Happy Bríd’s Day! Today is the first day of Spring according to the Celtic calendar. Given that Storm Henry is currently rattling the windows and shaking the roof, it feels a long way off Spring right now here at Bag Making HQ, but daffodils have bravely started to flower in the garden, so the Celts must know something. It’s definitely a day for the indoors. As regular readers of this blog will know, any morning I can get out, I walk Daisy the dog before I settle to my sewing machine. I love these walks – no walk is ever the same, and the scenery is always beautiful. Today I was propelled by the force 9-10 gales as I walked up the road, then turning around I had to fight my way back as the wind kept buffeting me backwards.
I often take pictures on my walks, and post them on Twitter @sallyannsbags or my Instagram site, depending on how the mood takes me. Today wasn’t as easy as normal because I got caught in a big squall of rain, and my phone does not like to get wet. I chanced a couple of snaps before the rain really pelted down.
This second picture, of Doo Lough, is pretty much the view from my sewing room as I look South. Normally it looks a lot more friendly, but you can see the squall approaching. In the foreground of the photo are huge mounds of logs from a recently cleared stand of forestry. It’ll be interesting to see what plants emerge from the ground now there is light reaching the soil again.
Since my last blog post, my various orders for the bits of metalwork that I need for my new wristlet design and key holders have arrived, as has some new fabric. There’s even some printed ribbon. This always results in me itching to get cutting and sewing, but I’ve had to wait until the very last order arrived so that I could have all the components in one place. And patience isn’t my middle name, so my family will be pleased to know that I will finally stop complaining about slow postal systems around the world and get sewing.
Here’s a little teaser with two new fabrics and some of the clips I’ll be using in the bags. You’ll just have a wait a little longer until I have some bags made up for pictures of all the new fabrics and new designs. With luck, I shall have a good array of my new designs ready for the re-opening of Chapel Lane Market on 13th February at 10am. All around County Clare there are crafters working away at their desks, getting ready for the market. There will be old favourites and new ideas – Ennis Community Centre will be brim full of excitement and abuzz with enthusiastic people and their creations. I can’t wait, not least because I haven’t seen some of my market friends since before Christmas. It’s another sign that Spring is in the air.
One bonus for the household whilst I have been awaiting my parcels is that I managed to track down a supply of Seville oranges. This may not seem a huge achievement to most people, but to me it was huge.
I love to make marmalade, and finally with 3kg of the gorgeous orange fruits, I was able to produce a load of jars of golden nectar. When my father next visits he will no longer have to bring his own marmalade that my mother makes, because the second rate brew I had come up with using grapefruit, oranges and lemons was a pale substitute for the real thing. Whether it can compare to my mother’s marmalade, which reaches almost legendary levels of yumminess, has yet to be seen. But breakfast at Bag Making HQ is a darn sight more tasty now.
By the time I write my next blog, I will have been back at Chapel Lane Market for our first Saturday. I shall report back on the all the comings, goings and new stallholders when I write my next post. However, in case you are looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for someone close to you (or you need to hint heavily to someone close to you about a perfect bag-shaped Valentine’s Day gift), don’t forget that you can order online from this very website. I’ve uploaded a lot more photos of the various designs and fabrics to help you to choose the perfect bag.
Have a great Bríd’s day and here’s to the start of Spring!