Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Nothing Like It!

Holidays are in full swing and our house is turning into a Winter Wonderland.  If only outdoors would match us!  All we get is rain...wrong form of precipitation.  I may get side way glances from this statement,but I MISS SNOW!!  It doesn't have to be a lot.  A little will do.  Pretty white snowflakes that do not need shoveling like my roots in WI.  Magical white flakes that lift the spirit and complete the Christmas season. 

The Christmas tree is up and smelling of fresh pine!  I placed some twinkling white lights on it this morning.  When Ayden arrives home from school, him and I are going to do some ornament hanging.  Probably some Christmas music and hot chocolate too.  Warm and cozy times to come under our Twinkling Lights Quilt.  Inside from the unpleasant, rainy, cool weather. 

Aside from the stockings being hung and the the nativity scene on display, I did a Google search the other night to hunt down the letter "J" for our baby girl.  I am going to do her whole name in stitches and turn it into a banner for her room.  If you click on this above pic,it would help get a better view of what the letter looks like.  For some reason or another the camera or photographer was not cooperating;)  I started on a leaf of the beginning tulips last night and I can already foresee it is going to be  quite a lovely project to partake.  I am 30 weeks pregnant today and so this embroidery will keep me busy for awhile.

This is the diaper bag I spoke about last week.  All finished and ready for goodies to be placed inside.  I used an older tutorial for this one and if you email me you can get it from me if interested.  Simply because  I wasn't super thrilled with the tutorial altogether.  I wish there had been more pics for those of us who, aren't avid bag makers.  Some steps were flat out confusing and it took me reading them several times,several before I grasped what she meant.  Even then I still had to unpick a few times.  Overall it was an easy bag to create.  More details though and it would have been fun.  I used heavy weight interfacing,but not enough.   That was my fault,but I think once it is filled up it will do fine.  Also, the elastic for the inside double fold bias edging was supposed to bunch up some,but it really didn't serve its purpose.  Better luck next time in that front.

What I do really like about this bag is the magnetic closure which was easy to put in btw.  I also love the big straps for ease of carrying and the fact that it took me a day to sew this bag up!  I am so thrilled with the vibrancy of the bag in its entirety.  It screams girly bag to me.  Happy!  Happy!

Inside the pockets are lined with some double fold bias tape and for more sturdiness I took a piece of cardboard and clear masking tape and covered it in more mermaid sweetness. 

Mermaid hiding out at the bottom.  There are 8 pockets total inside.  I though about adding one outside,but I think this will do. 

Each time I look at this bag, I adore it even more!!  Lots of diaper changes will be accomplished in fashion!  (Only about a 1/4 yd left of Out to Sea Mermaids by Sarah Jane :( so I may need to get more for a changing pad while out and about)

 Heirloom Opal in Fuchsia by Joel Dewberry
Out to Sea Mermaid Play in Breeze  by Sarah Jane
Aurifil thread 50 wt and some misc. Hot Pink thread throughout for topstitching

Do you ever finish a project and then go ok now what else did I want to sew??  I did that after I finished this bag yesterday.  I don't know how I could forget what I want to DO yet??!!!!  Once the pregnancy/mama brain came back,  I started on my last, LAST Lucky Stars block for the year!

A heap of solids with a sprinkle of prints here and there are going into my December block. 

After this star, I will be looking out for a post from Elizabeth Dackson on different variations in which to put the whole years worth of stars together in a quilt.  The year has been a great learning experience in paper piecing,but I am ready to move on.  New projects are wanting to "grow my brain" as Ayden says;)

Enjoy some hot chocolate today with lots of marshmallows  k?   :)



Terri said...

Love that mermaid fabric! What a nice surprise to use that for the inside. All those pockets are going to be awesome to have.

Na Na said...

Really nice bag. I'm curious, are you making and using cloth diapers for the baby?

Dee said...

Agreeing that the mermaid fabric is to sweet! Your sampler is going to be beautiful! What a lucky little lady she is, and your son for getting to cuddles with mom under such a lovely quilt! Blessed Christmas to you all!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

You don't have to ask me twice about hot chocolate!!! :)

Have you ever had the Land o Lakes brand? It's been my favorite for 15 years+ but lately it's been really hard to find in the local grocery stores. I like the raspberry and hazelnut flavors and just order them by the case online. It's worth it to pay double just so I have it in stock!

The diaper bag turned out really pretty. It is so vibrant and bright and looks like it will carry a lot with all those pockets inside. What changing pad tutorial are you going to use? I think that should be relatively easy to make. Do you use cloth or disposable diapers? When I suggested using cloth once, my husband kindly told me if I want to stay married I should just stick with disposable. He meant that in a joking manner but I got the point;)

30 weeks...the big day is coming soon! I bet all of you can't wait to meet Jade!

Chris Dodsley @made by ChrissieD said...

Your bag looks fab - I love how that #4 fabric worked out with the mermaid fabric ;D Looking forward to seeing what comes next :D

Jasmine said...

Your bag really did turn out awesome. I too sometimes wonder, "now what was I going to do?" I just can't blame pregnancy brain anymore- lol.

Lorna McMahon said...

Hot chocolate with marshmallows sounds like a great after school drink to make for the kids today, Sara! Thanks for that idea! Your diaper bag does look very girly and it is going to be very handy. Great job!

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said...

I love the holiday season! We had a day off of school last Friday, but even though our precipitation was frozen, it was ice, not snow- yuck! Oh well, a day off of school is a day off, right? haha! I love your bag! It looks so roomy and versatile!

Thank you so much for sharing this at Needle and Thread Thursday!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Live a Colorful Life said...

You used one of my very favorite Joel Dewberry prints for that bag--it's so pretty! And hot chocolate sound SO good right about now. Actually I would LOVE to have some rain around here. We are so below our yearly expected precipitation.