A few weeks ago the sun took a vacation for about two weeks and we had nothing but rain. To keep from going stir crazy, I raided my fabric stash and got busy.
A couple of years ago I made some cute little pouches that I’ve since used for small makeup items, but I wanted to raise the bar and learn some new techniques, so I gave YouTube a look see.
I got hooked. Did you know you can learn ANYTHING on YouTube? Well, you can, and it’s totally and completely addicting.
Some of you have seen this photo on IG which represents my first batch of bags. For about three weeks I was functioning on no more than five hours of sleep. I was waking up around 6 and getting a bag started before the rest of the normal world woke up.
When I wasn’t making a bag, I was thinking about making one. I would go downstairs with the intent of starting a post, but inevitably I would detour to my sewing room and two hours later would still be there.
These days, I look at my sewing machine with lust in my eyes, and I see ordinary, everyday items as potential materials…a cute dinner napkin? Why not? A twill belt? Makes a great handle! It’s safe to say I have an addiction. Harmless, but an addiction nonetheless.
Speaking of fabrics, my friend sent me these squares because, well, I guess she doesn’t want me to leave my house. EVER.
What I’ve done is make about five bags using the same technique until I’ve gotten proficient at it (I’m a slow learner) and then moved on to something a bit different, rinse and repeat. Here’s one of my favorites, probably because I like black and white.
Isn’t this lining adorable? For the outside of the bag I cut the fabric and added a solid white to which I placed a ribbon on top. I love how the ribbon compliments the polka dot fabric.
And here’s my second batch of bags. The bag on the left is my latest effort. It’s quilted and as you can see has handles, but what you can’t see is the handles aren’t even. They’re even in length but not how they line up on the sides by about 1/2″. I know what I did wrong and won’t make that mistake again!
Here’s a few bags I made using dinner napkins. There are so many different options it’s mind boggling, and since you don’t need much fabric to make a bag they can be made fairly inexpensively, especially if you hit the sale bins. I love the cute black dachshunds which I was able to find in three colorways, but the white and black is my favorite.
I’ll be adding some embellishments such as tassels, pom poms or charms of some sort to dress them up.
I have no idea what I’m going to do with all these bags. Maybe try to sell them at a neighborhood tag sale in August. Some people have said to sell them on etsy, but there’s only a few that are, in my opinion, salable and worthy of that kind of venue. It’s hard to see in the photos, but I’ve made a LOT of mistakes. Almost every bag has an imperfection, but I’m ok with that because making mistakes is truly the best way to learn. My seam ripper and I are besties now.
When I’m not sewing, Fisherman and I have been taking advantage of the recent lovely weather we’ve been having. We took a short hike to a deserted quarry that has many of the original equipment used to help mine the granite. Here’s Fisherman being silly pretending he’s a grease monkey.
This was such a lovely spot and there were lots of teens taking turns jumping off the cliffs, ranging in height from around 25′ to 80′. They’re not suppose to be doing that, but as a teen it would be pretty hard to resist. As for me, I’ll just watch :).
Jacobs Pillow, which in case you didn’t know, is one of the country’s premier dance centers, offers numerous free performances throughout the summer, and we went this past Wednesday. People usually bring chairs and food, although there are plenty of both available at the venue. It’s a nice way to spend a couple of hours on a nice summer night. This photo below serves as the backdrop for the dancers. Pretty, isn’t it?
Last weekend we took the hour drive to Hartford, Ct. and enjoyed a lovely day by the river at their yearly Latin Festival. Lots of good music and food, and it’s always fun to people watch :).
And of course, the day wouldn’t be complete for Fisherman without a stop at the lake for an hour or two (or three) on the dock.
In other news…
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression ‘the silence is deafening’. That’s the way blogland feels lately. I know many of you who have blogs have felt it. Comments are down for just about everyone, and many, myself included, are posting less frequently. It is very different from the way it used to be five years ago when I started, but even more so for those of you who have blogged for seven years or longer. There’s no question Instagram has been a game changer, but I think there’s more to it.
It is said we change, sometimes significantly, every 5-7 years. If that’s true, it can explain why so many of us are looking elsewhere for creative expression. Some of us are turning our attention to writing a book, some of us are opening online shops and others are simply spending less time at their desks and more time doing things that bring them joy. Many bloggers, who either don’t want and/or need to monetize have decided blogging takes up more time than they’re willing to give, so they’ve either cut back or stopped completely. That’s not to say the love for blogging won’t return. Many times it does, but if it doesn’t, that’s ok. If it’s not fun, listen to your instincts and move on. Change is good, especially if it gets us off our butts and going for that walk at the quarry ;). I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Aside from making a few more bags (of course), our plans for the holiday weekend include a visit from friends with perhaps a drive to Tanglewood to see John Mellancamp (depends on the weather and what they want to do) and we hope to have the boys Monday and Tuesday. I doubt we’ll see any fireworks though. How about you? Do you have fireworks near you, or do you prefer to watch them on TV? Whatever you do, enjoy your long weekend!