Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Long Time No See!

It's been awhile. Everything's been crazy lately. I moved into my own apartment! I really like it. I am now only 10 minutes from work; before I was an hour away. I am still not totally unpacked yet. I have a lot of decorating I want to do. Hopefully, I will be able to put up some Halloween decorations.

Even though I'm busy...I have found time to craft! I made a coffee themed tote bag, and coffee cup cozy. I'm pleased with how the bag came out. It took about an hour to make and I learn a lot about bag construction from it.

Here is what I learned:
1. Don't be clever and use contrasting thread for the top stitching, unless you can sew a straight line!
2. The straps don't need tons of fabric. I used about a 6inch wide strip and sewed it down to about 1 inch. Don't ask me how I managed this, because I have no idea. The straps ended up a bit wonky because there was too much fabric.

But all in all I like the bag. I made it for a friend for her Bday. The cozy I crocheted from a bunch of patterns. I messed with it until I liked it.

My friend is a coffee fanatic, she enjoyed the gift. Hopefully she will get some use out of both items. For here birthday we went to Nashville. We spent the afternoon walking around the Gaylord Opry Hotel. It was beautiful. Almost like an indoor tropical jungle. Paradise. We took a lot of pictures of orchids and other exotic flowers. I hope I can go back again and spend the night it was a cool hotel. I leave you with pics from the hotel. I will take some pictures of my other crafty goodness and get them up tomorrow...Hopefully.