Purfylle: August 2015

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Collections

detail: beaded Victorian bodice

I have a few collections.


Just some of my collections include, goblets, vintage costumes and my vintage sewing machines.

I've realised I can't keep all of my collections.

I've already said good buy to my old post card collection and bit by bit I've pared back on the excessive amount of gift cards I had. You've already seen me say farewell to the fancy paper bags, excess shoesfancy tins I don't love and vintage gear outside of my period of interest.

Victorian leather lace up bootsI need to choose which collections will fit in my life and my home and to let go of the rest.

I've realised I don't have to keep every last item that is in my collection. As my collections get larger and older I can pick and choose my favourite, most treasured items.

In essence I get to 'curate' my collection.

When I think of removing items from my collections as 'curating' instead of just getting rid of stuff, it feels like a good thing to do.

It feels like I'm making improvements and refinements.

It feels like I can do it after all.

Are you a collector? Do you have multiple collections?


Crochet As Therapy

Last week I shared with you the start of my latest crochet afghan.

I left you all hanging as to what happened next after I frogged (un-did) all my joins and edging rows to the 5 droplet sections I'd made.

removing the extra 3 stitches at the peak of each corner to match the stitch count of the corresponding valley

My yarn had pretty much run out with only one ball of the pale blue and one ball of the grey left. Hubby drove me down to get some more yarn while the sale was still on. Of course, the dark blue shade had sold out. I bought some more of the light blue and grey, as well as a purple to use instead of the dark blue.

Possibilities


I love that heady feeling of new yarn. So many things that it could become!

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Two Uses Tuesday Linky Party
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Have you been following the party tip of the week? Next week we cover the final and most important image field to fill out in your blog. 

Tip of the week - answers revealed.


At Two Uses Tuesday 40, we asked if you knew the difference between:
  • image name,
  • image title, 
  • image caption, 
  • image description, and
  • alt text? 
Last week we defined image name and image caption.  
Just a couple more image items left over from our Two Uses Tuesday 40 question. Image description and Alt Text.
This week Sarah explains the image description field, a field not found on blogger.   
"If you're blogging in WordPress, there is a field for an image description when you load your images. this text can be displayed on the attachment page for your image. Add as much or as little as you'd like. Depending on the Pinterest plugin you're using, this area may populate to the description section of a pin too. Blogger does not have this extra description field by default although someone who knew coding well enough could add it."



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Storage Solutions Are Not Clutter Solutions

One day I saw an old wooden ironing board on the side of the road just waiting for the rubbish man to collect it.
The magic sewing room storage solution - spool rack


Of course I couldn't resist rescuing that beauty even though it wasn't flat any more and couldn't be used for actual ironing.

I turned that old ironing board into a a giant thread spool rack and it was going to solve all of my sewing room storage problems. I would be able to hang my shears and snips, measuring tapes and sewing tools on it, as well as keep all of my beautiful threads at arms reach.

Mr Willie Wagtail


Capturing Mr Wagtail on a grey day in this monochrome landscape was challenging. After a bit of acrobatics he came right up close but wouldn't stand still to give me time to focus. (To be honest this could be Mrs Wagtail, but I can't tell the difference).

What Could Go Wrong Deviating From A Crochet Pattern?

I've been working on a new crochet afghan. Of course I had to do my own thing and not exactly follow the crochet pattern because I just can't help myself.

You might even be familiar with this particular pattern, it's called 'Drop in the Pond'.  The pattern is for a lapghan (smaller then an afghan) and there is a video tutorial too, which is step-by-step and has some handy hints.

This crochet project started out really well. I realised the pattern was going to cover a much smaller area then what I wanted and it wasn't long before I deviated from the original pattern.

Drains That Don't

I didn't do the dishes yesterday.

I had a totally legitimate excuse too. The sink isn't draining properly.

It's super frustrating when you try to drain the sink and the water starts rising in the second sink.

I have intended to use drain cleaner every day this week. My plan was to use drain cleaner in the morning so I could do the dishes in the afternoon.

The afternoon would come around and it would be time to do the dishes, I would remember I was supposed to have used the drain cleaning stuff but had totally forgotten, then I'd think 'I'll do the dishes today and I'll clean the drain tomorrow'.

Red Eyed Monster

black swan with burning red eyes

We all know those days where you wake up too early and you can't get back to sleep.

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Two Uses Tuesday Linky Party
Two Uses Tuesday is LIVE until Friday at 11pm EST (3am  Saturday UTC).

I want to take a moment to thank our wonderful host Sarah of Sarah Celebrates. Sarah has been so supportive and helpful this week whilst I took time away from blogging to say goodbye to my beautiful old girl Sacha. Sarah picked up the slack when I dropped the ball, I am so lucky to have such a great blogging buddy.

I also want to thank all of you for your heartfelt and thoughtful comments, I cannot express how much I value them. 

Tip of the week - answers revealed.


At Two Uses Tuesday 40, we asked if you knew the difference between:
  • image name,
  • image title, 
  • image caption, 
  • image description, and
  • alt text? 
Last week we defined image name and image title. 
The image caption is the text under your image that is visible to readers. It can be anything your heart desires. Common things you may see are image credits (if people aren't using their own images), descriptions of what's going on in the picture or witty one-liners. 



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Weeding Must Be Done When The Weather Says So

August has been disappearing fast. Spring has sprung with warmer days and a lot of rain.This means I am starting to get the spring cleaning bug but the priority task has been getting the weeding done.

Weeding becomes a priority in spring

I remember writing about weeding last year and that I had planned to start working on regular maintenance tasks that are done monthly or annually and adding them into my schedule.

Looking back I can see that I really need to keep my August schedule flexible each year around the rain and weeding and to remember to trim the bamboo again. Weeding is sooo much easier if it the ground is soft from the rain but it's no fun if it's raining.

It's also hard rubbish collection again.

I love hard rubbish collection. I get to put out all sorts of stuff that normally is rather hard to get rid of. I don't think that's why they call it hard rubbish though.

 In the last three days I've put out:
  • 2 old wobbly shelving units that have been gathering dust and cobwebs 
  • an old oil heater that we don't feel is safe to use
  • a huge old wicker basket
  • an old hills hoist clothes line (Freki dug it up when we first moved in and is the main reason why I now use a clothes drier instead of air drying)
  • another clothing rack (I'm sure I put one out last year, I'm ever so proud of myself for saying goodbye to this one too)
  • wire mesh and other items hubby said I could put out  (he's finally getting the decluttering bug! It's catching you know)
  • lots of other stuff we'll never miss
The awesome thing is that a lot of it has already been taken to be re-purposed which gives me room to put even more out. None of it was good enough for donating, but the real winner is I didn't have to clean any of it!

It is better to have loved


Yesterday morning was a trip to the vet for a suspected bowl compaction. X-rays confirmed this. 

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Party Tip Q&A


Last week we asked if you know the difference between:
  • image name,
  • image title, 
  • image caption, 
  • image description, and
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Image name is what you call the actual image file. Camera's generally name the files by number for eg: 1234.jpg. Best practice is to change the name to something more meaningful, for instance the banner at the top of this page is named TUTHeader.jpg
The image title on the other hand is what readers see when they hover their mouse over the image. If you hover over the banner at the top of this page a text box displays the words 'Two Uses Tuesday'. We'll discuss more about the other fields next week.


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Tin Collection or Just Clutter?

Tins. Containers, a collection or clutter?
I love tins! The useful sorts of tins like Nanna kept her buttons in. She would also keep cakes in tins too. Tins were always full of good things at her house. No wonder I like tins.

I even have a tin collection. I've purchased stuff just because I like the tin!

If it comes in a tin I'll buy that one every time. Tins are useful too, you can keep all sorts of stuff in them.

Despite The Wrong Focus Point

It's been raining today. Right now the rain's stopped and the sun pops out from behind the clouds every now and then.

The dogs dragged me away from the computer to enjoy the after-rain clean freshness of it all for a few minutes. A couple of butterfly's had me running back inside to get the camera. Of course they were gone by the time I returned.

I had my 17-70mm lens on and I thought I'd try to capture a few after rain shots. I was happily snapping away. I even remembered to switch to time value for the bug shots.

But I forgot that the other day I had switched the focus point to 'all' (or automatic point selection I think is it's proper name). I almost always have my camera set to 'centre point' focus so it is a fairly safe assumption for it to be set to that. Except for today.

Now I've got a lot of 'could have been a great shot' shots. Despite forgetting to check all of my settings I still managed to get a few shots I rather like.

raindrops & sunshine

10 Things I didn't know about myself until I read A Slob Comes Clean

I started reading A Slob Comes Clean for decluttering inspiration last year. 


At A Slob Comes Clean, Dana White aka Nony shares her struggles with keeping her own home under control. I find her writing style witty, honest and insightful.

What I didn't know when I started reading her blog was how much I would learn about myself.

Here are just a few of the things that I've learnt from this incredible woman.

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