Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Market Bag

So....an amusing update on my Market Bag in white. My husband I went grocery shopping Sunday afternoon. I handed my bags, all stuffed into one to the cashier, who passed them on to the bag boy. A second bag boy came to assist, and as the first pulled out one, then two bags all was fine. As he came to the white market bag, however, he made a scrunched up face, and gave a quizical look to the second boy. They caught my husbands eye, and he being very intuitive told both of them ,"Hey, I wouldn't carry that thing either." They both expressed great relief, and stuffed it right back into the large bag. I explained that it was for produce, thus the holes, but the three of them would not hear it.
I guess I can try and recycle, and go green, but I can't fight male pride. It was all very amusing.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Handbag Hardware



Just something I found at Goodwill today. I will 'deconstruct' this hideous faux fur handbag so that I can reuse the hardware in another purse. I found some lovely grey wool last week, and hope to stitch it up this weekend. The magnetic closure is included. New these cost 2.99 at Hobby Lobby.
Yeah, thirift store finds!!!
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Apple Washcloth




Started on another gift. This is for my sister, who has a birthday on the 27th. It is one of a set of 3 washcloths knitted from the Peaches & Creme Cotton series. This is a 4 ply worsted weight yarn and so soft and smooth to knit. I purchased several colors to knit up some cutie pie baby booties, but gave them out before I could get any pictures. Sie la' vie. :)
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Friday, September 11, 2009

TA DA!!!





Market Bag in White is done. Red floral embellishment is just the right contrast for the white, don't you think? Now I will work on the corded bag and the MOL bag.
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Messy, Messy,Messy




So, when I get an idea into my head.......sometimes it just wont let go. I have not been happy with the furniture arrangement of my sewing/craft room for a while. I have no closet door, and did not have very much workspace on the floor. Daughter 1, and 2 and I began this project Tuesday evening. First we pulled off everything from the shelves. Most of it was stacked into the floor. Then we moved all the furniture to its new home. Third, we began the slow and arduous task of folding, tossing, and organizing all that was left. I had listed over 150 craft/sewing/project books last week on Amazon, so that was a start to sorting the books. This is the progress after we had done this much. I have purchased new shelves to go over the long the tall table and hopefully this weekend will make further progress. I love clean and tidy spaces, so right now this is very frustrating.
For another messy, messy cleanup go visit blog artist extroidinaire Dave Lowe at http://davelowe.blogspot.com/2009/09/labor-day-project-windex-strikes-back.html
He has been blogging about his ghastly garage clean out since April. HAHAHA!
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Messy, Messy, Messy


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Messy, Messy, Messy


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Mama's Got a Brand New Bag!

Have begun another bag. This one is from my MOL. whose 60th wedding anniversary will be in October. They are having a "wedding" hosted and planned by one of their many granddaughters. They were married by the Justice of the Peace originally, so this is a very special day. Anyhow, this bag is made up of 4 separately crocheted panels, stitched together, then topped with bands of color from the 4 panels, and a drawstring closure to top it off.



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Market Bag Update

More progress on the white Market Basket. I have only one more row to finish. Have already decided to embellish with some colored flowers attached near the handle on one side.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Plarn

I crocheted this little coaster from my desk the other day to try my hand a crocheting Plarn. Plarn is yarn made from plastic bags. I cut my strips 3/4" wide, looped them altogether, and whipped up this little gem. I wanted to see what this material would work up like as well as see what the finished product would be like. I can say that I do not care much for Plarn. I don't like the stiffness to the project, or the noise it gives off when handled. I'm glad I tried it but this will not be something I need to do again.
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I have been crocheting these bags for the grocery shopping. One will be in the variegated cord that I love so, and another will be in white as it was a very soft stretchy fiber. This is mindless crochet, and easy for me to do in the car or while I have something else that needs attention. We have also made a few of the grocery bags for use instead of the plastic ones from the market, but have more cut than sew together at this point.
The pattern is from The Purl Bee (http://www.purlbee.com/crocheted-linen-grocery-tote/2009/9/3/whits-knits-crocheted-linen-grocery-tote.html). I chose crochet rather than knitting this time. My only alterations thus far has been to begin the circle with a small plasting ring instead of the 11 sc in the beginning chain.