Amber is 13 next Wednesday and this year I am at such a loss for what to get her. Until now it's been so easy. She liked anything crafty so last year I got her a beading loom She's an avid reader and books were always a good bet - she collected the Chalet School books, 1950's girls annuals, Trebizon, Anne of Green Gables. I surprised her one year with the Betsy Tacy books but nowadays she's reading books by Phillip Pullman, Malorie Blackman, Eva Ibbotson et al and I leave her to get her own books on eBay. So books and craft materials are not on the list this year. She also loves cooking and I've toyed with the idea of getting something related to that. One of the things I have thought of though is making up a CD for her of early Motown hits from itunes. I know she'll like that. But otherwise I think it's going to be mainly money for books and clothes this year.
However, a gal has to have something to open on the day so yesterday I spent most of the day making a bag for her. Do you remember the beautiful bag that dolliedaydream sent to me a few weeks ago well Amber had her mince pies (eyes) on that and I rather impulsively decided to make her one. Making a bag has been one of those 'must give it a go' items for me ever since I saw this tutorial and bookmarked it. I've also swooned over the bags punkpolley makes. (Do click on the link because they're wonderful). So with the thought that Amber had no presents yet I set to. The tutorial is excellent by the way and I couldn't have made my bag without it. Incase you're wondering, I only had some grey cord material so that's what I used. My first attempt was too long so I unpicked it and cut off 2 inches and then I had to put in a band of cord lining on the inside because it made it look classier. Then I decided to put a base in which is that red thing in the pic above - it's a piece cut out of a ring binder that was going in the bin. I was hoping to keep the project as simple as possible! Well, it might have been a labour of love but at least I've ticked two things off my list of must try's (the bag and the yo-yo's).
Now I need design help please? I don't think grey is a girl's favourite colour so I made some yo-yos from Heather Bailey's tutorial using the lining fabric. But I don't know where to put them. Here are some options (click on pics for larger size if you have the patience):
OR shall I make another one from the shocking pink cord material that has just come through the post as I write. (I ordered it on eBay yesterday). It's supposed to be a bag for school by the way. I wish I could do pockets in like punkpolly does - his bags are really great. Oh well - one day. Actually I don't think making bags is going to be my thing really. Too much hard work!
Raj went to play at a friend's yesterday that's why I had all that time to make the bag. But by the time he came back I was in need of some fresh air so we went for a bike ride. Well he rode and I walked. It was such a lovely sunny afternoon.
This is what the lanes are like around here - one car size. Luckily they aren't that busy but you do get times when you have to reverse for horses or cars coming the other way. On the way back we picked all these to go on the nature table:
As you saw from the first pic my floor is a tad messy from all that sewing. So it's a quick hoover in here before I go off to teach. See you later............oh, do let me know about the bag!