Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Birthday gift done - To Do list gets shorter :D

I finished this birthday gift today - the centre block is a Loralie design - isn't it cute? And it certainly suits the recipient, lol!

Loralie pouch - front :)

Loralie pouch - back :)

Zipper pull :)

Lining and Handmade tag inside :)
The bag measures about 10" x 12", and is quilted.  I did the decorative stitches on my POS Babylock - it was repaired in the spring and hubby asked me if I've been using it.  I haven't, because it's a *cue drama* horrid machine and I hate it ;)   He made me feel guilty about getting it repaired and then ignoring it, lol.  It did just fine with the little job I gave it (unlike it's normal behaviour!) but I do NOT trust that stupid machine - I just KNOW it's waiting to give me heartache again - BAD BABYLOCK.  BAD!!! 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Oh my, oh my oh my - THE CUTE!

Such a handsome model he is!
Here's LL in his Halloween onesie - I could (DID!) squeal from the cute!  Remember the old days where we had to get pictures processed in a store, and then had to snail mail them - there was no seeing them immediately like we can now!  Thanks, Al Gore (snicker)! 

Halloween Lleyton :D

Here are some Halloween craft pics of and for g-nephew Lleyton (10 months old) ... a few things old Aunt Sandra made him for his first Halloween :D

Halloween bib, embellished with spinach and peas ;)

Hallowen onesie, sans baby -- I'm sure I'll get a photo of onesie *avec* baby :D
Bat stuffy for LL :D
Little trick or treat bag for LL :)

I can't wait to see him in his Halloween costume, lol!

Monday, October 22, 2012

A few bags for Grammie :D

 This is a Project Bag by Jeni of In Color Order - I liked her freebie tutorial so I bought the pattern with extra sizes (yay for not having to do math, LOL).  This bag measures 11" x 13" x 4" - it's for Grammie to use when she's giving gifties to grandson LL (Lleyton) :)

Here's a plain lined drawstring bag - he's a big boy - 19" x 23" --- almost pillowcase sized :D  I'm sure Grammie will have something large enough to fit in him!!  ;) 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Our sons' job sites!

Photo source
Our oldest son was doing something upstairs and called down for me to Google something --- hubby and both kids are electricians (well, DS2 is a 4th [almost 5th] term apprentice) so their job sites are normally construction sites :D  This is what he showed me!

This is where DS1 is working right now - Aura - it's a current photo of the site --- he actually works on top of that roof - HOLY CRAP!!   As it turns out, both boys worked yesterday, and that's where they were - on top of that roof.  I told the older one to start wearing a pink hard hat so I can spot him on pictures, LOL! 

RCMI condos
And here's where DS2 is working!  That was when the job was up to 10 floors - now they're up to 18.  This is the RMCI Residence (condo) - it'll be 42 floors when it's finished :)

Can you tell I'm a proud momma? LOL!! 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I've been sewing :D

Here are a couple of baskets I made for the little girls next door - I'll put their Halloween candy in them and tuck them into cello bags for trick or treat night :)  The tutorial is from Pink Penguin, and the sizes are 4 x 3.5 x 5.5" and 3.5 x 3 x 5 :)  You can't tell in the photo, but I added glitter bling "beads" to the bags - the kind you attach with a heating wand - it's the perfect touch for this particular fabric!

 These little bug taggies are for Christmas gifts - they're based on this tutorial :)
 4 flex frame cases (about 4" x 7") and a zipper bag the same size (I ran out of flex frames, lol). 
An owly-licious gift bag for a grammie to use for gifts for the sweetest grandson in the world :)  Tutorial is here and the bag measures 12.5" x 11.5" x 5" :)  This was my first attempt at this bag - I like it!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Post Thanksgiving ... post :D

Our entire family (hubby and I and our 2 boys) went to visit my family for Thanksgiving last weekend.  Oh MY it was wonderful - we had such a good time :) Will post some pictures in a few days - I'm busy right now trying to get some stuff done for a visit from hubby's side of the family on Sunday.

In the interim, here's one of my favourite pictures from the weekend - great nephew Lleyton (9 1/2 months old in this photo) wearing the onesie that old Aunt Sandra made him for Thanksgiving.  IS HE PERFECT OR WHAT!!!  And charming!  And contented!  And happy to be passed around - what a doll!  And if you think that hair looks red - it DOES -- in some lighting, he looks like a ginger - like MOI :)  *happy grin* :D

One little project I got done this week - a ladybug(ish) taggy based on this one - I did do a few modifications.  My trial run wasn't very nice, but the second try worked much better - I'm very happy with it :)  It's a gift for the granddaughter of friends of ours :)

Friday, October 5, 2012

Needed: larger gift bags!

I have lots of handmade fabric gift bags stashed away for use as needed, but they're all on the small side.  With Christmas coming up I needed a few larger ones :D  I made a couple of Christmas ones yesterday - will get a picture later, when I finish the other 2 in the same fabric (I upcycled a fabric tablecloth!).  Here are the 2 I made today, specifically sized to fit [mystery gift A] and [mystery gift B] :D

And now I'm off for a few days - going to visit my family for Thanksgiving, YAY!!!  I hope all my Canadian friends have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving with their families and loved ones - eat lots of turkey!  I'm going to have to be REALLY careful to eat properly and not pig out on desserts - I don't want to regain any of the weight I've been losing - wish me luck!  ;)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

It's finished, YAY!

 Here's the inside pocket of the library tote I just finished ...
 ... and here's the bag - it's so cute!  I modified a pattern from this lovely seller to make the bag - I love how it turned out, and have another one ready to sew :)   The bag measures 13" wide x 14" tall x 3.5" deep, and has a covered plastic canvas base to keep it nice and boxy :)   

Here are a couple of little bags I finished in the last few days - mainly to use up bits and pieces of those fabrics!  The flex frames (blue/green owl print) came from Portugal, from this seller :)  I quite enjoy making these little guys, and will be making more - they're quick and easy!  The large bag on the left is 5x7.5, the zipper bag in the middle is 4x7, and the bag on the right is 4x6 :)

A couple more fabric airplanes - these are for the neighbour's son - I already made 2 for their daughter, so the kids can have an airplane fight, lol.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

2 ready to fly, one not quite ready to read :D

Some of what I worked on today:

These two fabric airplanes are a Christmas gift - I have 2 more cut out for the recipient's brother :)

Here's the READ library tote I'm working on - it's another Christmas gift.  I've modified and simplified the pattern a bit - I love that sock monkey fabric from Joanns!  Hopefully I can finish this tomorrow, if all goes well! 

Inspired by Janine ...

A month ago I spotted a sweet bag on this blog -- I pinned it, then made the bag a few weeks ago.  The denim is from the 2 meter piece I got at a thrift store a few months ago for a buck, and the other fabrics and lace are from stash :)

I wanted to get some plastic to make a base for the bottom, to give it some more body.  I got a couple of pieces of plastic canvas @ Michaels this past weekend - it's a bit more flexible than I would like, but it's not bad.  I cut one piece into 3 layers and wrapped it in the outer fabric.  Ta da!!!!!!!!!!!!  (I guess I should have ironed the lining before taking the pictures, lol!)

Thanks Janine, for the inspiration!

Monday, October 1, 2012

My flex frames came in ...

The frames I ordered from Etsy came in today, so I'll be working on some flex frame bags this week :D

Here are a few more Halloween pencil cases I got finished today (notice that I oriented the fabric wrong again on one of them, lol!) :)  These are the bags I'll be handing out on Halloween night to the neighbours' kids that I know :D


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