Wednesday, May 27, 2009

i heart spring!

The peonies.
and the berries.
Just to name a couple reasons. The peonies I cut from my in-laws yard. They are out of town and missed their bloom. I couldn't bear the thought of them blooming over there with no one around to admire them and take in their intoxicating smell. I've decided I will have peonies every spring!

We went to a local pick-ur-own berry farm today. This is what approximately 13 and half pounds of berries look like! In true kid fashion my crumbsnatchers came home with happy strawberry stained smiles and empty buckets. It's okay though - I picked more than enough and we had a great time! Jam making to follow. And probably some crepe and waffle eating too! Oh and maybe this all-in-one Strawberry Shortcake.

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The lovely and talented Dana asked me if I would be interested in doing a little swap with her - a bag for some of her delicious handmade goatsmilk soap and sugar scrubs. I love handmade soaps and was flattered that she would like one of my bags!

I did a rescaling of the Paisley Garden Signature bag - this is the Paisley Garden Mini-Sig! It's basically cut in the same shape as the larger carry-the-kitchen-sink sized bag and hangs from the shoulder so you can hug it under your arm.

It has a cute little zipper pocket on the inside, (I used this tutorial from Sew, Mama, Sew.)

which features another surprise fabric! Oh how I love Sandi Henderson's Farmers Market. I told you that you would see it on here again! Remember my procrastination problem? I stalled on the zipper pocket - apprehensive to try it since it was my first one, but that tutorial made it a breeze!

I'm happy to report that it arrived at Dana's safely and she loves it! Whew!

Speaking of Dana, you have heard about this haven't you?


I'm getting ready to cut my fabric for week 2!

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Are you still with me? Gee, you're nice! I've also been working on the sashing for my A Notion or Two quilt.
If it turns out like I'm envisioning it, I think I'm really going to like it!

Which reminds me, I've got to get this month's block finished! (or started, whatever....)

17 crafty mcCrafters commented:

allyn said...

dang! you beat me to it. i was taking pictures of spring wonder today. they didn't turn out half as beautiful as yours, but whatever...

good luck with the quilt stuff.

Jodi@SimplyThisThat n.. said...

AWESOME POST ! I'm craving Strawberries. If our nice weather keeps up, we'll have them soon! LOVE the zipper in the purse! And what a fantastic job! Wow. ooxx`jodi

Andi said...

Stunning bag.
I'm also cutting my quiltalong fabric today.
Fun, hey?
Andi :-)

Alexis said...

I love Spring too! Those strawberries look delicious!

Darci said...

Totally jealous of the strawberries, wish there was a field around here I could go and pick them myself, but that is CA for you.

Sarah said...

oh peonies! how lovely! can't wait to see the quilt put together! :)

Valerie said...

That's like a brush with a celebrity in my book -- I'd be floored if someone like her contacted me -- that is too cool! And peonies are my favorite flower -- had them in bouqets in my wedding, and they are the only bushes that I have a green thumb with (since they are so easy). Every year we plant one or two new bushes in the hopes that some year there will be scads and scads of them. This year I had enough to fill 5 vases. I just wish they lasted longer -- such a short blooming time for just once a year.

One Shabby Chick said...

Wow - I don't think I've ever even seen a peonie in person..the pic is gorgeous. And you'll love the soaps and scrubs - I did a trade with her for some skirts a while back :-)
Your quilt is looking great!
And I might just trade Hawaii for basketfuls of strawberries - we have to buy ours at Costco. But we do get to eat ours at the beach...

rachel griffith said...

love the peonies.
love the bag.
and i'm loving the quilt along.

Debbie said...

holy cow chic...you blow me away!!! i am exhausted by your sewing extravaganza...i wish i had all that time...someday...maybe...in the mean time i live vicariously through you :)love ya!

sewtakeahike said...

Hi Amy,
Our peonies are just starting to come out and we will be out of town this weekend!!! They are my all time fav's, they smell so good. I'm sure they will still be good to go when we get back though!Can't wait to see your finished quilt!

MichelleB said...

I love your new little bag! The fabrics are great.

Mary said...

I have a peony bud on my blog today ~ funny! Mine are the same color so we're smelling the same thing today! Love all of your projects!

Deisha said...

I love your blog, I love your projects and most of all I love that your my friend! : ) and someday I will own one of your AMAZING crafty creations.

Cheryl Arkison said...

Love those peonies and strawberries. Gorgeous photos.

Whimsical Creations said...

Those photos of the peonies and strawberries are beautiful!! That bag is gorgeous!! So when are we gonna start seeing those bags in your shop? =D

melanie said...

I see you're finally trying zippers, so soon you'll be making an occasional bag with a top zipper for me to purchase from you, right?!? Remember how we were talking about this at Jenny's since my kids always dump everything out of my bag if I don't have a zipper.

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