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 haven’t done one of these in ages! And I might be down with a cold at the moment but a bed is (almost) as good a place to hand-sew as any other. I can’t really work on bigger UFOs here – I need to take stock of those sometime soon, anyway – but at least I can do tiny things, like mending or crafting small accessories. I’ve been making scrunchies these last few days, for example. Nothing to write home about, maybe, but still better than nothing, and they are a great (and useful) scrap buster. Bonus points because I’m wearing one of them as I type this because it puts less strain on my already headache-y scalp than a normal hair elastic.

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Isn’t this patchwork print cute? It’s only a one-row-of-motif strip but when I found it at the thrift shop for half a Euro I couldn’t resist. I think I won’t turn this one into scrunchies, it would be a pity to ruin this print, but rather make patches out of it.

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Speaking of this print, I always adore these hue reference bits (there’s probably a professional name for those. This isn’t it.) on multicoloured fabrics. It might be just a tiny scrap but I kind of want to make something with them, something extra, so they won’t be just tossed out…

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I’d say my vlogs kind of count as UFO-ish at the moment, too… I’m not well enough to spend enough time sitting at my desk editing right now so the footage just piles up. I’ll experiment with some cutting time tomorrow, though, and there are a few commissions that won’t draw themselves as well…

Anyway, I hope you’re in better health than me right now, have a wonderful weekend!

This post is part of #28DaysOfBlogging, a challenge to post every day in February.
Today’s posts on other (mostly German) participating blogs:

Haus und Beet | Brigantis Kosmos | But First, Create | Out Of Munich | Increase Creativity | Mondkunst | Gut Essen in München | Applethree | Astrid Gövert | Janavar | Ciclista | Flying Thoughts | Digitallotsen

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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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While it has been uncharacteristically warm for mid-October lately, Nature starts taking what it hers and the herbs on my balcony slowly start to get ready for winter. High time to start my tiny harvest and preserve what I can get, and the first one to get cut back was my lemon verbena.

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It’ll need a bigger pot next year either way so we’re considering re-potting before we take the plant in for winter – verbena doesn’t fare well in our climate during the cold months. I’m looking forward to brewing the first infusion from this harvest – it’s my first own beebrush, and I’ve always loved the smell of the leaves so much!

The next step is trying to make cuttings, just in case something goes wrong (and because more plants are always a good idea), and then I’ll go on to harvest my curry plant.

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And in the crafts department I’ve been struggling with a skirt – I think I had to re-make the lining three times before it worked out as it was supposed to be. I’m always a bit wary when it comes to projects like that, afraid that they will not have been worth all the trouble in the end, but I decided to see this one through. Do you have similar sentiments sometimes? I’d love to hear about that in the comments (please tell me I’m not alone!).

Have a wonderful 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.

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?

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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!