Thursday, September 24, 2015

Favorites: Poolside Tote

I sewed up this Poolside Tote last Spring while I was at Sew South and it's hands down one of my favorite handmade items. I love everything about it - the roominess of the bag, the shape, design, and how purposeful it is. I use it quite a lot but also love just hanging it in an open spot in our house, because I think it brightens up any space. 

I've been stashing fabric less this year, and instead searching out some unique pieces that I really love - fabric that I know will be put to use instead of lingering on my shelf. It's a crazy concept, right? Well, its something I'm working on anyway. I picked up this cotton/linen blend print used on the outside of the bag from Miss Matatabi. So, yeah, I paid a bit more for it, but I used it up and it really makes me happy. It's a fun mix with the striped denim I used for the inside of the bag and handles.

Since all of the fabric I used were midweight, I applied Shapeflex 101 interfacing to all of my pattern pieces. I wanted a bag with some structure, but not too firm. I love the finished weight and feel of this bag.

I'm quite certain there will be another Poolside Tote in my future. It's not just a great bag, but such fun to sew too!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Well, Hello there...

It's been awhile. I wasn't sure I'd make it back here, and I'm still not sure that I'll manage to stay. I disappeared from this space about six months ago, just before we sold our beloved home of twelve years and moved to a new one. Also known as the equivalent stress of having a fourth child. I can't confirm that - I'm just guessing. And, happy that it's behind us!  

These pictures are not my new home (but, how cool would that be), but of the Castle Atalaya in Huntington Beach State Park, SC. A pretty cool place that I have visited all throughout my life. I took these during our beach vacation last week and for some reason, I found them to be somewhat symbolic of my life these days. It's really not something I can describe well or in a way that I think you'd find interesting. But, suffice it to say, it's busier than ever, equally fulfilling and confusing. 

I return to this space quite a bit to try and figure out what I want to do with it, if anything. And, I'm always surprised by how happy it makes me - I find this record of my life, my family, and my handmades to be so meaningful. So, I want to do my best to keep it when I can and share what's on my mind, whether it's about  a favorite handmade, our adventures in life, or fixing up our new home. Sound good? Thanks for sticking around!