UFO Friday

UFO Friday is my (usually) bi-weekly series where I show you what projects I’ve been working on (UFO standing for UnFinished Objects). For more of these, look here and for every other week’s feature, Finished Things Saturday, look here.

No matter how hard I try, I never seem to make it to the point where I only start a new project in exchange for three finished UFOs. Although this time Mother Nature is partially to blame, blessing me with elderberries so very ripe that I had to use them before they left Smelling A Bit Fermented to arrive at Vinegar, Done.

EDye| the fabric after mordanting with alum |

I’ve been wanting to try botanical dye for ages and I really didn’t want the berries to go to waste. It was experimental at best, but I think I found a new hobby (yet another one…)!

ElderberryDye| the impressively dark dye vat |

While I could argue in favour of urgency with the dyeing project I really do not have any excuse for drafting a new pattern. I’m done with the prototype so far and made the lining for the actual thing, and I think I’d love to make another from leather sometime this Autumn. Can you tell from the sketches and pieces what it’s going to be?

UFO21Have a lovely weekend!

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UFO Friday: Balcony Garden Edition

UFO Friday is my (usually) bi-weekly series where I show you what projects I’ve been working on (UFO standing for UnFinished Objects). For more of these, look here and for every other week’s feature, Finished Things Saturday, look here.

During the last weeks I’ve brought home at least two plants from work each Thursday. I desperately want to get them out of their seedling soil (it has fewer nutrients than usual soil to get the plants to grow faster) but I’m horribly short on pots. I found two lovely little milk jugs at the thrift store a few days ago, though, for the stuff that doesn’t need as much space (yet…).

The good thing about farmer’s pottery like this is that it can easily be drilled for draining with an old knife – I have a particularly battered one for these kinds of things.

106_5218I’m still not sure how far I’ll go in terms of decoration but I’ve always enjoyed little treasures in my potted plants. I usually carry shell-shaped glass nuggets like the one in my Thyme with me to leave them in sunny spots that I think might need them but they make a lovely addition to my herb pots, too.

106_5215My Mum sent me a sachet of edible flowers in the post. They seem to like it on my balcony as they are growing bigger by the minute (that’s not even an exaggeration)!

106_5214And last but not least a peek at what I planted into the pot from the first picture: an Allium lusitanicum! It’s commonly called Portuguese or mountain onion although the taste ventures more into garlicky realms. I can’t wait to try it, especially because the flowers are edible, too!

106_5219I’m a bit worried about the cherry tomato I brought home, it’s in desperate need for a bigger pot and decent soil but I couldn’t find the right thing for it yet – maybe I’ll find something tomorrow.

Have you been planting (that’s those of you in the Northern hemisphere) this spring (and if you’re in the Southern, how did your harvest go)?

Have a lovely weekend!

 

UFO Friday

UFO Friday is my (usually) bi-weekly series where I show you what projects I’ve been working on (UFO standing for UnFinished Objects). For more of these, look here and for every other week’s feature, Finished Things Saturday, look here.

106_4283This magnificent piece of timeless rain protection has been taking up space in my UFO sideboard for quite some time now. I always had the plan to strip and then rebuild it with something a bit more elegant or cute to ultimately use it as a parasol.106_4284I finally started – the original plastic cover doesn’t even have normal seams but is fused rather than sewn – by taking the thing apart. The plastic was quite sticky so its heyday was kind of over, anyway. It still saddened me a little bit, I really like clear umbrellas and I adore the retro look of this one.106_4285

I’ve only come as far as to trace one of the segments this week – Scoundrel’s got a friend over for the weekend so the livingroom/craft den is freelancing as our guest room at the moment. I can’t wait to resume working on it next week!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend.
What are you working on at the moment?

UFO Friday

UFO Friday is my (usually) bi-weekly series where I show you what projects I’ve been working on (UFO standing for UnFinished Objects) in a fairly non-polished way. For more of these, look here and for every other week’s feature, Finished Things Saturday, look here.

UFO Friday DIY | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comThe last week has been really cold, and the whole year so far has been windy. Scoundrel bikes to work every day, no matter the weather so he asked me to make the sleeves of his fantastic heavy wool coat a bit longer with fabric he bought. I might have had to improvise for pinning, though. As I always claim, all my old tins do come in handy at some point.

UFO Friday DIY | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comUFO Friday DIY | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comAt PRG sessions lately I’ve taken to making more fabric handkerchiefs by just roll-hemming square pieces. They are fantastic scrap busters because they are actually useful. I tend to get through four or five per session when we call it an early night.

UFO Friday DIY | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comAnd last but not least this week is this, a project for which several pieces have been around since Summer. I made the skull design back then but never got around transferring it to fabric but I finally managed to do just that. The final result is yet to be assembled, though.

UFO Friday DIY | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comWhat have you been crafting lately? I’d love to read about it in the comments!

Have a lovely weekend!

UFO Friday

UFO Friday is my (usually) bi-weekly series where I show you what projects I’ve been working on (UFO standing for UnFinished Objects). For more of these, look here and for every other week’s feature, Finished Things Saturday, look here.

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I’ve worked on several things since the year started but of course I didn’t remember to take pictures of all of them. The above is a projects I’m also filming a tutorial for, yet the first attempt I kinda wrecked so… I’m doing that one again.

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I found this cute satchel at the thrift store a few weeks ago. Originally designed with a shoulder strap it was definitely too small for me to wear it as such – It fits my phone, my wallet and maybe my keys – so I decided to re-work the straps. Four rivets and a bit of hammering later I had this cute and very everyday adventurer-compatible belt pouch.

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And last but not least I finally invested in a new pair of fabric scissors. The days of making do with household scissors are finally over again. I think about hanging my inherited old blunt pair somewhere as decoration because I like them so much but that’s just theory for now.

Have a great weekend!

UFO Friday: The Moving Edition

aka. The Moving Edition

UFO Friday is my (usually) bi-weekly series where I show you what projects I’ve been working on (UFO standing for UnFinished Objects). For more of these, look here and for every other week’s feature, Finished Things Saturday, look here.

UFO Friday: The Moving Edition | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comWe’re there. All of our stuff is upstairs, and Scoundrel’s room is almost completely done. I’m already getting used to climbing all those stairs instead of just turning left right after I enter the house. The kitchen is a bit more Hedge-sized because we put all our shelves a little lower than at the previous flat.

UFO Friday: The Moving Edition | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comAs for my room, well, at least all my furniture is in place. I keep holding back with decorations until I have found a place for everything else so I can take a deep breath before I make the space finally mine, really mine.

UFO Friday: The Moving Edition | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comI’ve been painting old crates from work for a low shelf on my balcony with wax glaze I still had in my stash to protect them from the weather, and I also worked with chalk paint for the first time painting the doors of the linen closet I keep my fabrics in. The living room is still a horrible mess, though, and I hope I can get a hold of the chaos sooner rather than later.

UFO Friday: The Moving Edition | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comI definitely want to show more of the decorating progress this time, I never even got around making a room tour at the old flat! There are so many more projects that I plan for around here and I can’t wait to tell you about them.

Have the most wonderful weekend!