09 December, 2017

FNWF And Other Things!

 
I joined Cheryll and the girls last night for Friday Night With Friends. I did a little stitching on my bee table runner.
 Rex checking out my stitching!
I also tried getting the pin cushion to sit nicely in this jar. 
I wasn't very successful and put it away 
to try again another time.
 Thanks for hosting us last night, Chez.
I was the lucky winner of October's Friday Night Sew-In with Wendy at Sugarlane Designs. Thank you for 
the lovely charm pack, Wendy.
 I also received a lovely gift from Maria  over at Life On The Block. It has gone straight to my "Blogging Friends Christmas Tree"! Thank you Maria.
Rex has been having fun exploring the garden.
 The other night he fell in the pond but got himself
out pretty quickly. No fish were hurt!
Molly and Rex have been getting on very well. They play all day and are great company for each other.
I've done the first baking of the almond bread. 
Now to slice it and do the second baking. 

I've also been trying to update my blog. A long time ago I seem to have lost my background and header. 
I've tried putting a new one on but no luck. Maybe it's just me! I'm not very technical. Hopefully, I can get it done as my blog looks terrible.

Well, I'm off to the sewing room to put seven Santa sacks together for the great nieces and nephews. 
Have a great weekend everyone.


25 November, 2017

Molly Has Some News!

 Hi Everyone. It's Molly here. 
I wanted to introduce you to my new brother. 
His name is Rex.
 Mum went to see him at the RSPCA after she 
saw his photo on the website.
Before she left, they had changed his information to "adoption pending". He is officially Nelson's puppy. Unfortunately, due to their opening hours and Nelson's work, he couldn't get to check Rex out. But he told Mum that if she thought he was perfect for us, he would be happy. This happened Thursday.
 
 So yesterday, Mum took me to meet Rex (although they called him Lucky) to see if we got on okay. Here we are having a walk outside the shelter, getting to know each other. Everyone was happy, especially Rex. 
He now has a forever home with us.
 Checking out the front garden.
He found one of Nelson's shoes. Everyone is going to have to make sure they don't leave shoes around! 
I'm a good girl and don't chew shoes!
 Rex has a pen to give us both some space.
 Nelson got home from work and finally got to meet Rex. 
He wanted to wait until he meet Rex in person before giving him a name. I like the name Rex, don't you?
We had lots of fun running around the back yard.
 We like to have barking matches to see who can bark the loudest! I hope Tweety's ears are okay.
 Don't tell Rex but I think he lies down in a funny way! LOL!
 He is a very good boy. He has now been here for over 24 hours and he hasn't had one accident. How good is that!
We've been playing and running around lots.
Sssshhhhh! He's sleeping now.

Love Molly (big sister)
xxx

11 November, 2017

House of Dior Exhibition

I made it to The House of Dior Seventy Years of Haute Couture the second last day of the exhibition and 
I'm so glad I did. It was fabulous.
The Atelier (studio or workshop).
One of the highlights was meeting Catherine. Catherine is one of the Parisian Artisans at The House of Dior. I could very easily have sat and listened (through an interpreter) to her all day. She had some fascinating stories about what it is like to be in the Atelier. Someone asked Catherine 
how long it took to study to get to be able to do this 
kind of work. It was thirteen years of study!
 Demonstrating a sleeve. 
That little dark bag is Catherine's sewing kit. She kindly showed us the different sizes of pins and needles she works with, along with the different kinds of threads. I have never seen such fine or heavy pins as she had.
 These are some examples of her handstitched button 
holes. Look how perfect they are.
 Everything in a garment is stitched by hand. 
This is the red coat made by Catherine. 
You can see her working on it in the background. 
This one took her about 160 hours to make. 
Some dresses can be up to 180 hours to make.
 Only one seamstress will work on each dress.
Looking down on the Atelier.
 Watching fashion shows on the large screen.
 You could then go an see the actual dresses.
 These are a couple of my favourite dresses. 
Just the style I love!
 A close up of the embroidery. It was all so perfect. 
They are all gold stitches, not gold ribbon.
 More embroidered dressses.
 A close-up of the embroidery on the dress above.
 Then there were the shoes.
And the hats.
 Aren't these gorgeous!
 
 Perfume bottles.
 This was Miranda Kerr's dress for her wedding to 
Evan Spiegal earlier this year. 
 
Those are appliqued embroidered 
sprays of lily-of-the-valley.
Yves Saint Larent gowns.
John Galliano gowns.
The chartreuse gown was worn by Nicole Kidman 
to the 1997 Academy Awards.
 
There were so many amazing gowns. 
Just out of interest, did you know that the models had 49cm (about 19 inch) waists!

04 November, 2017

Friday Night With Friends - A Finish!

 I finished my mini Christmas quilt last night. This is one of Gail Pan's new patterns called "A Merry Christmas Tree". 
When I chose the blue thread, I had this fabric in mind. I was going to make it into a cushion but when I got the fabric out, I must have used some of it. As I then didn't have enough, I made a mini. This picture is more the true colour. 
I had to replace my computer this week and now I can't edit my photos like I used to. Will have to check what's happened to the program I normally use. So frustrating!
Thank you for being a lovely hostess, Chez. 
You can see what others got up to here.
 Well, I'm off to start putting my 
Christmas collage together!