21. May 2012 · Comments Off on 180,000 · Categories: Craft · Tags: , ,


The oil lamp on my bernina came on yesterday – that means I have stitched 180,000 stitches with this machine! Yes, that is a little exciting.

Here’s a crappy phone picture of my new sewing table, finally all set up. I bought a kitchen bench top, 800x2020mm, and Linus & I sanded and lacquered it. It is mounted on desk legs with an electric motor, so I can change the height – high for cutting out, low for sitting at the machine. It is brilliant.


24. March 2010 · 2 comments · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

I thought I’d post an update on the performance of the cloth bag for storing mushrooms. I used some mushies last night, and they were much dryer and less slimy than they get when stored in plastic. The bag felt damp though, so I think I’ll swap it out for a dry one, in case something sinister starts growing on it. Mostly, I really like knowing that my food hasn’t been resting against icky plastic.

Oh, and in case anyone is wondering why I just don’t get a paper bag for the mushrooms, the availability of paper bags in the produce section is very random at our supermarket.  I think I’ve only managed to find them twice.  And anyway, a cloth one will last much longer than a paper one.

23. March 2010 · 1 comment · Categories: Craft · Tags:

We’re on a definite plastic avoidance strategy nowadays.  We’ve been doing the easy stuff, like taking our own bags to the supermarket.  Then we got some lovely stainless drink bottles – two big ones for us to take to the gym, and one little one for Anneli.  We prefer our wooden chopping boards over plastic, and glass jars for storing food over plastic containers.

But this is a new level of plastic avoidance: fabric vege bags.  I didn’t like all the plastic bags that we collected our fruit & veges into at the supermarket.  So I thought, why not take fabric bags for that purpose too?  We use self-scanning at the supermarket, and almost always checkout without staff involvement, so I wasn’t worried about any raised eyebrows at the checkout.  I used some old sheet material, from some delightful floral sheets scavenged at Mum’s new bach, and made four simple little drawstring bags.

Here are the new bags, being modelled by some oranges, mushrooms and baking potatoes.

Happy plastic-free fruit and veges

I have plonked the mushrooms straight into the fridge in their cloth bag, and I’m hoping they will keep better than they usually do in plastic.

12. March 2010 · 1 comment · Categories: Craft · Tags:

I did a bit of baby sewing in the last couple of weeks.  Firstly a couple of simple singlets.  The one in front is from a very light jersey I picked up at Rotorua Spotlight while in NZ.  The one in back is from a cotton lycra that I bought at last year’s Symässa in Borås, from MG-Tyger.


Secondly I whipped up a pair of baby pants.  These are made from the legs of a pair of pinstripe pants that I picked up for free at a Freecycle meetup in Göteborg last month.  I made them in the 18-months size, and added a cute purple floral along the cuffs since they are way too long at the moment.  The pockets are also floral on the inside.

Trouser cuff detailTrousers