Tuesday, August 11, 2009
A Pay It Forward year...Charli...and sweets!
Have you participated in a Pay It Forward yet? If you haven't I'll explain what it is. You sign up to someone's blog who is a part of it, and in doing so they have to make you a surprise gift sometime in the following 12 months and post it to you. Your part of Pay It Forward is to tell about it on your blog (which I did) and the first 3 people to sign on are to receive a handmade gift from you sometime in the next 12 months. And so it goes on...you receive one gift, but you make three to pass on. Lovely idea isn't it!?
I signed on last year to Myra's Pay It Forward team, and whilst my first two handmade gift recipients received theirs within months of signing on to my team, my third recipient has been waiting almost a year. She was moving and I wanted to wait until she was settled because I had an idea in mind for her new home town/state.
The idea really came to life in my mind when Allie shared her gorgeously fun Portholes designs recently. I knew one of her beach inspired designs was going to be perfect for the beach bag I wanted to create!
And of course, I'm REALLY hooked on machine quilting right now so I decided to quilt the bag! I did waves this time and it fit perfectly with the stitchery!
I love Allie's Portholes...
After using fusible webbing to stick the embroidery to the quilted bag length, I blanket stitch appliqued the Porthole to the front of the bag, then after stitching the side and adding a box bottom I decided to bind the top of the bag for a smooth finish...
...before adding the long handles.
I found some pretty cotton strips to add some strength and colour to the handles, before finishing them off with some cool blue, mismatched buttons! The bag is almost 20 inches wide so great for carrying towels, sunscreen and water to the beach. :-)
This will be posted tomorrow, along with a number of overseas packages...gee, Australia Post are going to love me! ;-)
We have decided to give Maggie the Possum's baby a name that will suit both male or female as we have no idea what the gender of her offspring is. So from today it shall be known as CHARLI. Charles if it's a boy, and Charlotte if a girl...but for now Charli is just right.
I didn't spend all day stitching. It's been a while since this dessert has been made, but when strawberries were so cheap this week I knew it was time to bake a Strawberry Shortcake for my beloveds. Sweets for my sweets. :-)
I hope you are enjoying your beloveds today.
The children grow so quickly and we wish the years back again, so embrace their presence in your home *now*...love them to pieces and thank God for trusting you with them.
And while you're at it give that special person in your life an extra hug today and tell them why you love them.
....who will just go and take my own advice and shower my husband and kids with a hug and a reason why I love them so much. xxxx