Sunday, December 27, 2009

Laura bag complete!

Here is the finished version of the bag for my sister. I ended up lining it with home decor weight fabric that I had left over from a project to give it weight and strength. It is completely reversible with buttons on each side. The patterned fabric is from Amy Butler.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas continued...

Here is an example of a present I bought for myself! It was a black Friday (or Saturday) deal at Joann's. Normally $200, on sale for $79. I couldn't resist. There is just something about having one of every color that I can't resist. I always HAD to have the biggest box of crayons for school and I could just look at them all and feel happy. I feel the same way about this case of thread.

And here is another shot of my sister's naughty cat - this time climbing the Christmas tree and knocking off the ornaments!

Christmas time means finishing old projects and starting new ones

I took this week off and am spending it at my parents' house. My sister is here too and brought her cat. Between her cat and my dog, I think you will see an animal in almost every picture! I have had lots of time to work on crafting and have finished up several projects and started a couple new ones. My next few posts will show of some Christmas presents I made for others and some that I got! Here is another koozy with a new type of embellishment - the hand-stitched patch!

PS: I didn't try to get the cat in the picture - he just jumped into it and posed!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Laura bag prototype

I am working on a design for a bag for my sister. She wants a tote-type bag to carry her books etc. around to her grad. school classes. She asked for something that might be able to be reversible, has cool fabric and a funky button and has room for books. I didn't want to start trying to design something with cool fabric, so I started with this left-over fabric I have had in my closet for a few years just to get the general measurements and the shape figured out.

Here is the fabric I plan to use (both Daisy Chain by Amy Butler). The questions are: How is the shape/size? Should I add some sort of flap at the top for the funky button (that I haven't picked out yet) or should I just stick it/them on there as a decoration? Also, should I do all one fabric on the outside and the other on the inside, or should I make the pleated body part one fabric and use the other for the top? Maybe I need a coordinating solid for the top/straps?

This is the first shot I tried to take. I guess my dog thought that since I was sitting on the floor that I must want to play with/pet him!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Thanksgiveaway winner!

Thanks to RANDOM.ORG a winner has been selected. The crocheted bag will be going to lucky number 3, Laura! At first, I thought, "what are the odds my very own sister would win?!?!". But then I realized...1 in 4 :) So, Laura, you can expect to get this at Christmas!