Everyone’s doing it. I’m not going to start churning out zakka items like a mad woman, I don’t have time, but cute little handmade things are kind of nice to make and are great gifts.
I just needed a bit of a break from the Tree of Life. The entire tree is outlined, plus all the larger birds and the grass. I have to do some filling in on the grass, and quilt wood-grainy lines on the trunk of the tree. Then I go round the inner edge of the circle, and we’re ready for Landmark 1 Celebration.
So I dug out some bits and pieces and got busy. What you’re seeing is two sets of appliquéd tea towels, two drawstring shoe bags, and a pair of sock protectors.
The latter item is almost uniquely Australian. In the northern hemisphere, a lot of outdoor work is done in long pants because of the weather. Down here, we like to catch the breeze on our legs, and any work person who is allowed to will wear shorts. Below that will be thick socks and work boots. And if you happen to be a person who has any involvement with dust, grass, dry plant material, soil, sand or other landscaping material, you’ll wear sock protectors over the top of your boots and sock cuffs. They prevent all sorts of rubbish going down the tops of your boots, sticking to your socks and generally causing discomfort. Normally these useful objects come in beige, khaki, dark green or navy. Very utilitarian, but not, well… pretty. So I thought I’d make an experimental pretty pair. They have to be made of quite tough material and of sturdy construction. They have to fit snugly without cutting off the blood supply. Whaddya think, eh? Girly sock protectors… I don’t think it’ll ever catch on, but someone may prove me wrong. Anyone out there want a pretty pair?
Amazing what fun you can have with some scraps, isn’t it?