I wanted to share something with you today. I have spoken about this before and I know that lots of you share similar problems as I do. Since around 12 years of age I have experiences very deep spells of sadness and I suppose you would call it depression - I try to stay away from the D word if I can so I call it sadness. I am sure most of you know all about the Black Dog - the World Health Organisation have made a little clip which I watch from time to time and I have included it here in my post if you wish to watch it - I do understand if you don't. I think it explains the Black Dog perfectly and I always feel a little better after I watch it.
My own black dog must have only been a bit of a puppy when he attached himself to me and over the years he has followed me everywhere. I have tried to lose him in the USA, most of Europe as far as Poland and the majority of the Scandinavian countries. I have also visited almost every Scottish island plus many others around Ireland, Wales and England but he has kept up with me Folks, always bounding around waiting to leap on to me at the slightest chance. Over the past few years I have almost accepted him as he is growing old like me but he still alarms me at times even after all this time.
For over 20 years I practiced as a counsellor both in education and in the medical field specialising in grief and depression so I should have 'all the answers' at my fingertips but it is different when you are sitting on the other side of that chair. The past year has been one of the most traumatic and upsetting of my whole life so black dog has been with me all the way. My blog has helped enormously as he cannot sit on me when I am typing so have to lie on the floor away from me and I can ignore him. All of you have helped me so much and I thank you all for this - when things get very difficult I tend to try and watch the clip below as it always makes me smile a little and puts things into a bit of a more reasonable perspective. If you have a similar beast following you it might help, I hope it does.Youtube - The Black DogThe Black Dog - Youtube - just click on this line and hopefully it will work. If it doesn't then go to Youtube and type in The Black Dog.
Now on to more cheery and productive things Folks. I am still working on my shipping order you will be pleased to hear. I only had a little of the sparkly French fabric which I used on my other bag but found this one in my cupboard. It is not as fancy as the last one but the lady I had in mind for this bag is quite serious so hopefully she will like it.
I used a CK tea towel and repositioned the label to show that it is her fabric - I hope that it doesn't infringe any copywrite laws or anything - obviously I am not selling them either so this should be ok. I know from things I have read on Etsy how careful everyone has to be with craft things. I had fun with the brooch as I wanted something to represent a can can dress. You can see it clearer in the photograph below.
I thought a nice little crochet butterfly would look cute on the handle. By the way a few people have asked about my pattern and it is one of favourites from Lillyblossom it is the PDF Reversible Contrast Tied Tote and costs £3.67 which is good value as you can print off time and time again. All Helen's patterns are so easy to follow and I have used them ever since I started sewing.
Rather than put applique patches on with the name I have embroidered the name in using my machine which is fab as it cuts down on the preparation time. I kept the buttons to a minimum as it was a buy pattern anyway. I hope Rachel likes it.
I wanted to ask your advice Folks as I know that there are many sewing experts out there in Blogland. I use iron-on interfacing for the bags using it either on the outside fabric or the inner fabric. Rachel says it is better to use it on the inner if possible. I have tried soft interfacing but the bag sags, heavy weight stuff which makes it difficult to manoeuvre the fabrics. I always seem to find that fabrics (inner and outer) seems to crinkle and I struggle to get a nice even finished which frustrates me no end. You can see it on the picture below Folks but I am going to have to live with it or else I will never finish the bags. What do you think? I finished this one last night before going to bed.
I was up really early this morning as I couldn't sleep so I thought I would start Jackie's bag and cut everything out ready. I know that blue is her favourite colour so used another CK tea towel (Folks I buy these in the sales in January and keep them for projects like this) plus a cheaper (£2 per metre) fabric to keep the costs down. The inner fabric was just awful when I was trying to iron on the interface and it kept creasing up with little bubbles - it looked terrible so I cut out more and can use the other pieces for brooches. I carried on this evening once I got home but don't feel that happy with it and would like your thoughts. You always give such good advice.
In the photograph below if you look to the left you can see that it is not that even - I put the two little butterflies in to hide the crinkling a bit but don't tell Jackie! I am not happy with it and feel like starting again but my husband says that once she goes shopping with it she won't notice them - I am still undecided?
The other side is a little better (see below) although I think the photographs make it look better than it actually is or am I being too picky?
The outside looks ok in the photograph below but again I am not happy as it was difficult to get the creases out effectively.
The one thing I did enjoy with this bag was the brooch as I had bought a load of net from Abakahn for £1 so I can cut wild and loose with it. The jury is out with this bag Folks and if I have time I might make another one for Jackie - maybe I am tired and being too critical of myself.
Finally I wanted to show this picture. My husband has always been good at drawing - he is trained in engineering so everything he does is precise and balanced. I have been talking to him about going to a local art class as he does a lot of artwork with the Little Peeps. Anyway, to my amazement he rang the lady at the weekend and agree to go this morning (just to try it mind you). He loved it and really enjoyed his morning. This was his first introductory project which Margaret his art teacher set him. I just love it and could it is on a Marks and Spencer plate. When I told him this he just laughed and said that I should get my eyes tested very soon. Do you like it?
Before I go tonight I wanted to say a huge thank you to you all for being so kind, caring and patient with me. You all have really helped this year. I am not sure if you remember but one of my New Year resolutions was to volunteer in some capacity. I tried to get some work with the elderly but drew a complete blank and can only assume that possibly they thought I was too elderly myself to do it! Now on Thursday I have an interview with another organisation - yippeeeeeeeeee - I won't tell you about it just yet in case I jinx the whole thing and get turned down so keep your fingers crossed for me. I will tell you how I get on afterward on Thursday evening. Meanwhile have a super day/evening tomorrow wherever you are wonderful People. You are all the tops! Please leave a message if you are able to and I would love some advice about the interfacing if you have any. See you all very soon, big hugs and loves, Dorothy xxxxxxxxxxx