“Hello, We’re Tourists” Camera Wristlets

I couldn’t decide if I liked the wristlet better with a gray camera and a floral background

Camera Wristletor with a floral camera and a gray background

Camera Wristletsso now I have one for me, and one for a friend.  Indecision is a wonderful thing. :)

Camera Wristlets

I used the free PDF template from Ashley at Lil Blue Boo to make the camera applique.  Isn’t it the cutest!?  Thank you, Ashley!  (I reduced mine to 75% to better fit the purse.)

Now I feel a need to go be a tourist!

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Graduation Gifts

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Monogram Wristlets

My daughter graduates from high school in a few days, and I wanted to give a few of her closest friends a little gift to celebrate.  They’ve stood by her through everything, and as her Mom I really appreciate that.

Monogram Wristlets

Since they’re graduating and moving off in many different directions, I wanted to give them a gift that would remind them of their friends.  Each of them have a similar wristlet, but with fabrics chosen with each girls’ personality in mind.  The same, but different.

Inside Monogram Wristlets

I was able to sneak in a giraffe print, a favorite of one of the girls.  It’s inside, like her own little secret.

I used a mashup of this wristlet by Ayumi of Pink Penguin and this clutch by Anna of Noodlehead, then threw on a monogram just because.

Monogram Wristlets

What girl doesn’t like a monogrammed purse?

While I was at it, I made extra monograms for their gift bags.

Monogram Gift Bags

(The tissue paper is their school colors.)

It’s so hard to believe they’re all grown up!  I hope they’ll stay in touch with each other.  I hope they’ll make their dreams come true, even when they change their minds over and over about what those dreams might be.  I hope they’ll stay just as awesome as they are today.

Watch out world, here they come!

Gathered Wristlet

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Gathered Wristlet

Anna at Noodle-head.com designs some SERIOUSLY cute purses!  Can you tell I love her 241 Tote?  I’ve made three of them!  This wristlet was made from her Gathered Clutch tutorial, I just added a little wrist strap.

Gathered Wristlet

I love the little divider and pockets, and it’s a good, roomy size for a wristlet.  This one was a gift for my Mother in law for Mother’s Day.

Did you happen to notice that one of the 241 Totes I made was from the same fabric?  That was a gift for my sister in law, my Mother in law’s daughter.  I hope knowing her new bag coordinates with her daughter’s will make it an even more special Mother’s Day gift.

Happy Mother’s Day, All!

Patchwork Wristlet Purse

My Wristlet

Sorry I haven’t been posting much.  I’ve been making things like crazy, but they’re mostly Christmas gifts which keeps me from publishing them here.   I’ve been spending way too much time making things, really.  WAY.  I’m wearing myself out.  So I decided to give myself the weekend off, and what did I do?  Made stuff that wasn’t for Christmas.  I guess I just can’t help it, I’m going to make stuff even when I’m taking a break from making stuff.

I made a few patchwork wristlet purse from a great tutorial I found on Pink Penguin.   This was my first time sewing with zippers, but Ayumi’s tutorials are so clear and nicely illustrated that I didn’t have a bit of trouble.  Thank you, Ayumi!  The wristlets have three interior pockets to hold debit cards/ID, business cards and a Chapstick, plus are large enough to hold a phone, makeup and so on.  You can add a little tab to hook your keys right on, too.  (I’m thinking I’ll use mine a lot going to the gym!)

The wristlet at the top of the post is mine, thrown together from a mix of fabrics that made me think, “I’m going to miss that one when it’s gone.”  Funny that I ended up with some pairings of near opposites like a ninja and pirate, rose and a dandelion and a fish and a bicycle.  I’m not going to dwell on what that might say about me.  The other two wristlets are going out in the mail tomorrow to friends.  I thought about holding them until Christmas, but the very idea made me tired.  Sometimes gifts are best if they’re “just because.”

Wristlets

The pink purse is made from mostly vintage linens, so incredibly soft it’s hard to imagine they’re as sturdy as they are.  (If you’d like to buy some vintage fabrics of your own, these are from Whimsie Dots and Deloria Jean, both on Etsy.  They both have great selections.)

Wristlets

I won’t be selling these in my shop, but Ayumi does allow her patterns to be used for fundraisers.  So if you’d like a patchwork wristlet, hang in there!  There’s talk of a special fundraiser for a favorite charity of mine, and I’d love to make a stack of these to help out.  Look for more information sometime after Christmas if you’re interested!

And now back to my regular schedule of crafting before work, after work and for a big chunk of the weekend … *Yawn!*