Sunday, 4 January 2015

Bobo Bun's 2014

Blinking heck. 
Do you realise I've been writing this here blog for six years now?
January 2nd 2009 I sat down and started rambling and sharing with who ever happened to stop by to read or even to say hello.

Today's post is my end of year catch up.
A collage run through 2014 before we begin 2015.

I loved looking back over the last years photos and all the memories captured in them. 
I hope you do too.

Regular readers of my blog will know how much I love to be creative. 
I get an absolute thrill out of looking at colour and print. Being in a yarn store, fabric store and most especially hunting for vintage fabric make me most happy of all.
I'm drawn to textile arts mostly so this is a collection of all sorts of makes from felt brooches, to patchwork, to embroidery. 
I also love tidying up our home and renovating the bits I find at the car boot, in charity shops and at fleamarkets.



This year I've felt the urge to take my dressmaking skills one step further. 
I didn't watch the first Great British Sewing Bee, but was absolutely hooked on the second one. 
From here on I challenged myself to develop my skills more. I wanted to learn to draft patterns and attempt things I hadn't done before. 
 
Miss Millie asked me to apply for a place in the Sewing Bee for this coming year.
I thought no way would I cope under the pressure of the time constraints so I didn't. 
She asked again and this time I thought why not, it's be great fun and I could learn so much more.
I applied, but sadly I wasn't lucky enough to get in. 
There's always other years to try again.


Dressmaking is a boon when like me you're too tall to fit most of the dresses in the shops. 
I'm the wrong shape for most of the vintage dresses I love too so making my own has certainly expanded my wardrobe favourably. 
This year I want to have a go at making trousers. I last tried that when I was at University so I imagine they were pretty awful.

Sitting anywhere crafts are always of the yarny type.
Crochet things generally get finished as this is quicker for me. Knitted things are a bit hit and miss as to whether they'll get finished or not.


I did finish a pink cardigan this year mind you of which I'm most proud. I'm just a slow but tidy knitter and that's how it is. Hats and mittens tend to get finished so maybe I should stick to them.

My last collage for 2014 is a collection of lovely days. Places we've been, things we've seen and just happiness. I realise now I forgot to put Alfie Blue, Lily, Pip and Olly in here too.

Starting the year with a wonderful but freezing visit to Duxford and ending on an equally chilly Cromer Pier for the Christmas Show.


 There then, that's my end of year review. 2014 all wrapped up and on to the new.

This year I've a project planned in memory of Vanessa which will also hopefully raise money for a chosen mental health charity.
I'm trying a new approach to food, mainly to try and be more economic.
I really want to start running those workshops I've talked about for so long.
I've a meet up with some lovely IG/blog mates planned.
Oh and so much more. I do like the sense of new goals and ideas for the coming year.
My main wish though is to Laugh so much more. 
Worries and the stresses of life have stopped a lot of the laughter and so we made sure we relaxed this Christmas and the fun and laugher has been wonderful.

Happy New Year to you all.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Do you Mind if i knit?



The Vanessa Cabban who shared her life with us in blogland and through her art was a colourful, generous, warm, funny, inspirational and hugely talented person.

Today at 11am it is her funeral.
A day when we will be thinking of her family and friends.
We will also be remembering her in a way that I hope she will approve.

I posted my idea of a tribute to Vanessa on Instagram a couple of days ago which you can find here.

It would also be wonderful if you could do the same via your blogs. 

As a mark of our online friendship and out of respect for her memory I will be posting a photo at 11am today under the heading Do You Mind if I Knit? #vanessacabban.
Post a picture of something you're making, it doesn't matter if you can't knit. Vanessa made clothes, crocheted, created papier-mache sculptures, brooches, painted and illustrated books. It's the act of being creative and finding happiness there that's important.

What she did do was to make sure she had time to knit a few rows every day to set the day right. 

Penny of Planet Penny has shared this also via her blog, facebook and twitter feed. 

In Memory of a remarkable woman.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas

What a busy old time of year this is indeed. 
Plans to relax sipping festive drinks and gazing into the fire remain a dream still to be had.

Well presents are all wrapped (nearly), handmade gifts finished (almost) and the cake's still waiting to be iced!


Before I tell you all the news of the last month, there's something I need to share with you. I spoke of this on Instagram at the weekend and you can find it on my page at Bobobun68 to read more.

I received the dreadfully sad news of the death of Vanessa Cabban on the 17th December in a train accident. I know a lot of people know her through her blog Do You Mind if I Knit where she shared so much of her incredible talent, joy and life. She also is known through her illustrations of many children's books of which we have a few. 

I got to know Vanessa initially through her blog. I asked her when she started creating her amusing and jolly papier mache creatures if she would create something for my daughter Millie's 9th birthday. I would link to the post but I don't know how (you'll find it in March 2011). Vanessa created this amazing papier mache artwork for us and we will always look upon it with such fondness.

She was a genuinely beautiful woman who will be remembered with love by so many of us. 
Her funeral in on the 30th of December.

 

 How do you move on from such dreadful news? I wanted to tell you at the beginning of this post as Vanessa shouldn't be left to the end, but she would want to celebrate the joy in life too so I shall too.


 

 I'll start off by showing you last months Townie dress I made from Cath fabric. 

Her dresses are too short for me, rather expensive and I don't usually like buying mass produced but this fabric really grabbed me big time. So I bought a couple of metres and whipped up the trusty Megan dress from Tilly's book. The only change was that I made capped sleeves with a pleat at the shoulder.


 

I've loved wearing this, it's my favourite dress of the moment.

I also drafted a pattern from a favoruite  blue linen top to use up some tartan that's been in the stash for three years.


In one rare fireside moment, watching a film with Miss Millie, I brought an idea that's been in my sketchbook for a while to life.


Tallulah the Bugsy Malone Moll Brooch cheers up a day no end with her ringing bell.

I've also inherited a 50 year old Ercol table from my mum. It was a wedding present from my aunt and uncle and now we're the proud owners.


There have been quite a few christmas makes, although the girls ones can't be shown as yet.



 

Brogue Bag for my man's Birthday on the 20th and a hottie cover for my mum to go with all the knitted hangers I'm still working on.


On IG I saw on Carter and Brown's page these wonderful reindeer heads so I went off in search of a pattern. 

Two were hooked up for the girls and instead of going on the tree they've hung them over their beds to wait for the man himself.


 The autumn hedgerow pickings have been decanted into bottles and now there's only one and a half left. yum.


I finally finished Miss Millie's Emery dress (fabulous pattern from Christine Haynes) in time for Christmas. I'd whipped most of it up in a day and then had no other free days for a month. How agravating to an addicted sewer.




She's thrilled with it. There'll definately be more made using this pattern.

 

 One night when I couldn't sleep last week I made this at 1am. There's been so much happening that it's thrown out my sleep patterns so keeping busy helps my mind.


Now we've reached the end. 
There will be much more of me next year and probably even after christmas too.

Have a wonderful christmas won't you. Hug all your dear ones close.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

These Have Been mY days

Hello Again.
It's certainly been a fair old while since I stopped by in blogland.

A mixture of a very slow computer that drives me insane and life being busy I believe.

Hopefully you haven't given up on me as I have a fair bit of catching up to don't I, so off we go.



I have to confess I'm on Instagram daily where you can find me at Bobobun68
I've taken part in the Retro9 picks above and at the moment have been taking part in a month long sewing challenge with sewers from all over the world which has been great fun.

Alongside my teaching job I've been getting ever more addicted to dressmaking.
I'm pushing myself to improve upon my skills and hope one day to be able to draft my own patterns without a thought.



Critters have been found and brought home. Mischief was rescused by Miss Millie and still waits for his bowtie. We think he's a donkey, although he doesn't much mind as he is very happy to be loved once more.

 

Occassionally I've sneaked a bit of creative into my day job. After being fascinated by Grayson Perry's series on Identity, I thought my students would enjoy making their own self-portraits. In reality it was myself and my LSA who got more into it.

 

I've also been to market again so I was busy making bits and bobs plus a new green Megan dress. 

 

I always prefer prints to plains so this was a real challenge. There was nowhere to hide the odd mismatched seam so I had to keep unpicking until they all matched up.

Here we are on the day itself (photo taken by Miss Millie the shop assistant).


Here she is busy behind the stall ready to begin.
 



We'll be off once more, next Sunday 7 December, to Little Vintage Lover at Holt Hall between 10 - 4. Maybe we'll see you there.


My other crafty obsession of late has been felt houses. 

After falling for the colours in the Cath Kidston Townhouse print I couldn't stop thinking about making a house of my own in orange and deep blue.



 

I love this fabric so much that in the end I bought 2m to make a dress of my very own. 
I'll show you that next time, aswell as my other makes. It'll be a lot sooner I promise as all the pictures are now loaded. 


Thanks for stopping by. Ta Ta for now.

Monday, 6 October 2014

A Whole lot of Stitchy Time

After another long break I'm back again. 
My geriatric laptop refuses to work late at night, but has kindly jumped into action today.

Thanks for all your lovely thoughts about Miss Millie's room. 
Now I promised to show you the coat I made from some beautiful barkcloth  curtains didn't I.
 



Although I found the fabric at a vintage fair in August I had to wait a while to find exactly the pattern I had in mind. I wanted a 1960's coat, either loose duster or fitted I didn't mind, but I knew I wanted a soft round collar.
I made a twoile of the Princess coat from the Sewing Bee, but the top was way too big and the bottom half far too small. I have a real problem with the sizings of their patterns and if they're to be believed then I'm a size 20.

After a perusal of the patterns in John Lewis I came up with just the pattern I was after. Burda make really straightforward patterns, but assume you know what you're doing so I wouldn't recommend them if you're starting out with dressmaking.
 

 

Once I had the pattern, I couldn't wait for my first day off to get cutting into the barkcloth.

All in all it was a pretty straighforward design. Hemming the lining so it wouldn't pull the coat up was the hardest part to be honest.

 

I had a mustard spot lining in mind, but when I saw this heavier weight grey spot cotton l knew it would be perfect.

 

I couldn't find the sort of buttons that I wanted so I opted for covering some in the lining fabric.
 I'm really pleased with how they contrast with the rose print.

 

The coat is such a comfy easy shape to wear. It has dropped shoulders and side panels in the sleeves and coat body to give it more ease. Perfect for fitting over roomy winter jumpers.


I don't have any particularly good photos of me wearing the coat. 
This is the best there is l'm afraid.

 

 When I wore it to work one teacher guessed I'd made it as the sleeves were extra long which is unheard of when you're tall.

That same week I found a ball of cashmerino yarn in eggy yellow that went perfectly with my new Dusty Coat. 
I've knitted up a pair of Butterfly wristwarmers from Tiny Owl Knits that are waiting for a pair of delicate butterflies to land on them.


When it gets a bit chillier I also have a beautiful 1950's Harris Tweed jacket to wear. 
I found this on a very hot day in August and knew straight away that it was special.

It's single breasted with the buttons fastening far over to the left. I just need to be adding some missing buttons.


 
As always I'm busy making lots more things. One project is finished and I've already been thinking of a ton more to start. I've also booked into two Christmas markets so there's lots of things needing to be made for those too.

The red apple yarn has already become a top and the green fabric is cut waiting to be sewn into another Megan dress. As for now I've no ideas what I'm going to do with the yellow Erica Knight yarn, but I keep thinking a ball of the same in pink would make something warm and stripy.
 


I whipped up a cover for Miss Rosey's iPad mini so that it doesn't suffer the same broken screen fate of mine. 


To be honest I've been having a lot of fun with felt lately. I'm making brooches and dingly dangly festive houses galore.

So that's what I've been up to lately.
 Best to get off and get some more sewing time in before the school run and the working week beckons.