Friday, August 27, 2010

The Perfect Camera Bag

I have been on a serious search for the perfect camera bag for some time now. I want a bag that will fit my dslr and maybe an extra lens and I would like the bag to be able to double as a purse/tote. I like having my camera with me but I don't always like carrying around a purse plus an ugly camera bag... so, like I said before I have been on a search!

Originally I wanted to just buy one and take the easy way out and as much as I love these, these, these, and these the price tags are steep and there still isn't one that 'has it all'. If I had found one that met ALL my requirements then maybe Id consider finding a way to weasel one into my class 'supply list' ...but no such luck! Each one leaves me wanting just a lil' something thing more.

So, now I have decided its just going to have to be a handmade and custom item. And that's fine. So far I'm liking this bags style:

...this bags zipper and pockets:
...and this bags padding:

I have some brown wool/poly tweed in my stash that I got on sale (hello $10 fabric for only $5!) that came to mind after I saw these awesome bags:

Its a brown and cream tweed so all that's left to do is find some brown leather hardware and strapping and I should be ready to whip this baby up... right? Right! Its only a mix of 2 patterns, one tutorial, and one dream bag. Oh, its always so much easier said(and sketched) than done! Now wish me luck!

The first of many fall projects!

halloween placemats

And the small black tulle ruffle is my favorite part! I think this detail will be showing up more and more in my future fall projects.

halloween placemat 2

So, how early is too early to put these babies out? Is September really pushing? Do I have to wait till October? ...well, I kinda know the answer to that question so maybe I need to make some generic 'fall' themed ones to hold me over till October! Time to dig into the 'fabric cellar'... I think there is some cute fall supplies that are well seasoned by now! ;D

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Been sewing with:


Alexander Henry's Halloween collection (both this year and last!). I love this collection and I have place mats, garlands, table runners, and hutch panels in the works using the above supplies. I'm really loving the combo of the fabric, black tulle, and orange velvet ribbon right now. I'm also enjoying the challenge of using up supplies from my stash versus buying new supplies(no need to buy when my office could be a craft/fabric store at this point!). Pictures of finished projects coming soon!

Bringing a smile to my face:

:: Peppermint tea... and lots of it lately!

:: This website! Ive been building a new portfolio site there and the tools, layout, and price(free!) are awesome! Hoping to launch my new site very soon but in the mean time sneak a peak here.

:: 120 film was listed on this semesters syllabis... glad to have an excuse to pull out the duaflex again and buy 'out-of-this-student's-budget' film.

:: Fall is right around the corner and its my most favorite FAVORITE favorite season! I'm so excited I can hardly contain myself! I have actually already started fall craft/sewing projects... I just couldn't help myself!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Its ALL About The Light

Sometimes, if you are patient enough you get the most beautiful light:


and when you get this kind of light mixed with these clouds...


you generally get this kind of smile:


And thats why we wait for the 'good light'!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Been On A Sweets Kick:

First it was the chocolate chip oatmeal cookies:

365 meals (44)

And then it was the pear upside-down ginger bread cake:

365 meals (43)

It must be something in the water because I'm not normally a sweets person! In other news, I decided to move my 365 project to my flickr account. The link here on the blog will still take you to the updated collection(but no more twitpic pages... they were just too limiting... and I like my options!). Happy Thursday!