December is always the hardest month to be a blogger if you're making things to gift - I want to share it all here but what if the person I'm making for actually checks the blog? I don't want the surprise ruined and it seems like that's just bound to happen, thanks to Murphy's Law. So I'm holding off on showing all the gifts I'm making and I'll do a show and tell about those next week. I figure that'll also be a good post-holiday soft landing.
So I finally jumped on the Lined Drawstring Tutorial from Jeni over at In Color Order - I've seen a zillion of these made and just hadn't had the time to make one but I'm thinking about making a couple to "wrap" gifts so I whipped on up yesterday. It is a great pattern, easy to read and use. This is the free "project size" bag from the FREE tutorial she has on her cute blog and I liked it so much I went ahead and bought her pattern. You won't be sorry if you spend the money on it, not only does she include measurements for a TON of different sizes, she also includes the formula to make your own custom size. So this bag was just the right size to hold a small sketchbook and supplies - love it. Can't decide whether to make a couple more of these in the next size up or make Anna Madras Bag to hold gifts for my niece/nephews...but since we're in the home stretch for holiday crafting I guess I'd better figure it out. :-)
About one nano second after I took the picture above the pens were snatched! We have an "H" artist at our house who is loving the ability to "sign" things with her first initial. So we're finding H's big and small on most any and every scrap of paper. Lucky for her I still think it's adorable (note - this feeling will last exactly until I find one on the wall or anywhere is permanent marker).
Hope your week is getting off to a good start and that you have your crafting plan well in hand!