Sunday, January 13, 2008

Catching Up

While I was out of commission last week not only did I not post to my blog but I didn't even feel up to reading the long list of blogs I've made a habit of visiting. I think I've been cruising around Blogland for almost 3 hours now, catching up! I know there's a way to subscribe to a lot of the blogs, I just haven't taken the time to learn the details or figure out how to do it yet. I'm not a techno-geek, just a fiber geek!

I have finally put in some time on the tote bag challenge that's due later this week. I'm not showing pictures of what I've done so far because I know at least one member of the group reads this blog and I want it to be a surprise. This is what the tote bag originally looked like:



And this is the fabric that we're supposed to use on the tote bag somehow:



One of the group members suggested pre-washing the bags because she was leery of shrinkage. Good thinking! Once washed and dryed the bag was significantly smaller. Shorter and skinnier. What I will tell you is that I removed the handles from the tote bag, intending to replace them with custom-made handles. Well, that little experiment didn't work. It's been a long time since I've had such a complete failure. I finally gave up and went out to buy more webbing ~ because the handles will have to be longer than the ones I took off the bag. And that's all I'm going to say about that!

The bright spot of the last week was when my friend C~ stopped by to drop off a piece of fabric she'd found that had my name on it!


This is a flannel print she found on clearance at JoAnn Fabrics. My first thought was gift bags a la Tonya at Lazy Gal Quilting. You can see her bags here and here. (She also has a tutorial for making them; check the sidebar on her blog.) C~ also brought me a couple of ties she'd picked up at a new thrift store in the area. I didn't photograph them as they were rather fragrant. They went straight into the laundry and have now been washed, ironed dry, and assimilated into the stash.

I want to thank everyone who has been leaving comments for me. I may or may not get back to you (it often depends on whether you are a no-reply commenter) but know that I appreciate your input and your good wishes.

3 comments:

Barbara C said...

Skulls and candy canes--now that's quite a combination.

Good luck with your tote bag challenge.

Sassenach said...

A pirate Christmas...cool.

My, haven't you been the productive one!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

oh what an absolute hoot that fabric is. I've never seen anything like it. heee hee hee. fabulous gift bags. Try Bloglines (there's a widget in my sidebar) - incredibly easy to use. seriously. and then you don't have to go check on each blog individually.