Wednesday, September 7, 2011




it just won't stop raining here.

i made the body of that bag in the first and last picture a couple years ago and then it languished in a pile of unfinished things.  the other day i sewed the strap on with some of the hemp webbing i've been dyeing for new shop goods.  it's a nice switch from the bag i've been carrying around for years.  i used a variety of patched together antique fabrics for the lining and i like this part best.  the color combination of the outer canvas, the strap and the worn rose colors of the lining are pleasing.

you can also see in that top picture a pair of socks i knit a few years ago.  they had a giant hole in one heel.  i couldn't figure out how to darn it so i patched.  

this weekend i drove out to my favorite local group shop and bought the antique hutch top in the middle picture for next to nothing.  it was filthy and only has one door.  but since moving i've had all my non-refrigerated food stored in paper bags.  not ideal.  the hutch works pretty well.  now i just need to finish patching the drywall nearby.  and install the kitchen stove.  i've been cooking on a little plug in electric burner.  have i not told you that?  roughing it.

has anyone read "the bone people"?  my sister, louisa, bought me a copy.  i've just started to read it.

7 comments:

greatest friend said...

I've read The Bone People, I love that you are reading it. -It's an important book to me "here" - such a great insight into a new zealanders way of life. and speaking of which, my mum used to "darn" our socks by basically knitting into the hole, if that makes sense. usually the hole would be at the ball of the foot or the heel so she would use a slightly thicker wool, they would last twice as long then. I was kicked out of home at 14, so i didn't regain many of her skills, including this one. I just keep all my holey socks in hope that one day...

Cozy Memories said...

patching the holey sock sounds good to me LOL
I love how you described your bag, and the lining. It makes me feel like touching it & looking at it closer.
I've always admired your sense of color & textures, and your choices of color/print combinations.
oxox

Sara said...

that corner is awesome.Isn't that funny how something can look so right-the combination of utility and beauty, and uniqueness. A small black fridge. What a great job you have done!

The Oak Leaves said...

That corner of your kitchen looks so welcoming!

Jane Flanagan said...

I have read it! I blogged about it here (but maybe wait until you're finished to read what I thought!) http://seenandsaid.blogspot.com/2011/06/book-report-bone-people.html

Mandy Behrens said...

Wow...I'm loving your place....you've done more in a short time than i have in four years. Love all the glass jars. Cheers!

melania said...

Love that hutch you got. I just finished the bone people a couple of weeks ago. It was one of those books where I just needed to keep reading. It haunted me. I get a bit affected by the mood of some books...this was one of them. I won't say too much. Let us know what you think.