A shirt becomes a shirt. . .recycling

torn shirtMy younger daughter has given me this shirt to turn into a shirt for my granddaughter.  She did give me the shirt quite some time ago but I am only now contemplating making the new shirt.  I am a bit slow off the mark.  I will get it unpicked today and hopefully get it cut out this week and maybe even sewn together.  Who knows what is in store this week.

That was last week when I wrote that.  I did manage to get the shirt unpicked although I cut it rather than unpicking it, much quicker.

I was also able to get all the pieces cut out so I should get it sewn this week.  There was fabric left over which I have set aside for some future quilting.

An update: I can now say that the shirt is almost finished.  I just have to make the buttonholes and sew on the buttons.

The pattern I used was the same one I used when I made this shirt previously, also from a dad shirt.

Final update, the shirt is finished.

finished shirt

The Victoria and Albert Museum. . . . . . Tuesday Travels

The first year we visited London in 2003 we were only there for a few days and we managed to cram lots of tourist activities into that time.  One of the museums that we didn’t manage to visit was the V&A so I put that to right this time around.  While based in Swindon I caught the train to London and found my way to the museum without any bother.

I had allocated the full day to the museum as I knew I would need it.  I was certainly not disappointed that I had allowed that much time.  The museum has so much to see and the only disappointment was that the furniture gallery was closed for the day and that was one of the galleries I was interested in viewing.  I will need to make a return visit one day!

One of the exhibitions that was being held was Undressed – a brief history of underwear.

UndressedThe exhibition was inclusive of dress as well as underwear so there was a great deal to see.

The cast courts you can read about here if you click on the picture.  Amazing that some of these casts are the only life size replicas of items that have been damaged or destroyed.

plaster galleryTrajan's Column AD 113The Hereford Screen is a wonderful example of the restoration work done for the museum. Hereford ScreenExamples of the state of the parts of the screen before restoration were on display.

pre-restorationThe theatre and performance galleries were a delight to browse through.  I loved that I was able to see a model of the scenery for the musical Matilda and the costume for the lead singer of Adam and the Ants.

MatildaAdam's costumeAdam and the AntsIt was great to see a nod to a part of Melbourne in the architecture section.Nice to see a bit about Melbourne! In the glassware gallery some Iittalia glassware which was very popular around the time we were married.  We still have two sets of glasses intact.

Iittalia glasswareI finished off my trip with lunch in the cafe.  It was a beautiful day and many families were enjoying the sunshine in the courtyard.

V&AWhen in London a visit to the V&A is a must on your list.

The sky is falling in. . . .

Not really but the ceiling was falling down.

portico ceilingOur carport was suffering from a sagging cornice and I tried to repair it.  The trouble was that it couldn’t be repaired by me!

missing corniceIn this photo you can see where an exploratory cut was made to see what the problem was.  The result of that was the 4×2 lengths screwed to the ceiling to prevent it from imminent collapse.  We had no idea that the ceiling had come adrift from the battens.  Thankfully it didn’t fall down and we are now in the process of getting the ceiling replaced.

plasterboardTwo days ago the ceiling was taken down and new plasterboard installed.

plasterboard 2The following day the joints were plastered to be followed by sanding and the cornices installed.

cornices ceiling upThe next task will be the electrician to install new lights then we are getting a painter for the first time in our married lives!  I am usually the one who does the painting, in fact I have painted this ceiling and beams once since we moved here but we are getting a professional this time.  We are looking forward to the finished product.


Tah dah!!

denim recycledWhen I looked back to when I first posted about this chair and my plans for it, I discovered it was way, way back in November 2014, that is almost two years ago.

If you look at that post you will see that I did say it was a long term project but I hadn’t envisaged it being that long!

denim chairPlenty of pockets for bits and pieces.

the final piece addedThe back piece was the final piece added.  Now it just needs to find its way to Canberra.

A Scottish novel which although old was new to me.

I have discovered that the novel I am reading at the moment is Scotland’s favourite novel.  The novel was first published in 1932.  I only happened to be reading it as a result of listening to a podcast of Top shelf on Bookshelf on the ABC.  The author Ryan O’Neill talked about five books, movies or music which were important to him.  He mentioned Sunset Song and how it had an influence on him.  He thought it was the best Scottish novel ever and as it was set in the north of Scotland near Stonehaven and included Scottish vernacular I was interested enough to order it online as it was not available at our local bookstore nor at the library.

A Scot's QuairThe book I bought was called A Scot’s Quair which is the trilogy, beginning with Sunset Song, followed by Cloud Howe and Grey Granite. The author is Lewis Grassic Gibbon.

I have also discovered that a movie based on the book was released this year.

How I discovered that the novel is Scotland’s favourite was through a retweet from Val McDermid on Twitter.

Val McDermid retweetI was interested to look at the long list and find that there were several novels I had read but also many I haven’t.  I will need to put those on my reading list.

I am about 2/3 of the way through Sunset Song and it is kindling many fond memories of my time in the highlands of Scotland.  Well worth a read for those nostalgic for Scotland.


Tuesday travels. . . Swindon, The Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway

steam museumOn my recent visit to the UK I was based in Swindon for two weeks.  I had chosen Swindon as it was on the train line to London and it was central to the south west region of England.  I bought a South West Flexi Rail pass and that meant I could have eight days of train travel during my two week stay.  I can highly recommend the Flexi Pass as a great means of travel if you don’t want to hire a car.

The Steam museum of the Great Western Railway is one of the main tourist attractions in Swindon.

steam museumWhile I was looking after my granddaughter we visited the museum which is ideal for young children as well as adults.  There are lots of interactive activities for little ones and my granddaughter had a great time.

The Steam Museum of the Great Western Railway is in the heart of the former Swindon Railway Works. The museum tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway, a network that, through the pioneering vision and genius of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, set the standard for rail travel.
This story is brought to life with famous GWR locomotives, imaginative story-telling displays, videos – mixing rare archive film footage with the stories of ex-railway workers – hands-on exhibits, interactive displays and a large number of rare GWR objects memorabilia. The museum is peopled by character figures life-cast from Swindon people – many of them former railway workers.
Stepping into the museum, visitors are taken into the world of the railway worker at Swindon, passing through a series of reconstructions, carefully assembled using original equipment, supported by video and interactive displays.  (from the website)


The displays are excellent and you need to allocate at least a couple of hours to get the full benefit of the museum.

After visiting the museum you can then visit the Designer outlet which is nearby in  grade II listed buildings from part of the Swindon Railway Works.