Saturday, June 9, 2012

A Better [looking] Reusable Bag

I have made a more intentional effort to stop using plastic bags when I shop. I find this much easier to do when I go grocery shopping versus when I stop for a few items at a smaller store.  In making this switch, I've found a few things that I like about reusable bags, and I few things I don't and have taken these things into account when making my own bags.  I've found that I like a bag that is big, but can fold down into a small square.  It's much simpler to use a reusable tote when I'm at a quick stop if I have one in my purse ... but not convenient at all if that tote takes up my whole purse. I'm also a sucker for something that has a little personality, something that looks better than the average reusable bag, something that I enjoy .... well, toting!

My favorite usable bag is one that I bought from Michaels so, when I made mine, that was the pattern I used.  The sides and bottoms are one long strip (7" across & 46' long).  The other two main pieces are the front and back (they measure 17" deep & 13" across).  In order to connect the sides and back a single folded 1/2" binding is used.  I made the handles 20" long & 1" across. 

I was able to use quilting quarters that hadn't been used in previous quilts I've made, which made these bags almost completely made from recyclable materials.  And in order to add that bit of personality I wanted in a bag, I used the material left over to make a patch for each bag. I added text using fabric markers.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A New Adventure

Well, after being a stay at home mom for just under six months I found that I was in need of a little something more (as if my plate wasn't full enough).  I have always loved making things and the extra time at home gave me more time to do just that.  Originally, these hair clips were a fun activity that Evelyn and I decided to do together.  It wasn't long after we started, and our house was filled with more clips than one could ever wear, that I thought I could possibly share these with others.  After receiving some encouragement from a friend of mine who works in a hair salon, I have decided to make and sell these fun flowered hair clips.

I am a ponytail wearer ... it is an almost everyday affair for me.  I like the way my face is framed by a pony (I think it makes me look younger :). When a friend of mine gave me some grief for never changing it up I tried to think of some ideas to continue to wear my trustworthy pony, but add some color and life to it.  These hair clips are what came to mind.

I have other plans for scrafting items I want to work on and sell.  And I hope to write a little about the process, as well as show off my work, here on this blog.

 I hope you will follow me on this new adventure!  I'm excited to see what it may bring.  Since I love creating so much, I can imagine that - even if I never sell a piece - the excuse alone to keep my hands busy will be well worth the effort.