In which I made a Buttercup Bag...

Several months ago I found this gorgeous fabric at Hobby Lobby. I'd been wanting to try making a summery purse, so a few weeks ago I made this purse from the "Buttercup Bag" pattern I found on this blog. (Please note: this pattern is free to use, but she asks that you purchase the pattern/license if you plan on selling any of these bags.) The original pattern looked pretty small, so I enlarged it a bit. It's still on the small side (if you're like me and tend to carry everything but the kitchen sink in your bag), but it works well. I modified it a bit on the inside too, and added little rows of pockets on both sides:

The flower pin was very simple to make - I looked at several tutorials online, then did my own variation of several techniques. Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures of the process on any of this, but I plan on making another one for my Mom soon, and I will try to remember to take photos! I'm also working on a pattern myself for another purse, and I'm so excited about the fabric I have for it.

I really enjoyed this project... depending on how the next two purses go, I may consider adding some bags to my Etsy shop. What do you think?

Hope you're having a lovely week....

Don't forget - there's still time to enter my birthday giveaway!
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The Big 3-0 and a Giveaway! - *CLOSED*

I'm turning 30 today...

To celebrate, I thought I'd do a little giveaway....

I will be giving away one of my necklaces featuring my original artwork!
Which one you'll win, however, is a surprise!

Here's how to enter...

Mandatory 1st Entry:
Leave a comment describing your best birthday memory.
Be sure to leave your name and contact info in case you win!

Bonus Entries:
Follow this blog on "Google Friend Connect" (see sidebar), then leave a comment telling me you did: 1 entry.

Blog about this giveaway, then leave a comment with the link to your post: 2 entries.

Follow me on twitter, then leave a comment telling me you did: 1 entry.

Tweet about this giveaway, then leave a comment telling me you did: 1 entry.

Become a facebook fan, then leave a comment telling me you did: 1 entry.

Share about this giveaway or suggest my page to your friends on facebook, then leave a comment: 1 entry.

Purchase something from my website or Etsy shop: 5 entries.

Add my button to your sidebar (grab the code on my sidebar), then leave a comment telling me you did: 3 entries.

Make sure you leave comments and your e-mail address for each separate entry -
 it makes life much easier! Thanks!

I will announce the winner sometime next week! Stay tuned....
*This giveaway is now CLOSED*
Thanks for entering! Stay tuned for future giveaways....



When sorrows like sea billows roll....

It's been a rough few weeks....months, actually.
With everything that's happened lately, I've been thinking a lot about this hymn:

It inspired this collage I did last year - I thought I'd share it with you again...

"It Is Well"
mixed media

My favorite verse from the hymn:

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

Did you know next Thursday is the Feast of Trumpets???
Hmm.... wouldn't that be nice...?
Happy Labor Day...