Hello everyone! I have been so busy making gifts for friends and family, sewing up items for my new etsy shop, Piper and Pippy, and of course working 5 days a week. The weather has also been gorgeous here in Charleston so it’s been hard to stay inside and sew! I have had barely any time to sew for myself and I feel like my blog has suddenly had to move to the bottom of my list. There is just not enough time in the day!
We are also headed out to LA in less than 2 weeks to celebrate Joseph’s 30th birthday. I was really in need of a great bag for all the sightseeing we will be doing. Who wants to carry around a heavy purse all day??? So…in steps the Anna Maria Horner Art Student Tote!
This bag is exactly what I need for our trip. I can put my camera, wallet, cell phone, and other essentials in it and it stays nice and slim against my body. I chose 2 coordinating fabrics from Anna Maria Horner’s linen collection. I also chose dark colored fabric so I won’t be so paranoid about getting it dirty as we trek around California.
I thought the linen was a little sturdier than quilting weight cotton so I only interfaced the outer fabric and pockets. I wish I would have also interfaced the divider. It’s a little too flimsy. I might even leave it out completely the next time. Sometimes too many pockets in a bag makes it even harder for me to stay organized. I can never remember which pocket I put things in! I end up checking each pocket before I finally find my ringing cell phone!
I love how this bag turned out and I can’t wait to try it out on the West Coast. So far the only plans we have decided on are a UCLA game at the Rose bowl. Not my idea of a “must-see”, but it is my husband’s 30th birthday after all 🙂 Since we are going to a football game, he has said he will accompany me for some fabric shopping on Saturday morning! Yay! Where should I go? I don’t have much time, so I need to spend it wisely! Where else should we go while we are there? Where should we eat? Suggestions please!
On a side note, what do you guys think of my etsy shop name? I chose Piper for the dog collars I will be making (and because I am obsessed with my dog) and Pippy (like pippy longstocking) for the little girl hair accessories. Here is a look at the dog collars I will be making.
What a pretty puppy model I have!!!