Summer Ends Tomorrow

Well it looks like we are on a roll of monthly posts. There is good and bad there – on the good side it is because it has been busy around here, on the bad side we have had a yucky bug too. But we are now on the mend and gearing up for the fall.

The youngest and I are going to participate in the Worldwide Photowalk again this year. We are going to lead a walk too. So very much looking forward to that.

We haven’t done many photo rambles this summer. It has just been too hot to be any fun. In fact, we have spent most of the summer inside because of the heat. But we did make an exception and took our grandson to see Thomas the Train, and ride on him! His Dad, and two Aunts (wild child and youngest) went too. So, it was a fun day for all.

Being inside, I have been working on more bags and getting new ideas for designs. The oldest and I went to a store that sells stones and researched them. Now I can wrap a special stone for the person getting the bag. Making it more personalized.







Added magnetic snaps to the side of the bag and the neoprene sleeve – no more swinging!

Now for the bag for my sister-in-law. It was a fun time trying to figure out a way to give her a pretty bag, but also allow for her to carry her water bottle, with ice in it. I finally came up with the idea to use neoprene. I have a neoprene bottle sleeve attached to my camera bag. The problem is it swings when you walk. I went to JoAnn Fabric to find neoprene, but they don’t carry it. I couldn’t find any locally, so I went online. Fabric outlets sell a minimum of a yard and neoprene is sold in 80” width, so a yard was pretty expensive. I needed a small piece to play with and see if it would even work. On Etsy a seller makes things out of neoprene i.e. headbands, jewelry and she sells scraps, a 10”x20” piece, for $10. I made a test sleeve using foam stabilizer, and then made the one out of neoprene. It worked!

I am now working on a bag for the oldest. I made a test bag for me first though. I kinda like this idea of making test bags for myself first 🙂