Grommet this!

The grommets came today! I finally got the last two grommets set on my bucket bag. I love how it turned out.  

And, as you can tell from my biz name, I love owls. I may have to keep this one. 

Little owls peeking out from everywhere.

I may take it to the Arts Council of Roane County Open Show tomorrow. We’re setting up tomorrow and Monday at the Rockwood Visitor Center and Museum. The museum hasn’t officially opened but is pretty well finished setting up. There is more work going on in the back, but that is “in the back.” It shouldn’t affect anything. The Open Show begins on Tuesday–Halloween. We’re having a reception Thursday night, November 2 from 5:30 to 9:00 PM with food, wine, and soft drinks and it’s only $10.  Come meet the artists. 


Couldn’t wait…

Here is the bag I finished today, the California Sunshine Bag.

It’s the first time I’ve used this pattern and I really like it. It’s easy to follow and easy to put together. I used three different types of interfacing/interlining, two patterns of quilting weight cotton and linen scraps for the orange strap and tab. I had a cotton webbing belt from a thrift store that I repurposed for the shoulder strap. 

It’s really nice to finish something in a couple of days–really FINISH a bigger project–since my Great Snap Snafu of 2017. 

I kept one of the grandsons yesterday while his sister and my daughter went on a school field trip. He had woken about midnight and said his ear was hurting, so daughter called and set up an appointment with his pediatrician and I took him. I have never seen ANYONE have so much energy with a bad double ear infection. He never stopped. In the pharmacy, he spun around on the ice cream counter stool.  Paw showed up after I got him home and took him on a long walk. He came back more wired than ever. And when Mom and Sister got home he got more active. Wow! Daughter says it’s antibiotics, but he was that way before the medicine. Maybe he was just glad to be the center of attention while Big Sis was gone. 

Sew much trouble I’m in with grommets and snaps.

Here are the latest fabric creations. I made these all this week. 

This purse is made from the Glenwillow Saddle Bag pattern. I like the look of the purse, but I found the instructions a bit confusing. I guess I need more pictures of the steps. Word problems in math never made much sense to me. I could usually interpret them in more than one way.  I think the same thing is going on here. It’s a nice pattern, it’s just not quite written for me.

One more Necessary Clutch Wallet. I love these. They’re like peanuts. You can’t stop at one. 



Lots of color play going on in the wallet. The pictures are a little “off” color actually. It actually goes together much better than it looks.

There were also 5 all cotton microwave hot-bowl-holders finished, but I sold 2 and left the third at Locally Grown Gallery. Do you like the purple? Purple is not my favorite color, but I do love maroon.  A lot. 

The gray thingy with the yellow and orange dots is a stretchy knit headband. It’s at Appalachian Arts Craft Center and is only $8. 

This is the inside of the Glenwillow Saddle Bag. Lots of pockets.




This is the back with the front flap open. One big slip pocket and one zipper pocket. 

There is the same type of slip pocket on the front, but the zipper pocket is on the inside of it and doesn’t show.  


The inside of the simple bi-fold wallet. There are several card slots in it, but they don’t show up very well with this fabric.

One little owl is upside down.

I’m working on new things. I almost finished a beautiful bucket bag which needs 12 fairly large grommets. I had 10. And the replacements don’t ship for a couple of weeks. Argh! I am not patient.

Love this plaid lining. The colors are great.





Repurposed belt used for strap.
See the missing grommets on the right?








And that reminds me. I ordered some snaps that will.  not.  work.  They have cool tools with them that work great. They really get those snaps in there where they’re supposed to be, but the snaps won’t snap together. Have you ever tried to get a well-smashed-in snap OUT of a finished object without destroying said finished object? This is when I’m really glad I have a husband who likes to cut and smash things to get them apart for me. My hands aren’t strong enough anymore. Then I get the job of somehow creatively covering up the holes. In the latest one, I used an Owl Tree label, Velcro, and a button. Sssshhhhhh…don’t tell anyone. I’m sure the buyer will be none the wiser. I can’t tell. And it’s only a $4.00 card holder.