Purfylle: December 2014

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Nils Sture Doublet Pattern

Earlier this year I started work on patterns for the Sture lads from Patterns of Fashion 1560-1620.

JA's pattern for the leather doublet worn by Nils Sture

Laundry to Lawn Chairs

This is my progress report on the holiday recovery plan and the odd maintenance task.

Today is laundry day, I've got one load done so far.

Laundry is the only thing I have to get done today. But I'll let you in on a little secret....

Holiday Recovery Plan

Today I'm just trying to recover from the craziness of the last few days.

The house is out of control. I feel grumpy and overwhelmed by the mess and all I want to do is sit on the couch and take a break. Instead I'm cleaning and tidying because I know I will feel better when it's done.

Christmas leftover mess

Christmas Cookies!

I Baked Christmas Cookies!

These are my first Christmas cookies ever.

Star and Angel cookies

Our Favourite Things Pinterest Pin Party #5

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Welcome, Welcome all to the 5th Monthly
"Our Favorite Things Pinterest Party!"

We are so very glad you could join us!

Where to Start With a DSLR Camera

Where to start with a DSLR camera
DSLR camera's are a bit of a learning curve. Nobody wants to give you a straight answer to your questions because it's like asking how long is a piece of string.

Q. Which is the right camera to use?

A. The one you've got on you!

But that doesn't really help you does it?

My newbie tips from one newbie DSLR user to another.

Christmas Candy Cushion

I've been seeing lots of peppermint candy inspired crafts everywhere this year. Nothing says Christmas like red & white peppermint candy canes!

Christmas Candy Cushion

Life Doesn't Always Go To Plan

My entire schedule for this week was thrown out the window when I decided I should fix the loose tile on the bathroom floor.

What I found was not what I expected. The result was that I ripped all of the tiles up and started scraping.

rotted hardwood floor

How To Crochet a Granny Square 2 Ways - with images

Pink Granny Squares

This pattern is for granny squares worked continuously in the same colour by turning the work rather then cutting the yarn and adding a new colour when starting a new row. I have added a mini tutorial at the bottom of this post on how to turn the work.

The Liebster Award

The fabulous Jenn at The Art of Better  has awarded Purfylle with the Liebster Award!

2 Minute Salad Cream Recipe

A good salad dressing is the simplest way to purfylle a salad. Salad cream is so tasty and easy to mix through, which makes it a great salad dressing choice, however a jar never seems to go very far.

salad cream recipe ingredients

Mayonnaise might last longer, but is bland and the thick consistency can make it difficult to mix through salad.

Just toss it already!

decluttering paper bags over a decade and half old
Do you keep stuff long past when you should have? Paper bags are useful, they really truly are.

How To Make A Fabric Scrap Garland In 5 Easy Steps

How to make a fabric scrap Christmas garland in 5 easy steps

Transform Clutter Into Christmas Decorations

Christmas garlands are the perfect fabric scrap busting project when you have more scraps then you know what to do with and can't bear to simply throw them out

Scraping the Scraps

I have bags and bags of fabric scraps, you couldn't even really call them remnants.

I have slowly been decluttering the fabric leftovers. It's hard, and I don't seem to get very far when I do try to whittle them down. I get all indecisive and start thinking of what I might be able to use all these scraps for, but the reality is I don't usually get around to using them. I really, really, reaaaallllly need to conquer this.

Scraps taking up most of a 3 seater couch - time to declutter!
This is a pile of the older fabric scraps that I have. There's bits of silk and cotton, poplin, linen, wool, velvet, velveteen, damask, faux wool and more.

The Unbelievable Bread-Art Machine!

( for best effect continue to read in that over excited 'this is so brilliant you won't believe it' infomercial voice-over tone )

Upcycle Dog Toy

Geri playing tug of war with her rope toy

Tug-of-war is Geri The Wonder Dog's favourite game. When I saw the Dog Rope Toy tutorial  I just had to make it for Geri The Wonder Dog. Tug-of-war is her favourite game. 

4 Steps to Painless Wardrobe Purging

Giving Up Means Letting Go 

Have you ever heard the phrase 'Giving Up Means Letting Go'?

I just though it was a metaphorical saying. Turns out it can also be quite literal.

I gave up smoking this year. The inevitable happened, I put on weight.

What this means is that most of my clothes are too small, and I have to declutter my wardrobe.

decluttering clothes

10 Things You Didn't Know About Me

It's the little things that all add up to make us our unique selves; likes, dislikes, personality traits, things we own, skills we have. Here's some of my quirks.


On Friday I was inspired to clean the walls in the hallway. I prepared the water and got out the rubber gloves and sponges.  I pulled the picture off the wall......hmmm, oh that's right, I'd put it up with double sided tape.

wall paint stuck to double sided tape