As we close out 2011, I just wanted to reflect back on my accomplishments.  I got back to sewing and as a result believe my overall disposition has improved.  The creativity part of me is now being used which really generates more energy.  I participated in a self-stitiched project which also felt great.

I contributed at least 6 quilts to Project Linus,  I sewed a quilted messenger bag for my duaghter and a cell phone holder for both my neice and I.  I whipped together several aprons that will end up in my Etsy store (some day soon).

 Then I completed two of my bucket list items.  The first was to create a blog (redbamsews.wordpress.com) and to attend a live hockey game.  I discovered several craft sites that help to inspire me such as ravelry.com and craftsy.com.

Sewing then led me to expand my creativity to other needlework escapades.  Several crocheted dishtowels were created and sold (thanks to a dear friend who helps in this area).  I was able to knit a dozen scarves to give away as Christmas presents.

Lastly, I did not forget about taking care of myself so I do a daily challenge that helps me (a self-professed couch potato) to be healthier in mind, body and spirit. 


Thanks everyone for helping me get back to an area of my life that got neglected over the years.

Santa’s Elf–Still Going

  Finished another scarf.  I have two more to go.

Santa’s Elf and Holiday Prepping!

Santa's Elf

Spent another weekend checking out the holiday craft fairs.  Picked up a few more treasures as holiday gifts for dear friends and loved ones.  Its a double bonus as with one purchase I’ve helped a small business owner and got a present for a dear one at the same time.  What a great way to get ready for the holidays!


These are just a few of the treasures I discovered.  Also picked up “angel” ornaments for this year’s tree.

Early Gift from Santa

Mr. Santa presented me with an early Christmas present.    This book is full of projects that only require one yard of fabric.  It comes with patterns and directions.  With this new acquisition, I will be a happy sewist in 2012.  Yea!


Sewing Library Addition

Early present from Santa.

Here's what one project looks like.

Needle Escapades–Acquisitions

New Bag for NeedleworkThis weekend I attended several craft fairs in town.  I picked up a lovely bag for my knitting and crocheting projects.  I, also, added to my yarn stash.  More Yarn

My latest project…..  Blue Heaven   Finished project–

Blue Delight

Quilted Messenger Bag

Front View of Messenger Bag

Side View of Messenger Bag

Close Up

Decided to make a Messenger  Bag.  I used a prequilted fabric.  Hubby drafted the pattern for me. Pattern includes a large rectangle for the bag portion.  I finished the edges with bias tape and then sewed up the sides.  Mitered the bottom seam edge to add depth.   Folded over a flab, added a handle of the same fabric, added a velcro closure and appliqued butterflies to the exterior.