This is a cute camera bag I made for myself out of 30s fabrics, inspired by one of the Japanese books I picked up at the Malvern show which is called something like "Tiny Little Patchworks that I love". The book was full of small household objects, like mobile phone holders and notepad covers, and I thought it was such a cool idea that normal functional objects could be beautiful. My eye immediately fell upon my utilitarian black camera case, which works fine but I don't even like black, so why am I living with this camera case?? Using some of the techniques from the book, I duplicated the case in patchwork (with a double layer of batting for safety). Next on the transformation list will be my functional black sunglasses holder.
I saw so many wonderful buildings that would make great dollshouses - why are modern buildings so boring?? Why don't we have cool corner turrets and gothic windows and witch-hat roofs over circular corner stairs? Why is almost every building a bland box nowadays? I didn't find any miniatures shops at all, but I did find a new fridge magnet to add to my collection of 'building'-shaped magnets - I have over 100 now and my husband thinks this is a sign of my general collector's nuttiness. I only buy ones that look like little 3-d buildings, with no background or writing on them, and I have found them in several countries that I have visited which is kind of fun (although I declined to buy the little marijuana parlor and the little prostitute's house magnet that was on sale in liberal-minded Holland).
I also picked up a bunch of cheap clothes at the hypermarket in France, and three cases of red wine (for medicinal purposes of course) at $2 a bottle which is our kind of price (as you can see, we are not wine connoisseurs). I bought a French patchwork magazine called 'Magic Patch' but was a bit disappointed with it as it was almost entirely art quilts which are not really my thing.
But it is great to be home - I am looking forward to getting re-acquainted with my sewing machine some time this week. The blue background fabric arrived that I ordered for re-setting the vintage Lone Star and I think it is going to work really well, I will take a photo and post it on the blog soon. I took some knitting on the trip, a baby cardigan in multi-coloured pastel double-knitting on 4mm needles - these are so much smaller than the huge needles I have been using recently that the knitting feels like it is taking ages even though it is only a baby item. I got the back and one front done, and am part-way through the second front. It is a simple lace pattern so I am feeling proud of myself for progressing in my knitting lessons this far.