Sunday, 29 July 2012

Have you forgotten me?

Well, I never intended to stay away this long, but somehow I just haven't been able to get myself motivated to write anything. I've enjoyed reading all your blogs, though problems with our internet over the last few weeks have meant that I haven't been able to comment as much as I would have liked. 

The Olympics are under way now - I thought the Opening Ceremony was terrific, though I wasn't too sure about Paul McCartney closing the proceedings. We seem to have had summer, last week was wonderful, warm and sunny and dry, but today the rain has returned. 

There's been lots happening of course, but too much to write about. So I'll just have to make do with showing you some pictures of things I've been making.

This bag is the Boho Bagette from Studio Kat Designs

This is the PortaPockets Plus, also from Studio Kat Designs. It's a set of three handbag organisers that zip together. I'm never likely to use all three at any one time as I don't have that much clutter in my bag, but they are very useful in ones or twos.
This is also in the Porta Pockets Plus pattern, a really handy device for keeping loyalty cards to hand.

I made a wallet from the same fabrics.

This wallet pattern comes from Zakka Style. It was a bit fiddly to put the bias binding on but I'm pleased with how it's turned out. This is for my sister in law for her birthday.

My second assessment piece for the City and Guilds course I'm doing has to be a box with appliqué. I designed and made the box, printed the fabric and used shadow appliqué to decorate it.

I've made two things to go in the box so far, both using patterns from Zakka Style. The pencil case has needle turn appliqué and the sewing pouch has reverse appliqué, both decorated with beads.

Number One Son starts his first teaching job in September so I've made him a hanging to go on his classroom door and a couple of pencil/pen cases. The cases are also from Zakka Style.

I don't know whether our internet is going to allow me to post this so fingers crossed.


Candace said...

What wonderful projects, Amanda. I love your bags and the box, they are well worth all the work and thought that you put in them. Your son's gifts are great, and depending on the age of his students possibly even a nice icebreaker. I hope that your internet problems are resolved.

Lynn said...

Nice to see you back! And you've been busy! I really admire bag and wallet making, it's a skill I can't seem to master. Yours have turned out terrific, I especially like the one with strawberries. I love the box, it really is exquisite.
Your son will be teaching, you must be proud he's following in your footsteps!

Kay said...

Good gosh! You've been really, really creative and busy! All these projects are fantastic. I'm so glad you were able to post them.

We are definitely enjoying the Olympics and I see you agreed with me about Paul McCartney's closing. I liked having him perform. I just wasn't sure I liked the choice of song. The Queen was my absolute favorite though.

Diane-crewe said...

Time to bow out Mr Mc I feel! Loved the rest of it though xx glad to have you back and showing us your projects xx

Simone de Klerk said...

How nice to see you again. My, have you been busy!
Love your Zakka projects. So much fun.
And what lovely gifts for your son to start teaching. So special.

jabblog said...

You have been so productive:-)

I've had a prolonged absence from blogging, too, apart from very occasional posts. The opening ceremony for the Olympics was terrific, I thought, but Paul McCartney really should have retired long since . . .

Angela said...

You have been busy!! All of your projects are lovely

Annabelle said...

Gosh you really have been busy! We are also swamped by the olympics in London with all the cycling events taking place in and around our village. Tomorrow hubby cannot even get to work as all the surrounding roads are closed. Still - really enjoying it all. Paul was seriously stretched - love him but he just cannot sing anymore (neither can I!).

scraphappy said...

So many wonderful creations. I really like the box with the shadow applique, it looks so professional. Those wallets and organizers will really come in handy as well. Glad you are keeping busy and doing well. It is so exciting that your son will be teaching.

Ms. N said...

Amanda, I miss all your musings! I hope all is well in your part of the world and any busyness is "good busyness"!