Another day, another old curtain…


…another Dottie Angel Frock!

This is my third, now, and the material is a heavier cotton than the last two so it’s a bit stiff but I hope it will soften up with washing and wearing.


I really do love the pockets :) The pattern I used (with a couple of adjustments) was – Simplicity 1080. I think the blue dress will always be my favourite but I can’t wear that one every day and, all in all, for £6 in a charity shop (meaning the money will go to the charity), I think it was money well spent! I even have fabric left over for cushions or, perhaps a shopping bag…

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On the same day, I also had another lucky find. I had actually ventured into town in search of something to use as a cradle for a very special doll. Our nearest town mostly comprises charity shops, hairdressers and Estate Agents so I was hoping for a preloved basket or, perhaps, some kind of box that could be covered with fabric or papier mache but what I ended up finding was this…

…a wooden cradle that someone had made and that had been marked down to half price (and a fraction of the cost of a flimsy plastic new version). Fiona agreed that it had potential but Poppy was too busy running round the pond to take much interest. It made me smile to see in the photo that she goes so fast she actually blurs!


I think a coat of chalk paint has already brightened it up and I will share more of this project in another post.


Wishing you lucky, thrifty finds :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare


We’ve had some lovely days in the last couple of weeks…

This cow was very keen to have her photo taken!

…but today isn’t one of them! The wind and I rarely see eye to eye when it comes to taking pictures of quilts and today we are, apparently, having gusts of 70-80mph so I’m not even going to attempt it and the photos are rather gloomy.

May’s colour for the Colour My World Challenge with M-R at Quilt Matters was aqua/cyan and last week I became possessed of the idea that this skirt, which I chanced upon in a charity shop, would be perfect for something…

By last Friday, I had got it into a 42″ unbound lap quilt and I was thinking of either adding some applique to make it a bit more interesting or cutting it up to make something else. But yesterday, having had no great inspiration and no time to sew all week, I decided just to bind the edges and call it finished.

It’s not quite so grim as it looks in this picture…


front and back – which is fugliest?


this photo has the most accurate colour

I’m not going to link this to the Colour My World Challenge today because M-R is leaving the linky open all year which means:

1. I still have time to make something I like in this colour-way to link up.
2. If you haven’t joined in already you check out the Colour My World Challenge and either start with June’s colour or go back and make something for the colours we’ve done so far.