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Hello 2017

Welcome to the new year and to Cobbie’s Corner. It has been far too long since I worked on my blog so my new years resolution is to blog much more often! I’ll try not to bore you all with my musings. I have to say, I’d left is so long since the last visit to my little corner that I couldn’t get into the site and had to enlist the help of Matt at Visual Mile to get back in.

I do hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, ours was magical and started early, on the 2nd of December when we went to the Christmas markets in Cologne. We were away for four days and, although everywhere was very crowded, we thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The Christmas atmosphere in the markets was something we will remember for a long time to come.

On the Saturday before Christmas, we went to Cambridge to visit to our lovely son and daughter-in-law. We went out for nice lunch with them and exchanged presents before returning home. It was great to catch up and also to see the renovations that Colin has completed in their kitchen. He has done a brilliant job! I’m very proud of how he has become such a good homemaker.

Christmas day was spent with Boo and her family and, as always, the day was wonderful. We were thoroughly spoiled from start to finish, a beautiful Christmas lunch, lots of very nice presents, drinks and games in the evening, all with the great company. We played Pictionary in the evening and I have never laughed so much, I was literally crying with laughter, so much so my ribs ached! I really didn’t think a board game could be so much fun. They do say laughter is the best medicine.

On Boxing day OH and I went for a nice walk in Windsor Great park. We started at Saville Gardens and walked up to the polo ground before circling back around the obelisk pond. It was so nice to see lots of children with new bikes and scooters, all very excited to be out.

On new year’s day we went to visit my sister and brother-in-law who were celebrating their sixty second wedding anniversary. There was quite a little gathering of family there so it made for a very pleasant visit. Normally we would also be catching up with Kate as January 1st is her birthday, but we had to make do with ‘What’s App’ greetings as She and Paul are travelling in New Zealand, a belated honeymoon after their wedding in July.

So now we are into 2017………..what new year resolutions have you made?  It’s now January 2nd…….how many have you broken already?

One other resolution/ intention of mine, is to start selling some of my craft products and, to do that, I am going to join Folksy. For those of you who don’t know about Folksy, its an on line store selling individual and unique crafts. Unlike Etsy, Folksy only sells thing made in the UK. I’m hoping that everyone who keeps telling me that I need to sell my bits and pieces will support me in this venture, and share this with their friends (pretty please).

This is my label that Colin has designed for me, I’ve had them printed ready to go!!

I will put a link on here once I have my Folksy account sorted and, in the meantime, I wish you all a healthy, happy and peaceful new year.

Jenny xx

 

 

Back to Basics, Your Essential Guide to Make Do and Mend

I realise it is a long time since I have posted anything on my web site, and I can only apologise for ‘life’ getting in the way.

Well I’m back and raring to go….the main  reason for this is that I have been given the opportunity to write a review of a great new digital book that is on general sale,  from 21st April. This inspirational book has been collated and produced by Jen Gale who, in 2012-2013, had a year of Buying Nothing New, and writing a blog about the ups and downs of the year. I was an avid follower of the blog and full of admiration for Jen and her family. The book is called Back to Basics, Your Essential Guide To Make Do and Mend.

The book has contributions from the likes of Lauren Guthrie (my favourite contestant on the first series of The Great British Sewing Bee), Ginny Farquhar, Caoline Hannam, Becky Striepe and many other talented craft and upcycling people.

book cover

This very clever book leads you through many areas of recycling and up-cycling, from making your own cleaning products to mending punctures, re-using yarn from unpicked garments to painting furniture. One of my particular favourites is to save your used teabags to clean your windows with….I’ve tried it and it works! No more expensive window cleaning products for me.

A chapter that really drew my attention was chapter 14; UPCYCLE IT by Lynn Haughton, in which Lynn tells how the Boxing Day Tsunami was the inspiration for her venture into upcycling. It brings a lump to the throat, at the same time, making one realise how important recycling is.

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My next project is to re-cover an antique chair that I have been given, so I am reading (and re-reading) notes from chapter 16; RE-COVER IT by Becky Striepe.

recovering chair

If you’ve ever wanted to have a go at recycling, then I would thoroughly recommend this digital book, it is  truly inspirational read, with many projects that are all explained in detail. it is difficult to choose what to do first!

To find out more about this terrific book go to Jen’s web site www.makedoandmend-able.co.uk  The book is excellent value at just £8.

Until next time, enjoy the sunshine and keep on making do and mending.

Jenny xx

 

Just a quick post….

Where has the past week gone? It’s flown by and it’s been one of those weeks where I don’t seem to have achieved very much. I have caught up with the mundane things, ironing, housework etc. I’ve also been tidying up in the spare bedroom as we intend to move in there in a couple of weeks while I decorate our bedroom. We’re going for  complete makeover, new carpet, curtains, furnishings, so a busy time ahead………watch this space.

I did complete one little sewing project; I had seen this delightful little Origami fabric pouch on a sewing forum and tried to work out how it was made.  I had cracked it while ironing a nice square napkin (it relieved the boredom of ironing for five minutes while I tried several ways of folding the napkin to achieve the  shape of the pouch LOL) however,  Dina, AKA Bossymamma, posted the instructions on her blog recently so I decided to have a go with some nice fabric. Here is my finished project;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This little pouch would be ideal for jewellery when travelling, or make-up, or a useful holder for sewing bits and bobs. It has five pockets in all, made by the way the fabric is folded. Dina’s tutorial was really easy to follow. Here is the link to the blog; www.bossymamma.blogspot.com

Well, that’s about it for now, take care and I know I’ve said it before but, if you see someone without a smile…give them one of yours.

Jenny xx