November Purse and Why I Love my Husband

Here is my "one hour bag." I need to add that because of the changes I made to the bag, bigger with a longer adjustable strap, it was not really a one hour bag. I think I watched/listened to 3 movies while doing this bag.

This bag was made possible with help from my lovely husband. Sometimes I make things that are supposed to be very easy very complicated, and then enter husband. He made me a pattern with the measurements, and I think that somewhere inside of him is a crafter! He seems to enjoy each trip to Joann's a little more each time, and helps me pick stuff out now instead of just leaning on the cart. He also commented on the women to men ratio there and added that if he needed to find a new wife he'd start looking there.

I opted to use only one of the fabrics I had bought, and lined it with my "cream of wheat" fabric. With winter on it's way, I made the strap longer for ease over a thicker jacket. I also made button holes, for the first time ever by the way, in the strap so I can have it be shorter to sling over one shoulder or longer and wear it across my body. In her tutorial the buttons were just decoration, but I decided to actually use them on mine so the bag could be more versatile. It will have a "tail" when I shorten it, but that's just more character. I did a little zig-zag around the contrasting material on the end of the straps too, (another step I added).

I really want to use it tonight for the game, but as it is my "November bag" it's debut shall be tomorrow. I am so very excited for tomorrow!

Side note: Because I am addicted to these, I couldn't throw out any of my scraps because you never know!

Look at this

You need to stop over here and check out this awesome quilt that she made for a very lucky little girl! I am so in love with the fabric that is on the back. It reminds me of jacks!
She's also doing a give away for a custom quilt this same size in your choice of colors. What could be more perfect than that? My choice of colors would be greens and browns. I can only imagine the possibilities!

My November Purse

These fabrics are in shades one of my favorite colors - orange! I bought this at least 2 years ago in the sale bins at Hancock Fabric. I got 2 yds each of this heavy fabric for a total of $3! And then on another sale shopping spree I found these buttons on clearance for $1.

My mom was here this past summer and we made this one-hour bag. It turned out so cute. I think this is the pattern I'm going to use, but I am going to make it bigger with a longer strap. With 3 girls, I need a big bag!

Last weekend

Well, the craft fair didn't go as well as I would have liked, but it was exposure. One lady did take my name/number (thank you), so I'm hoping she contacts me for further items. Here are a few of my favorites, and yes they are still available.

Pink cotton giraffe with pink plaid flannel

Pink, yellow, and white striped cotton with white flannel

Yellow flannel monkeys with brown, blue, and golden yellow cotton stripe

Of course I still have many of my magnets, tack sets and hair stays available too. Christmas presents here they come!


So of course in my stumbling around on here, it's amazing what you can find when you start clicking, I came across this awesome give-away. These are the cutest outfits, and I think that Leigha would be in love with her endless possibilities of outfits. I looked at her costumes she did for a give a few weeks ago and think back to when I made Eve's Easter dress when she was 3. I would have such a hard time just letting it go, but she does it bi-weekly!! Gotta love her. Check her out here GROSGRAIN MINI STORE OPENING NOVEMBER 6!!!!! AND BIG PREVIEW GIVEAWAY!!!!

Craft Fair

Just a heads up- there is a craft fair this Saturday from 9 - 2 at St. Martin's in Clintonville. There's also one at the community center on the same day, but if you are looking for me and these cool hair ties they'll be at the church.

Our First Craft Night

If these aren't the cutest things ever I'm not sure what are. These are some of the button hair ties and magnets we made at Elizabeth's last night. Of course nothing is ever written in stone, so after a late start, and me doubting if we were actually going to accomplish anything, we did. Alright, actually Janet and Elizabeth had a little higher completion rate than me, but I was very organized!

Of course some girls just want to make a kazillion of them beacuse they are very addictive.....

....which makes us go on a Wal-mart run for more buttons. Then, while we were out we had to partake in 4th meal because hunger was setting in at 12:30 a.m., and then it's back to work.

Some of our favorites..

And of course, not to be left out, Nate sporting a trendy way for men to wear them!

Craft Clique Begins

Today was the planning meeting for what our little craft clique is going to do for the next couple of months. It was difficult to pick just a few crafts per night/month when there is a never ending list of things we want to create!

For October the crafts are:
*Fabric-Covered Buttons
Supplies: Cover Button Kit(s)
Fabric of your choice
Magnets and/or Hair Elastics

*Felt Food
Supplies: TBA

We will meet at Elizabeth's at 6:30. If you are interested in joining us and are in the Fox Valley area contact me for further info.

The dates will be: October 20- Fabric Buttons/ Felt Food
November 17- Pumpkins/ Thanksgiving Game
December 15- Table Runner/ Gift Tags

If location is an issue, but you'd like to do the craft, we will post directions etc. for each craft after our craft night.