Friday, August 31, 2012

Choose your own bag challenge...

I know it's the 11th hour on the 31st day of said challenge. But until the bell chimes at midnight bringing in the new day, I can honestly say that I finished my bag in time, for the 'choose your own bag challenge' hosted by the crafty diva Curlypops.

Woohooo...

I had contributed my little man bags on day one, but they were a w.i.p before the challenge begun, so it felt a little like cheating. My plan was to make at least one more bag so that I could honestly and truly be working in response to and inspired by the challenge.

So here's what I whipped up this arvo.


 I made sure to interface, line, add pockets and top stitch so it looked all professional and all...
No zips, sliders or bling though. That,  i feel, is the job of someone who has done a Nicole M designs, bag making class. Although it is one my wish list, to do said class... I haven't. So i figured it best to stick with my current skill set, especially with such a deadline looming.


The fabric I had on hand is all furnishing weight, linens and a bit of wine colored velveteen for contrast. Quite a girly ensemble, but I do like that sometimes.
Making bags is something that has been on my to do list for ages. So I'm glad that I made the time to make and test this pattern. I think it needs to be longer in the body, but otherwise I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Thanks so much Cam, for being the hostess with the mostess and coming up with another great challenge for us.
Jay xx

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A little ray of sunshine...


The days are getting warmer and the sun is hanging round way past 5pm,
 letting us know daylight savings, 
long summer nights and all the goodness of spring is on it's way.

 Image available here : Etsy

Alls I can say is thank god!

I'm well over this winter. 
After 3 colds and life just being a bit too dark and dreary for my liking
 I welcome a little sunshine.

Jay x

Friday, August 24, 2012

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Experimenting and making new things ...

Have finally got around to making this little foxy after sitting on the pattern for well over a year. Tis the cutest thing eva.
I am sure I should be doing real work, but experimenting with new things is much more fun.


 I still haven't given up on the crochet training either.


Pretty quickly getting through that little stash of wool I bought at Spottie recently,
by learning new stitches and making lots of scarflettes.


What will I do when winter is over?
Jay x

Friday, August 3, 2012

Choose your own bag adventure...

The crafting queen Cam, over at Curlypops is hosting another fab sew along  This time it's on Bags.
Fortunately I have a head start on this one.


I was working on our new little sheriff range for the shop last week and decided that there needed to be a bag for little boys too. Mainly because I have a little boy that loves to carry his cars and dinosaurs around when we go out. So rather then weigh down my bag, makes sense he has his own.

With some black denim on hand, a bit of seat belt webbing and our screen printed star, I came up with this...


 He does love it.

Although, that won't be my only contribution to the sew a long. I have soooo much cute, cute fabric just hanging around waiting to be turned into something awesome. Small pieces that are not big enough for garments, so a bag is the perfect option.
I'm thinking ladies bag, saddlebag shape, over the shoulder...
Hmmm. Time to start working on number 2.

Thanks Cam for hosting the challenge.