Saturday, April 12, 2014

Rustic Shell Art

Rustic Shell Art

Rustic Shell Plaques. Painted (by me) :) wooden frames. These are about 8 x8 inches each. The opening that is covered in burlap is about 3.5 inches. The shells are weathered fighting conch shells.

Hope you like these Rustic Shell Plaques. Some more of my finds from Honeymoon Island State Park, near Dunedin, Florida. Wonderful, peaceful place that is about 12 miles from my home. Great beach. Great Shelling.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sugar & Spice Bag by Chris W Designs

Sugar & Spice Bag

I have been searching for a bag pattern off and on for about 6 months. I had lots of other projects to finish first. Then the quest began. There are many good ones out there but I decided on the Sugar & Spice Bag by Chris W Designs.
This is her stock picture for the pattern.

I made some modifications, of course. Less tall, more wide, east/west rather than north/south. Chose a separating zipper. Decided to quilt the fabric, in a diagonal grid pattern, a la Vera Bradley. Added metal feet. I used 2 layers of plastic canvas and one of peltex in the bottom for stability. These are held in place by the metal feet. 

Here are some "in progress" photos.
 This is the front and back. They are identical. There are 2 slip pockets on each side.
 Lining. The green pocket is divided in half and sized for sunglasses etc. The smaller is divided into 3 sections for lipstick and smaller items. The other side is a mirror image.
 This is the zipper casing. You will see it is different on the finished bag.

The straps are lined with interfacing and fleece. They are about 1.5 inches side and are quilted with 5 lines of straight line quilting. The bottom is also quilted in the diagonal grid. Yes, there is a pocket on the bottom, inside.

Soooo, for the finished product.
 Not bad, Huh.

 Kinda fun, kinda preppy.
Can hold a LOT of stuff!

 I changed the zipper casing so that it would let the separating zipper, well, separate! To open wide like this.

 Bottom with feet!

Another view, yep, I'm a proud Mama!
Please check out Chris W Designs 
I am also planning to write a review on