Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My New French Bag

In the latest issue of "Quilts and More", I found a great tote bag pattern.  I desperately needed to make another bag to hold my large array of items necessary to get through church meetings with 5 children!  What really caught my eye was the color option.  I love the French fabric!  And….. I had strikingly similar fabric sitting in my stash pile!  Wahoo!  I didn’t have to buy anything!  I decided I needed pockets on the inside (which the pattern did not have).  So, added one long piece of fabric on one side then sewed divider lines spaced at different widths. (Perfect sizes for diapers and wipes, keys and sunglasses, and pens.)  Then on the other side, I used my last square of polka dot fabric for a smaller pocket for my phone.  I now wish I would have added a pocket to the outside of the bag too, but oh well, maybe next time.  Once the bag was finished, it looked huge!  Much bigger than I had imagined.   So, I sewed up some cute little polka dot strips added them to the sides and tied bows to create tucks at the top.  (I hope that makes sense.) 

So, here it is!  What do you think??

French tote bag 2

polka dot bowsinside polka dot pocket

inside pockets


Monday, November 28, 2011

Oh Christmas tree…

I’ve been busy!  Pictures of what I’ve been working on are coming soon.  Meanwhile, enjoy a picture of my new Christmas tree!

Christmas Tree


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Why I haven’t been sewing

I’ve been busy.  Really, truly busy.  And boy, do I feel accomplished!

Bottled food

Bottled food 2

This is what happens when I get a big ‘ol box of apples from my parents apple orchard.  We hadn’t eaten fresh off the tree apples in years.  We sure enjoyed them.  Yum Yum Yum.  We also got our frozen berry order in. 

Bottled food 3

So, Once I was bottling, I found it hard to stop. There is:

Blueberry Pie Filling, Raspberry Pie Filling, Cinnamon Apples, Sliced Apples

Apple Jelly, Apple Mint Jelly, Pepper Jelly and Apple Butter

I’m not done yet either!  I still have a box of frozen blueberries in the freezer and I would really like to add salsa and bread and butter pickles.  (Can I just tell you that in two days we have already eaten through our first jars of apple butter, apple jelly and pepper jelly!  My kids LOVE it all.)

Did I mention that I’m feeling all kinds of accomplished?


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy Halloween!

We had a great (busy/crazy) Halloween.  Hope you all did too!

Happy Halloween