Wednesday, 30 July 2014


Wrote out and coloured the William James Quote today.  Lexi found herself a pacifier/dummy on a walk.  I laughed when I caught her with it.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Summer Scenes

I love summer and the town I live in.  Here are a few summer shots.

I got very little sewing done at the weekend.  I did manage to get one thing done- a little project bag using samples from college.  Word of advice to future me- cheap thread will only break your heart.  Only buy the good stuff.  My thread kept breaking until I changed it for some good stuff.  My enthusiasm seriously waned and productivity fell.  Was tired to begin with and had very little interfacing, I knew I wasn't going to make much.

I can't find the photos of the items that I sewed for my mother for her birthday.  I have them photographed and the photos are somewhere saved on my computer.  I will share them as soon as I can find them.

New cards are going up in the Ellie and Ada shop.  Say Happy Birthday with a nice card.

Enjoy the summer!  Lexi looks happy!

Monday, 21 July 2014

My Sweet Adeline

John played around with the photo of me and Lexi.  

My Gran, Ada/Adeline got me this bright green outfit when I was younger because green was my favourite colour. It was pretty wild looking. As I was knitting this, my mother laughed and said the colour was like the outfit my gran got me. This is why I am calling the sweater, My Sweet Adeline, after my gran and the song (on Ravelry.)  I am LHogan on Ravelry.

The photos are of my notecards.  These notecards are in the shop.  I love this one.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

New Strawberry Tote Bag At the Trim Vintage Car Show

I made another tote bag with an recessed zipper.  The pattern on the fabric is really cute, it's yellow with strawberries.  I am also wearing a strawberry t shirt.  I'm feeling summery and coordinated despite the grey skies.  I also knitted the bright, emerald green sweater.

I feel that this bag came out better than last weekend's attempts.  I didn't bother adding any pockets on the inside but am hoping that future bags will have all the bells and whistles.  I am happy with the length of the bag strap.  I am actually thinking of sewing maybe a back pack or a bag that can go across from me.  I'm not mad on backpacks but I'm thinking it might be good for my back.

It feels good to use up the fabric stash.  I would have sewn more this weekend but the lack of interfacing held me back.   Wish I had an endless supply!  I sewed a little zipper pouch using an old printed sample I did in NCAD.  It turned out alright.  I hope to photograph it this week to share.

The Trim Vintage Car Show was great.  I love the festivals in Trim.  The Haymaking Festival is my favourite.  I love the little goats the best.  I love the different colours of the vintage cars.  I love the teals and the mint colours especially.  It makes me think that each decade have their own set of colours.  So many things, that we don't think about are driven by trends.  We can even glance at a car and guess its age due to the paint colour.

I have a bit of good news.  I now have printed cards in the shop.  This notecard was the first of many to come.  Just getting the cards photographed and then they will be available.  I am delighted to now be able to supply my drawings on notecards.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Weekend Sewing

I have been sewing at the weekend.  It is great fun.  Since, I work from home, it makes the weekend feel like a weekend for me.  Also it gives me great satisfaction using up material that I have had for too long and to hone my skills.  I am much better at knitting than sewing and I have so much to learn.  I am enjoying making things that are useful.  I love being creative and practical.

I get a great kick out of making things and it actually gives me a lot of energy because I am so excited.  I think for the moment, it is such a novelty to start a project and finish it in the same day.  This is because I am from a printing and knitting background.  Both processes can take a lot of time.  Especially knitting!!!  It have been fun using what I have sewn.  I love making little homes for my knitting projects and all my drawing materials.

It also has been enjoyable to dye fabric.  There was a couple of years there that I dyed yarn and fibre and sold it online, in my LHogan shop and in Dublin's This is Knit shop.  I still do this from time to time for myself and perhaps one day there will be a shop section in the Ellie and Ada shop that will stock hand dyed yarns.  Dyeing fabric has been wonderful and it is so exciting to see what the fabric looks like when finished.

I was almost too embarrassed to show my projects.  It is hobby sewing.  John encouraged me to share.  Maybe I will be able to document my progress.  The pictures are from two weekends of sewing.  It was the first time I ever did recessed zippers.  It wasn't easy for me.  I learnt a lot.