Well, you may have expected to see a new bag this week from the Carry Me book sew along, however I had a little mishap this past week. Somethings just never go as planned! But this time in a somewhat good way I suppose. My hubs and I decided to start looking for a new home (YAY!!). Not only was it fun looking at homes and seeing how others decorate/stage their homes, but it was a great bonding experience for the both of us, at least I thought so. As you may recall we are somewhat newly married so things like this get us a little bit excited. I'll keep you posted on the house hunting status as we get more serious about which house will be our next home!
As you can imagine, all I could do was dream about decorating a new home and plan furniture layouts for each house we entered. Therefore, my mind was not on making a bag. Don't get me wrong, I did start a bag - I'm determined to stick with the schedule on this project after all! However, when one's mind gets to wandering it tends to make bad decisions or in this case pick the wrong fabric and not follow directions. Yup, the bag is kind of a disheveled mess. The fabric that I chose for the lining turned out to be some wonky kind of fabric that apparently distorts when you iron it and even worse when you try to add some interfacing to it. Needless to say, the lining in its current state warped - leave it to me to make a bag lining warp! So, I have put that project aside and began starting redesigning some t-shirts - remember those $2.99 t-shirts I found on sale a few weekends ago?
While on my shopping excursion a few weekends ago I not only found those nice cheap t-shirts, but also got some inspiration on how to style them up a bit. So, here we have some fun new shirts that, at least in my opinion, don't look so cheap now!
All I did for both of these was to cut out a bunch of circles - about the size of a 50 cent piece and smaller - and start designing. The fabric I used consisted of some tulle, lace and netting in a variety of colors. The white t-shirt was a bit easier in that I just stacked some various sized circles and hand sewed them on to the shirt adding white and silver beads to the center of the circle - kind of giving it a flower look.
There you have it. Two very inexpensive shirts with a new style to them. Can't beat that.
I know, I now need to get back to the bag project that I put aside. Hopefully try number 2 will go much better.
August 25, 2010
August 19, 2010
We have some 80+ rolls of dog poo bags as I went a little crazy when I found some biodegradable ones on sale. Needless to say storing these rolls is a little chaotic at times. When you pull one bag off the roll it tends to get put on the nearest flat surface and inevitably unrolls into this long mess. Problem solved! These containers both store quite a few rolls as well as dispenses a baggie without having to worry about it unrolling. Yahoo!
Doesn't look too bad, perhaps I should start covering these containers when they still have the disinfecting cloths still inside.
August 16, 2010
And not to leave it to the last topic, but onto the Carry Me: 20 Boutique Bags sew along project of the week. I had all the intentions in the world of making 2 small bags this weekend. However, with my distractions plus a non-intentioned movie I have yet to get the second bag started. But what do you think of this one? I have to say I was on the fence about it, but as it started to take shape I gradually began to fall in love with it. I even took some extra time (in between the 10+ doggy walks) and hand embroidered some extra detail on it. As has been the case with the other bags, I made some slight modifications. For starters, this bag didn't have a pocket, so I added one. The pattern called for a leather button closure, however I wasn't all into the button closure style, so I changed it to a magnetic snap. And the last modification was the handle. I decided to go with a fabric handle versus the leather one that was called for; I think it still turned out pretty good.