Oh my goodness, what is it about the end of summer that makes it fly by in fast-forward?! We have been so busy the last few weeks and I'm sorry I've been a bit MIA. It's not for lack of projects, I've gotten a lot done recently and can't wait to share soon-ish (some are custom projects, some are gifts that must reach their recipients first...).
We just returned from an awesome weekend camping on Whidbey Island. The weather was perfect and it was simply amazing. Our little family had a blast. (I'll share a few pics at the end of this post.) Meanwhile I've also been completely engulfed in the Hunger Games trilogy. Wow. I'm in the middle of the second book right now and finally get what everyone's been talking about! And, the third thing that's been keeping me busy: trying to make the most of the last few days of summer before my big boy starts Kindergarten next week. Eek!!
Today is Kevin's birthday so the boys and I are headed downtown in a short while to surprise him for lunch! Yay for friends who think to organize this kind of thing so I don't have to, ahem. Before I go offline, I thought I would share a gift I made for my mom's birthday last month: a roll-up tote bag with a closure variation. (You can see the tutorial for this popular project here.)
Instead of sewing the handles out of fabric and using elastic for the loop closure as instructed in my original tutorial, I purchased cotton twill tape in 2 widths. I used the wide one (1.25 inch) for the handles, and 2 short lengths of the narrow one (0.5 inch) for the loop closure. With my handy snap pliers, I put on snaps on the ends of the 2 pieces. Alternately, you could also use 3/4 inch twill tape with some 1/2 inch velcro!
I love this Boho Ikat fabric! I still have a large piece of it in the other color way with which to make my "Inspired by Nature" tote bag! When am I going to get around to that project?...
That's it for me today! I shall return soon with recently completed projects... Meanwhile, here are a few photos of our awesome camping trip to Whidbey:
How was your weekend? What projects are you working on these days? Anyone else have a baby headed to Kindergarten this fall?