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Monday, September 14, 2009

Music Bag

Music Bag

On my last productive day (crafting wise) in the states I set to work making Julia a tote bag for her piano music. She requested a market bag in gold and showed me a few examples of what she liked. I knew this would be last sewing project for awhile so I wanted it to be simple enough yet challenge my skills. After thinking it through (very informally) for a few days I decided I definitely wanted to use piping on the sides and add a gusset. This was my first attempt at making my own pattern/design and not following anyone’s tutorials (which the exception of this apron which was a combination).

Music Bag

I’m really excited and think it turned out quite well. The bag is reversible with gold and gray stripes on one side and a muted beige and cream on the other. I turned a little mishap into a design feature when I ran out of length for the straps. I pieced the two fabrics together to create the full length and like the way the two patterns blend when the bag is worn.

Music Bag

I think a white “wishing flower” (dandelion) would look lovely fabric painted to the widest gray stripe. Similarly, fabric paint on the more muted fabric would look lovely as well. Knowing my (timid) artistic skills and knowing Julia’s (fabulous) artistic skills… I left that task to her discretion.

Music Bag

In addition to the tote bag, I whipped up a little tiny bonus box bag using the same material. I just love these little things.

Monday, September 7, 2009


SIP: Day 67

A few weeks ago my mom and I headed out to the local peach orchard, picked 20lbs of peaches, and had them canned by noon. I love those kind of mornings.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Napkins to Pack


My scout in Abu Dhabi mentioned she had a hard time finding cloth napkins. When I combined this information with the knowledge that Stitchcraft is selling it's remaining fabric at $5 a yard... I settled on a quick little project to keep myself busy during the Great Wait of '09.

During this project I abandoned the style of corners I had been so excited about this spring. Now, instead of snipping off the raw corners, I just fold the fabric over. This way I don't have exposed raw edges if the sides don't line up correctly. (Except reading the tutorial again, that's pretty much what it's telling you to do... I just didn't follow it from memory very accurately!)

It seems a little silly to pack your own cloth napkins... but they certainly don't weigh much. And you just never know when you might need one...

(Currently flying over the US...)

Thursday, September 3, 2009


Finally I feel like I can tell you, Blogland, what many people already know...

I'm moving to the Middle East!

SIP: Day 20
FedExing my contract, what a nice employee to take my photo

Just when I felt like it was safe to announce, my departure date would be delayed another week. Finally, about a month later than anticipated, I received my itinerary!

Flying out Saturday in the early morning to arrive in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Sunday evening.

What might I be doing in the Middle East? Teaching primary school, of course!

Lucky me, one of my favorite very people will be there too! In fact, she's been there scouting it out for the past week and half...

Keep up with me on my new travel blog: Battered Suitcases. Remember to bookmark or follow along via Google Reader or Bloglines! (You won't want to miss it...)

I'll still be crafting and posting on this blog, but perhaps a bit less frequently. I'm bringing along as many knitting and embroidery supplies as seems responsible considering I'm packing for two years. In the meantime, the plan is to schedule a few posts to keep the blog running while I'm traveling and settling in!

I can't wait to get out into a new part of the world!

"She's got the whole world in her hands"

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Green Beans and Beans and Beans

SIP: Day 71

Good golly, my green beans refused to stop growing this year. Last week I picked as many beans as I could transport back to my mom's house. We spent the morning preparing the beans to eat this winter by washing, chopping, blanching, and packaging them up.

My favorite way to eat green beans this season involves a quick little jump into the skillet and a very delicious homemade peanut sauce.