January Dump

This is a bit of a filler post, I apologize. It’s a bunch of stuff I made in January but never got around to blogging, perhaps because I was busy with the making, and with all that other stuff. So here you go:

I made this little artist-tote thingummy for Marita’s daughter Heidi’s birthday. The inspiration came from several places, but in the end I sat down and made it up as I went. Despite a few dud calculations, I think it turned out okay.
Mini Artist Tote outside
Mini Artist Tote inside

My sister stayed with us for a couple of days in January, and asked if I could make her a pouch for her new digital camera. The camera is shockproof and waterproof, so the pouch didn’t need to provide super protection, just a barrier against scratching. The first attempt came out a bit small (bonus for me, as it’s now my coin purse), but number two was a winner.
Zipper pouches

Next up, bibs (same spotty fabric!) for a friend’s baby. This is where I shamefacedly admit I haven’t sent them off yet, d’oh! Suzie, if you’re reading this, I’m so sorry, and pretend to be surprised when you (finally) see them, okay?
More bibs

Then, Finn’s school library bag gave me the chance to use up some more of that mushroom fabric, plus co-ordinating colours picked by him (hence the yellow, of which I am less than fond):
School library bag

But wait. That’s not all! I also made a green stripy grocery bag – no pic, but it’s from this craftster tute. It was easy peasy, and I plan to make a bunch more. Aaaand, then, squeaking in on the last and second last days of January, I de-and-reconstructed a men’s green shirt to make a school Art Smock. Yay!

And just in case you think I wasn’t busy enough in January, guess what else I did? (This will make you fall down in disbelief, I promise)… I read FOUR books:

  1. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
  2. Other People’s Children (Joanna Trollope)
  3. I Choose To Live (Sabine Dardenne)
  4. Dandelion Soup (Babs Horton)

(Of those, I heartily recommend the First and Fourth, but reserve merely a ‘meh‘ for the others).

So now. I think you can guess what two of my New Year’s Resolutions were!

7 responses to “January Dump

  1. I love the sketch book – what a great idea, and the perfect gift!

  2. Wow, you have been BUSY!! Everything looks just fabulous.

    I agree that The Time Traveller’s Wife is an excellent, excellent read!

  3. Mel, Mel, Mel, you are stupendous! I just received the best parcel from you that I think I have ever received. Please, please show some pics on your blog of how you royally spoilt me, then send me an email so that I can endow you with even more praises.

  4. Love the tote that you made for Heidi and the library bag for Finn. Congratulations on the new car, we have a 307 wagon, and we love it.

  5. That little artist tote was the best gift she got. Still plays with it and everything where as most of the others are already broken, those not broken are of no further interest to her (probably why they have not ended up broken.)

    We went shopping at Preston Market last week. I stuck Heidi in the backseat of the car to contain her whilst I transfered groceries from the trolley to the car boot. Quick peek into the car revealed Heidi happily sitting in her car seat colouring away with the little tote spread across her lap.

    Thank you so much.

  6. Wow, you are a sewing machine! (hah, I crack myself up). I love the sketch book and pencils thing… and that library bag… and well, everything! I wish I could sew well, and I really appreciate how freakin’ awesome your stuff is

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