Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Not even a mouse

Can disturb the silence in the house today!  The boys' have gone back to school after 6 1/2 weeks off.  In many ways it seems like a long time ago since they broke up, but driving to school and standing in the playground - it only seemed like yesterday! 
 I'm not going to miss the arguments which increased in numbers over the last week or two and the constant clearing up, snack and drink preparing, and endless washing!  I am going to miss having them around, hearing their conversation, our cycle rides, trips out with friends and general relaxation.

But hey, onwards and upwards as they say.  I hope everyone enjoyed summer and the August Bank Holiday, and here's to a balmy September!

Over the summer break, I did manage to complete my barkcloth patchwork cushion cover.  For some reason the original cushion cover had become 'bleached' on both corners so as a temporary measure I had covered the seat with a wool blanket. 

I've used the same wool blanket as a backing to the seat cover.  I've made it big enough to tuck in on all sides so I can whip it out to wash it.

My most enjoyable quick and simple project was this -

The original lampshade was plain and quite dull, so I thought I would jazz it up using some scraps of fabric and gluing it to the shade.  I'm quite pleased with how it's turned out.  I'll hopefully get the other one completed today.

Right, I'm off now to make some secondary school open morning appointments!  I think we've decided on what school we want Toby to go to next year, but what we want and what we get given might not be the same, in fact I'll probably bet money on it.



Floss said...

Ours go back in drips and drabs over the next few days...

And I'm going to copy your great patchwork lampshade idea!

Have a great September.

sylviesgarden said...

Hello there, I love your lampshade! I have been thinking about making something similar for a while but for some reason I had completely overcomplicated it and put myself off. I didn't think of glue! Thanks for sharing and taking away the complicatedness.
Have a good week.

All things bright and beautiful... said...

Now I think this might be a daft question but here goes - did you use a special type of glue - love the lamp shade and am itching to copy it!

marigold jam said...

Like the others I love the lampshade and am itching to try it out myself but do you need special glue to withstand the heat?

Love your patchwork cushion cover too - it's good to get some UFOs finished isn't it?


Sarah said...

Hi Ladies
I used a normal PVA glue. We have low energy lightbulbs and rarely have the ceiling lights on so I wasn't worried too much.
Hope that helps!x

A Thrifty Mrs said...

Love, love, love that cushion.

KC'sCourt! said...

I love both pieces of patchwork especially the lampshade.
Julie xxxxxx

bellaboo said...

I did that with a lampshade's very effective when the light is on isn't it? :o)

Suzanne said...

Love the cushion!
Your lampshade is so cute! thanks for sharing!
Happy september!

Tabiboo said...

Mine go back tomorrow, but for the first time in five years I will be child free, all three are off - oh my what will I do with myself??

Love the cushion - I'm thinking something similar for our poor old sofa covers.

take care,

Nina xxx

Primrose Patch said...

Hello, Love the patchwork cushion covers, and what an excellent idea with the lampshade. I have a load of Hubbies old blue work shirts, you have given me some ideas. Thanks for sharing. We don't go back to school until next wednesday so a few more days to go. x

charl said...

oo love the cushion cover .. it looks little boy starts school tomorrow . .i feel sick nervous and made up that i'll have a bit of peace around the house aswell!!!!

Green thumb said...

Hi Sarah!
Happy to have found you and your blog again! The lampshade is just amazing! You clever thing!

The Little Vintage Company said...

Love the barkcloth cushion cover and the lampshade!
Tamzin X

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Me again! Lawks a lordy, the cushion and lampshade are utterly fab. I've just shown Mr J and P the lampshade and he said "even you could do that"!! Brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing.