poor sad dinosaurs

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i took pictures the other day of all the many fabric squares and rectangles i’ve been cutting for B’s messenger bag. i FINALLY finished cutting them all out, which took forever. the fabric, scissors, pattern pieces, pins, and iron have all been sitting out on our coffee table for all of february now, taunting me that i’m not done.

well, now i’m done, but so is my camera’s memory card, flashing ERROR at me through the camera screen and displaying none of the beautiful pictures i’ve been taking. (there goes my plan for a fast and easy blog post for the day.)

so, you don’t get to see the pictures of the dark brown tweed for the exterior of the bag, and you don’t get to see the cotton blue and green and orange DINOSAUR-patterned fabric for the interior of the bag. DINOSAURS! poor sad dinosaurs with no one to admire them except me and B and lu.

eventually, if my scheme goes according to plan, i will embroider the outline of a t-rex (don’t worry, in a classy way!) somewhere onto the tweed. people will think it is just quirky until they see the full-out, completely crazy and fun dino-patterned interior. (but only if they’re lucky).

this is what you get, when i make you stuff: crazy patterns you don’t necessarily want, but which you end up loving because they are CUTE!

B’s midterm-week update: 2 tests down, 1 to go. tonight we resisted treats. it was an amazing feat. applause? is that faint applause i hear? thank you, thank you. i owe it all to lu.

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A marriage gift for sustenance

Made from remnants of my fabric stash, and vintage finds from my mom's old stash, I made these napkins to be a set, but not to match

Made from remnants of my fabric stash, and vintage finds from my mom's old stash, I made these napkins to be a set, but not necessarily to match.

A friend from college got married this past weekend, and to celebrate the wedding, I decided to make them a gift that I felt resembled their identity as a couple.  They own a Smart Car, he’s a chef specializing in local foods, and she more than anyone else I knew has taken great steps toward environmental sustainability.  I decided to make them fabric napkins both to honor his vocation and their mutual commitment to a “green life.” When I was finished, I had a hard time giving away the gift that resulted!

Like the napkins, this potholder and all the fabrics used in this project were re-used.

Like the napkins, this potholder and all the fabrics used in this project were recycled.

I used the third component of the package, a picnic placemat, to wrap the gift, eradicating the need for wrapping paper that would eventually be discarded.  The picnic placemat includes a pocket for utensils and a ribbon sewn on the side to package one's lunch, sandwich, or fruit.

I used the third component of the package, a picnic placemat, to wrap the gift, eradicating the need for wrapping paper which would have eventually been discarded. The picnic placemat includes a pocket for utensils and a ribbon sewn on the side to package one's lunch, sandwich, or fruit.

The napkin rings were a fun find at a vintage store.  They're Danish Teak.

The napkin rings were a fun find at a vintage store. They're Danish Teak.


Procrastinatory sewing

A few months ago, I found a sewing machine on the free table in our laundry room.

Me: OMG a sewing machine I want it!

B: Take it.

Me: No, it’s probably broken, or missing pieces…

B: What the worst that can happen? Just take it.

Me: I feel selfish.

B: Take the dern thing.

So I did.

The fabric was given to me from my cousin.

Now that I have a final on Monday and graduation in less than a week, what better time to make new napkins?

Pretty, right?

Poor Church History. So low on everyone’s priority list.