The Cinema Dress

Don’t you just love it when something turns out just right!

I had admired this dress made up on Instagram but also the pattern photo made me want to make it. It looked so comfortable, stylish and wearable. The pattern is produced by Liesl and Co. I used the paper version and found it easy to use and the directions easy to understand. This relaxed-fit dress pattern features a front and back yoke, V-notch neckline, and back button closure. Both views have easy-to-sew welt pockets and cuffed, three-quarter-length sleeves.

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I bought some lilac chambray from eBay which cost £22.50. I chose lilac because I don’t have anything in this colour and I think it goes nicely with my now grey hair. I thought this could be part of my Autumn Capsule wardrobe if it went to plan.

The fabric was lovely to sew. The instructions were easy to understand. I really enjoyed making it and made sure I took my time.

I originally was going to make the longer length but after reading the measurements I decided that the shorter length at 45 inches would be best.

I wasn’t looking forward to doing the buttonholes as I always panic about the positioning being right, but I practised first and they turned out ok. I bought some lovely wooden buttons from Ebay to finish it off.

I am very happy with the final product and plan to wear it tomorrow!

 

What’s going on in the greenhouse in May?

It’s all coming along nicely, so far!

Flowers

Marigolds – I have grown these from seed to use as companion plants to the tomatoes. They appear to keep the bugs away so I will carry on doing it.

Love in a Mist – I grew some purple ones last year and as they are annuals I have grown some more. They germinate easily and look nice at the front of the border

Rudbeckia – I decided to have a go at a really bright colourful variety but unfortunately not many have germinated.

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Alyssum

When we were in Spain, there were loads of these in the beachside board walk beds. I didn’t realise how lovely they smell, so I have sown some pink and white ones for the front of the pink/blue border.

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Cosmos – these always look good and last throughout the summer. These are pink to go in my pink/blue border.

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Herbs

Basil – we love basil so I grow a lot for the scent, the flowers and to use in pesto and salads.

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Coriander – i fins that coriander bolts quickly do i he decided to grow successively in trays and use it whilst it’s young  and small, like a micro herb.

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Fennel – I love seeing tall fennel in flower borders, so have decided to try and grow some for the flowers and for cooking.

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Parsely

Use parsley a fair bit so always try to grow some. It does also bolt if it gets dry but I will give it a go anyway.

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Vegetables

Lettuce

We are trying a bit of an experiment with lettuce. Our dentist is a very keen gardener and he grows them in the greenhouse rather than outside. That way they don’t get eaten by the birds or slugs. So far, it’s a success, we snip off the leaves we want as we want them. I will sow some more over the next few weeks so we have a succession.

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Tomatoes – this year I am growing Alicante, a tried and tested variety. They all germinated and I have potted some up but have lots left to either give away or plant outside.

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Aubergines – the 3 organic aubergine plants I bought, are looking really healthy. I really hope they perform. I have potted  them on a couple of times but they are not yet in their final pots.

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Sweet Peppers – the 3 organic plants I ordered arrived last week. I have potted them on to develop before putting them in their final post in the greenhouse.

Butternut Squash

We’ve grown these for the past couple of years. We don’t get a huge crop but the ones we do get are very sweet and buttery. All the seeds germinated and are growing well. We’ll wait until the plants are about 6 inches tall before we plant them outside in bags against a warm wall.

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Saturday Morning Musings

Not sure what to do today? I have several ideas going round my head :

  • Make a ginger cake for Mark and try out a GF version
  • Plant some bulbs
  • Ironing
  • Cut out a dressing gown for granddaughter Nell 
  • Tidy the greenhouse
  • Write pieces for future blogs 

As its now started to rain, maybe I won’t plant the bulbs – although I could plant the ones that are going in pots as I could do this in the greenhouse.

Well I have have given myself 45 mins to write and then I want to get on with something instead of thinking about it. 

The ginger cake has won so that what’ll I’ll start with today. Then I will do some of the bulbs. 

I’ll let you know how I’ve got on! 

My Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

I’m a ‘young at heart’ retiree who gets a kick out of doing all sorts of ‘making’ and ‘creating’.This includes cooking, dressmaking, gardening and making home made gifts.  I have always had a creative streak but haven’t always had the time to indulge myself and see my ideas through.

I retired from work in May 2017 just after turning 60. I always thought I would enjoy my work and continue until I was 66,  but gradually I had a change of heart. I decided to find a way to completely stop working and to stop being tired, stressed and tense all the time. I didn’t mind being 40 or 50 something but 60 was different. It seemed very old indeed. I have already decided that I am going to live to 100 years old which means I have another 40 years to live, so I had better get on with making the most of it!

So now I finally have the time to spend my days doing things I really enjoy. I get a silly amount of pleasure from being able to produce something lovely, which, in most cases, is less expensive and nicer than shop bought stuff.

I live with my partner Mark and Mollie our 2 year old cockapoo. They are both forced to try out my recipes – successes and failures. I won’t be making the brownies made out of sweet potato again!

I decided to start writing a blog to share my ideas and to be part of the growing online community . I have found so many good ideas from other people on websites such as Pinterest,  I figured that some of my own creations and ideas may be interesting for others to see, read about and copy. My idea is to share :

  • gluten free recipes
  • my capsule wardrobe outfits
  • updates on our small vegetable garden
  • plans and progress on our new woodland garden
  • home organisation tips and tricks
  • sewing projects
  • handmade toiletries and gift ideas
  • how I’m going to live to 100!

 

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