Saturday, April 12, 2014

Happy Saturday!

I know, this is not a craft project post.  It's something a little different....if you will. 
I've had it in my head to make mini cupcakes for the past several days.  Last weekend I attended a few different craft shows.   There is a lady that has a mini cupcake business that she runs out of her home.  She sells them for a little over $1 per mini cupcake.   They are the cutest most scrumptious looking cupcakes!  The person I was with bought a tiny little box of four and was kind enough to share with me.  YUMMMMMYYY! 
So, that is why mini cupcakes have been on my mind.  I had to make some.  I dug out my cake decorating supplies and my mini cupcake supplies.  Then got to work.  I even made my own homemade frosting.  How is that for overachieving today?  HA!   
They turned out cute--If I can say so myself. 
I've been working on an online class today and I keep trying to talk myself out of running down and getting a snack.  Every time I think of these little things I channel Agnes in the movie "Despicable Me!"  I must say "It's so FLUFFY!"  (Click on quote to see clip from movie.  It's toward the end of clip.)  That is one of my favorite sayings.  I guess that's an insight into my warped sense of humor.  It's amazing how applicable it can be in so many different contexts. 
Hope you all have a SWEET Saturday! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Midtown Messenger Bag

This is the Midtown Messenger Bag from Betz White.  It is April's Bag of the Month Club Bag. 
Midtown Messenger Bag-front
Lately, I have been making bags for others out of outgrown clothing they provide me.   So, I decided to make a bag from some of my children's outgrown clothing.  This bag was made from a pair of my son's cargo shorts, a pair of jeans, painter's cloth, and scrap fabric. 
  Since I deiced to use a pocket from the shorts on the front of the flap, I changed the pattern slightly here.  Instead of cutting the flap strip, flap center panel and flap side panel, I used the flap lining panel to cut the top of the flap piece.  The pocket on the flap is useable.
I love the look of the Tuck Catch Closures, but I had a hard time finding them.  There wasn't much of a selection online, either.  I finally had an "Aaaah Haaa! Moment."  I searched for and found the closest leather specialty store.  That is where I got the ones I used.   They were less expensive than the ones I found online, too. 
Midtown Messenger Bag-Front of bag under flap
Under the flap there is a divided slip pocket on the front.  I've left the pockets (from the shorts) useable.  Whew!  It was not easy to cut these pieces.   
Midtown Messenger Bag-Zipper top
This is a picture of the inside of the bag.  You can see the tablet pocket.  This pocket closes with a Velcro square.   
This is the back of the bag.  There is another slip pocket here.  As you can see, this is the top front of the shorts. 
I've tried on several occasions to make a "m-urse"  (A.K.A-a bag for a man).  :)   The men in my family  always tell me that the "m-urses" I make are too "girlie."   I thought "Oh ya!  I've got it now!  If I use my son's clothing, then it for sure will be 'manly.'"  So, what did they say when I showed them this bag?..."It looks girlie."  Whatever!  :)
So, what do you think?  Is this a "girlie" bag? 

Monday, March 31, 2014

ReLoved Clothing Backpack-- Part 3

Sorry this picture is blurry...I took this pic a long time ago and just now realized that it's blurry.  I no longer have this bag in my possession.  UGGG! 
Anywho...If you'll remember back to this post ReLoved Clothing Backpack Part 1, and this post ReLoved Clothing Backpack Part 2, these backpacks are made from ReLoved clothing.  This bag was made for my neighbors son. 
The next backpack to be posted is for my neighbor herself.  
Y'all come back now....ya hear?!  Yep, I'm old enough to remember what TV show that came from.  :) 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Convertable Bag Pattern--By Mrs. H.

Hello everyone!  This fun very useful bag is March's pattern from Bag of The Month Club.   Have I mentioned how much I LOVE this Bag of the Month Club!  Best present to myself EVER!  This Convertible Bag Pattern is from Patterns by Mrs. H. 
Convertible? You may be asking yourself?  YES!  This bag can be carried three ways!  On the shoulder, cross body or as a backpack!  LOVE IT!
So, once again, I was playing around.  I added the bow on the flap.  I wasn't so sure I liked the bow--after I was done.  So I tried the flower on the bow.  Well, I think I like the flower a little better--check with me a little later...I might change my mind.  HAAAAA!
This is the front of the bag with the flap open.  It has a nice big pocket on the front.  The pattern calls for a "thumb catch" closure.  When searching online I also found them to be called "Tuck Lock Clasps."  Instead, I used a twist lock closure.  Since I changed the closure I also had to change the way I put it together.  I sewed around the sides and bottom of the front pocket right sides together.  Leaving the top edge unstitched.  I then pressed the seam allowance along the top edge then clipped the corners and around curves then turned right side out--tucking in the top edge.  I then pressed this really well.  I placed and pinned the pocket on the bag according to directions.  Then I decided where on the flap I wanted to place the twist lock opening.  I attached that part on the flap.  I then roughly figured out where on the front pocket I'd need to place the lock part of the twist lock.  On mine I figured about 1" higher than the pattern.  Mine was about 2 1/2" from the bottom of the front pocket.   I marked the prong placement.  I then marked on the front of the bag where my pocket was placed, removed it, and carefully cut through ONLY the top layer of the front pocket.  NOT the lining.  I then added my interfacing square, my fray check,  and the lock and washer part of the twist lock.  Then I edge stitched along the top edge.  I placed it back on the bag front and continued as per the instructions. 
This is the inside of the bag.  There is a nice divided slip pocket on one side and a zippered pocket on the other side.   
This is the back of the bag.  There is also a nice zippered pocket on the back!  SQUEE!  :)   You can tell that the strap is attached at the sides--for the shoulder and or cross body options. 
Here is the bag with the straps to make a backpack  The other slight change I made was since my strap hardware was slightly wider than the instructions, I also had to adjust the back tunnel piece to accommodate the wider strap. 
That's all for now!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tilda Dolls #3 and #4

I am numbering the Tilda Dolls that I end up posting on this blog.  There are no real numbers to the Tilda Dolls.
These dolls came from different patterns in two different books.  There are several books by Toni Finager.  I love to browse them all.  There are so many cute projects...Great for using scraps of fabric too. 
These dolls were a gift. 
I hope you have a wonderful day!   

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Crochet Market Bag

Here is another crocheted market bag.  I've made this bag a few times before (  The free pattern link can be found on that post.  

This time I decided to make it striped.   I started with white then changed to red.  I switched colors every two rows. 

Sorry for the poor pic.  I took this quick pic. Then gave it as a gift.

That's all for now! 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Three Birthdays and A Sympathy

What do three birthdays and a sympathy have in common?  Well, that'd be my card design of course.  :)  Yep, that's what happens when I'm short on time.  I only changed the sentiment. 
I don't think I've made a card since October's Hope You Can Cling To Challenge.  
Have a wonderful day!