The main color I used here was Light Raspberry, by Redheart. I did make a lining for the purse, and even challenged myself into making a pocket IN the lining itself!.. So now it's really a 9-Pocket Tote! Anyway, if you are interested, you can get this and several other helpful tutorials HERE. For the straps, I like to sew grossgrain ribbon to the backside/inside of each, for added strength and less stretch. Of course the closer you can match your colors, the better. You can see the ribbon inside these straps in this photo to the left. I hand-sewed these ribbons in, so this certainly added to my time invested! As I was finishing the bag with some floral embellishment, I had fun going through my grandmother's old buttons, looking to find just the right ones!.. Hmm.. I keep thinking, one of these days I'm going to try some button jewelry!
Happy Pink Saturday!It's Pink Saturday, and just in the knick of time, I'm ready to show you some more of my pinks for the week! First I can't wait another minute to show you the Eight Pocket Tote Bag! You can find the pattern HERE. I just finished this! I have wanted to try this one for a long time now, but Pam, from Scotty's Place, asked (or was it "dared") me to join her for this little crochet-along. I hesitated, worrying how long this would take, but still I wanted to try it. I chose acrylic yarn, instead of cotton, as I was hoping there would be less stretch; and frankly, I try to keep my costs down as I try to budget for other more important expenses.. (such as in Paragraph 4 of this post!)
I like that this bag feels sturdy, the stitching is beautiful, and it is just the size I need for an everyday purse! I don't leave home without ANYTHING, so I like a good size bag! But now, having finished it, I must say that I also enjoyed getting to know Pam better, as we crocheted, or asked each other questions about the pattern, or materials, or whatever.. She even talked me into trying my first moon pie (by Little Debbie's). Sure enough, I liked them! In fact, I liked them so much, it will be a very good thing when the box runs out! I should be finding something healthier to eat for breakfast than a moon pie!.. Well, anyways, Pam is plugging away with her bag, and is getting very near to done too! You'll want to check hers out! She has picked out a beautiful shade of aqua! Despite the fair amount of time it takes to make these, she and I both are so happy with them, we are already both considering making second ones!
Well, I have to tell you, I'm in big trouble now. An absolutely darling little antique shop just opened up close by to me; and the inventory she has, along with the charming set up she's made of the place could quite possibly land me in the poor house!!.. Oh, but it would be the cutest little poor house on the block! It turned out that the owner knew one of my cousins very well, so you see, we are practically family already! Maybe I'll get a discount! (winkin'.. ha! ha!) Well, I was in a hurry that day, so after talking to her, I certainly couldn't leave empty-handed! I still managed to quick grab this cute little PINK depression glass salt-n-pepper set before I left. They're just a reproduction of the real glass, but who cares! I just loved them! Now, I ask you.. HOW in this world am I ever going to be able to just walk past this store again? It will be like walking by the shoe store! I will HAVE to go in!!
Last week my daughter had a birthday. She's a big girl now, in college and following her dreams! Yes, of course, it's hard to believe.. I remember, from the time she was a baby, she's had a Cookie Monster cake, a Barbie cake, a Beauty and the Beast cake, etc, etc, etc,.. But then it occurred to me, that she had never had a Princess cake!
Did I worry she would think she's too old for one? Ha! You don't know my daughter! She LOVED it! Think I'm kidding? She had a party to go to later that night, and in the blink of an eye, she scooped that crown up off the cake, cleaned it up, and placed it on her head as she was on her way out the door!.. Nope, I can't say I foresee her outgrowing this princess phase any time too soon!
Finally, one of my favorite snacks, aside from moon pies of course, are strawberry sugar wafers! Hey! Wait a minute!.. What's going on here?!!.. I hope these trolls aren't trying to eat them all up! Those sure look like some guilty smiles to ME!!