Wednesday, January 23, 2013

And the Winner Is....

It is always so much fun to have a giveaway and a surprise one at that! 
IOh, but I made two bags to give away and have two Chlorox pens instead of one!   And today....January 24th 
 is our
In Your Words Blog Hop
Linda's birthday
 so not only will I have a bag and a Chlorox pen for one of you but also, one for Linda. 
Happy Birthday, Linda! 
And a special thank you for being my wings!
I hope you will enjoy the bag as much as I enjoyed making it for you. 
MoeWest (Maureen)
 is the winner of my
In Your Words 
Be sure to contact me and tell me where I can send it. 
Thanks for a fun time. 

The bag has a squared bottom, zebra print medium weight fabric on the outside, lined with lime green chevon print and same contrast border, have grommets with cording roped through to make cinching the bag easy.  Measurement are approximately  9" x  14" x 5"....not a backpack but a fun sturdy bag for whatever your need. 

Next post: Instructions for making this bag
Sorry, guys.  I just ran out of time today.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

In Your Words: My Little Gems' Gym Bags/Designing with Bleach

The thread was flying,
the needle bobbing,
and last minute preparations for the day's blog hop were keeping me in a stir all week and into the night! 
In fact, I was in such a rush I even threaded my machine needle with my bobbin thread! 
Now that is a new one on me!!
And believe me I have done some doozies in the past! 
Just last week shopping in Costco with Linda (yes, Linda who is our blog hop leader and my sister) I walked off with the wrong shopping cart! 
It went unnoticed until Linda wanted to know where her Nutella was and... where were my HDMI cables?
Trust me... life's a trip!
Never a dull moment. 

It is all worth it to be able to share my little gems' gym bags!
My little gems are my eleven grandchildren.  (That makes me sound so old!)
This Valentine's day they will be receiving their own personalized gym bag
with a few little surprises inside....
nine bags completed!  Two more to go.

So my contribution to our blog hop today are the little gym bags with some fun words
bleached and embellished.
Designing with Clorox Pen and fabric marker!

Here are the guidelines for this project:
  1. Do a time bleach test on a sample of your fabric to decide how long to leave the bleach.  I cut several 1" squares and squeezed a little bleach on each and rinsed one at a time in 10 minute intervals. 
  2. For the bag cut two panels 15"(or 14) x 18" (I got four bags from one yard of 60" wide cotton duck)
  3. Press each section onto the waxy side of freezer paper to stabilize during bleaching.
  4. Design the fabric with the Clorox pen using the narrow tip side. Squeeze gently and evenly, moving as smoothly as possibly.   
  5. Watch the clock and rinse at the appropriate time previously decided in the bleach test. Gently remove from the freezer paper.
  6. Add baking soda liberally to the wash tub of cool rinse water or you can sprinkle baking soda directly onto the bleached area and then rinse.
  7.  Rinse in cool water until all the bleach is removed.
  8. Lay the fabric on an old towel. Roll the fabric into it and gently squeeze.  Open it up, remove the panel from the towel. Lay flat to dry. 
  9. Once dry.  Go back into the design using a Fabric Sharpie marker and embellish with more details.  The fun continues!
  10. NOTE:  Pictured below, way below, are the Clorox types I used.  I used the Pen type to draw and then used the gel (toilet bowl cleaner) in a bowl for stamping the bleach.  The gel is more liquified and thus runs outside of the lines more.  But for those of you who do not have the Clorox pens you MIGHT try the gel in a bottle with a NARROW opening like a glue bottle. Be resourceful and let me know how it works.   I have not tried this myself but now I will have to!
The Gem Bag Construction
      • Press down  1" on top edge of both pieces.
      • Clean finish the top edges on both pieces (zig-zag or stitch a narrow edge)
      • On sides about 2" down (where the casing will be open for the drawstrings) clean finish the edges.
      • Stitch along the top, leaving the ends open.
    • Sides and Bottom of bag
      • Stitch sides starting at top stitching leaving casings open on the sides. 
      • Stitch bottom and opposite side ending at stitching for casing.
      • At bottom corners stitch diagonally creating a triangle 2" in both directions from the corner.  This will be for serve to lessen stress on grommets.
    • Grommets
      • 1/4" grommets are attached using manufacturer's directions.  Place in bottom corners inside of triangles.
    • Drawstings
      • 1/4" cording ( I found 1/4" clothesline rope in white at my local grocery store which is economical, attractive and sturdy. 100' for about $2)
      • Cut two sections each about 2 yards long.  (Total 4 yards per bag.)
      • Run the first cord through both casing returning to its starting place.  Pull cord ends down to the grommet and run both ends through the grommet and knot ends together to keep them secure. 
      • Second cord will start on the opposite side as the first cord, run through both casing and returning to where it started. Pull cord down to grommet and secure
        with a knot. (The first cord starts and ends on one side.  The second cord starts and ends on the opposite side.  To close the bag pull the cords on both sides at the same time. )

Thank you, Madame Samm and Linda!  What a great idea! 

This has been a fun experience! 

Oh, I almost forgot! 
Leave a comment so I will have a record of your visit and enter you in my...


The Winner will be announced on Jan. 24th!

Now, don't forget! 
Be sure to drop in on all the other participating blogs for today. 
Wednesday, January 9
Kathy's Quilts (Kathy W.)
Sunshine Quilting (Martina S.)
Doodling in My Mind (YOU ARE HERE  Darla)
Grammie Q's (Charlotte M.)
Dancing Moon (Carla B.)

Sing Out Loud...Swing High....Watch Ants Crawl..
Find the Artist who's inside of you!
See you in the blogs!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Sneak Peek for In Your Words

In Your Word Blog Hop
Jan 7th-16th
Oh, I need to get to work! 
That blog hop I signed up to do is just next week! 
And here I am putting together jigsaw puzzles and watching old movies on TMC,  leisurely taking down the Christmas decor and keeping warm while enjoying my time off! 
Which by the way, I'm not ashamed of not being more productive but it is time for me to start putting my mind to some more creative endeavors.
In Your Words is the blog hop that has me hopping right now!
I am anxious to see what the other bloggers have in their minds. There are so many new things on the market and I expect to be seeing some fun ideas, to be impressed, to be inspired and motivated to action.   
And not a minute too soon for me!
You may think the hard part is coming up with the technique but instead for me the hard part has been in coming up with just the perfect words! 
Do I want to be funny?
...or inspire goodness?
...or state the obvious?
...or do a play on words?
What words do I use?   
And then there is this personal drive to do something that is new to me! 
For this project I want to do something I have NEVER done. 
I have considered a number of things and when I think I have a good idea I find someone else has already done it and sometimes, even marketed it. 
I have written it, and sewn it, and glued it, and waxed it and even pixelated it! 
But how do I want to do it this time?
Well, here is my sneak peek! 
But bleach what?
I'm not telling...not yet! 
But I will drop a hint or two!
A child will like it...or even a teen...
and you will have all the information to complete the project yourself
without even buying a pattern. 
there will be tips to set you up for successs
and a giveaway
and  all you will need to do is
drop me a line in the comment section next Wednesday
and your name will be added to the drawing
which will take place on the 24th which is Linda's birthday. 
So until then enjoy the first week of a new year!
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