Sunday, 3 August 2008

Mystery solved + Help needed (88)

As promised yesterday, here's a picture of the mystery object.
Being a bit of a wally, I left the picture on my Picasa album, so some people saw it  too soon. It is of course a hat. DH spotted it when he went to a Malaysian exhibition in London last week, and added it to my birthday present pile. Julie recognised it instantly, as her brother had brought her one from the Phillipines. I can't see me actually wearing it, but it will look goo hung up on the wall somewhere.

I seem to have done a lot of sewing recently, but nothing much finished to show. I have finished the bag for Linda's Bag and Bucket Swap, but obviously I can't show you that yet. I've also finished a bag for my sister-in-law's birthday, quite a different pattern, so I can show you a picture.  
Don't you love the stripped pine door and the old lock and handle? We have doors like this throughout our house.

The other sewing I'm doing is getting caught up on all the odds and ends - BOMs, finishing off a couple of mini quilts etc - so that I can start something new. I've got lots of patterns I want to try, but don't have the mentality to start something new until I've finished everything else. No UFOs for me I fear. This week I'm also going to get stuff ready for hand stitching during the Olympics. I think the time difference will mean that I'm watching repeats, but I'm sure the BBC will have a daily programme that I can watch. 

Chookyblue is organising a Christmas swap, so if you fancy joining in hurry and sign up as I imagine it will fill up fast. I haven't put the logo in the side bar (nor the Bag and Bucket swap logo) as I can't seem to work out how to do it. I managed it with the Stitchers' Angel and Noah's Ark pictures, but seem to have had a senior moment and forgotten how I did it! I've got a Mac, which doesn't work in quite the same way I think. If anyone can help out I'd be eternally grateful.

10 comments:

Kay said...

A hat? A hat? Gosh! It sure fooled me. I think it's really quite lovely. I wish you'd taken a photo of you wearing it and posted it. The bag you made is just gorgeous! I love the colors.

Mary said...

Amanda, i love your blog and read it all the time. Please see my blog for an award I think you very much deserve!

Amelia said...

The bag is so colorful!

amelia

Helz said...

Hello There Amanda... Happy Belated Birthday Wishes !!! I see Chookyblue has some instructions for placing a Logo on your side bar here...
http://chookyblue.blogspot.com/2008/07/adding-picture-to-your-side-bar.html

Hope this helps... Take Care.

Candace said...

I love the looks of your hat, and was thinking it would make a good sun hat, but I remember you said you don't get that much sun. It will look beautiful wherever you put it, I'm sure. I love the grain of your door. I have always noticed grains, but especially since my brother started woodworking. He just ordered some curly cherry, which I am anxious to see. The purse is great, and I'm confident will be a much loved gift.

Mare said...

Again, I wish that I could sew, but I accept that it's not good for my stress level! You make beautiful, creative projects.

MouseChirpy said...

Amanda, Let my start off by wishing you a belated Happy Birthday! It sounds as if you had a wonderful day with your family despite of getting a wee bit sick.
I agree that it's an interesting hat but would probably be best fit adorning your wall. I do love your handbag and the pretty fabric combination you've chosen.
Take care.
Aloha!

Lynn said...

No - I don't think I would wear the hat either - but I like your idea of using it for decoration. I like the bag you made - lucky sister-in-law. Also - happy belated birthday. Enjoyed your pictures at the beach. It's interesting to see stones instead of the sand.

Brenda said...

I like your hat. The bag is fabulous.

Catherine said...

Hi Amanda, I too have joined Chookyblues swap. Popped it to have a sticky at your blog. Love the strippy bag, very bright and colourful!! Cathyxx