60 years! Celebrating 60 years deserves a special celebration, don't you think? My mother in law, Barb, turned 60 on April 18th. For 30 days before we celebrated the count down to 60. I sent daily emails with fun things to do, try or look at.
Then on Monday (2 days to go) we had cake.
And no I did not make or ice the cake. It was chocolate cake with chocolate filling and buttercream icing. Very rich and very good. From Cupcakes.
Wednesday (the big day) we were flying from Seattle to Orlando. I made a tote bag full of goodies to keep Barb amused on the plane, (the outside fabric is from Superbuzzy, the inside fabric is Heather Bailey'sFree Spirit)
and a birthday crown for Barb to wear all day.
Many, many thanks for Lera for the pattern, instructions and help with the crown. I made 5 more of these crowns, including one with my fat quarter, but can't show them yet.
And don't panic, we also gave Barb a 'real' present. Some charms for her Pandora bracelet.
Better late than never, right? I haven't posted for a while. We are enjoying the sun in Florida. Before we left I finished making 21 wee wonderful Bunnies for family and friends. They were delivered (or are enroute) with chocolate eggs and a few other goodies.
A couple of them look more like Aliens than Easter Bunnies. I don't think the orange eyes help.
This recipe card bag was made in February as a gift, and then forgotten about. It would have gone in the post today, except apparently the post office is closed on Good Friday. I have to work today, why doesn't everyone else? Back to using my favourite orange Amy Butler fabric. And an Amy Butler pattern from In Stitches. What else would I use?
To go with the recipe card bag are some recipe cards, of course. From BoyGirlParty. They were so cute, I had to order extras for other upcoming gifts. And maybe one pack for me. A holder of some sort was then needed to hold the card while cooking or baking. The Decolo stuff is so cute and reminds me of all the cutesy stuff that I acquired while living in Japan. And this shop is full of it. You can't tell me the mushroom man is not cute.
I need another bag like I need a hole in the head. But I couldn't skip a month. So I decided to make the clutch as a gift. For a friend I haven't seen since Christmas, who thinks I am ignoring her. She needs another bag as much as I do, but she likes them, and can never have too many. And it's always fun to give "just because" gifts.
My favourite colours are blues, and greens, and pinks, and oranges, and browns and ........ I saw this blue and green fabric ages ago and just had to buy it, with no idea what it would be used for. I was saving it for... I don't know what. So I gave it up, it is perfect, my friend likes blue and flowers too.
The theme for March? Make it your own. Like many others, I figured a clutch wouldn't get much use, so it needed handles. But what colour? The flowers? The stripes? How about both? Or if she's feeling really indecisive, she can use both at once!
The handles are removeable. I used D rings on the actual handles and a mitten clip inside. I wanted metal but after 3 stores only had plastic, I was stuck with chunky black plastic. They are inside the bag, so you don't see them, so it's not so bad.
I had the same problem others had with the divider. When all is said and done, the divider is too big, and buckles slightly at one end. If I make another, I'll cut the divider and lining smaller. I too, used a magnetic clasp as opposed to the velco. The idea was not mine, other's have used it, but I read it first over at Finny's.
Continuing with the Make it Your Own Theme, I added a small pouch that I made using Kelli's wristlet tutorial. The pouch can be used to store the handles in, or for anything. I think I can safely say that's the first time since high school that I've sewed a zipper.
And finally I added a felt flower to the outside. Last month I won a flower brooch from Kirstencan. I liked it alot. Here is the one that Kirsten made. Itsn't it gorgeous?
And here is the one I made and attached, permanently to the front of the bag.
And did you hear? Kelli had an email from Amy Butler herself. She is going to select an overall winner at year end, and provide a prize.
Congratulations Theresa! Theresa is the creator of Harriet. Harriet won. She was voted the Softie Award Winner in the Best Creepy but Still Cute category. See all the winners at Softie Central. The photos below are Theresa's - mine are blurry.