Sunday, 19 October 2014

The wanderer returns

I really didn’t think I’d be away so long. When I last blogged it was summer and now it’s nearly Halloween!!!!!

So what have I been up to?

I managed to fulfil (nearly) all the things I’d mentioned my last post – my recipes and cross stitch patterns are all trimmed, sorted and filed away in their various folders; the ‘spaghetti’ of cross stitch thread is now neat shade cards; as for the model of the Queen Mary II that I’m working on, I only managed to get the white parts of the balconies painted. In my defence my eyes kept crossing.....

Mr Gertie and I had another short break away, this time Stratford upon Avon. We love that part of the country so try and get down there every year. There’s two great places in Stratford to buy fabric so I came away with bulging bags and a worn out credit card.

Once my batteries had been recharged I felt ready to get back to all things fabric. First on the list of things to make were another cushion cover and a back cover for Wizzy (my wheelchair). 

I was fed up with always having a wet back whenever I sat in Wizzy as his back rest is vinyl so between Mr Gertie and me we came up with a tabard type back cover. It also has two pockets at the back, perfect for holding a bottle of water (or two) whenever we go out for a walk.

Apologies to Wizzy for cutting part of him off the photo, only it was starting to rain (the big drops kind) and Mr Gertie was getting wet....

Both the cushion and back covers were made from Laura Ashley sample upholstery fabric (I inherited them from my mam and I’ve no idea where she got them from!!!) and I simply stitched the pieces together.

In the ‘a new beginning’ post I mentioned about my ‘new life’ and some of the things we were planning to do. One of them we did during the summer when Mr Gertie and I renewed our wedding vows. The other was starting up a business designing and making one-off bags and other handmade items.

It’s been quite a journey getting everything sorted (bags to make, setting up various accounts, etc, etc). Poor Mr Gertie must be sick of me talking ‘shop’ but I’m hopeful that at the end of the month ‘Gertie’s Bags’ will be open for business. Scary !!!

Have a great week.

Gertie xx

PS why not pop over to Handmade Monday to see what other fellow craft bloggers have been up to.


  1. Oooh yay for 'Gertie's Bags'! I'm excited for you! :)

    Well done on wizzy's new seat pad and back cover, it looks fab and very practical too which is just as important! x

  2. Love the new 'designer' chair, it looks fab and very practical too. Best of luck with the new business - there's nothing better than selling to appreciative customers, IMHO!

    Have a lovely crafty week,

  3. Lots of good luck vibes coming your way for Gertie's Bags! Wizzy is looking very splendid and designer with your new coverings, all the other wheelchairs will be jealous!

  4. Gertie's Bags sounds really exciting. Can't wait for the launch. I love the fabric you have used on Wizzy's new cover.

  5. Great job on the custom Wizzy cover/pocket creation - It looks great.
    I'm glad you enjoyed a trip to Stratford, that's not far from me and it's a lovely place for a day out (or two)

  6. It's so nice to hear from you. I love the fabric you used to cover Wizzy. You're an expert on bag making so I'm sure your new business will do great. I'm excited for you. Have a wonderful week :)

  7. What a fabulous make! Really looking forward to following the progress of Gertie's Bags - lots of luck, it sounds really exciting. Hope you have a good week.

  8. Good luck with Gertie's Bag's. Good job you made Whizzy a new cover as it sounds like your going to be busy.
    Ali xx