Anyway I am here now and it is so lovely to see you all - what a treat it is for me. I must admit that I stayed up late last night to sew the lining into the bag - it wouldn't work with the sewing machine so it was hand sewing all the way around. Since I have worked on the machine I have found it easier whereas in the past I would have always hand stitched as much as I could. When I look at my handiwork it doesn't look that professional so I am never as pleased with it and would always rather machine it. But needs must.
I must say that I used a different type of wadding this time and was not as pleased with the end result as I was with Lauren's bag. This one was much more fluffy and tends to get tangled in the machine, I kept worrying that the needle would break but it didn't. I certainly wouldn't use this type of wadding again in the future for things like this.
I have used more buttons on this one as I thought they would make a change from my usual beads. There are some beads on it but not as much as Lauren's as I was very conscious that I was going to run out of time before the birthday party next week.
This is the front with the little elastic tags on. I am going to attach some orange buttons as that is her favourite colour.
Below is the little bead to signify her special birthday date - I hope she likes it.
Here it is finished below. Looking at it now I feel disappointed as I think there are too many buttons on it but I had to move on as time is short. What do you think lovely Folks? I always seem to leave myself short of time - not deliberately as there is a lot to do as we all know but time seems to slip through my hands like water. Any advice about time management gratefully received.
I bought a Cath Kidston birthday card which contains a little hankie which I thought was sweet. I always hope handkerchiefs will make a comeback but I guess they won't as they are quite unhygienic I suppose and we don't all the time to boil and iron them nowadays. But, who knows..............I know that the lovely Hannapat loves them as I do - am saving you some Hannapat for when we meet up.
Here is the hankie - lovely!
You may remember this little pouch below which I made ages ago. I thought it would make a handy insert for the bag so that she can put any little bits and pieces such as hankies, comb and so on.
I have put in a little soap and some nice body cream - always useful, especially for me at my age.
As you can see below, the pouch just fits in nicely into the bag. Oh I do hope she likes it, one can never tell with such things.
Now lovely Folks I need your kind advice here. I am dithering over the cushion - shall I make the main piece in the orange which I know she will love and have in the inner piece brown? Any applique can be then done in the brown and would be quite effective and eye-catching I think. Or, shall I do it the other way around - I need to make a decision by tomorrow so I can start it. I am wondering about putting her nick name in big letters, not sure how it will look. I had thought of cutting out some of the orange patterns and stitching them on to the brown - oh dear, another decision to make and I am stuck. Help!
I also thought about making a small brooch out of this orange zip and putting it on the cushion somewhere, there isn't much room left on the bag for a brooch now so it would have to be on the cushion. What do you think? I am sure you are getting as confused as I am.
Well lovely Folks I will leave you soon. I am so so tired today, have had a really weary day and not my best at all so apologies for the lacklustre post. I get so fired up about life and want to run 100 miles an hour with everything but then get shot down in flames when I overtire myself as I have today. I was going to cut out the cushion tonight but am going to stop instead and wait for tomorrow. I am hoping you will send me some lovely ideas as you always do.
One little message to a lovely friend who I love dearly - J has had some upsetting news and she has been on my mind all day - do send her lots of positive wishes dear Friends as she badly needs them now. She is the most wonderful sewer and crafter and undersells herself all the time. I am so far away from her it is so hard to do anything really concrete except send her lots of love and good wishes. I am sending her a big virtual hug and hope you will do too.
I will hopefully speak to you all tomorrow dear Friends, do leave a comment as I love hearing from you, it makes it all worthwhile. Be safe, be happy and laugh. Lots of love to you as always, Dorothy :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx