Sunday, October 30, 2011

An experiment, a mistake, and some goodies

I know that Annee has a ton of stuff to post, and I have a feeling it will all blow what I'm about to post out of the water, but for the sake of just getting things going on MoM, I'm sharing what's come out of Made on Maple West Coast.  Not too much, but I think I'm slowly finding my stride with 3 little ones, a husband, house work, and my inner desire to create.

Hopefully that means you'll see more from me soon.  No promises, but I'm crossing my fingers and holding my breath!

Okay, like a month ago, or maybe even longer I had the idea for a cute and simple bag to make.  

I wanted it to have grommets, a braided handle, and stripes.  I'm not sure why all those things got thrown together, but they did, and I made this little number.

I'm still on the fence about it.  It's cute, but I'm not sure it's something I'll repeat.  We'll see.

Around the same time I dreamt up the bag idea, I wanted to make another one of these jumpers that Annee first made for her girls.  When I went to cut my pattern, I realized I had the wrong size pattern.  Luckily I found the right size pattern at JoAnn's for $1.99.  However, I sewed up the jumper last night, and as soon as it was all done, I just knew it was way too big.  Actually I knew before it was all done, but it was only after I completed it that I accepted that it was probably not going to be wearable.

But, I made Grace wear it to church today anyway.  Why not!?  I sacrificed some sleep for it, so I might as well see my hard work put to use.  She didn't seem to mind, and she was thrilled that it had pockets.  Oh well.

On Friday night I set up an assembly line to create some Trick-or-Treating bags for tomorrow night.  

I knew I wasn't going to be able to sew Halloween costumes this year (and I really didn't want to anyway), but when I saw these cute bags on Homemade by Jill, I knew I wanted to make some.  My little ones wanted the Frankenstein bags, but I had leftover orange felt from the Candy Corny Halloween Banner, so the pumpkin bags won out.  

I also thought I should share a picture of Henry sporting his new Quick Change Trousers I made with Sarah Jane's Children at Play. 

I love them.  I love the pattern.  Most of all I love my chubby little model.

And, look at Henry's smile.  I think he loves the pants too.

That's all from the West Coast.  Hopefully I'll have more to share soon!


Annee said...

Yo, you're hair is so long!! I'm still cracking up at how long the jumper turned out. But that's great when something you make can last through more than one season. I like that you saw your project through to the end. Even if it didn't end up being your favorite project, doesn't it help you feel productive that you got it completed?!

I love the little bag. I have some girls who could get pretty excited about that. What's inside of it? It's thicker than just the two layers of fabric, right?

Sarah said...

Cute bag. Creative handle. I like the stripes on it. Glad you are able to find time to tap your creativity a little.

Liz said...

Yes, my hair is long!! I can't decide if I want to keep it long or go for a shorter look. For now long is just easiest!

It felt great getting the darn jumper off my washing machine and mt to do list. And as sad as I was that it was too big, I'm just glad I used fabric that will be a little more grown up, so Grace just might still agree to wear it next year!

Thanks for the bag love! Annee, I put fusible fleece between the two layers of fabric. Maybe I'll make it again and do a little tutorial to go with it. You know because I have so much free time on hand. :)

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