Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Velvet spaghetti and a breaking sort of day

Recently every project that I have in mind seems to involve velveteen ribbon in some shape or form, so this evening I concocted a velvety spaghetti as I am so enjoying gazing at all their lovely colours together.

Well, one must do something to relieve the stress of a day gone wrong. At six o'clock I put in an emergency phone call to Mr Teacakes to let him know that I had broken five things during the course of the day (it later rose to seven as two glasses smashed in separate incidents soon after putting down the phone: I have discovered that it is never wise to place hot glasses straight from the dishwasher under the cold tap in an attempt to try and get them milkshake-ready more quickly...or indeed to store glasses in a stack so that they shatter as you pull them apart). Ian instructed me to sit still, not touch anything and wait like that until he was able to get home when he might relieve me of all childcare duties and allow me to spend the rest of the evening in a box with no objects to keep me company and potentially be broken.

'Don't do any sewing' he said as he raced out of the house later this evening on the way to playing a gig. Oh Mr Teacakes, you fool...that is some kind of red rag, surely! It is too tiresome to try and itemise how many times today I have cut out, interfaced and then sewn the same bag parts only to have to unpick them due to some later scorching accident...or even more improbably a sneezing accident (a sneeze that came out of nowhere just as I was sewing the last seam of a trickily constructed lining...oh wretched sneeze that ruined my work...all of it had to be ripped out and sent to the bin...and then the tedious cycle of construction began again: draw, cut, interface, sew, attach pockets, attach label, run out of cotton.... arrrrggggggggggggggg!) and this evening the situation didn't improve, but I can't face the seam ripper again so I have turned my sewing machine off temporarily defeated, but determined that tomorrow will be different...for I rarely break or burn things and I am wondering where this streak of calamity has come from.

So this month may now necessitate the buying of a new pepper mill, vacuum cleaner, two irreplaceable children's glasses (french and gorgeous bought for us as a gift), greater quantities of lining and interlining and some sort of nose box to prevent future sneezing catastrophe...but I have nice buttons to look at so, ultimately, all is fine!

And isn't this the most scrumptious colour combination...if it ever gets finished....


Yours crashingly, x

Ps. I'm aware one of the pictures in this post might suggest I am about to sew over a pin and risk further mishap...don't worry, that kind of dare-devilishness is so far beyond my limits and the pin was about to whipped out just a stitch before reaching it (because I can now I have my new speed-limited foot pedal! Horay!).

32 comments:

  1. I too suffer from occasional klutziness (usually hormonally driven).

    But now thanks to my medinose-a-like (and your tip), sneezing seems much less of a problem. Even if I do look ridiculous with it jammed up my nostrils.

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  2. Sorry to hear you are going through a clumsy patch. Maybe you should invest in a helmet and knee guards in case it gets worse? I hope it passes quickly!

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  3. Glad to know I am not the only clumsy blogger!
    I do hope you whipped that pin out in time and didn't sew right over your finger.

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  4. Poor you. I'm sure it'll pass and today is a new day with all the promise of success! Love to see what you turn the mustardy golden yellow and teasingly beautiful black fabric into.

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  5. It's not just you, Florence! My children were having friends over yesterday afternoon after swimming, so I thought I'd get organised with assembling the pasta bake before going out. One sweet red pepper sauce later, I had managed to spray red peppers and tomatoes all over my kitchen and myself with my hand blender, empty the tuna down the sink while trying to drain it, and somehow (I still don't know how I managed this one) squirt washing up liquid a foot wide of the sink and into the colander of draining pasta on the drainer! Ooops! Hopefully when you have one of those kind of days that sort of uses up your bad luck quota for the next month!

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  6. For about 4 days out of every month I would be well advised to sit still in a comfy chair and not touch anything. Especially sewing. So sorry about the glasses though, that's upsetting.
    Can I make a teeny suggestion? Put your pins in at right angles to the fabric edge, it helps avoid sewing machine needle disasters. Or, with small pieces like the ribbon, run a teeny bit of prit stick along the back and iron (using a cloth in between ribbon and iron) into place and this keeps it tacked where you want it. Works for zips too.

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  7. OH Flossie - I also have occassional bouts of clumsiness - usually when I am tired, here is my prescription.

    Make large cup of tea and take regularly along with as much cake as you can manage!

    It will pass

    April xx

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  8. Some days really are just like that, but as far as I know there is no way of telling before you get out of bed, which would be very useful indeed. It's as if you forget how long your arms are and how much strength you have. Hopefully the cloud of clumsiness will pass with a good night's sleep :)

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  9. Oh I sometimes have a 'clumsy' day. They pass....phew...and then it's back to normal, thankfully.

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  10. oh dear, sounds like a tough day, a ncie cup of tea and cake, in a dark quiet room sounds like the solution to me... she says who has just unpicked two lots of sewing in the last half hour - I may be joining you, and I shall stear clear of any washing up!

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  11. I'm sorry that your day did not go well, but that velveteen ribbon is wonderful. My grandmother gave me a whole box-full several years ago, and I haven't done anything with it yet. Thanks for reminding me about it.

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  12. Oh dear, hope today is better for you Florence. I have to say that having spent the last fortnight working on new bag designs my stitch ripper and I are the very closest of friends! xx

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  13. Isn't it funny when you get those days of breaking ness.
    I get them far tok often and have a habit of breaking anything I touch.

    The colours of the ribbon are lovely and the buttons too.

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  14. Love the idea of a nose box to prevent sneezing mishaps! Perhaps a patent is brewing there?

    I have jewellery-making days like this - overtwisted wire, crushed crystals, tourmalines dropping to pieces before my eyes. The breakages seem to come like buses don't they - all at once. Then back to normal levels.

    That velvet ribbon is gorgeous - I can't stop looking at it either.

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  15. I often wonder why days like this happen, and have yet to come to a conclusion! I hope today was firm and steady for you :)

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  16. Oh, I am jealous of your stash! You have to show us what you were making. The colors are excellent.
    Lisa

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  17. lots of soothing herbal calming teas for you Mrs Teacakes i feel!

    those velvets ribbons are gorgeous... i have found myself stroking them in our local haby store.. it's the olive colours that really talk to me... must design a project to fully utilise it's beauty.
    Hope you are all well.
    speak soon.
    love ginny x

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  18. Hunny, I love reading your blog and have given you an award, please go to my blog for the details xxx

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  19. Eeek, that sounds just like me! Tee hee!
    love Alison x

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  20. There are just some days when it's better to sit and comtemplate rather than do. A good book can work wonders for stilling the body. At least you saved the pin. Me I ran it over and bent it and broke my needle.

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  21. A good reason to just take to your bed and be waited on till it all goes away!

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  22. Oh poor you. I too have days like this when everything seems to go wrong. Love the colours of the velvet ribbon and buttons. They look good enough to eat :-)

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  23. I agree with April Tea and Cake always work for me. I tend to get clumsy days when I don't get enough sleep. The worst thing is when my colleages ask me a technical question and my mind goes blank, I tend to ask for some time and get a cup of tea. Driving is another problem, I have to get my husband to drive me when I know it is going to be a clumsy day.

    It normally passes when I get some sleep. I hope things are better now.

    Mary

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  24. Oh wow! Deep breath,cup of tea and a biscuit(chocolate?)and a house magazine to flick through while not going near anywhere sharp or breakable.Comfy corner? You poor thing : (
    Crazy days are needed to remind us that the others are lovely surely x

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  25. oh, what lovely velvet ribbon for an unlovely day - but you did put it rather hilariously! Just keep sewing and call it art ;-)

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  26. Hi,

    Just to let you know I've tagged you on my blog

    April xx

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  27. How lovely.. I need to go ribbon shopping desperately.

    I am clumsy too, yet not so much when I put my dancing shoes on! Are you a dancer by any chance? It's strange that most people who can manage some grace on stage are the clumsiest people ever in real life!

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  28. I come from a clumsy family and despite my short stature I manage to bump my head in things all the time!

    I am dying of curiosity as to what you are making with your delightfully pretty velvet ribbon!!!??? I adore velvet ribbon and have some myself, both new and vintage but have yet to use it...
    ~Emily

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  29. Hi Florence.Come and visit me-I have something for you x

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  30. Hope you are in one peice. I've just tagged you, perhaps you could just list your last 6 disasters!x

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  31. They say these things come in 3's but in your case it sounds like you've had more like 12.
    Poor hun, i do hope you're back to a none sneezing, breaking and crashing mode now.
    As the good old saying goes, Keep Calm and Carry On.
    Many hugs.
    Catherine x

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  32. I love all the ribbons - they look so pretty. I'm very naughty and sew over pins all the time ...

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