Showing posts with label The Pip. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Pip. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Wheat bags

Anyone use these?

When I was at the chiropractor on Tuesday he said that a wheat bag would be a good idea to put on various sore bits :)
I had a wee wander around town to look for one but then I thought eh!? why on earth am I thinking of buying one? I have a huge amount of fabric and after a wee online search found out that you can fill them with all sorts of things -

  • Uncooked rice
  • Wheat
  • Feed corn
  • Buckwheat hulls
  • Barley
  • Oatmeal
  • Beans
  • Flax seed
  • Cherry pits
What did I have in the house? - a bag of rice - that'll do nicely!

You can also put various smelly things in them
  - lavender, rose petals, ground cloves, nutmeg, ginger, rosemary, cinnamon, peppermint oil, crushed mint...

So this morning I trotted off to the Pip ...

 (which you can see is a screenshot from my twitter - that I hardly ever use!) and found some scraps of material and sewed a wee wheat bag together.

I actually used a bit of a vintage sheet.


Here's what I had- the sheet - I made a rectangular one because I need it to sort of sit over my shoulder. Some lavender oil cos I love the smell, the rice and a funnel to get the rice into the bag!
 (even using a funnel I also needed a vacuum cleaner to suck up all the rice I spilled everywhere)

You sew the fabric together - I did a double seam - but leave around an inch so that you can get the rice, or whatever filling you use, in.


Once you've half to three quarters filled the bag just hand sew up the hole.

 And voila - a wee wheat/rice bag, finished and doing its stuff in around 10 minutes. And all for the price of half a bag of rice - not bad, I think.

and the best thing - it really helps.

oh I heated mine in the microwave for one minute. It's suggested that you don't leave it while it's heating in case it goes on fire or something!

I used this blog for inspiration - Sew. Cook. Laugh. Live


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Pip got a HUGE spring clean.

Yesterday, The Pip got a mega spring clean. ALL the fabric was sorted through and folded up nicely and put back in the plastic bins. The scrappy ( teeny tiny) bits were binned, finally. It was completely emptied, cleaned, polished and hoovered and everything put back. It looks amazing and the clean out was long overdue!!

You can see from the pic that it's much fuller and way more used looking than it was when it first arrived!
I do, however, need to fix the floor as it's very flimsy (that's my excuse anyway!) and I put my foot right through it ages ago. At the moment there's just a piece of wood under the rugs, but it would be nice to fix it properly, and it could do with another coat of paint... one of these days!

On a totally different note,  I've been thinking about changing the layout of this wee blog. I was going to go for the 'dynamic view' one, it's very simple and easy to follow, but I think I may lose the heading picture and all the bumf down the side. What do people think? Should I or shouldn't I??

Thursday, May 17, 2012

A lufah and a UFO

Remember I was really disappointed and thought we had not a single lufah from my very prolific vine?
( realised the reason was not enough long warm days and sun, rather we had a lot of rainy, wet days, not a lot of heat and not much sun!) Well.... I was out in the veggie garden deciding if I should cut my losses and just take the vine down, when I saw a lufah! Whoohoo - it's not huge, about 30cm long and not terribly thick, but I am thrilled to bits with it. I'll let it dry out for a good bit longer, then take it off. If nothing else I'll be able to dry the seeds for next year. Surely we can't have 2 terrible summers in a row.

Here it is in all it's glory.


The rainbow chard is coming up rather nicely as well. I love the colours. I'm not a massive fan of eating it, but Lloyd and the chickens are!

We've been having the most miserable spell of weather, truly horrible, very windy, lots of incredibly heavy rain and even some hail. The only thing  I love about it is the thunder and lightning!
However, the weather can't dampen the trees colours. Just gorgeous.


I love how they stand out on the grass...

And the UFO? Unfinished Object.
I am joining Sue on her challenge to finish one UFO by Tuesday next week ( So, I better get my finger out!) I have some lovely fabric that I want to make a wee smocked dress out of ( I wear them with jeans - not as a dress - I hate my legs and don't own a skirt or a proper dress) I've just cut it out now, and will start sewing it today.

Or maybe tomorrow...

Oh and I wanted to say 'HI' to Maggie at The Station Masters Cottage! I've been reading her blog pretty much since she started, not least cos we were both in Glasgow before we moved here and our lives seem pretty much identical! BUT Maggie - I can't comment on your blog to say hi. I know you read this ( thanks and *blush* cos you said nice things about me!) but I want to return the favour! Anyway, I am glued to your blog and await updates with baited breath. xx


much later...
ok I started it, but I got the tension wrong on  the elastic so will have to do an awful lot of it again. Oh poo.
Still, at least I started it.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Pip's roof blew off!

It's no secret that up until now Northland is having the most horrible summer on record. It's barely stopped raining and we've had a lot of strong winds as well. Not ideal summer weather. On Saturday last week I was walking past the Pip with friends and said "that roof is going to need redone very soon" The felting stuff was all worn - it most certainly wasn't made to withstand New Zealand's UV rays!
Well, the very next morning we got up and I noticed that during the night the roof felt had blown off. The roof is only made of very thin tongue and groove and is most definitely not waterproof. My sewing machines are in there and all my fabric!!

 So we braved the wind and rain ( it's very hot and humid though) and set about nailing it back on. It was an incredibly temporary measure.
Thankfully we have a friend who is a roofer - how lucky is that! He came over today and put a new roof on - to say I love it is an understatement! It makes it look much more solid and like a real house!
A very dirty real house - the new roof is just what I need to spur me on to give it a right good clean!

Thank you, Craig!

And finally the sun has come out - it feels like it's here to stay for a few days, at least. I hope so, as tomorrow we're off on a dive trip. I'm going to dive the Rainbow Warrior! Exciting stuff.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Vote for my Shed!!

Pretty please!
The Pip is entered in a 'shed of the year' competition, It's just really for a bit of fun, but it would be lovely if The Pip got some votes. It did well last year! Let's see if we can do even better this year.

Vote HERE


And have a look here to see posts about The Pip, what I sew in it, and how we made it.



Thank you!
xx





Friday, February 11, 2011

Make Do and Mend

Make do and mend was the title of a booklet produced by the British wartime government department, the Ministry of Information. Wool was in very short supply, and the booklet encouraged women to unpick old unwearable woollen items in order to re-use the wool.

I have a print of one of the posters up in The Pip , where I do all my sewing. I really like the idea!

Now who doesn't have a pair of favourite, old, faded jeans? I do and they have been patched SO many times I've lost count. I could say I only wear them for gardening now, but actually that would be a total lie. I still wear them even if we go out for dinner. When these jeans die it will be a black day.
( inside) What a mess!!


See! Years left!

I've just spent the last hour patching them yet again. While I was at it I patched up an old top I made ~ I actually really do wear this for gardening ~ honest.


 This has been worn and washed so many times the fabric is quite literally falling apart, but I love it.

This is On my Mind, over at Rhonda's.
and also
Farm Friend Friday over at Verde Farm. Now the reason I think I can get away with this post for 'farm friend' is because the only reason my clothes are in this state is cos I live on a farm - do you think I can get away with that?? 
Check everyone else out ~ click on the links!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A nightie ~ with grateful thanks to the Slightly Mad Quilt Lady.

Ms Lottie posted yesterday about the nightie she made and I loved it. The tutorial at sew mama sew was so easy that even I could follow it ( I can make things, but have never managed to follow a pattern, so can only make things to fit me.)
I have got loads of fabric off cuts and left overs in my wee sewing shed so I had a rummage around and found some spotty fabric for the top and some white linen for the bottom.

I probably made a mistake, really, as I used a sort of  t-shirt style fabric for the top spotty part, it would have been much easier to use something without a stretch, however it was so simple and I like it so much I'll make another for sure.

Apologies for super creased fabric! I was far too lazy to iron it!

Monday, December 28, 2009

My Lovely Oar
Ness made me this for Christmas. It has lots of fabric on it that we've used for various things over the years. I love it.


And here it is hanging over The Pip
 

Sunday, July 12, 2009


We were a SHED OF THE YEAR finalist
!
I am so chuffed. A HUGE thank you to everyone who voted for The Pip, and well done to the winners.

Look here for actual winner and finalists
http://www.shedblog.co.uk/2009/07/01/shed-of-the-year-2009-the-finalists-announced/


I spend so much time in here sewing away that it's a spot I love anyway.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Pip

My sewing House went up today!
We haven't really thought of a name for it -Lloyd suggested Orchard House, but I just keep calling it my 'sewing shed' and I really don't want to do that!!!! Anyway, Matt arrived at 8am and set to work evening up the base, after that was done the three of us got to work, well Lloyd and Matt did - I was a bit of a spare part really, I did some holding up of things, but did come into my own in the glazing front!

It was hard work, but Matt knew exactly what he was doing so just kept us right. I'm really chuffed with it. Tomorrow we're going out on the boat cos the forecast is really good, but on Monday I'll get painting, then get my stuff in on Tuesday maybe!

Bob, helping
 I'm really amazed that we got it all done in a day, the pieces fitted together not brilliantly, but ok. More than half of the 'glass' panels didn't fit cos the french doors were made a bit slap dash so we had to cut them which was a slight pain ( well it was a big pain really) but they're done and it's finished!


next day!
I painted the outside today. Inside tomorrow.


Wednesday now!