I have a big bag of leftover bits and as Ezri's quilt won't take much fabric there was sure to be something in there. Ezri had a good root through the bag. Decisions, decisions...

It was very difficult deciding which colours she wanted and which fabric patterns she liked best

Pretty flowers

This one's interesting with the hands and hearts

This will go nice with the other two

After what seemed like hours, Ezri finally decided on the colours she liked best. Russet, gold, cream and navy

   Now I get the fun bit. I sketched a quick idea for a simple strip quilt and I've decided to have a go at piecing this one entirely by machine. I haven't used my machine a great deal, so this will be good practice. This is also the smallest quilting project I have attempted. It'll be about 48cm x 36cm. My previous smallest quilting project was a wall hanging for a golden anniversary that was 60cm x 60cm.