Friday, October 7, 2016

Look What I Did!

I have a laptop that has a big screen and it's very hard to find laptop bags for the big screens that are anything but black or brown.  Boring!  We need more color in our world.

Wah lah - a colorful laptop bag!  I should call it 'serendipity' for the way it came about. 
First  ~ I happened to visit a new fabric shop, Circa 15, that has some great new fabric choices.
Next ~ I happened to visit another fabric store, Gathering Fabric Quilt Shop, and they just happened to have a presentation on Making a Fabric Bag.  Thank you Susan  and Laurie. 
Then ~ I happened to decided to go to Houston International Quilt Show to see one of my dolls on display with the Treasures of the Gypsy...... therefore I need a new laptop (and travel) bag.

I measured and modeled the new bag from the old, worn out, purple one that I have loved to pieces.  Even put a zipper in it!
Okay, there are a few things I would do differently if I make another one.  But I'm not telling which 'design features' I discovered!! 

This  bag is not padded so I will make matching (or coordinating) padded envelopes for my various sized electronic devises to protect them while they are riding safely in my laptop bag.   By not sewing in a fixed padded pocket like my worn out purple one had, the new bag will be more versatile for traveling. 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Besom Maker Finished

Besom Maker - Broom maker is an ancient occupation that is still practiced by a few.
Here is my besom maker photographed in different locations and different angles.  I should have had her hunched over her broom more.  Oh well - next time!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Working on a new Doll!

Occupation!  Hmmmmm.  What is an occupation that is unusual? 
Besom Maker
What is that?   A Broom maker.  A lost art, but there are still besom makers active today.
She will be seated and working on her besom.   Her clothes are done but not photographed.

She does have a head!  It is just not attached yet.  Must get her clothes on first then will attach the head.  Followed by hair.  I think she will be a red head! 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

New Year - New Start!

Happy New Year !  Happy Valentine's Day!  And Happy Doll making!  When last I posted, my muse had left the craft room because, well, the craft room is quite topsy turvy due to a leaking hot water tank and a flooded basement. 
I have decided to coax my muse back by starting lots of new projects and taking an online class.   I brought my sewing machine to the dining room so its handy.  Will gradually find my tools. Muse - let's get going.   Lots of ideas are floating around in my head keeping me awake at night!

Was looking at pictures of dolls that I've made and realized - I have made a lot of dolls!  I don't have an identifying style of doll (yet), however, I do like to make dolls with whimsy - fairies, trolls, characters. 

Gorgeous Princess Creamy Beamy is a character doll I made for a 'cartoon character' challenge.
This is a great character that I had to give a try when I saw her!  I was really pleased with how she turned out.  Pretty close to the cartoon. 

Pheron was made for a wonderful friend of mine who is a marvelous singer and infectious personality.  Did I mention, she had red hair?