Monday, February 22, 2010

Birthday Weekend

I had a wonderful birthday weekend. The presence of my family and friends was enough to make the weekend great-- but I want to mention a few of the gifts I received that I thought would be interesting to my readers.

First, my husband bought me a tripod for camera. I hope that this results in better photography for the blog. You can be the judge of that!
My parents gave me a great book on gardening in the Southeast. (I am going to do a future post on this topic-- stay tuned.) They also gave me the gourd lamps for my bedroom project. Yay! The lamps are not in yet, but I will post photos of the bedroom transformation as soon as they arrive.

Finally, my sister-in-law Paige made me an AMAZING clutch on her new sewing machine. Please note, we have the same sewing machine. I got mine for Christmas. She got hers for her birthday in mid-January. Mine came out of the box this weekend. She has already taken classes and produced creations. Not just any creations-- but fabulous, wearable items. I am a little behind to say the least.

How great is this clutch? Notice the yellow lining peeking out...

The clutch closes with this button. Isn't the tapestry fabric beautiful?

Here it is opened up...

Up close shot of the lining. I LOVE this fabric!

She said that she got the idea from this book by Amy Karol, who writes the blog Angry Chicken. I flipped through the book over the weekend and I just might have to add this to my collection. Maybe I will actually start sewing?

Thanks for a great birthday weekend!



  1. Paige did a great job on the purse. I loved her choice of fabrics. Very impressive for a second sewing project!

    Her creative idea of using a hair elastic for the button loop when she couldn't find anything but white elastic thread was inspired.

  2. Love the clutch! What great fabric!! Can't wait to see what you come up with on your new sewing machine :)