Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bento Birthday bag

T (my sis) has a Birthday this next Saturday,so it was time to get busy and make something for her!

I used Aymui's tutorial which has been on my list of things to make for a while now.  If you have been wanting to make one of these do it!  They are so cute,as well as functional.

The tutorial is for just the lunch bag.  However since it is a lunch bag I wanted to add some pockets along the inside of the bag for cutlery/silverware and a napkin too.  It took me a bit to figure out but after a couple attempts I got it!

At first I thought that it might not work because the pockets kind of wrap to the side of the bag.

Although not the greatest photo,you can see that my pockets do work nicely!  I was pretty exited about that.  The tutorial calls for interfacing for the main part or body of the bag,I used insulbright instead.  So that the bag is insulated for either hot or cold items.

The napkin was made with scraps from the main bag fabric and the handles,the backside is the same red print as the rim of the bag.  I will be making more of these little bags,as they can be used for lots of other things besides a lunch bag.  They would make great little bags to take hand sewing projects in,or knitting or crocheting,or toy bags for the car...

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Angelic scraps

There has not been much sewing going on around here lately,hence the lack of posting.  Today was Inventory at work,so life can/will finally resume to some semblance of "normal".

These little Angel ornaments are the result of my recent sewing.(plus 7 more in progress)  You can find a tutorial for making some like the two at the top of the photo here.  Mine are slightly different,they have wings made from only one yoyo,and the wooden balls/beads are solid,meaning that they do not have a hole drilled through them.  Which meant that I had to attach the hanger and halo differently.

The ornaments laying flat might end up as magnets,or they might also get hangers and be tree ornaments/or package decorations.  The link just goes to a photo,but all you need to do is make a couple yoyo's and add the wood pieces to turn them into Sweet little angels!

On our trip to the city I found these cute little jars with wooden spoons for my infused sugars!  They hold one cup,or 8oz. of sugar.  Since all of Hobby Lobby's glass was 50% off they were only $1.73 each,such a sweet deal.  The flavors,from left to right are,orange,chocolate mint,unfilled as yet,lemon,lavender and lime.

I used some of the orange to make orange cranberry scones the other day,MM Good!

Back in september Daryl of Patchouli Moon Studio posted about some Kumihimo necklaces she had made.  They are beautiful!  So After leaving her a comment and several emails to work out details,she agreed to make up a custom necklace (on the right) and also sold me the one of the left,which had already been made.

They arrived in these cute little drawstring pouches,perfectly wrapped and instantly ready for gift giving!

Included in my package was this sweet little fabric postcard extra!  If you have someone who loves jewelry on your list this year,she is selling these for $18 + $3 shipping(US).  Her photos are much better than mine,pop over from the link above and have a look for yourself.

Joann's did not have either the fabric I need to finish my Fall  Frolic quilt top,or the right size pillow form for my fox pillow cover (above) so,I just stuffed my bag of polyfil in it so you could see how sweet it is.  It measures 19x19,so I might just end up making my own pillow to put in it.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fall Frolic & October Goal (s)

This week past week I was able to squeeze in a little more sewing!

Sorry for the blurry cell photo,but this one was snapped off pretty late at night.

There is a better close up for you,I am really loving the bird blocks and wish I had included a few more.  Even though they would have been repeats of the blocks already there.

This is how far I was able to get before running out of the DS Quilts print,the orange print sashing strips.  Hopefully Joann's will still have some of it next weekend when we go to the city.

Recently while surfing Pinterest for Christmas Ideas I came across this Pin for Infusing Sugar over at Sugar and Charm since no one locally sells cute little jars like the ones they used.  I purchased a few sugar dispensers at Walmart for $.97 each,although not as pretty they are just as functional.  I layered the zest and the sugar,but next time will just mix it all together.

The rest of the fruit did not go to waste,instead it was sliced up and placed into the food dehydrator.  When it is all dehydrated it will be used to make simmering pouches for last minute Holiday gifts.  I just need to pick up the spices to go with them.

A handful of yoyo's that will become Christmas Ornaments...

Lastly,my goal for this month.  The HoneyMooner suitcase,which will be a twofold goal/finish.  Since it will be for both the BigCity Bag SAL (button on my sidebar) as well as my ALYOF Goal.  I have everything except the 48" zipper,wish me luck(I need it)!

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Random Sunday

I am happy to say that the garden is almost done!  That means more sewing time for me!

Apothecary Jars mini is finished and on my table now,even though there is still some fresh product to take care of.  Hopefully the last of it will be preserved by the end of next weekend.

My fox swap package came this week!  From the photos on flickr I thought this was a mini quilt...

It is actually a pillow cover,which is all the more sweet because it is something I would not make for myself!  As soon as we make a trip to the city where I can purchase a pillow form you will be able to see it in all its glory.  This will make such a nice fall decoration in my chair,can't hardly wait to be able to display/use it!

These are a new project in progress!  A sweet friend of mine,Jamie from busy bee quilts sent me a Frolic charm pack!  Which was used to make these square in a square blocks.  I have a plan to use them with some bird blocks,just need to figure out how to make it work...  The colors are off here as they are perfect for fall,but do not really show up that way.

This trio of arrow blocks will most likely end up in a table mat or mini quilt along with

these two blocks.  You can find the tutorial over at Grace and Favour for the arrow blocks.  These were actually tester blocks for me.  I have a plan to make a quilt with these arrow blocks,some Anna Maria Horner feather blocks and a kokopelli block too.  That is if I can figure out how to make it all work!  More on that if/when it actually happens.

Finally,I will leave you with this parting shot.  Fall is in full swing,and the Aspens are such a beautiful sight to see!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Fall apothecary jar mini

This week I was finally able to squeeze in a little sewing!  After all the canning/preserving going on around here,the idea to make a mini jar quilt came to me.

Not just the plain ole mason jars which are very functional,but not so pretty as all those jars in the preserving magazines.  Which by the way are not actually recommended for preserving,because they do not seal good enough.  So my jars are not what you will find on any other jar quilt,but I sure do like them!  As you can see it is still in progress...when the preserving is all done and I can once again see my table top,this will be on it.

Speaking of preserving,this is part of what I put up today.  Seven pints of spaghetti sauce and a partial,which will be used in the next few days.  The little jars on the right are pesto.  They have joined a ton of other things in the freezer.

This is one of my cupboards,it used to be an entertainment center...since the storage space in our mobil home is very lacking,I asked Mr. P to up-cycle it for me.  He did a great job,and even made a shelf specially for my pressure canner.  The two smaller shelves hold my baking chips,nuts,and dried fruits.  The canned goods from left to right are:  blueberry syrup,peach syrup (for pancakes/waffles) blueberry/orange/rhubarb jam,tomato jam,peach chipotle jam,relish,and lastly pickled beets.

I still need to make salsa,and apple butter,and the mountain of zucchini and yellow squash is slowly being made into bread,and frozen.

Yesterday these foxy goodies were all packed up and shipped off to my swap partner.  I decided on a hoop art for her and added some braided embroidery with beads and a fox charm.  So that when it is hanging it sort of looks like a dream catcher.  The first coffee kozie was scrapped and the one on top of the little fabric bundle is my second attempt.  It is a keeper,or in this case a sender!  Might just have to make one for myself.

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