Let us put by some hour of every day for holy things...

Think on th' eternal home,
The Saviour left for you;
Think on the Lord most holy, come
To dwell with hearts untrue:
So shall ye tread untired His pastoral ways,
And in the darkness sing your carol of high praise.

--from Keble's The Christian Year, Thoughts in Verse

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Today I Made...

Edith Evans from the 1952 movie, The Importance of Being Earnest

Yes, yes, a handbag! 

Even though it was my first full day home since my trip to South Carolina and I've lots to unpack and the housework to tackle, I promised myself the indulgence an afternoon of sewing. Not only did I embark on a handbag, but I cut out and ironed on the fusible-fleece parts of three purses. One of them I nearly finished, too, but I discovered I'd run out of Gutermann's glue for the frame. But at least the sewing bit is done, and I had a delightful time working on it. Here's what it looks like so far:

I've had this wonderful lace-overlay cotton fabric remnant stashed away for a few years now, just waiting for a worthy project. It sings "springtime", doesn't it? 

Now you simply must see the lining! 

I chose a lively bit of green gingham to continue to spring theme, and this time (unlike my most recent purse lining experiment) I got the gathered lining pocket attached to my complete satisfaction, and then trimmed it with rick-rack. (Oh, frabjous day! Callooh, Callay! she chorted in her joy.)

In order to combat frustration, I sewed the lining before tackling the exterior of the bag to keep me from getting too hurried. This tactic worked admirably, and I actually found myself enjoying making the lining instead of finding it tedious, as I usually do. 

I can hardly wait to get back to sewing again tomorrow. More handbags,  yes--but something in a completely different vein, especially for cat-lovers this time. 

Do pop back in for a look! 

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