Busy times and growing pains.

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Busy times and growing pains.

I’m sure everyone experiences those times when life just gets busy.

When the deadlines for all those things you thought were a good idea all seem to converge within a week.

When you are really busy at work but at the same time trying to fit in orthodontist appointments(daughter) and revisits when newly fitted braces rub and become lose.

When you have a wedding to plan for and you have a list, and a hundred other ideas, for things that you want to do and know you can do really well, and not pay the earth for.

When addressing 40 envelopes for the wedding invitations suddenly seems like a huge job.

When updating a blog becomes not the highest priority.

I did squeeze in this though. The brief from my daughter was for a pencil case that exactly fitted her felt tips, that stood up on her desk and that wouldn’t mark whilst knocking about in the bottom of her school bag.

When new braces hurt, and growing up becomes painful, who could say no?

Oil cloth pencil case

Oil cloth pencil case

 

 

Oil cloth pencil case

Oil cloth – somewhat of a challenge to sew when it’s a little fiddly

Oil cloth pencil case

Lovely pattern to the oil cloth

 

 

Love, Lucie xx

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About lovelucie1

I cannot sit without something in my hands to sew, crochet, sketch etc. This becoming something of an addiction. In fact, I start to get twitchy if I am stationary somewhere, waiting for an appointment, waiting for my daughter, away with work, without some project to keep my hands busy. Minutes wasted make me anxious. This blog logs my progress to raise funds through my creations to feed my textile habbit.

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  1. That is super cute. I wish that I was better at sewing. I’m thinking about making some curtains in the near future. I am sure that will make for an interesting blog post.

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  2. Lucky daughter! I remember just having to put up with mine rubbing yonks ago. And they messed up my teeth anyway, after the NHS put me through 5-6 orthodontists with different opinions. I never got a pencil case out of that ordeal. That would at least have gone some way to make up for things lol.
    Lovely handiwork! And you’ve seriously been busy. Sure it’ll all be very worth it in the end 😀

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  3. It looks fabby! I so understand busy times! It’s good to read your posts when you get a chance. X

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  4. Sometimes we need more hours a day, although we would grow into that too. I admire you for making such a pretty pencil case while being so busy. Wish you could learn me to like sewing with a sewing machine….
    Enjoy you day!

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  5. I sympathise with the braces as I had them not so long ago. It will be worth it though. You are a fab mum though. Great pencil case.x

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  6. The Quilt Meister

    I know that feeling Lucie! Try and take some time out for you though, especially as you’ll need all your energy for the wedding. Incidentally though, is the case made of vinyl, and is it hard to do?

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    • My OH is always telling me that!. There is a lot of tut, tutting being heard from him at the moment as I’ve been at work late a lot this week.
      The vinyl is tricky but I came up with a solution.
      When sewing ‘right sides together’ it is no more tricky than normal but when it comes to top stitching (around the zip)the fabric just doesn’t move along under the foot. Keeping the zipper foot on, I laid a piece of ribbon just adjacent to the row of stitches and let the foot travel along that. I would use this technique again and use the zipper foot even when not sewing around a zip.

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      • The Quilt Meister

        Very helpful suggestions. I’m not sure the tutting will be helpful, but I guess it means he cares? I don’t think I could face another wedding after my last one lol, but I trust yours will be lovely 😀

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  7. Gorgeous pencil case, I hope it eased the braces pain a little – that’s no fun at all!

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  8. stunning pencil case – or make-up!
    “converge” – a horrible 8-letter word in my book!!!
    x

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  9. My daughter has just had new braces but, instead of making her a pencil case, I gave her a painkiller. Does that make me a bad mother? 🙂

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  10. Ooh I love this! So pretty!

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  11. Fab pencil case. I hope your daughter is soon feeling a bit more comfortable with her braces.

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    • Yes, we’ve got over the initial pain. Lots of bonjela and brace wax and an alteration at the orthodontist helped. She’s also getting used to no gum, no sticky sweets, nothing too sugary, nothing too chewy and no fizzy drinks. Apparently the fizz dissolves the brace glue – who knew? So that’s even diet coke out of the window. She is busy making smoothies for herself so she’ll be the healthiest one of us all!

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  12. Oh how I remember the days of painful braces! Let your lovely daughter know it will be totally worth it. Plus, that pencil/pen case? Could be a very cute make-up case too! I wish I could sew. Or maybe I should rephrase that ~ I wish I could sew like a sober person. I sew like a drunk person. Maybe I should get drunk and try to sew. Do you think I could sew a straight line under the influence? I sure can’t when I’m stone cold sober.

    Once again you amaze me with your accomplishments. Good luck with the wedding preparations!

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