My front porch got a mini-makeover for summer. First, this worn and rusted garage-sale find:
got new life with just a fresh coat of paint and a pot of flowers.
Some patriotic fat quarters became a banner for the porch rail:
And the front door got a much needed face-lift with a coat of "Ranch Red" paint.
Speaking of painting, I did some of the canvas and easel type also. Sometimes inspiration comes in the form of an internet image like the one at the right. (I apologize to the artist that I did not make a not of where I saw his/her beautiful artwork.)
In the sewing room, I used Pink Sand Beach Designs' pattern to create this "Sonoma Swing Bag". This was the first time in thirty years that I've sewn anything with a zipper, so that required a little "refresher", but I'm pleased with the results. Since I no longer spend 10 hours of my day away from home, there is no need to carry a large purse. This size is perfect for a run to the grocery store and I can tuck it into a larger bag when I need to.
Drawstring lunch bags were my next project:
I found this pattern on Pinterest It goes together much easier than it looks. Read all the instructions before beginning, and give some thought to which direction the fabric pattern will run before you cut - otherwise your shoes will be sideways.
I'm not sure how well they would actually work as lunch bags. They are not insulated - although I think you could insert a layer of Insul-bright batting in place of the interfacing - and they are rather small if you take more than a sandwich and an apple for lunch.
I'm not sure how I will use them. They would work great for carrying small craft projects, like hexies, or to pack with snacks, crayons, etc as a child's "goody bag" for car trips or during church. For now, they are sitting in the closet waiting for inspiration to strike . . . Maybe in time for the next "Inspiration on Monday".
IOM is a bi-weekly meme hosted by Trish @ Love, Laugher and a Touch of Insanity. I am also linking this post to Needlework Tuesday, hosted by Heather at Books and Quilts.