Getting Stitching

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Hello Golden Week!  For those of you who don’t know, this is a week in which so many national holidays fall, that some companies declare it a week’s holiday (although Y and lots of others I know only get the actual national holidays off).  Y is celebrating by sleeping as much as possible.  For me, having been at home all week with two poorly children, one of whom had a positive test for Influenza Type B, and another with a suspected case (more on this in a later post), I wanted to do as much as possible today.  So I bought lots of plants (herbs, flowers and veg.) and spent a good two hours working in the garden, weeding, researching and planting while the bored and recovering children played outside on their bikes.  Wow, I found some grizzly grubs..yuk, and as always, marvelled at the length of dandelion roots.  I could do with some rabbits to pay me a visit to sort that out.  I am probably most pleased with the growing herb garden, as I now have parsley, flat leaf parsley, rosemary, thyme, chives, peppermint, apple mint, oregano, chamomile, basil and feverfew.  The feverfew was a great find as I suffer from focal migraines once a year, so I’m hoping that will work.  We also picked up some shiso and a green pepper plant, which I’m hoping isn’t too hard to grow.

After lunch, including the gorgeous baguette from Haruna Bakery (the best bakery in all of Japan), I sneaked up to my sewing room to complete my second project of this week.  A small oilcloth tote to use for nipping out.  Just enough space for my purse, phone, keys, hanky.  I’d been looking for a more advanced bag to make with the beautiful fabric, but not finding anything I liked, decided to go simple and I love it!  Oilcloth is tricky to work with, although I think it’s lovely as a spill protector inside toiletry bags and love the look of it on the outer fabric too.  But you can’t iron out the seams, because it melts.  You can put a piece of gauze over the top and iron it, but only for a second, as that too is just hot enough to make it go soft.  It wasn’t too taxing though, and I got it all done without any issues.  I needed a simpler project after the one I had done earlier in the week, a passport and travel document holder.  You can find the tutorial HERE.  I’m semi-pleased with it, but with the lined zipped pockets inside, it took a lot to get my head round (I’m not the most logical of people) and has a lot of small faults.  Let’s hope golden week brings more sewing opportunities and is full of good health!

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One thought on “Getting Stitching

  1. LOVE the passport holder! It is gorgeous!

    Hope the kiddies are feeling 100 percent soon! I think my husband wishes he could spend more of Golden Week sleeping- maybe next year for him huh? 😛

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