Friday, January 2, 2009

Winter snow snow snow

We've finally thawed out and melted. Winter and holidays - they have come and gone. Just some quick peeks into winter for us.

All of our Christmas doodads are buried in the storage unit. So we created out Christmas from paper, felt and salt dough this year. The little tree will be planted at the new house, which is need of some landscaping, plantings or something!

These little felt numbers were inspired by some I spotted on Etsy by Rikrak and an online Martha Stewart pattern.

The ice skating was lovely. This is a seasonal ice rink, there just don't seem to be as many rinks in the area as when I was a child (lo, some 30 odd years ago!). So that is a photo of her first time on ice... and yes, she is twirling around! Who knew?!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Another undocumented Art Bag

The birthday party invitations are coming fast and furious these days. There was an eleventh hour request to "please make an Art Bag for J...'s birthday" How could I say no!? I try to cherish these days when my daughter is thrilled by the things I sew for her and her friends. I fear that as she advances into the teenage years the appreciation may wane. Well, the request came the day before the party and I put it off until the next morning. It turned out cute. No photos exist to prove this, you'll just have to take my word for it! By the time I finished sewing it and hoped into and out of the shower, we had fifteen minutes to wrap the present and get to the party. Not a photo opportunity!
I used a vibrant pink and green Ikea fabric. I love their fabrics! I've decided that with the heavier weight of the decorator cottons from Ikea, I don't need to line the bags as I had with the quilting cottons. Makes the whole process that much quicker. They do lose the cachet of being reversible though. I just zigzag all of the seams and it is quite sturdy.
I really do need to make my poor daughter her very own Go-Go Art Bag. Her bag is the one I will make a tutorial with - I swear! I think I'll start with the unlined version - great to whip up for a birthday party!