Last wheezy gasps of the Auld Boiler

This little sewing kit is based on the Tilda House sewing kit template. It’s quilty and warm looking – like my house is now!

I have a new boiler! The previous one was an old Baxi and was vented up the chimney flue. It used to roar  on windy days and fill the house with monstrous noise like Carson at Mrs Hughes mishandling her Patty Pans. It’s efficiency had dropped off over the years and was down to about 30% meaning that two thirds of the heat it generated was going up the chimney. It drew it’s last few wheezy gasps over a week ago when we got a a new, 98% efficient, one!

Regulations had changed since the old one was installed and boilers must now be mounted on external walls. Having a new boiler meant re-routing gas pipes from the hot press upstairs, across my office room and down through the floor to the kitchen below. Floorboards up, pipes cut, capped, and soldered.

Plus we had a bigger shower put in the downstairs bathroom, an extension with three external walls. Two sides of the shower cubicle were comprised of the external walls, a third internal wall had been built to enclose the single shower tray and it closed up with a shower curtain.  Very dark, cold and grim!

Showering with a curtain rather than a door in a small enclosure means that you run the gauntlet of dealing with the attendant hilarity of the curtain sticking to your back and legs like a cheap suit when wet! It was a rotten experience on colder days! Fortunately, we have an upstairs bathroom with a bath so we were able to enjoy a nice soak in the tub but it’s nice to have a shower as well!

And now I have a lovely shower room! The shower now extends across the width of the bathroom, it has glass doors to let in natural light and it makes what was a long room better proportioned for having its length capped off. The builder also put in stud walls around the shower to insulate it from the cold making it naturally warmer.

But, all this building work, the knocking down of walls, the ripping out of the old boiler, the flushing of the central heating system, the changing of the radiator valves in every room and so on,  means brick dust, soot and proper dirt. Everywhere.

“I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes.

Dust is all around me and so the feeling grows.

Dust is all around me

I blow it out my nose”

Deep Cleaning

The builders finished lunchtime Wednesday afternoon. I spent ALL afternoon cleaning the kitchen. Deep cleaning. It’s odd but regular cleaning, the general maintenance-level cleaning, is a bore. Give me some deep cleaning to do and I get really absorbed. I don’t stop till it’s done and actually love it.

Yesterday I tackled the lounge and got it fresh and sparkly. The office room upstairs is being painted this weekend and we’re putting down laminate flooring – Ikea’s ‘Tundra’ so lots to do. More rooms to clean and others to decorate.

Did I mention cleaning?

Lots of cleaning.

All the building work kept me pretty much stuck in one room. The sewing room upstairs is full of bags of bedding and towels from the hot press and I can’t get to my ‘proper’ sewing machine.

Not that I take part in those ‘What have you got on your work top’ but if I did, I wouldn’t show you! It looks like a landfill site. I took a picture of a bit of wall to remind me of better days ahead when the bags of mess will be put back into their hot press hidey holes and out of sight.

Luckily, I have a machine downstairs so I could stitch a Tilda sewing kit and take my mind off the drilling and bashing going on all around the house.

It’s already in use. The bias didn’t go on very well but hey-ho! I did my best in the circumstances.

Some straggly bits of taradiddle trim made for pretty hollyhocks on the back.

A little scissor case on the right-hand-side makes it a neat and handy bit of sewing kit.

I lined the case with some felty wool and had some fun playing with the built-in stitches on the Elna and left over felt:

Kept me absorbed and oblivious (almost) to the dust devils and dirt levels! I folded it in half and suddenly it became another needle/pin holder! That meant the inside needed some interior design.

A padded heart hand-stitched down for pin impalement. Nearly took a pic of it with some pins in but it looked a bit like the Tarot three of hearts…. ooo-er…

I had an Annie Bonnet tea cosy to make as well, so was able to get on with that. Here is one side, ruffled up with more of the taradiddle straggly trim. The hearts and beady bobbles you’ll know well if you visit here regularly. I offered them to the crochet bag I made recently but couldn’t get them to shake hands or make nice with each other. Very undateable! The scale of the cosy to the hearts is a good match though and I can see them tying the knot soon.

The ribbon for the tie top and elastic for the bottom are hidden in the sewing room proper and inaccessible so the cosy pieces are put away to be finished in the next few days. As soon as I can get the house clean and organised again.



And a trip to Ikea was managed. Moth to a flame. It always burns me! Finally managed to get the curtain fabric I wanted. Sigbrit. Have looked for it the last few times I’ve been but it was always sold out – until last night. Success!

Bought shower room bits and mats and towels and stuff.  Isn’t it exciting when you’re picturing the room all dressed and pretty?! The process of shopping around looking for the nice things to set it off is a very pleasant preoccupation.

Quick diversion – Interior design competition on the telly box

Dancing Feet


Presenting the wonderful Pintuck Foot and its helper, the Pintuck Guide! Yay. I’ve been Googling things to make with this happy couple and will show the results when the house is better organised. They’ve been stepping out for a while. Don’t they make a lovely couple?!




Here’s Grace, stretched out on her radiator hammock. She looks like it’s too small for her but it really isn’t! Cats don’t sleep where they’re not comfy so she must be comfortable.

Happy Snow Day (we have snow!!!) and speak laters, taters!

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