Friday, October 24, 2014

Arm Candy

I made another bag! This is the deadline project I mentioned last week. I finished it by the deadline, which was in time to mail last Saturday morning, but I finished it SO CLOSE to the deadline that I didn't have time for photos. I mailed it to Jess with the tote bag and a request for her to take photos of it for me. She had a lot of gloomy weather this week, so without good light, photo-taking was delayed for a couple days.

Without further delay, here's the bag! It's the Arm Candy bag, from the pattern by Erin Erickson. (You remember her, right? Only my favorite-ever pattern author.)

The fabric is once again Jess's "Sunburst" from her new Time Warp collection for Cloud9 Fabrics. Here's a peek at the inside, which sports a slip pocket of the same fabric.

It has a recessed zipper, too.

It was another fun sew, and the pattern was written with Erin's usual perfection. It was pretty quick and easy to sew.

I did take a photo of the unfinished bag with my little model, just so you can get an idea of the size.

While I was at it, I snapped one of the lining, too, with its cute pocket.

So, here are both bags, for a little more size comparison:

Both are headed to Quilt Market today!

And I look forward to getting my hands on some of the other designs in that fabric line. I do love that barkcloth!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Shooting a leaf

Have you ever tried to photograph a single falling leaf? I did. It's quite a challenge, because you never quite know where to focus. It's kind of a guessing game. Here are some of my results. This first photo shows a stop-motion shot of the leaves dropping (mainly on the left half of the pic). The wind was blowing, and the leaves were falling like crazy.

Here are some shots of single leaves:

The following three shots are all of the same leaf. I took more pics of the same leaf, but these were the only ones focused very well.

It was fun, and good practice.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall foliage, part 2

Here are some more shots from my fall colors photo shoot last week. Enjoy!

Which are your favorites - the reds or the golds?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rainbow did it again!

Yep, Rainbow had another litter, this time NOT in the garage, thank goodness. I think she had them during the night last Wednesday night, or she probably would've tried for the garage again. I'm kind of surprised she didn't bring them to the door the next morning.

I didn't know where they were, and I figured if they were outside they were probably doomed this late in the year. Out of curiosity, though, I watched to see where Rainbow went on Saturday evening, and I found the babies hidden in a somewhat sheltered spot in the ditch on the far side of our driveway. Four little beauties!

There are 3 females and a male (the orange one). It's really hard to hold them and take a picture at the same time. :)

I put them back and Rainbow quickly snuggled them up again. She's such a good mother.

Yesterday Courtney was here after school, and we were just going out to check on the babies when her mom drove in, so she came along and helped with our photo shoot. Isn't this an adorable little face?!

Two more adorable faces. :)

And another.

The babies are pretty good sized... a nice little handful.

Did you notice that cute little white paw? :)

They've been lucky that we're having above normal temperatures this week, so they're surviving okay. However, there's a chance of rain for tomorrow, so I must move them somewhere today. NOT into the garage, however. There really isn't a good place for them in the machine shed, and since Rainbow doesn't get along with the other adult cats, either, I guess I'll move them into an old hog barn that hasn't been used for years and is somewhat dilapidated. We'll see how that goes... and if Rainbow will leave them there. They still don't really stand much of a chance, being born this late, but we'll see how it goes. I hate to get too attached to them... but it's hard not to. But they are NOT coming into the garage!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Another fun package!

I got another package in the mail last week! Here's what was in it. Can you guess what it is?

Jess had gotten an offer from to try out their custom-made woven labels, and they sent a complimentary order made from our design. Since I do the sewing, I got the labels! Aren't they lovely?

The ones we ordered are about this size:

I didn't have them in time for my photo shoot of Jess's tote with Courtney (they came the next day), but I added one later and Courtney helped me with a picture when she was here on Friday. See how nice it looks?

I'd thought many times of buying labels or making my own to put on all the bags, etc., that I sew, but I never got around to it. Woven ones are the best, but I'd heard that they are all made overseas and take 6-8 weeks to arrive. So I continued to procrastinate on my decision.

This offer was very timely for adding a label to the tote for Quilt Market! We were told that they would ship in 2-3 weeks, and I had them exactly 3 weeks from the day they were ordered! Jess did the designing (consulting with me) and the ordering. About the ordering process she said, "I was super happy with the website. Ordering was easy and fun, and there’s an amazing range of colors to choose from."

We are both very pleased with the labels and highly recommend We'd order from them again. That is, if I ever sew enough to use up the 300 we got! Ha!