Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday

I hope everyone had a really great day yesterday and are enjoying leftovers today.  I like that “next-day sandwich” made like a Bobbie from Capriotti’s!  But hopefully all the leftovers will be gone by tonight, because by tomorrow I will be so over it.

I know I said I wouldn’t do it, but I did anyway – I ventured out on Black Friday to Jo-Ann’s.  I found the beads and charms I need to finish off the Hippie Bag-

The little peace charms look gold in the picture, but are actually silver.  I loved the button – going to put it on the strap with a couple of strings of beads.  That will be finished up tonight- pictures tomorrow.

Ok, so after the turkey yesterday, I ironed and narrowed down my fabric choices.  Of the five pieces I originally pulled out, I am at only two of them now.  They are both from The Alexander Henry Fabric Collection, one is called “tsuk kanji” and the other is “rooster’s tale” and both are dated 2002.  I really like the roosters- in Chinese astrology I am a rooster, so it’s fitting!

The pattern piece for the front and back is just the right size for me to fussy cut the roosters out.  Not exactly what I had in mind, and I’m sad the dragons have to go back into their lair for awhile.  I will have to find a project just for them soon.

I was left a little perplexed as to what to do about the piece that fits above the front and back pieces – it’s a strip that will only be about 12.5” X 3” finished, so I thought maybe I could add a little pop.  I have the most beautiful jacket I bought at a thrift store for only $3 – it has a tag that says it is a Charlotte Ford II Design, red satin with a stunning Chinese or Indian floral design.  I bought it for the express purpose of cutting it up.  But I just couldn’t bear cutting into it.  I may have to put it up for sale on an auction site.  As I was putting it back in the drawer, another flash of red got my attention.

It was a piece of polyester brocade that I have had just about forever.  The picture doesn’t do it justice.  The red is so vivid with a design of golden cherry blossom branches.  Gorgeous!

I will just have to be really careful with the edges and over cast it well.  It should provide a lovely bit of color to the purse.

So that is where I am.  Tomorrow I will be sewing, because this is Day 4 I have not turned on the sewing machine.  I will just get my buzz on with the beads and charms for the rest of today!

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