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I made this awesome purse for someone at work. I loved this bag and almost almost regret selling it because I loved it so much.

She didn’t like my original design colours (grey and something) and then started asking for red/black or vibrant colours and it needed this and needed that and I was like okay nevermind I am so not making you a purse anymore……I don’t like people infringing on my creative process.

 

So after much thought and sifting through my fabric stash I found this red and black awesomeness and received some free stash from M that I used for the liner. It was a nice heavy fabric that gave the bag a nice weight and made it “more winter/cold weather friendly”. I also used some of the wool from my old winter coat for the bottom, sides and button clasp as well as the button, it came from the coat also.

You like the little bird right? I use them on all the projects I am really proud of they also came from M’s stash way back in the day

The end result was simply fantastic. One pocket on the inside running the length of the bag, a pocket on either end all with elastic tops to minimize things from falling out. Button closure. Two medium length straps perfect for keeping the bag under arm or to hang at a reasonable height from your elbow. Seriously I loved this creation.

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The twins were turning one! Originally I was going to make two completely different blankets but I just ran out of time. Mostly because I have a major procrastination problem and at the time a bit of creative block. And while I liked the final outcome I feel like I rushed it and therefore I didn’t do as good a job as I could have.

Also, I have hardly any pictures of the process because I killed my previous phone. Drowned it actually, and all the pictures with it. It was a sad time. I did post a picture or two here before I took my phone for a swim but it hardly shows much.

At one point my bff Michelle said we should spend a crafty day together and I was all hells yeah! She may be regretting that now because I made her work like I owned sweatshop. We spent a feverish five hours working on this thing, her pining seams and ripping out the ones that couldn’t be persuaded to line up, me sewing them all back together. Her ironing. Me sewing. It was madness!! And then it was done! well the top anyhow.

I like to make my quilt sandwiches on the floor because it is the biggest area of free space that I can lay out the whole thing. And since my mother (lives right next door, is a better housekeeper, can be coerced into helping and until recently didn’t have a dog walking all over her house) has a really nice big floor space I tend to go there for the sandwiching process. There was more ironing and then taping and ironing and arranging and arranging and finally, pinning. We had at least 150 pins in it and needed more! Except I didn’t have any more note to self: you still need to buy more pins! and then it was time to bring M back to the train station so I was on my own for the quilting.

I made it about halfway when I knew there was no way I could ever finish it, and make an entire new quilt in the next 12 hours. I had failed the deadline miserably. So I stepped back, spread the quilt out and looked at it. Then I did some measurements and realized that I could cut it completely in half and finish at least the quilting on each. and then both girls would have a present, finished or not!

After finally completing the binding I was in such a hurry to get them delivered I forgot to take pictures! (major facepalm!) but I knew where they were going and it gave me an excuse to go visit the girlies at the same time.

So here they are, sort of, the end results of my (and M’s) blood, sweat, tears and time:
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Looking For:

1992 Chev Cavalier, 6 cyl, standard, two door, faded red. Must have power locks, power windows and a cigarette burn in the roof liner fabric on the driver’s side. Should smell like teen spirit.

I miss that car.

Anytime my current car breaks down I think about that car. Like now.

On Saturday the fuel pump in my car decided it no longer wanted to work.

FML.

So I did what I always do. I called my brother the mechanic. I sat around for half an hour waiting for him to show up and fix it. He showed up but he didn’t fix it. What did he do? Well he….

Looked under the hood.

Checked the fuses.

Nosed around under the hood some more.

Tried to start it.

Checked more fuses.

Tried to start it.

Looked under the hood some more.

Asked me how much gas was in it (and because he knows there is an injector problem NOT because I frequently run out of gas!)

Left to buy gas and put some in the tank.

Tried to start it again.

Grabbed a 2×4 from the back of his truck and started whacking something under the car (not the starter)

Tried to start it again.

Told me he was going to give me a ride home.

(also, it was alternating between freezing cold rain and hail at this point)

I went home cold, wet and dejected. and I once again started thinking about that old red Cavalier.

Not that it didn’t have its own problems but they were minor and far between and it was essentially my first car. (even though I didn’t pay for it, it wasn’t in my name and I never once paid the insurance.) I LOVED THAT CAR.

I taught myself how to drive stick by going back and forth in the drive way for 20 minutes to get a grip on 1st and reverse, then proceeded to take it out for a 3 hour joy ride – I only stalled once but it happened to be at the only light in a one-horse town.

I once had to drive it home from Toronto without 5th gear. I had also lost the reverse at that time. Parking at school that week was a nightmare, trying to find a spot I wouldn’t have to back out of!

For whatever reason, that car was just really well made and never failed me until the clutch went and my dad refused to fix it so I was spoiled. No car will ever live up to that one.

Maybe I should stop trying to compare them….

to make more blankets like this.

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I’m very happy with how the back turned out. I’ve never tried to incorporate blocks on the backing before. it always looked so difficult it scared me but I bit the bullet and just went for it. I kinda like it!

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I totally love the edging on this. I made up one extra strip and then cut it into 1.5 inch sections, sewed them together in a repeating fashion. It turned out fantastic.

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I am very proud of this blanket. Its the first project that doesn’t have some “major” newbie flaw in it. It makes me feel like I’m actually improving! I like it!

They were playing at every craft show my mom and I hit up this weekend.

I love craft shows but wow I feel like this year is just flying by. maybe its the anticipation of all the things I’ve had and have going on this year surgeries, illness, milestones, new words, and new babies expected! so to have Christmas not so much sneaking up on me but flying towards me as if on a bullet train… I start hyperventilating. and then I start spending money which brings us full circle to the craft shows.

thankfully I don’t attend the craft shows with the intent to buy them out its just something my mom and I do. as often as possible.

I didn’t buy much. In fact I mostly bought fabric (as usual) but I did pick up a few treats…

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(This has the most incredible pine candle in it)

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(Mmm, fudge)

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(Fantastic fabric one)

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(Fantastic fabrics two)

And then I came home and started working on another quilt…
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Step one, cut a million little squares and sew them to larger squares.

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Step 2 cut all the corners off.

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Step 3 iron into squares

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And this is partially what it looks like put together. Maybe tomorrow I will get to post the finished top but don’t hold your breath.

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