This weekend couldn't have come fast enough for me! I've been suffering on and off from vertigo since the new year and the week has been a very topsy turvy one (no pun intended… or was it?….) It's a strange thing that vertigo.
This photo is from the little town we have decided to get married in!
Despite going to Canmore many times I had never noticed these hoodoo like rock formations until last year even though they are right off the highway! They are pretty camoflauged! You can get to them from below by trails or through the neighbourhoods above them. It proved to be a nice spot to enjoy our morning coffee. Tim's of course.
Oh Alberta. Just fields and cows as far as the eye can see. In the middle of seemingly nowhere the fields drop off and you enter a valley that looks like it doesn't belong. Millions of year of erosion creates amazing rock formations and leaves the hills exposing layers of history including the K-T boundary. You drop into the town of Drumheller which contains one of the best museums in the world (The Royal Tyrrell Museum). David is always on the hunt to find a dinosaur that will be named after him so anytime we are in the vicinity of Drumheller we need to stop for a little rummage around.
During the winter I get a lot more craftier. I recently recovered a stool with the striped canvas style fabric you see above (that I found at value village for $1.99 might I add). I had a bit left over so I thought I would make a deep paper delivery bag with some left over faux leather. Perfect for fresh flower or a small grocery shop come spring. I was inspired after I saw this crochet/leather bag tutorial from Courtney to do a "half and half" type bag. Since I am not skilled in the crochet department (yet!) I modified it to my own skills and wrote a bit of my own tutorial on it. All I can say is writing a good tutorial is hard!! So major props to anyone out there who does it! If I left anything out or you have any tutorial tips let me know!
Now I am no professional seamstress and anything I've learned, I've taught myself. My mom always cringes at my pattern-less free-styling. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't but you always learn something! The beauty with a free-style approach is that it can be adapted to use up what you have! Don't have as much fabric? Make a smaller version. No faux leather? Use a different fabric to complement. Add a zipper. Leave out the strap and make a fold over clutch. The possibilities are endless! The trick to sewing (in my humble opinion) is just finding the right sequence to sew in for your current project. Once you've got that down the rest is easy. That being said, I made a quick little zippered bag in the same "half and half "style right after this bag and totally messed it up!? A much more simple project and I was sewing in the wrong sequence. Seam rippers are my best friends sometimes!
I would also like to note that looking at these photos has made me realize how sadly dark my sewing area is. Our tiny apartment is in a bit of a U shape and the only area left for my crafty area is in the cradle of the U, meaning no natural light. Yellow incandescent mixed with an orange stained dining table and you've got some some weird reflective colours happening in my photos! Anyhoo... back to the tutorial!
We try to visit my mom about every second week or so. David re-fills the bird feeders and I play with all my animal friends. This last weekend I brought the camera a took a few quick photos from around my mom's house. I am working on some sewing tutorials since I've been on a sew kick as of late and also I feel like I might be able to teach some nalbinding skills that I've been learning! The persistant house arrest of winter does get your creative juices flowing!