Tuesday, August 12, 2008

What I did today....

I was really super busy today. I ran out of white thread and had to put my apron on hold until I can get to the fabric store. I love the darting on the side of the apron. The print is a vintage linen table cloth. I'm going to put a short ruffle on the bottom of the apron too.

Then I finally got brave and kept one of my promises to myself. I finally canned something for the first time in my life and I am really pleased with the results. I used to watch and help my Mom can when I was a little girl, and she gave me her big pressure canner a few years ago, but for my first attempt, I made a zucchini relish...just a small batch, because I didn't want to mess up a huge batch of anything...so here is a photo. I used my husband's grandmother's recipe, and he said it tasted just like she used to make...so he was really happy about that. He even ate some extra I had on his ham steak tonight and said it was delicious. It was such a happy moment when each little jelly jar "popped" and sealed!! I really had a sense of accomplishment with this. I am going to get brave and try strawberry jam tomorrow and apple butter when the fall apples start coming in. Not brave enough to try greenbeans yet...perhaps next year, but who knows.

The second project that I finished up today was a tote bag. It is made with gorgeous cotton/linen fabric samples in a pattern called: Samarkand by Ronald Redding Designs. I had a whole stack of samples given to me, so I made them into 6"x7" squares and am doing patchwork totes out of them. I fully lined it, sewed pockets into the lining and made an unusual closure with a huge beautiful button that came on a package that I ordered from Bev. I really love the way this one turned out. Here is a peek at it! What do you think. It is a great size and will hold a laptop, or books are groceries! I have been making grocery totes like this...trying to make them beautiful and totally unique. This sucker is heavy duty and will stand up to alot of punishment! The handles are padded for extra comfort when carrying it. All of my bags have the padded handles. I really prefer them. Easier to shoulder them.

I hope everyone had an enjoyable day Monday. Tues looks like a winner too...cooler weather only in the 80's again...woo hoo!!!! I can hardly wait to go shopping for the winner on Wednesday. I was in there today and have my eye on a couple of really cute items! LOL...my daughter says I work the word cute into conversation way too much, so it is time to get out my Thesaurus and learn a few more adjectives!!

Oh, and here is what I am calling a French Bread Tote. I made it so it is taller and narrower than most grocery bags. I'm tired of my french bread tumbling out of bags..Oooolala!! Be sure to click ont he photos to get a close up look if you have time!

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GardenGoose said...

love the new bag you made..and the relish. so fun to make stuff like that and learn a new skill isn't it.
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Queen of Dreamsz said...

The canning really does bring a sense of accomplishment...hey, what a chic bag for groceries!

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electricdunce said...

That tote bag is just too spiffy for groceries, I love the fabric. Your relish is equally imprtessive, as are your other totes. But that first one, what a dazzler!


Shadows of the goddess designs said...

those turned out just awesome. I love the fabrics you used. I bet the zuchinni relish was good. !!

Beverly said...

Hey there G! Love the bag...always have been drawn to Oriental prints! You have had quite the busy day. And the relish looks delish!!

Denise said...

Hi Aunt George!
Wow your relish looks wonderful and that bag is gorgeous.
Love the fabrics you use.

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