ScrapHappy April 2021

I’m having difficulty dragging myself away from beads and shiny threads these days: I think in large part because my sewing room is in such chaos that I can’t bring myself to face it, but also because I find it therapeutic to make an entire item by hand while listening to one or other calming or thought-provoking podcast, or some lovely music. Unfortunately, this renders me more sedentary than usual – not good for the old bones!! [Note to self: make time to go for a walk down to the park occasionally, panic button in one hand and taser in the other].

But in the meantime, I have produced an entirely ScrapHappy piece of jewellery: three small pieces of a silky polyester fabric handstitched together, a mix of beads salvaged from bits and pieces that were either broken or part of an impulse purchase, some broken necklaces/chains from a friend who had no use for them, and a bit of old gold crochet thread from the year dot that turned up at the bottom of a box of kitchen utensils.

Apologies for the quality of the above pics, they were all taken late last night at my desk, no natural light involved. Pics of the finished piece below were taken about half an hour ago, at the start of another exquisite autumn day in Cape Town. I’m being taken out for dinner tonight, think I’ll wear this and wow the crowds :)

I’ve been inspired to take part in the ScrapHappy concept by Kate, Tall Tales from Chiconia. On the fifteenth of every month lots of other people often publish a ScrapHappy post, do check them out:
KateGun, EvaSue,Lynn,Lynda, Birthe,Turid,Susan,Cathy, Tracy, Claire,JanMoira,SandraChrisAlys, KerryClaireJeanJon,HayleyDawn,
Gwen,Bekki,Sue L,Sunny,Kjerstin, Vera,NanetteAnn,NancyDawn 2,Noreen,
Bear,Carol,Preeti and Edith

39 thoughts on “ScrapHappy April 2021

  1. Gail

    Lovely colours, Jill. Enjoy dinner and scatter your business cards among the crowd as you wow them, so that they too can wear such a gorgeous necklace.

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      1. DawnGillDesigns

        lol! It would appear I missed LOTS of people over the past few months – I’ve just gone through Kate’s list and added a few more. It is particularly fab to have another non quilter in the group though!

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Jane, it’s not worth taking a chance. Since lockdown, crime is on the increase (and it wasn’t exactly at a low level to begin with!) and it really is better to walk with a big dog. I don’t have one of those so a taser works fine. One should never ever carry cash or a cell phone, either….

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      1. Rainbow Junkie

        That’s terrible. Here in the UK it’s okay in day time. Though I would be nervous at night or on quiet paths on The Common. More afraid of flashers there though that thieves!

  2. katechiconi

    That’s another beauty! As for safety, I’d feel perfectly safe walking home in the dark from having dinner at the pub, and we’ve been know to forget to actually close the back door overnight more than once. I’m sorry it’s so tough where you are…

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    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      It’s the way it is. We can thank the tragic legacy of apartheid, and now 27 years of gross mismanagement, blatant government corruption and state capture. I am not unaware of what goes on in other countries, many of them worse off in many ways, but I believe we’ve sunk to a level that is beyond saving. Me, the great historian and political commentator! What do I know, I just live here, and I live a very privileged life compared to 98% of the rest of the population. I wasn’t born here, as you know, but it’s been my home for 51 years and I’m unlikely to return to the UK, so I must be realistic. I give what I can to others and I help where I can but, since March 2020, it’s actually impossible to drive even a short distance without noticing the increase in the number of people begging for food at traffic lights. There is one man in particular whose demeanor and expression is so heart-breakingly desperate that I have to wonder how he even manages to get himself to that particular spot and stand there all day with his cardboard sign. My goodness, look what a ramble you’ve had me going on….
      Last night I was going out and left home about 5.30. My neighbours’ garage door was wide open, their car was nowhere to be seen, their labrador wasn’t there, and they didn’t answer the bell or respond to my walking through the garage and garden calling them. I started to panic, and a man and his teenage daughter were walking by with their dog so I asked for their help. They both came in with me, we covered the rooms beyond the garage, the back of the garden, the patio, everywhere, and I was truly expecting the worst. I phoned Pete, no answer. I phoned Lou, his wife, who said she was on the common walking the dog; she told me where the spare keys were hidden and how to get inside the house and find the keys for the garage remote. When I got home, about 9.30, their lights were still on so I went over to return their keys. Pete didn’t seem to take it too seriously so I – admittedly rather boldly – told him that if he ever did anything so negligent again, I would kill him. I also said he could forget about getting the customary bottle of wine from me at Christmas – I think it was that bit that made him realise I was serious!
      Most crimes around here are opportunistic and are not carried out by professional gangs of armed robbers (and worse). I have to ask myself, if I was starving, if my children had no food and no shelter, if my government clearly couldn’t care one way or the other, would I also try to take something that belonged to someone else (without causing physical harm, obviously). Only someone living in a bubble would be hypocritical about their answer.
      I’ll stop now, I promise.

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      1. katechiconi

        Australia is filled with the descendants of those who stole potatoes or bread or a handkerchief to sell, so their children wouldn’t starve… I’d like to think I had the courage to do what was necessary so my children would live.

  3. nanacathy2

    Oh my that does all sound very scary, and poor people reduced to that. Why not come back to the UK, living in fear is not great.
    Moving on that necklace is terrific. Fellow diners will be wowed!

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    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Cathy, at 59 I don’t think I could do it on my own. My mother is here, my daughter, close friends, my home, etc. Trying to make a difference as best as I can, but it is stressful and yet not as stressful for the people who actually are starving and live without jobs and decent service delivery :(

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  4. Susan Nixon

    When you make such beautiful things, I don’t think you ought to worry about dragging yourself away from beads and shiny things!

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  5. Quimper Hitty

    I love your scrappy bling! I hope your dinner companions were suitably impressed! Small things are important, as Pete Seeger said, drops of water turn the wheel….and making small beautiful things out of scraps is a contribution, I truly believe.

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    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      And yet there are glimmers of hope, people who still care about others, and occasional happy endings. These are all on levels well below the radar of politics and government policy, but they count for a lot.
      Thank you for commenting, and you take care too :) x

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  6. insearchofitall

    I love that you use fabric at the nap of the neck for these necklaces. I quite wearing them because they got tangled in my hair. That’s brilliant. And they are made from stuff already available.

    My daughter wanted us to leave this country during all the political upheaval but I kept asking her where could we go that we could afford to live and be safe. I’m afraid that the upheaval is everywhere right now and though we have a short respite, I see the other factions positioning for another try at anarchy. There are problems of one sort or another everywhere. You are doing what you can. Hang in there. Maybe your respite is coming too.

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    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Yes, I agree with you, there are serious problems of one kind or another pretty much everywhere, although I hear that Switzerland is nice and peaceful at this time of the year !!!…
      I read quite a lot about what’s going on in the US, but realise that everything that comes my way via whatever medium I select has already been mediated on a minimum of three different levels. The reality on the ground is often very different. You take care xxx

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  7. cedar51

    Love your scrap of fabric, thread find in the utensil box, and the shiny beads – whether it’s scrap or not isn’t the key for you now – rather Happy @ Making.

    I hadn’t realised how thwart and threatening your country had become – but your needs for taking yourself away from the house, seem to be the practicable items to have with you.

    I remember how one our SA fibre people when she first came to NZ, had gone home from work one Friday and realised she had left her hand knitted merino scarf draped over her work chair, she worried all weekend – because she was sure someone would take it. And when she got into work on the Monday, it was exactly where she had left it!

    That’s not to say we have “no tea leafs'” here – we certainly have petty thieving gangs that are on the look out for easy to sell objects – tradesmen tools out of their vans, bicycles, even at times stealing the van. And it’s got worse since covid – because a lot of people lost their jobs, large and small businesses shut up shop.

    I’ve always taken my personal/home security on board. Some of the thieves lurk and if you’ve not locked your front door, when you’ve in the back yard, will use that opportunity to come in…

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    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      I completely understand about your friend’s shawl. There’s about a 1 in a zillionth chance that it would still be there after a weekend if she lived anywhere near me! I was once driving home from a market, on a Saturday afternoon, with a large garden table on my roofracks. I hadn’t tied it down too well and, Cape Town being windy that day, it blew off at one point. (Luckily I was on a quiet road and no-one was driving behind me, it could have caused a terrible accident, which is really the only thing that matters). When I realised, a few minutes later, that this had happened, I drove round the block (and it was a small block) to retrieve the table — but I was too late. An ancient white plastic table measuring 2m x 1m with four legs! Not really the sort of thing you could casually pick up and saunter off with under your arm in a matter of seconds…. You have to laugh!

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  8. tgonzales

    Oh my goodness, Jill. I bet you wowed the crowd with that beautiful piece of jewelry that you made with your own two hands. :) I love it and the colors. I just finished cleaning and purging my craft room after 20 years of not being able to get to any of the corners because of so much stuff!!!! It only took me 4 weekends and 5 evenings after work to complete it. :) LOL It feels so good! XOXOXO

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