Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Paddy's!

Top O' The Morning!

Did you remember to wear green today? (I  forgot, hope I don't get pinched!) Will you be having corned beef & cabbage for dinner? I will have to wait a few days for mine as I won't be home tonight, I'll be in Sacramento being crooned to by the marvelous Mr. Mraz. Lucky day indeed!

Vintage St. Pat's image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy
Image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy
I haven't had time yet to formulate a post about what I've been up to, but I've been very busy indeed and I'm equal part nervous & excited to share it! I will say that stitched for about 12 solid hours yesterday and forced myself to stop and go to bed at about 1am, I could have gone on and on. Hyacinth Bucket (that's "Bouquet" to the uninitiated) and poor Richard have been keeping me company on my late night stitch sessions lately. Poor Richard, God bless 'im! His facial expressions and Hyacinth's ridiculous hi-jinks crack me up, her escapades are legend. 

But soon! Soon I will share what I've been up to. 


Monday, March 10, 2014

In The Bag

Hi Everyone,
I've been a busy little bee over the last two weeks and have some big things to share and some fun things coming up for a big personal milestone, so stay tuned!

Today I thought I'd go back a little ways to show you something I made for Christmas for a friend. I had big plans to make several of these for other friends, and I still still hope to, but time has a sneaky way of getting away from me and I get distracted by new ideas. I can't be the only one, right?
Right, guys?

Ok, moving right along...
Large canvas tote with matching pocket, handles and interior.

This handy, dandy tote is not earth shattering , but I claim it all my own. I didn't have a pattern, I just knew wanted to make a big (bigger than average) sturdy, lined tote with a matching pocket and a wide gusset. My aim was for my friends to be able to carry a weekends worth of clothes & stuff in this bag, it's definitely big enough. Without much more than a few measurements sketched out in my notebook, I kind of eyeballed the whole thing and it turned out great!

Totebag Pocket Detail

I bought a big, canvas painters tarp from Home Depot to use for the exterior of the bag. Do you know how much yardage you can get out of those? Lots! I bought a 12' x 10' and I believe it was about $13. I could not buy heavy canvas for that price at the fabric store, no way, no how. It pays to think outside the box.

Hand stitched label on interior pocket

I stitched a little tag for the inside pocket, actually, it's kind of a big tag, and it's the only thing I wish now that I'd done differently...  I made the lining, handles and pocket out of some pretty remnant yardage I picked up at JoAnn's. I love this fabric, I have a lot of it too, I think I'd like to try to make a blouse. We'll see.

Interior lining of tote bag

And here's the bag all finished! My friend really liked it (yaaay!) and now, not only do I want to make the rest for my other friends like I'd planned to, I want to make one for myself! The last one I made for myself was plenty big, but I didn't do something right with the handles and they keep coming apart at the top. 

Large tote for toting lots of things!

Here was the bag just before I delivered it (way back at Cristmas, sheesh, did I take my time posting this or what?), filled with goodies. I'm very pleased with it. I'm having pretty good luck winging sewing projects lately. Whew! Maybe I'm finally gaining enough experience to do that with some success. I've certainly paid my dues with flops, that's for sure!

I can't wait to show you what I've been working on so feverishly the last few weeks, come back soon, m'kay!

What have you been up to, m'dearies? Do tell!