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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Spring Cleaning

Today I started cleaning out 2 of our bedrooms.  Started with the little girls room (it was a huge disaster) and have 2 big bags of toys to take to goodwill.  Sadly Im still not done but needed a change of scenery so I will try to finish it up in the next few days.  Now Im cleaning my room (that I share with Orange Jeep Dad, my husband), underbed (we use it as storage), going through the drawers and next I might tackle the closet.  Mind you with 6 kids, me and orange jeep dad in a 4 bedroom house 5 of us share my not so big walk in closet.  It feels good to purge and get rid of the clutter (junk really or things we have grown out of), makes this mom happy to have a clean house, well I hope to have a clean, organized house before my 10 and 11 yr olds go back to school in a week.  So we are off to a good start!

Friday, March 18, 2011

AB's Cosmo Bag

Cosmo bag
I bought the AB Style Stitches book about two weeks ago and just finished my first bag.  Let me take you back and give a little history.....I just got my sewing machine in mid February (my wonderful husband got it for me for Valentines day) and had little experience, well none really, unless you count 7th and 8th grade home economics.

Picture of inside my bag.
Since then I have made my girls skirts, little felt birthday bags, working on peek a boo bags and more.  Now it brings us back to my bag, AB considered it an easy pattern but for a newbie like me it was a little more challenging.  Some of her verbiage is hard to decode and I was very grateful for Jem Jam's sew along, her pictures were helpful.  I so wish I had someone to talk with and ask questions because the exterior side pockets did not have a great directions.

I had to use trial and error and Im still not sure if I did it correctly but I was getting flustered so I just went with what I had.  I did get it finished and Im very happy with the ending result.  Feel free to ask any questions and I will try to help, keep in mind Im not an expert by any means.