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Post by polgara on 2nd January 2011, 11:48 am

Having had trouble keeping warm over the cold spell, I needed to find an extra layer to wear indoors. Upstairs to wardrobe & found 2 fleece jumpers/tunics which were wearing thin & the sleeves were very thin.

Cut out the sleeves, & cut the jumper part up the middle.

Turned a single hem to the outside on the 2 middle edges & stitched the hem with a herringbone stitch in a bright colour wool.

Ended up with a rather nice waistcoat/body warmer type thing to go over my sweatshirts, which just gives a bit more warmth. Really pleased with an evenings work.

Remains will be made into small blankets for the dolls house chests. I like to fill things up!!

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Post by Dandelion on 2nd January 2011, 1:12 pm

Sounds like a good day's work, Pol.

The cold weather has inspired me to alter the curtain over the front door, which is supposed to keep out draughts, but has shrunk a bit. This is a project for warmer weather, when the curtain is no longer in place, but I'm going to use denim jeans cut into strips to extend the curtain width and lengthwise, then cut patches to sew onto the curtain to make it look patchwork. I'll also line the curtain to thicken it. It's blue thin striped fabric, so patches and strips of denim in different blues should look OK. Might go crazy and sew some wooden buttons on.....

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Post by MrsC on 2nd January 2011, 4:46 pm

Pol - a fab bit of reusing there! Any chance of a photo?

D - I really ought to get round to making a curtain to go over our front door. Might need to move a mountain of junk first though bigthink

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Post by Jaded Green on 2nd January 2011, 6:53 pm

Mrs C - I really can recommend a curtain overthe front door for keeping the heat it. We used to avae a portiere rod, which opened with the door, butwhen it broke we shiveredfor awinter without it and now have a plain curtain track and life the track on and off each day, but it is worth it!
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Post by polgara on 2nd January 2011, 8:01 pm

lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol!

Really not into piccies, and believe me it is not that showy, but definately functional.

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Post by MrsC on 2nd January 2011, 10:46 pm

JG - fully with you about benefits of a door curtain - at the moment I figure the piles of shoes, hats, scarves, gloves and DIY bits and bobs are probably providing some insulation!

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Post by Compostwoman on 3rd January 2011, 12:15 am

Hmmm Cm has a (n irrational IMO) dislike of these................I have my work cut out to do one I suspect!

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Post by MrsC on 3rd January 2011, 9:36 am

CW - must be a male thing as Mr C's not too keen either...

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Post by Compostwoman on 3rd January 2011, 12:16 pm

MrsC wrote:CW - must be a male thing as Mr C's not too keen either...

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Post by Chilli-head on 4th January 2011, 10:01 am

Yes, I am also not fond of door curtains. Where it sat against the wall it helped trap damp and create a nasty mouldy corner. I binned it in favour of a double glazed door, but I could not stand those plasticy looking things, or find a wooden door of the right size, so ended up making my own double glazed hardwood door. Talk about a job getting out of hand ...
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Post by Sparhawk on 11th February 2011, 1:08 pm

Got sewing machine out over the past 2 evenings & 2 brand new fleeces that were issued to me for work but am not allowed to wear (wrong logo Rolling Eyes ) have been reborn as a zip up carrying bag for YSS's marching cymbals...

& very chuffed I am too, photos at the weekend I hope, if flute doesn't have too much homework... Wink

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Post by MrsC on 11th February 2011, 7:28 pm

Good work there Spar - looking forward to seeing photos.

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Post by Sparhawk on 11th February 2011, 7:48 pm



Cool my first phot (thanx YSS & flute...)

All seams are double stitched & although you can't see it there is a reclaimed zip along the top too...

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Post by MrsC on 11th February 2011, 7:55 pm

Very nice spar - what are the handles made of Bit hard to tell in the picture.

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Post by Sparhawk on 11th February 2011, 8:18 pm

Fleece material sewn edge to edge to make a "tube" , & turned inside out...

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Post by polgara on 11th February 2011, 9:27 pm

What a clever boy

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Post by Compostwoman on 11th February 2011, 9:35 pm

That is really good, Spar!

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Post by Sparhawk on 11th February 2011, 10:01 pm

Simples,

or should it be cymbals, but effective...

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Post by mr_sfstk8d on 14th March 2011, 7:29 pm

OK, so I'm looking for rain barrels to use for the garden. I've found someone selling plastic 55 gal barrels for a fiver. They were used for soap before. Some type of industrial detergent, I believe. I'm thinking that may not be suitable for collecting water for the garden. Can you guys think of any way to reclaim them or clean them to make them servicable? Or are they just wrong for this application?
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Post by Compostwoman on 14th March 2011, 7:49 pm

Over here juice containers are the norm, so you get water collected which is safe to use BUT it smells forever of orange or blackcurrant... Rolling Eyes

Hmm, soap..industrial...

repeated scrubbing and washing? Use the water for flushing the loo, for a long time, until the water is no longer soapy?

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Post by mr_sfstk8d on 14th March 2011, 8:00 pm

My fear is that even after all of the suds are gone, it could still leach out chemicals into the water. Might be no good for growing veggies. Think I'll keep looking. Wish I could find those 55 gal juice barrels!
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Post by Dandelion on 14th March 2011, 9:58 pm

We've got a water butt made from a recycled container from the local cheese factory - is that a possibility Mr S? Just wondered if there might be some factories near you which would have food containers to recycle.

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Post by mr_sfstk8d on 15th March 2011, 2:15 am

That's ideal. Looking into a spice packing and mixing company near here.
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Post by polgara on 13th August 2011, 12:48 pm

Used teabags in the bottom of pots help to keep the compost damp for longer.

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