In Spring, a woman's thoughts turn to refurbishing her verandah furniture.
Sad, isn't it. It must have been the terribly messy state of the sewing room,(even after I tidied it a little by picking that denim fabric from the floor ;) Thanks Sue!) that drove me outside, and what did I see but this.
Obviously, I have been managing to ignore this for a considerable time, but last weekend, it finally annoyed me enough to did through the stash and find some canvas.
I had this nice dark blue from a Michael's Fabric bundle. Originially I thought this was clothing fabric and made a pair of work trousers from it, which was a big mistake (world's ugliest trousers) but there seemed enough left to fix this disreputable chair cover.
I took off the old cover to use as a pattern, and the new one was very, very quick, and looked quite smart.
So I made another one, for the next most disreputable chair, then pieced the remaining fabric for another two. Just like eating chips!
Unfortunately, this was the last of the blue canvas. There are 6 chairs.
I did have some murky mushroom brown canvas, but it did not look at all good next to the wood, or the blue chairs. I was stymied, until I recalled the cleverness of Liza Jane, who recently made a lovely skirt from thin cotton fabric by underlining it with broadcloth.
I made another chair cover by underlying quilting weight novelty cotton with some canvas. This chair amuses me greatly.
There was a problem.
The wood looked rather old and weatherbeaten all of a sudden. This is the trouble with housework, once you start, more becomes visible. Sigh. This is why I don't like to start it too often.
I oiled the wooden parts of the chairs, and the table, and the other outdoor chair and table set - very bad for the sewing productivity, but the chairs look better.
I finished up with another underlay version cover for the final chair, in a left over bit of thin twill stripe, also from Michael's Fabrics.
Then I sat on the verandah with a large glass of mandarin juice. It was delicious.
I do realise that chairs are not terribly exciting photographic subjects, although they are most co-operative and do not fidget, whine, moan nor require bribing, so will pad out the post with some more attractive subjects.
Do you remember those birds that were canoodling at the park the other day? Here is a pair (Rainbow lorikeets) finishing off our late mandarins (Honey Murcotts)
- about 150cm away from the verandah, at eye level, looking a bit bedraggled due to having mandarin juice all over its face.
Here is another one eating the bottlebrush.
There is plenty of entertainment in our back yard. I must mend the bird net over the mango tree!