Yep, I am off to Seattle at the end of March. This is the last time that Teesha Moore is hosting Artfest on the beautiful Bainsbridge Island. Just before any art retreat family members are forgotten because we are working on our trades. Readers who don't know what trades are I explain it in few words: " it's an exchange or gift of kindness" to friends and strangers at the retreat. So we create our best, a small item and you see the first night people are carrying shoeboxes or cigar boxes with their items to trade.
So I came up with this idea for my trades when I discovered on my last trip to JoAnn's a very Anahata look-a-like shopping tote under $2. This is made out of recycled material. I gathered all different bags from Roots , Lululemon ( canadian, yah!), Sobeys, JoAnn's and leftover oilcloth.
I cut front and back into 4 1/2"x 6" pieces for my zipper mini pouch. I have always lots of different coloured 7" zippers on hand because you want the right colour to have the pop effect and some ribbon for the taps. Little details like top stitching and adding a tap on the right side makes it even nicer.
Sewing with oilcloth or any similar material which shouldn't be pinned I discovered one of the best tools from Clover.
Some of my friends ask me to make sleeves for their ipads. So for the past few days I was sitting behind my sewing machine, a good way to lower my fabric stash and I came up these 3 samples.
Isn't it the sweetest mushroom print from Kokka matched with a woodgrain print.
This morning I finished this bag. Early start at 6 is my best time to get things done. When I selected the fabric ( inside Denyse Schmidt and outer fabric a fine corduroy from Germany) I know it was meant to be for my friend Tracey.
I decided to add some larger images of my favourite photos since you can't click and enlarge.
my retro snowman in the backyard
photos taken from Nancy's Brownie collection
dreaming in a pile of wool
was orange my last paint job?
Here is how I uploaded the month to my blog: open completed month in project 365 press the upper left button ( box with the arrow) click on save this page click on save to camera roll download to your computer on your iphoto