Friday, May 30, 2014

New Lunch Sack

sad old lunch bag
After a year of hard use the children's lunch bags are looking pretty sad.  I have been trying to convince them all that what they really need is mom to make them a new one.  My oldest is a middle schooler and so anything mom might make him is NOT COOL.  I think I almost have my middle child convinced but my daughter was enthusiastically in support. OK, I know this is ANOTHER pink item but anything for sewing, right?  She picked out the fabrics and we were able to rescue a few princesses from the scraps leftover from her dress.  I have lined the bag with PUL (polyurethane laminate which can be purchased here.) so it is water resistant and washable.

the new lunch sack

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sewing Friends & Dresses

My sewing friends
 Today was a sad but sweet day with my sewing group.  A couple of my friends are leaving the country within the next few days.  We have had such a lovely time working on projects together and giving each other support.  We bring our backgrounds and talents from all over the world.  We are from Mauritius, Belgium, Portugal, USA, Germany and Senegal. 
Today, Arlette's gift to us was Yassa Poulet, a traditional and delicious Senegalese dish.  You can find a recipe here but I won't guarantee it will be as good as Arlette's.  We exchanged gifts and the watercolor portraits above were my gift to my friends.  It is has been a great couple of years together.  Below, Sigrid and Maria are wearing dresses made from some of my fabric designs.  Sigrid is wearing African Lace in Midnight Blue printed on Cotton Silk.  Maria is wearing Circus Tiles on Violet printed on Kona Cotton.  These and other designs can be found in my Spoonflower shop.
Stylin' Sigrid in a 1940's dress

Sexy knitter Maria