I don't know what it is about September, but once my birthday passes, my mind moves on to Christmas. I'm dreaming of a crafty Christmas, and it's inspiring me to do some quick projects...just little this and thats for various people and purposes.
Oh, soothing softest, sweetest flannel dear
I stroke upon your fawny fleecy side
To rest a baby’s breast so gently here
A nest so gingerly now you provide
Dear flannel, taking over sewing space
I cannot hate you though you cramp my room
But who else should deserve such ample place
As you, sweet softness, lovely flannel bloom
If I wouldst make just one life’s fabric choice
You know that flannel, it would be my one
Great love for you I sing with joyful voice
With cotton weave I ne’er shall be done
And though I swore I’d never buy one more
Six yards of you has just walked through my door.
Wouldn't my high school English teachers be proud? Did you notice the perfect Shakespearian sonnet rhyme scheme, the iambic pentameter and even the alliteration? I will leave you with some pictures of the subject of my poem, which are now available as precious baby blankets and burpcloths in my shop.
I promised this post yesterday, but as it turns out, 32 was a pretty great birthday with too many wonderful activities packed in to have time for the post and my 100th post giveaway...yes, both fall on the same day!
I've been a little distracted lately...I've been working on opening my new etsy handmade shop! There's so much to do when you start a new business, isn't there? I've done it once before, but that was before kids when life was quite different. I love the excitement of it, but will be glad to get back to home life as usual(keeping fingers crossed) once the shop is up and running.
If you've been around awhile, you might recall this post about my second attempt at a cute and cushy home for my precious camera, or this post about my third attempt, which somehow turned into a tote, or this one about camera bag #4 (with a glimpse at #1) which sits now on my desk, ready for carrying picnics or fishing tackle or small dogs or some other such ridiculously large item.
Lest you think that all I do is sew camera bags that don't work out...(let's just call them prototypes that are working towards perfection, shall we?)
In any case, I DO have other projects, such as this lovely throw quilt to complement this quilt on our family room wall, which I finally pinned tonight after the boys went to bed. Someday (soon?) I will quilt it, and, yes, share it with you all.
Well, here she is: Camera Bag #4.
Let me start by saying I love the fabric. Gorgeous Midwest Modern designed by Amy Butler. Such fun tangerine and saffron colors. It's just so cheerful. And I have to brag about how it has three outside pockets (one for a diaper and wipe, one for a cell phone and keys, one for whatever) and an inside pocket (for lens cleaner or whatever necessity I feel like bringing along.)
However, she has a problem.
Yes, like so many of us, she has a bit of a size problem. She swallows up the camera and is ready for more. LOTS more. Take a look at her next to my first camera bag. (I've never introduced you to my first one, have I?)
Do these two remind you of a special on the Animal Planet, where one small innocent animal (camera bag #1, wearing green and mustard) is sitting patiently, minding his own business when another, much larger animal (camera bag #4, wearing tangerine and pink) creeps up on it...
...and yes, swallows it in one bite. Poor bag #1. You were just so small and helpless. Do you notice how my very first camera bag attempt was probably my best? I'm considering searching for the dimensions of that first one and trying to replicate it while adding a few little improvements I've developed along the way.
In any case, I feel like my newest attempt at camera bag perfection has, yet again, failed. I am taking suggestions for what I can do with it. My first thought was to use it to hold fishing tackle or something, considering its size. But I don't fish. Maybe a picnic basket? Please advise. Meanwhile, I'm on to camera bag #5.
I just bought this amazing book yesterday and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! There are so many adorable little projects to make as a gift, or if you're like me, you like it too much to give it away and keep it for yourself and buy something else for that special someone. I can't help it. I have a hard time parting with things I create with my own two hands.
There are many new ideas in here, along with some of those, 'Oh, yeah, I totally forgot about that idea' type projects to help jog your memory about a good handmade gift idea. New or old idea, the photography is gorgeous! And it's organized by the amount of time it takes to make! Perfect.
You can pick one up here.
Camera Bag #3: otherwise entitled, 'the one that got away.'
I am on the quest to create the perfect camera bag for my beloved Canon digital Rebel xTi. A padded, cozy, soft home, where I can take him with me without feeling like a tourist. I have been on this quest for about six months, and this is attempt number three, the one that got away and somehow became a tote bag. It is made of cute fabrics, it is padded, and even has a lining to make the sides water resistant for rainy days. But somehow it just didn't want to turn into a lidded camera bag, and now remains a very cute, padded, water resistant tote bag which I am sure to enjoy.
On to camera bag #4. I'll keep you posted.
I had the most wonderful morning yesterday...in my own tiny little sewing room with two of my favorite people: my mom and my sister. We had our own little sewing bee for several hours, and just laughed and talked and problem-solved each other's sewing projects. There's such an amazing connection between women who are coming together to make something and putting everything else aside. What could be more cozy?
Amy made an adorable little diaper and wipe holder which will, I'm sure, be the next round of baby shower presents for all of us. I finished camera bag #3 and will post a picture as long as you're aware that it turned out to be a tote bag, not a camera bag. Darn. How these projects get such a mind of their own, I don't know. My mom sewed a bit, helped a lot, and tried to finish a Mother/Daughter book present we'd given her for Mother's Day years ago.
In the end we all had something tangible to show for our hard work, and for just the cost of a mother's helper for my boys, we reconnected with just the ladies, which always makes me smile.