Wow.....it's hard to believe it is already Sunday and I have not blogged since Tuesday. I feel almost a bit guilty and definitely out of touch. That daily blogging commitment was almost like having a mother telling me to clean up my room. I remember when I moved out of my childhood house, I don't think I made my bed for a month. :)
Unfortunately I was not feeling well most of the week and really did not have the energy to blog. Today is the first day I have felt almost human again, so here I am. I actually have a lot to show you, but I will do a little each day. :)
You might remember a year or so ago, I broke down and finally bought a new sewing machine. The one that I had been using was one I got when I was pregnant with my oldest daughter who almost 29. It was time!
Sadly It has not seen much use however this year. One my goals for the upcoming year is to learn how to use it to it's full potential...or at least my full potential..LOL.
The only thing I have sewn in almost a year is the little sock bag pictured at the top. A little earlier this fall, I made this bag as I had promised it to a friend. She is a very good friend as she waited almost a full year for it...yikes! I had made up a bunch of these bags for spa last year and these were the colors that she was hoping for, but I had run out. She is a patient soul I tell ya.
Over the week, I cleaned off my sewing table that had become a catchall for everything, dusted off my machine and reacquainted myself with her. Yesterday I cut out the fabric for Beetrice's body and this afternoon I will get to business. (how cool is it that my machine table has a honeycomb pattern...can you see it?)
Last week I told you that I had promised Ashley a handbag. Over the last few days, I did spend quite a bit of time looking at the countless sewing tutorials out in blog land. I was blown away by just how many sewing and craft blogs there are. At least as many as knitting blogs and maybe even more. Talk about a serious Rabbit Hole....holey moley!
Ashley wants a simple sling bag, so this should be pretty easy. My tastes on the other hand, are a bit more complicated. I have had this Amy Butler pattern for a year now, but was not quite ready to tackle it until I have tried a few simpler bags. Having seen the weekender finished in this combination, renewed my desire to get serious again about it.
I have a market tote all cut out and ready to be sewn, so that will be a good practice piece, but after seeing this tutorial, I think I will start with a few of these first with some of the Amy Butler fat quarters I have kicking around, then move onto the market tote and finally the weekender. Baby steps usually work best for me. :)