Well, after an amazing sunshine-filled October, the rain has set in. My backyard looks like the beginnings of a lake. My neighbour did warn me.
So it’s just as well I have lots to get on with indoors for the next little while. So, armed with hot chocolate, I’ve been busy doing indoorsy things.
Following the acquisition of our lovely new couch, we thought we would make doggy beds out of the old futon mattress. Fortunately, it was fairly easy. Well, it was very easy for me – I just sat on the lovely new couch and watched Mr. LoveThat work. How easy is that? 🙂
No sewing or complicated processes, just a matter of cutting it into sections.
Here’s one of the sections.
And here’s the finished products.
The frame has been stored until the summer when we will turn it into a patio couch.
Last weekend, we visited our usual Italian Coffee Shop only to find it’s closed for renovations! Horrors! What will we do now? So we wandered aimlessly until we came upon another little coffee shop where we decided to stop. What caught my eye was the Belgian Dark Chocolate Hot Chocolate. I love Belgian chocolate (well, I love ALL chocolate) and so I had to have some. It was just as I imagined – totally decadant and very rich – lovely. So perhaps we’ll be frequenting two coffee shops on our weekend trips. What was so funny about this visit, was that it is Breast Cancer Awareness month here and all the coffee was served in bright pink cups. Mr. LoveThat embraced the idea of walking throught the mall with his fucia pink cup and I just had to take a photo.
Very pretty, don’t you think? Manly too!
I’ve been following along with Etsy’s Christmas Bootcamp and have been learning all sorts of wonderful things about marketing for the holidays and taking better photos (although, I have yet to master that). So I’ve been very busy making Christmas-y stuff. It’s been a long time since I got so excited about glitter, but I’m just loving painting gold and silver glitter on my fabric. I made some Christmas stockings
And then I’ve been making something that I never would have thought of myself in a million years! Reading and sunglasses cases.
Mr. LoveThat dropped his readers in his truck for the millionth time and asked me if I could make him a glasses case. I have a lot of little scraps of material and thought these would be perfect for this. So I made him one and painted it lovingly. It turned out great, but he wanted a lining so his glasses wouldn’t get scratched, so I made another one with a satin lining. Satin, I have learned, is VERY difficult to work with. When you cut it, it slips and slides all over the place. Fortunately, I enlisted the help of some lovely sewing ladies on the internet and figured it all out. This is the result.
They will make great stocking stuffers for Christmas. Thank you, Mr. LoveThat, for this great idea. And such fun to make and paint also.
As you know, I am planning on giving my family gift baskets for Christmas filled with all sorts of decadent and frivolous things and I will make sunglasses cases for my kids to add to the baskets. I guess there will be at least once useful thing among their gifts. And the hand painted coffee/tea mugs also. I still have to figure out how to make them washable. I will consult the wonderful internet next week.
If we had had internet when I was in school, things would have been so much easier! Honestly, you can learn how to do pretty much anything!
Until next time …