Tag Archives: tablecloths

borrowed cats

Yes, all my cats are borrowed. Less cat hair on the fabric, no shredded pattern pieces (why do they love that?), litter boxes or smelly fish tins.

But also no soft furry critter to welcome you home, curl up by your feet on stormy nights, or nestle in your lap when you need a cuddle.

Pluses and minuses.

ad hoc noodles: bits of jacob’s cream crackers

Ah, well. That bowl of chicken soup was all mine the other day, as were the grapes and

homemade bread.

Because fall’s nipping the air somewhere the bread machine got cranked up last weekend.

It makes a weird-looking loaf, so will try to remember to take a photo of some toast.

My big surprise has been sitting down to learn that granny squares aren’t too diffy after all. Not planning no blankets, mind you. But it made a change from all the cuppa mats I’m still churning out.

not too bad, but it got ripped anyway, for a smaller hook & more practice

Although officially Autumn since last week we’re still

feelin’ eighties but the last couple of days the sun’s started setting earlier. A comforting sign.

I got out one of my favourite table toppers, made a quick cuppa, and enjoyed a read through a Corinna Chapman book.

She’s (they’re?) cat people, too.

[long pause to make a cuppa & grab the book …]

“The Mouse Police slunk to my feet and gave me that look which cats reserve for moments when they are finding the human world unbelievably trying and are about to call their union.” Devil’s Food, Kerry Greenwood, p. 2.

“Horatio emerged … He sat down in the kitchen, paws folded, tail carefully disposed, the picture of a cat who has been far too deeply asleep to come to the aid of his human, even though no one expects cats to do that stuff anyway …” Ibid. p. 4.

Come to think of it, as Corinna’s a baker of bread extraordinaire, she might have had something to do with my loaf …

the final word is, of course, from His Good Self:
Here’s messin’ with you, kid…

The latest news on Hodge is he’s outta work and busy with a third book and probably booking appearances in … France? He’s guested in a book that’s gone global…

Keith decided to retire, and is soon to go up UP (pronounced “you-pe,” the upper peninsula of Michigan) to view what should be stunning foliage. Camera hopefully in tow!

keeping a hand in . . .

Just so y’all know I haven’t forgotten about sewing . . .


Coletterie’s Seamwork issue has been released and there’s a yummy article about places to see and shop in and around Edinburgh, Scotland.  It’s also available on the author’s site.

If wishes were jets, I’d be well on my way over right now!

From second hand book shops to museums to charity shops to real fabric stores to restaurants, this sounds like a wonderful city to at least visit, if not reside in.

Seamwork also has some features on exercise clothing, which I should study, having good intentions in that direction.

It’s Friday, so plan a little jaunt for yourself this weekend. Sit down with your favourite cuppa, and browse. Be inspired!

Don’t know about you, but my fabric stash still needs reducing.


memorial day

This table topper was washed & put on last week in preparation for today.

Although many on the western side of the pond consider it the unofficial beginning of summer & time for pools to open, that’s not the reason for this national holiday.

In many places it began in the 1860’s, during the Civil War, as a day to remember those who died during that war.

Gradually it took on a wider significance, and today it is a day for remembering all those who’ve died in the service of their country.

  • More information is available here and here.
  • Here’s a 3-minute YouTube of Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, often performed on Memorial Day.

Hope everyone has a peaceful, reflective Monday.

weekly photo challenge: yellow

YELLOW, n. A bright color, reflecting the most light of any, after white.

With the longest night of the year coming tomorrow, we need all the sunshiny yellows we can get!

Meanwhile, I feel a major clear out coming on, and am mentally starting the piles: Keep, Recycle-Reuse, maybe Sell . . .

Original WordPress post here.

Some yellow flowers over here, and a bit of golden sunshine over here.

weekly photo challenge: twinkle (recycling)

originally a kitchen curtain about 10 years ago, it became a table covering last year. don’t those stars twinkle amidst the dappled night sky!

Twin”kle, v. i. [… akin to OE. twinken to blink, wink, G. zwinken, zwinkern…] 1. To sparkle; to flash at intervals; to shine with a tremulous intermitted light, or with a broken quivering light

Originally in 2 pieces, I took out all the seams, then sewed the 2 pieces together as a border print, finishing with re-hemming all 4 sides.

Great recycling, no?!

Original WordPress post here.

Another photo here. And here.

weekly photo challenge: angular, or how to make a tablecloth

An”gu*lar, a. [L. angularis, fr. angulus angle, corner…] 1. Relating to an angle or to angles; having an angle or angles; forming an angle or corner; sharp-cornered; pointed…

Making a tablecloth can be quick & easy! You can see from the piccies how to square up your fabric, if you want it to be square.  Just take one corner over & up to the margin. flatten out the fabric to be certain the resulting triangle is even on all sides, then cut. Quite simple, and it allows you to use the full width of whatever fabric you’re using. Hem the sides, and you’re done.

Easy peasy!

Here’s the fabric I used ~


Original WordPress post here.

More angular photos over at del’s other stuff.

tis the season. . .

bats on the tablecloth
hallowe’en table cloth & felt bats
pattern for bat below!
BAT Pattern
bat pattern

. . .  for bats & witches!

Have been making a tablecloth from this fabric, and bats from black felt. Still have the wee brown ones to do.

Here’s a pattern you can download onto any size paper and size as large or small as you like.

Just remember to place on the fold before cutting, either fabric or paper.


crunch week

Might not be doing much besides (other) work this week, but thought I’d take a sec and post a few piccies. Just so’s you know I’m not nixing me creative side!    🙂   (click any pic to go to slide show)