A weekend of crafting…

When I found out I was to have a light work week, I decided that for President’s Day I would make the drive south to San Francisco to visit my friend Sharon.  Actually, Sharon lives in Albany.  Sharon is also a friend for study abroad and enjoyed the weekly tea evenings as well as “Thursday night dinners” which is probably what started my cooking craze.  Actually, it was after a conversation with Sharon that I decided to become a vegetarian back in 2000.  Sharon isn’t a vegetarian, and I’m not exactly sure what the conversation was that triggered this conviction of mine, but so it goes.  Nearly 9 years later, I’m still experimenting with tofu and black beans.

The “winter storm” advisory over the pass, through the Siskiyou Mountains convinced me that even with my new “chains” for my tires, it wasn’t a wise idea to venture out of the Valley.  Instead, I decided to craft and bake ALL weekend.  I found a pattern for a handbag online at crafter.org (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=a3e7294f08ac676b5f0adebcd52f1867&topic=32204.0 )  Hey — I can use my scraps!  And, so I did.

I wanted this to be a sturdy little handbag, so I bought some interfacing although I really didn’t know what I was doing.  I think you were supposed to iron it on and the go along your merry way.  For some reason, I thought that you were supposed to iron it on, and then peel it off.  Yeah.  That didn’t work.  Waving goodbye to another $2.50.

The sewing was relatively easy this time around because it’s a lot straight stitches and you can hide the errors in the seams.  I think the strap is a little too long, but so it goes.  I also sewed a strip on the outside for decoration and added some velcro.  I’m not exactly sure what to do with it or who will be fortunate enough to receive it.  It doesn’t exactly scream professional, but maybe it could be cute hanging on a door or cabinet to hold magazines, napkins, or something….

(side view)

(side view)

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