making my own napkins and loving it

craft cramming part 1
September 7, 2009, 2:51 pm
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there has been some serious cramming going on. between august 21st and september 1st were ten little morsels of vacation, mine for the taking before school/teaching responsibilities started up again.  what to do with all that freedom?


first on the list was alli‘s lunchbag, which, embarrassingly, has been on the list since january.  i’ve received plenty of grief about it over the past eight months, and rightfully so; but now it is finished and presented, and alli can happily go back to work with her very own lunchbag.  well, maybe she won’t happily go back to work, but she’ll go back to work happy about her lunchbag.  or something.

chickens love bugs
chickens love bugs

chickens love bugs


February 2, 2009, 11:05 pm
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so it’s been an insanely long time since i updated this humble little blog.  don’t think i haven’t been crafting!  on the contrary; i’ve been engaged in several projects during the entire month of january, but as they were all presents for people who read this page, i couldn’t really post about them without ruining the surprise.  so here goes….

numero uno:  elaine’s lunchbag

i made a lunchbag for myself a while back, and loved it so much that i decided to make one for just about everyone i know who hasn’t already received some sort of crafted gift.  luckily, elaine had a birthday mid-month, so she was lucky recipient #1!!!


i chose fabric designed by jay mccarroll, the winner of the first season of project runway, that i found at the bestest place on earth, spool. i had to pick the octopus fabric for the inside, because elaine loves octopi!

numero dos: mom’s lunchbag

two days later, my mom had a major birthday, so i whipped up a lunchbag for her too (she also got gift certificates for two hour-long massages, so don’t think i shortchanged her!).


when i made my lunchbag i used velcro to close it, but i decided this time to go with snaps, because they seemed a little classier, and i hate the way velcro looks when it’s open.  the snaps worked well, but the banging coming from my bedroom caused the beagle to go berserk, and i definitely banged the crap out of my thumb a couple of times.  no pain, no gain.

numero tres: can you handle the suspense?

there’s another major project to report on, as well as a fun new purchase that makes me want to reclaim and improve upon all the craft projects i’ve already given away.  but you’ll have to wait at least a day or two, because i’m sick of uploading pictures right now.

peas owt