Thursday, 16 April 2015

Whilst I Was Away...

... issue 20 of Love Patchwork & Quilting came out. I made a tote bag for this issue.

I'm really proud of this tote. (A) Because 'bag making' is totally out of my comfort zone and coming up with something that had a unique twist really challenged me. And (B) the idea in my brain worked in actuality. (Yes, there was a huge sigh of relief on my part!)

What makes this bag a little different than other totes is the fact that besides the front and back outside pockets created between the bag handles there are pockets on either end as well. A great spot to pop your umbrella, a bottle of water, or half a baguette (joking - sort of!). Plus the seams for the outside pockets are hidden behind the straps for the bag. 

While the pattern for the tote is in issue 20, Love Patchwork & Quilting is offering up the accompanying zippy pouch pattern for free on their blog. 

It's a very simple pouch so if you haven't tackled zippers before this is an easy place to start. And if zippers scare you, I totally get you. It took me over two years to get over my fear and make something with a zipper. I started with a pouch like this. The pouch has a loop so it can be secured inside the tote to hold your sunglasses, cash, or jam for the baguette (joking, again). 

Anyway, it's good to be able to show you something I've sewn. With luck I will do more of that occupation again soon. Thanks for sticking it out through all the non-sewing fun stuff. 


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

And The Holiday Is Over

But the jet lag is kicking butt. More with me than them. Since My last blog post we have had more wonderful times, the highlights of which are -

A day spent at Universal Islands of Adventure where we spent a great deal of our time either getting soaked, or upside down. We were there for ten and a half hours and had a total blast. I'd go back tomorrow given half a chance. 

Then when we flew back to Detroit Francine and I detoured to Pink Castle and I tried not to hyperventilate while I bought a bit of fabric. I kind of got overwhelmed. So wish I lived next door. 

Once back across the border in Canada the girls got a few days with their cousins. As you can tell they benefit from a different gene pool than my two. 

Then we headed for a couple of nights in Toronto with my brother. 

Highlights of our time there included the giant trampoline place. A nighttime visit up the CN Tower. You can tell which child was unphased by the glass floor and which one didn't trust the engineering. We also spent a day at the Ontario Science Centre, where we were joined by an old friend of mine that I've known for about thirty years. Always good to see friends, and introduce your children to them. Thanks for driving down to the city to see us, Gary! (Yup, he reads this blog.)

Toronto also catered to my food side with two Chinese meals, Mexican and an amazing Greek meal on the Danforth. Restaurant choice has to be the thing I miss most about living in a city. We also did a shopping trip to the Eaton Centre, because it just has to be done. 

Then we came home. I've unpacked, sort of maybe. Okay, all the fabric and notions are in the sewing space. I know what is important! 

Besides the Pink Castle extravaganza I had a package from Knotted Thread deliverer to the hotel in Orlando, and some destash purchases. And my bestie had a FQ bundle waiting as a Christmas present for me too. The notions I bought at Joann's. I'd like to say that I won't be buying fabric in a while, but I may have impulsively bought some destash that Aneela Hoey posted online today. 

Okay, someone stop me now. I have a holiday to finish paying for. 


Monday, 6 April 2015

Wet and Wild?

Yesterday was mostly spent upside down or getting soaked to the bone.

Can you spot the girls in the photo on the raft above? Me and the bestie sat the second run on that ride out for the pure pleasure of standing above and shooting them with the water guns. 

It was such a good day. Ten and a half hours were spent at Universal Islands of Adventure and we just went from ride to ride with barely a pause. While we won't discuss cost (because I'll be paying for this one for a while), investing in an express pass for each of us was worth every penny. I think the longest we waited to get on a ride was less than ten minutes. Many rides were done multiple times. The girls gave the day a 10/10 rating. I'll call that a complete success then.

Today we do nothing. Other than a bit of shopping, laze around the pool and go for dinner. Back to the Great White North tomorrow - which thankfully is no longer white. 


Saturday, 4 April 2015


Gorgeous weather, my girls and my bestie, and a water park. Pure bliss.

We spent all day at Blizzard Beach. I'd still be there if (a) the girls hadn't been tired, and (b) they didn't close at 6pm. Hope you're all enjoying your Easter weekend. 


Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Not A Bit Of Sewing Was Packed!

I'm on holiday. And I will admit that I packed trashy novels for beach / poolside reading and not one iota of sewing. This holiday is all about relaxing. 

I left home and husband behind, brought the girls and flew to Toronto on Saturday. We immediately left the city with my best friend and went to her little town of Clinton close to the shores of Lake Huron. Jet lagged and full of cold, Sunday was a struggled or me. But we explored the area, had a terrific lunch out and the girls were treated to a little dusting of snow later on in the day. 

So that was enough of the cold! Monday morning we left the house early, early (best friend in tow), headed for Detroit and flew South to Tampa. Last night we were walking on Clearwater Beach happy as can be. Eating yummy seafood outside and generally feeling like life was good. 

I may have indulged in girlie drinks. 

Strawberry lemonade martini to be precise. 

And now I am (almost) germ free - I think the cocktails and sunshine did the trick. Jet lag has been conquered. And in the morning we head for Disneyworld. The girls are loving it all, maybe just as much as me. Plus the best friend is mercifully doing all the driving so I don't have to remember little things like which side of the road to drive on. 

I'm telling you, life is good. And for those looking for sewing, sorry for the distinct lack of it of late. I'm recharging my batteries and I'll be back to it with a vengeance very soon. Besides, I'm bound to purchase a little bit of fabric over here that will need playing with upon our return.