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I’ve been doing a little sewing in the background, because it’s hard not to think about making pretty things–and then make those things happen.

I bought several charm packs of Moda’s Poetry fabric, and made some zakka style curtains for the living room. They sadly don’t photograph well because of all the light behind them, but they came out perfectly and I love them. And then I found myself with an extra charm pack of squares, so I set to work on using them up.

First I made this zakka bunny tote. It’s huge!3

I didn’t use those brick color squares in my living room curtains, because the color was too strong for that use. So they got used up in this tote!

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I embroidered the bunny by hand, and then did some light quilting so the batting stays in place.

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These are actually the fabric patterns in colors that I didn’t like so much. But aren’t they still pretty?

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In case you haven’t checked my etsy shop lately, I will mention this tote is available for sale there. I make too many totes to keep for myself!

This next tote is also using my remaining Poetry fabrics. These were more my first-choice color/patterns, and it’s always a little sob in the heart to use them up. But there’s no purpose if they’re gathering dust on a shelf, right?

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I gave this tote to a writer friend, and included the covered notebook. So she can carry around her notebook and write down all those momentary thoughts before they get away.

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I thrifted the embroidered doily a long time ago, and hurray, it has finally found its purpose! I thrifted that pretty ribbon, too.

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My sister (you can visit her blog, and her etsy shop–she lives in Japan!) gave me the watermelon fabric, and I knew it would end up in an apron.

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That green and pink is pretty vibrant, so finding the right accent fabric could have been a challenge. But you know what? My sister had already given me the rose fabric (Lecien brand, Flower/Sugar pattern from maybe 2015).

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I’m not much of a ruffle person and find making the gathers tedious because I hate pinning, and the thread always breaks, and on and on. But didn’t they turn out lovely? I probably only pricked myself with a pin twice, too.

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Another thrifted doily, just sewed straight on to make a pocket. When the top edge folds naturally over, it makes its own decoration and edge. How perfect is that?

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And lastly, all the apricots on the apricot tree. I swear this tree is only four years old, but it’s about 30 feet tall now. Maybe 20. But MUCH larger than I ever expected. The variety is, if I remember right (and I am pretty sure I do) called Chinese Mormon Apricot.

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Even better? The apricots are not all buggy!

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The branches are so loaded with fruit they are touching the ground.

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And that’s my summer so far. How is yours going?

 

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I’ve been sewing lunch bags. I used Ayumi’s free pattern available on her blog. She kindly put up a tutorial for everyone to use, but asks that the finished goods not be sold. So since I felt like sewing a whole bunch because they are fun to make, I thought I’d give some as gifts and put up 2 (two) TWO for a giveaway.

This folklore-feeling one I have already given as a gift. I love the fabric, it’s Handmade by Bonnie and Camille. So it’s not part of the giveaway, but isn’t it lovely?

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Luckily I kept on sewing.

And sewing.

And sewing.

I’m using the blue one with roses for myself, so it’s not part of the giveaway, either. But isn’t it pretty?

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Everything else is up for grabs.

Like this beauty. The fabric is also Handmade by Bonnie and Camille. I love this fabric line.

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And this fun cowboy themed lunch bag could be yours. Leave a comment, maybe it will happen.

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Or maybe you need to carry your bento box to work? I have the perfect lunch bag for that, too….

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Or come Christmas time, this one will be so perfect. (I forgot to sew the drawstring closure on this one, but it will be completed if you win it!)

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I love romantic roses (I’m sure you do, too), and these are a lovely fabric designed by Tanya Whelan. I love all her fabric.

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Okay, so the rules are easy. Just leave a comment in THIS blog post, and May28th at 8PM Eastern time I will put all the commenter’s names into a lunch bag (instead of a hat!) and pick two winners. Let me know which one you’d like to win. My giveaway is available to US addresses only, because shipping to foreign countries is crazy expensive. I’m sorry about that. Please make sure I have a way to contact you if you DO win.  🙂

Giveaway is now closed!

The winners are Sandy and Beverly. Thank you all for leaving a comment!  🙂

 

 

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I’ve been doing some sewing. Here’s a peek, but check back at the end of the week because there will be a giveaway….

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a little sewing

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randomness

Can you believe it’s supposed to snow again? The last stuff never really went away. Worst winter ever. All the days feel like this.

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So I’ve been pulling out my pretty fabric and sewing happy things.

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I have a new philosophy about “saving” my favorite fabrics: Go ahead and use them up! Now that there’s this thing called the internet, it is way easy to find more favorites–no more being limited by what the local store has. Go ahead and turn those beautiful fabrics into something that makes you happy, because there will never be a better day to do it.

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I went to Target and found this beautiful rolling pin. The body of it is ceramic. It was in the $1 section as you come in the door (it was really $5) and I’m sure as soon as Valentine’s is over you will never see it for sale again. Go quickly to find it!

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Snow or no snow, stay positive! I’ve seen robins in the yard, and geese flying north, so it’s got to be just about over, right?

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flea market find

We went to a flea market/craft show. I thought it was a craft show, but really it was a flea market. In the bigger picture I’m happy with either, I was just expecting crafts. So I didn’t go with enough cash in my pocket to buy everything I wanted–because you never do, do you? I would have left with a lot more. We bought a plate of divinity (don’t you love divinity?), a gently used stuffed horse, and a pair of embroidered pillowcases.

My indoor lighting makes them look dingy, but really the cloth is fresh white.

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The lady who did the embroidery must have been 90. She explained, “There’s a lot of work that goes into these,” and I said, “Yes, I know, that’s why I’m happy to buy it from you instead of doing it myself.”  Because I know there’s 20 hours in these pillowcases. You can’t pay for that, that’s a labor of love. And of course she wasn’t charging as though she’d put 20 hours into them, which always hurts my heart a little bit. I don’t want to take advantage of anyone.

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She had a second pair, but I didn’t have enough cash to buy both, darn it. This pair had a crochet edge, and since I don’t know crochet I opted to buy these. She chose different colors than I would have chosen, so that’s part of the fun buying the work of someone else.

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It makes me wish there were more flea markets to visit. I asked, and it is held only every 4 months. Next time I’ll have to make sure to be prepared!

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I haven’t had a Make Something Pretty Today post in a long time. I just don’t have time to sew anymore. I had the pieces for this bunting all cut out, and then sitting for a while. I wanted to have it displayed for fall, though, so took a Saturday morning to finish it up. These things are ironed 3 times, and for me it’s the ironing I never get around to.

Plus I had to go buy off-white binding for the string. And hey, this time only 12 flags fit on the length of binding–usually 14 fit. So I didn’t expect that, and made 2 extra pennants.

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The colors aren’t exactly traditional for autumn, but I wanted to use the fox fabric. And the orange sort of makes it autumnal, right?

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Altogether, I’m happy with how it turned out!

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