The problem with our conservatory is that the door to the outside world doesn’t stay open by itself -very annoying. Ever resourceful, I came up with this solution …
very clever! Can you see, two doors tied with a piece of (top quality) string. One slight drawback is the occupant of that chair risks being garotted should they attempt to get up.
So I looked at fabric doorstops in various places but to be honest I felt my money could be better
squandered spent on yarn or fabric. Then I came across the lovely blog of Flossie Teacakes and found that she had designed the perfect doorstop for my needs. The pattern is available to download (for a mere £3.50 or so) here. The instructions are so clear and beautifully written that I feel the cat could follow them, though it likely would choose not to. It didn’t take long at all, and the only modification I made was to use rice for the filling instead of the bird sand recommended by Florence. The only reason for this was that our petshop has become a florist, apparently overnight, and I didn’t feel like trailing the length and breadth to find sand. I used 2kg of the cheapest rice I could find (56p a kilo as it happens) and this does the job perfectly. As an added bonus, should we fall upon hard times we have a secret food stash. Here’s the doorstop
It’s not stopping the intended door, because this was a better photo.
The fabric is just some random stuff of roughly the colour scheme – not so exciting and if the wits had been working I might have centred the flower motif, but there you go.
Florence mentions the fancy way she’s attached the handles, and I must say it makes for a really strong join – as well as looking like an expert has been at work.
So huge thanks to the very talented Florence – I can now throw open the door to the sunshine, if it comes.