Made in October

October was a month of misty mornings and golden afternoons and I got off to quite a good start, making several things for my etsy shop. Unfortunately, the world then intervened, as it is wont to do, and I never did get around to blogging about or listing them!

Neither did I get around to wandering with my camera, so for the November Wandering Camera linky party, hosted by the lovely Soma over at Whims and Fancies, I am sharing my makes.

I have been combining new fabrics with vintage linens that are still very beautiful in parts but in other parts have, sadly, seen better days. Below is a pyjama case or project bag, which I made using the peg bag pattern and inserting a zip in the back. On the front is a vintage lace panel and the buttons are also pre-loved.

I also made three cushion covers using striped linen and some pieces reclaimed from damaged embroidered table cloths.

And I made a Hare Pyjama Case/Project bag (with a knitted head and arms), a crocheted hot water bottle cover and a papier mache custom made bed for Fiona.

I’m linking this post with Soma for the November Wandering Camera linky party and hoping for a less disrupted November :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare


Dog Days




dog days

plural noun

1. the hot period of the summer reckoned in ancient times from the 
heliacal   rising of Sirius (the Dog Star)
2. a period marked by inactivity[source]
Word Origin
C16: translation of Late Latin diēs caniculārēs, translation of Greekhēmerai kunade
…1530s, from Latin dies caniculares, from Greek; so called because they occur around the time of the heliacal rising of Sirius, the Dog Star ( kyonseirios). Noted as the hottest and most unwholesome time of the year; usually July 3 to Aug. 11, but variously calculated, depending on latitudeand on whether the greater Dog-star (Sirius) or the lesser one (Procyon) isreckoned.


This week, I had a request, at less than a day’s notice, to make a sausage dog pencil case as a birthday present. I did not succeed. After getting some way with a sausage dog, I realised that making it a suitable size to comfortably fit a collection of pencils in would make it rather too large to carry about. So, rather than abandon altogether, I finished it up as a felt toy…


…and made a quick pencil case with the only dog themed fabric to hand.

And, instead of the days of inactivity forecast by the almanac writers of old I ended up with a sausage dog, a pencil case and my first Friday sewing finish in a very long time :)


I’m linking this post with TGIFF, which is being hosted at Quilting is More Fun than Housework

Happy Friday!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare