The surprising thing about this bag:
is the fact that I actually used a pattern from Grand Revival, it's the Flea Market Bag. I loved the slouchy casual design of it as soon as I saw it. I don't normally use commercial patterns because number 1: I have a mental block for following pattern directions, I just have a really hard time wrapping my head around them, I usually have to start studying them the night before I plan on sewing, and then I spend 1/2 the day referring to the pattern before I take each step. So I feel defeated before I even before I begin. Reason number 2: Some pattern designers who shall remain nameless get a bit miffed when you use their patterns to make and sell your finished product. Which I totally understand and respect. So I'll always ask permission first. I also had to breakaway from my heavy duty interfacing addiction to make this one, but I really like how it came out. Visit Tanya's blog for some great inspiration, and to see her lovely fabric line Barefoot roses. It's yummy.
Ok, now here is something i haven't seen in about 20 years, in fact I just assumed they were extinct:
I spotted this praying mantis outside my workroom window, he was just hangin' out as they do, looking very wise and contemplative. Following my every move with his little triangular head. Making sure I didn't get any ideas to squash him. Not realizing that he is protected by law. He must have sensed my stress hormones, being as I am an insect-phobe. Normally i would have ran and hid, but I considered it such a treat to see this rare and amazing creature. A little gift from nature.
Happy Friday everyone, have a wonderful weekend :)