I ordered a dressmaker's ruler, which is 24 inches by 6 inches and is quite frankly an indulgence but I have a lot I want to do this weekend (and I may actually get near it!). It came in a box that was 30 inches by 22 inches by six inches deep and filled with the brown paper Amazon use as stuffing. I also ordered some dressmaker's carbon paper and a tracing wheel after see it used and I'm hoping it will help me with marking out. These were in a separate cardboard envelope. The hidden object game that I ordered to make up the total to get the 'add on' item was in a third cardboard envelope. DH will drop the packaging off at the centre on Sunday.
I've decided that the raggedy throw I was planning will never get done. There are already eleventy ten blankets on the sofa and I can't see us using another one, especially with straggly bits. It is a shame that I've already cut the duvet and old sheets into strips but it does make it easier for me to make the padded mats I've decided I need for the plants. I have Dilly and Dally, the scented geraniums, and a miniature rose bush that my brother gave me. I would like some padded mats that will take up any drips and can be washed easily. All I need to do is convert the shabby quilt strips into six mats and I'm done. I have a feeling that this comes under 'I can just...' which usually ends up far more complicated than is necessary, but it's a place to start.
The plan this weekend is to try to make the hot water bottle cover, then the mats for the plants, then the cushion covers. I have to excavate space in the dining room first as it is being overrun by ironing, but it is a great excuse to get moving and get the space cleared. I'll take photos if and when I managed to get my courage together and use the sewing machine.