Friday, October 19, 2018

Finish It Up Friday...Brenna pack, Wallet and Fall!

I finished my second backpack a few weeks ago! My little sister wanted one for her art supplies that she takes everywhere with her!
On a side note...how can my baby sister be turning 19 next week?!?!


I didn't have any bias tape that went well with the fabric she chose so I did a more traditional flip inside out method for putting it together.
I love these little buckles! So easy to put in!
I added some extra inside pockets to her bag. Planned on doing the same to mine but haven't got around to it!
While working on bags and switching I once again realized how dingy my wallet was getting to be. So I searched through my old blog posts and found once again the tutorial I used to make it and made another one!
 I once again added a zipper pouch on the back for coinage. I did however accidentally put it on kind of upside down but it will still work!


 Hooray for a new wallet and one that won't show the dirt quite as bad!
 This year has flown by! We've been having lovely fall weather but last Sunday we had a spurt of winter! Woke up to about 2 in of snow and it was cold! I was surprised the snow stuck around as long as it did.

 I may have to take down my rain gutter decoration for the winter as you can see it kind of ends up being an icicle trap! Made me giggle!
The sun is back and I think we'll enjoy a few weeks of more fall weather before more snow!

I absolutely love walking through the leaves on the sidewalk as I go to work! I kick them up and giggle every time! Makes me want to take them up and jump right in! Happy fall and happy Friday! 
Alissa


Friday, October 05, 2018

Finish It Up Friday...Wait For It, Denim/Plaid Togetherness!

I have a finish today! I started a large denim quilt last year. It is a large scale single block design and ended up having these huge half square triangles left over!
 I put all of them together and just had the center of this throw...not quite big enough.  Couldn't decide if I should give it borders or perhaps use it as part of the large quilt's backing so I threw them both into the partially finished bin and went on to other projects!
 A friend has two totes full of her aunt's quilt tops and has hinted at having me finish several of them for her. That got me thinking about my own unfinished tops and so I pulled this one out to work on.
 As you can see, borders won out, more denim! The other fabrics are all plaids and corduroys, kind of a manly quilt feel. I like this colorful plaid so I used it for the binding. I have several Wrangler brand jeans in the mix so for the quilting I went with the signature gold thread. Simple diagonal lines did the trick!
 The backing is made up of two of the fabrics from the quilt and some gray flannel.
 These are true western wear, holes were earned by these jeans! I put a bit of the plaid behind the holes.
 Hehe, very authentic...those stains are proof too!
 Happy Friday! Looking forward to a drier, warmer day here! Praise the Lord!
He is so good, so trustworthy!
Trust in him at all times; you people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are all together lighter than vanity. Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them. God has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongs unto God. Also unto thee, O Lord, along with mercy: for thought renderest to every man according to his work. Psalm 62:8-12

Alissa

Saturday, September 22, 2018

A Pear Finish!

Happy Saturday!
I have had several finishes lately that couldn't be shared right away. Finally one I can let out of the bag!!
You can read here and see my first Pear Wallhanging!
I purchased it from Connecting Threads on a whim. Well, they recently brought it back with different fabrics. 
Such happy little pears!
My little sister's good friend graduated this past spring. She had commented on really liking my pear wallhanging once so I decided it would make a good graduation gift! I like it too, so I bought the fabrics for a second wallhanging!
Hehe, I made one pear go the wrong direction, just for fun!
I  really like both of them and they go perfect in my kitchen where the first one hangs.
Yay! So cute and fresh!
Anyway, after finishing I let my sister pick which one she thought her friend would like best! She still thought the original one was more her type.
So, now I have a new pear wallhanging!!
Instead of using the leftover strips for the binding, this time I put them in the backing.
Here it is in its temporary home!
Her party was this last weekend, I hope she likes it!
Alissa

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Heavens Declare

As I stepped outside away from my desk and watched these magnificent, powerful, awe-inspiring clouds literally fly across the sky with all their in darkness and foreboding all I could think was...oh you of little faith! How can I doubt God's power and ability to move in me. He who created all of this!
Then as I walked home from work I noticed bugs in the air...lots of bugs! There were thousands of dragonflies flying through the sky! I could hardly tear my eyes away, there were some many!
I enjoyed them all evening long in my front yard, darting and circling and zipping about.

Alissa

Friday, September 07, 2018

Finished It Up Friday...Backpack It Up

I am always rotating my bags / purses around. I have been walking to work almost every day lately and having a crossbody bag has been a little cumbersome. I decided to make a new one in a backpack style so that the weight would be more evenly distributed as I walked!
 As I was scrolling through Facebook a while back there was a simple backpack pattern that popped up. It was just a kid size so I went ahead and enlarged it by a few inches to be more adult-sized.
 It really is a very simple pattern. This fabric is a little crazy with all that pink and red for me but I thought it would work great. I used some strapping someone gave me as the backpack straps.
 Hehehe, you'll notice that one side looks a little taller than the other. That's because I started putting the sides in one from the top and the other from the bottom. I decided it really didn't matter since the flap covers it.

 It's a perfect bag for the things I need to carry with me each and every day. I finally ordered some Buckle clasps to hold it shut.
 Living alone it's very difficult to take a picture of the backpack on your back! You'll just have to take my word for it a little bit, but it's wonderful! My little sister says it looks like the perfect size her art supplies so you guessed, it on to another backpack!
Alissa