Saturday, June 25, 2011

Time flies!!!

How can it have only been a few weeks since I last posted? So much has happened! If you saw the previous post, I entered my canvas bag in a contest with Prima. Well, right before we left for our beach vacation I found out - I WON! I had a nice prize pack with lots of Prima flowers, a 6x6 paper pad and bling waiting for me when we got back.

06 14 11_0880Our yearly beach trip was mostly great. The weather was wonderful. Sunny just about everyday with a few storms at night. We saw Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides as a family. Jeff and I went shopping one day, just about all day long – that NEVER  happens! The boys had a great time playing on the beach and in the water. We watched movies just about every night. Played mini golf. And made our usual 2 trips to Krispy Kreme – yumm!!

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The only part that wasn’t great was when my poor Dad had kidney stones. He has them often so he already had pain meds with him and didn’t need to go to the hospital but he didn’t feel well for several days. He and Mom even went home a day early.

06 11 11_0939The strange part was the new bridge access to Sunset Beach. The old swing bridge is gone and replaced by a really tall bridge. I understand the need for it, but the old bridge had such great character and was fun to watch. It will now be moved to a donated lot and turned into a museum .

Monday, June 6, 2011

Prima Tote bag

Hello crafty friends! This is the Prima tote bag I received at Inspired! 2011 just a few weeks ago. I couldn’t wait to decorate it! Well, it’s finally finished and just in time, too! Prima is having a contest using this very bag. So here goes!
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I wish I had taken a picture of the before, but if you are interested it’s the Donna Downey Canvas Tote #921538. I used a white rose trim at the top. I misted it with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Tutti Fruitti. I then added some of my favorite lace trims. (I have a major lace trim addiction!) Then I used some of my favorite fabrics. I machine stitched the edges so they look finished. Then I cheated with the pleats! I don’t know how to sew very well and I have a very simple machine so I simply glued the material in place and pleated it as I went. You know, “glue, pleat, glue, pleat, glue, pleat”. You get the idea.
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Here is a close of up the flowers I used. I think they are from the Botanical Love Note collection. I stitched them on with some vintage buttons. (I’m addicted to those as well! – Shhhhh!!)
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Here is a close up so you can get a better look at the lace trims.
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Here is a close up of the fabric. I got it while in Fancy Gap, VA. I love the colors and the stripes. Everything is glued on except for the flowers/buttons. I really love how it turned out. These totes would make wonderful gifts.