...or "The Bag That Almost Wasn't". Seriously, putting the Swing Bag together nearly sent me over the edge. I will spare you the long, arduous journey (which involved me 'taking a break' <like you would from a relationship in high school when you really just didn't want to date that person anymore> and going fabric shopping) and neatly give you the beginning:
and the end:
There! Isn't that a nice progression? LOVE the fabrics, pretty happy with how the bag turned out overall. There are a few wonky bits that I'm trying to ignore and certainly am not photographing! It's the first thing I've made outside of a class, so that's something! I do have to say that I wouldn't have been able to finish this if it wasn't for Patternreview.com. What a great site! I found some good tips about this pattern that made things go much easier. Next project - an apron for Tie One On! The theme for this next crop of aprons is Rick Rack! How fun is that? Besides, I've been wanting an excuse to sew rick rack onto something!
My mini vacation went well, I accomplished most of the items on my list. Just a note on husbands and thrifting...oddly it's the one thing that we LOVE to do together. I mean, we love to spend time together (when it's not in 72 hr chunks) and have fun hanging out at home, etc. When we go out, it's usually either purpose-driven (groceries) or one of us is compromising (like when he wants to drive out to this random barn <literally> filled with computer parts and a cute dog and an elderly man who only takes cash as payment). We hit the Goodwill Circuit almost weekly and find some pretty fun stuff. He looks for things he can take apart and use electrical components from. I look for the usual crafty, vintage-y cute things. We split the Computer/Craft Room (read: spare bedroom) down the middle.
Here's what it looks like on his side: And my side:
Pretty funny, eh? In any case, here's something he found on our last trip that I find infinitely funny. Seriously, I laugh every time I notice it. The funniest thing to me is that it's periwinkle. So I leave you with a laugh:
(Dan wants you all to know that "an empty desk reveals an empty mind")