My friend Renae from My Little Raggedy Blessings has gifted me this sweet charming pin poke. My fancy way of saying needle and pin keeper. Its so adorable. In colors I love. My my what a treat for me and my eyes. Thank you so much Renae for thinking about me. She is just such a sweetie. I adore her creations. She makes the cutest annies. You should go take a peek at her Ebay sometime. I promise you she is worth the wait. Girl thank you so much for thinking of me. I adore the little puppy and button. They are going in my keepsake pile. The tin. Oh my word I LOVE that color. There are little odds and ends in there like eyelets and snaps. (yes SPOILED again, I know it XOXO)
Oh Looky what I have found today. It was just waiting for me. They have been out of my price range when I find them. But they are not even worth what some were asking for. $60.00-120.00. Some looked to have been left outside for a few years or they don't close properly. Some were just even on the hinges so you opened it up it falls over. This one is perfect. No rips and tears in the inside. Not totally crisp and clean. But I am not looking for that. It has a few knick and knacks here and there but thats ok. The trunk is solid. The hinges, the locks. Everything works great and with ease. Oh and its RED! I am going to use it for display but to keep all my doll shoes and dresses in. I have them in my fabric bin now. Yeah nice place to keep your toys huh? There is no maker on the trunk. The inside is a beige 50's space star print. $24.00 I had to have it.
I was on a hunt for some unbleached cotton. Which eventually just led me to asking someone who worked in there if they knew where it was. They just pointed to the muslin section. Nothing really said unbleached cotton. There was unbleached muslin. I found weavers cloth. I know that weavers cloth is used for things like embriodery and needlepunching. I purchased some and I also purchased some muslin. Some osnaburg muslin. Osnaburg has a loose weave in the fabric. I have a few ideas that I am going to use for these. Not what I used to use them for. This should be fun. Something new in mind. Oh I love it.
I received my swap from Niki. I am so in love with what she sent to me. I really love her choice of fabrics. Her creations will get plenty of use. My son was really interested in my pencil case. He thought it was a pretty genuis. I agree. Thank you again Niki. I totally love my pencil swap gift.
I have to get mine out this week. I am ALMOST finished with mine. I didn't tell my partner I have "her". I am naughty. I will post pics of what I sent, promise. Oh that candy is already gone. :P
My friend Shannon from cinnamon stitched primitives made this completely adorable yoyo mat in perfect shabby colors. I simply adore the two of those colors she has chosen. Oh Shucks you know I favor that pair. Bravo Shannon. I love the buttons. Those are great and a nice touch. Thank you for sharing your photo with me. I love seeing the creations you make from my pattern. What a treasure for me! You can visit Shannon on her blog. XOXO
I have been watching what I eat. Trying to only stick healthy choices in my mouth. I use the treadmill everyday. 40 mins of cardio and then I weight train. This week I am adding lunges squats and some sit ups. I am just toning and shaping up making things go back in their place. Or trying to anyhow.
This is my 4th week.
My hubby has actually been motivated by me. He does not need to loose weight. The man has been thin all his life and has some kind of MAGIC gene that don't let him gain any. (it looks like my sons have been given this gene too) WHICH MAKES ME crazy cause they can eat anything. UGH LUCKY! But he notices that I get up early. (I just wake up its never planned, I cant sleep in EVER) But I always take advantage of my mornings. I am a morning person and have the most energy in the am hours. Now that I am working out I am getting even MORE ENERGY and getting LOTS of things done. He says he wants to get up early and enjoy his mornings. I said COME ON!! He wants to get into shape. He has pains in his back and shoulders. AND THERE IS NOTHING BETTER for ya then to WORK OUT to help relieve all that and MAKE IT GO AWAY. They call it physical therapy in medical terms. I call it WORKING OUT! And if you did it once in a while you would not be all tense and LOCKED UP. Working out takes away STRESS and promotes good feel good vibes in you that last for hours. AND help you NOT TO FEEL OLD. YOU REST, YOU RUST!
I love the morning hours. Up before anyone. Before the sun has time to heat everything up. Before the honking cars and the hustle and bustle of city life. ITS JUST QUIET! And its me and the morning. God and I are out there having conversations. The birds come by to say hello. Morning is the BEST time of the day for me. Oh I love it and adore and take EACH MOMENT in.
I have set up my back porch into a mini gym. I have my treadmill out there and my work out bench and weights and etc. I have my ipod on and I just go to town. I take and set aside about 60- 90 mins a day 5 days a week just for me. ITS MY TIME. ALL FOR ME!! And I LOVE IT!
I need to costume hunt. I may end up sewing mine this year. Oh my who or what to be. Oh the choices. Last year I was a pin up girl. Military (Army) hehe! Fishnets and all. Oh my!
First you need to gather your supplies. You will need a good strong thick fabric. I like to use canvas. It comes in many prints and colors. One yard for the tote. One yard for the lining. You can use the same fabric for the inside lining or you can use another color to add contrast. Also gather any bits of scrap fabric and vintage buttons, rick rack or what you choose for embellishment. I used my bird and yoyo circle from my felt bird pattern. If you are unsure on how to make a fabric yoyo please take a moment to visit my tutorial on this here. You will also need small elastic cord.
This is how it should look with all four panels sewn. I then went to my sewing machine and sewn the bottom of this so its closed.
Here it is sewn shut. Next you just stick your hand inside and give it a little push till it boxes out. It will form triangles on the edges. Sew each side on the triangle part going up and down. Then cut off the triangles. See next photo for example.
The top red fabric is how your fabric will look before you cut off the triangles.
After you cut off the triangles and turn the bag right side out, you will have then created the look you see on the bottom in aqua. That is how a box bottom is made.
You will need to do sew the lining the same way and then insert it into the bag. I then folded the fabric and ironed all the way around the bag. I did this for the lining as well. This helps to even the fabric all the way around the bag. Don't sew just yet. We need to add the straps, button and cord.
Take the straps and iron them into two parts.
Have fun making this. Feel free to make them and sell them and tell them where you got the pattern from. ME! Anniescupboards. Oh and you can gift these as well. I am. I am gifting BOTH of these bags! I hope they like them! XOXO Enjoy!
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Stitch Rock 2007 - Is the room spinning or is it just me?
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Stitch Rock 2007 - Amanda, the brain behind the Stitch
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