I can't believe that we are halfway through our 10 week summer already! We've been busy -- traveling, camping, swimming, gardening and simply pottering around the house.
One of the things I look most forward to during the summer months is the freedom and time to take part in crafty endeavours. And during the month of July, I had was able to do so much of it! Bliss!!
Here are three little crafty projects I managed to complete in between trips to the ice cream shop and bike rides around the park:
Zippered Pouch: I needed a case to carry all the daily essentials (Tylenol, lip gloss, hand sanitizer, etc.) while we were in Italy. I was carrying a mid-sized bag with me, but I wanted all of the important things handy to grab when we were out and about.
I had recently bought Amy Sinbaldi's book, Sweetly Stitched Handmades, and couldn't wait to make something from it. I slightly modified her pouch pattern and tutorial to make my bag more square in shape.
I included the patchwork, the hand-stitching and the embroidered label, just as she suggests in the book.
I love how it turned out - especially with the cute Matryoska dolls across the top.
ABC Quilt: SO many friends have announced they are expecting this autumn or in the early winter. I decided I'd better get started early on a few baby presents.
I love the zoo animals and the ABC pattern in this collection of prints. I think it will be perfect for a baby boy or a baby girl.
London Cross Stitch: I recently stitched a similar picture, depicting the symbols of Paris. I have 2 more to make - Rome and New York City. I am hoping to hang them all together in a travel collage in our hallway, reminding our family of all of the wonderful places we have seen!
All of the city cross stitch patterns were purchased from
What else am I working on these days?
I have been using the Project Life App to scrapbook our Italy pictures, a blue and green crocheted afghan and hexi-flowers that will someday be put together into a quilt!
So much to make and so little time!!
In fact, time to sign off from the computer and head to couch. My crochet hook is calling my name!!