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From A Jack To A King, From A Top To A Bag !

Gather Supplies, Rocking Dog

Gather Supplies

I apologise for today’s posts title. For some reason while I was doing a very slow walk with Real Live Rocking Dog the song lyrics “From a Jack To A King” came into my little brain, very strange, very true! I continued my walk quietly humming the song, wrestling with just who did sing it in yesteryear. I came up wrongly with Max Bygraves and then all the horrible memories of Saturday TV came back. Saturday Night at the Palladium, Dick Emery, Val Doonican, The Black & White Minstrel Show etc… etc… Yep, even then they thought that everyone suddenly lost their brain on Saturday’s and weren’t capable of coping with a gritty drama, documentary or good film. Agggghhh! Something’s never ever change.

Back home having Googled “From A Jack To A King” I think it was probably Slim Whitlam’s version I was remembering. Sorry you will have probably lost the will to live by now!

Yesterday’s little project, because I was still behaving, was to reconfigure a top into a bag. A little bit of a conundrum that Sorrel bravely left me with on a recent visit.

The top in question had been bought for £5 at a recent sample sale. Sorrel could not resist the textural crocheted quality of this garment (that’s my girl!!). Ridiculously tiny, she bought it in the knowledge that it would need to be Sewing Bee’d into something else. She came up with the idea of a chic string bag, and so the project was left with me. I am sure Sorrel was sadly confident that the top would be mulled over, cast aside and then eventually abandoned on Material Mountain! Therefore, she will be somewhat shocked today to find that The Dog has stitched and not bitched the top into a bag!

I came up with a cunning plan over a cup of coffee and a bit of Elgar mixed with Slim’, Elvis and Ibuprofen. I’m not going to give the explicit details of how I went about completing the task but I hope the photo’s give you a little flavour of how I went about it. In short, I reinforced the straps with bias binding to create the bag straps and up cycled some lovely Designer’s Guild silk for a strong inner liner prior to sewing the bottom hem of the crochet top.

Voila! The bag is ready to be laden with everything my modern business woman daughter wishes. Purse, Oyster card, keys, lippy,…… sweet potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, squid, figs etc.. Working for Abel & Cole this bag will be no chici little number!

Whatever you are doing this weekend, have a great one and I hope that you are able to brave Saturday night TV better than I can ever do!

Voila! One Top, Rocking Dog

Voila! One Top

Textural Close Up, Rocking Dog

Textural Close Up

Up Material Mountain For Lining!, Rocking Dog

Up Material Mountain For Lining!

Lovely Lining, Rocking Dog

Lovely Lining

Pinning Lining, Rocking Dog

Pinning Lining

Pin & Sew Side Seam, Rocking Dog

Pin & Sew Side Seam

Reinforce Handles, Rocking Dog

Reinforce Handles

Cut & Sew Lining Hem, Rocking Dog

Cut & Sew Lining Hem

Anyone Up For Retail Therapy?, Rocking Dog

Anyone Up For Retail Therapy?

Elvis Has Left The Building!

Blue Elvis, Rocking Dog

Blue Elvis

Yes we saw the New Year in with Elvis- yes the real one. Don’t believe any of these stupid Elvis’s autopsy programmes!
We danced away to “Suspicious Minds”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “An American Trilogy”, “Return to Sender” etc.. at The Weston in Bath. Great fun and as always, he is such a great entertainer.

I’ll own up now it’s not the real Elvis. On hearing about Elvis’s death in our hand painted tent somewhere in Wales in 1977 I remember having a good sob. No this tribute Elvis is Tim Bassett and can you believe that we booked him for our daughter Sorrels’ wedding before we booked the venue for the ceremony!

On New Years Eve apart from Elvis, Tim gave us a mixed second set of Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Soft Cell, David Bowie etc..and we jostled for space on the dance floor.

Very charismatic he makes no attempt to speak like Elvis (or for that matter Johnny C, David B etc..) and between songs gives good south west banter.

So, the New Year begins and as midnight arrived so my Dryathlon for Cancer Research began. I hope that the Christmas bottle of Bailey’s in the fridge doesn’t ever look overly tempting.

Whatever you hope for, and whatever challenges you plan to embark on, good luck and wishing you much happiness in 2015!

Elvis really has left the building!

Red Elvis. Rocking Dog

Red Elvis

Sobbing Painted Tent, Rocking Dog

Sobbing Painted Tent