Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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It finally snowed on late Sunday afternoon ! It felt so nice to see the snow falling down in the city. It was not even an inch, but enough joy for me! Although the snow melted away from the Monday rain then the temperature kept in the low 40's, but snow was here!  I really miss the bitter cold and shoveling snow days; making a snow bank or two by the garage or sidewalk then sit in the kitchen watching snow falling. Isn't that the best part of the Winter season?

The zipper finally installed onto the little pouch. It is such a nice cute little pouch to make. Most of assembling is done by hand and really little machine stitching!  It is hard to believe this pattern was made in my first sewing lesson that I took 14 years ago. I was learning to draft out simple pattern at that time, I didn't have a sewing machine. 

I love how each time it turns out differently as I always change designs within. It is the type of pouch pattern that never gets old on me and just love to make it whenever I can. I plan to make a few patchwork editions and few more embroidery works soon. The little pouch is all wrapped and ready to post. I put it in a {french seam style drawstring bag} and you can find the tutorial {here}.

Last Thursday night, I stay in the workroom till quiet late, maybe past 11p.m.  I started pulling off some fabrics from the shelves that I knew I'll never use it, but for keepsake.  For last two years, I have been procrastinating about the idea of letting go some of these long collected fabrics. Each time, when I am about to do so then a few days later I put them back to shelves and that repeated for a few tries.  There is always a though of, "what if I need them later?" (smile). The truth is there hasn't been a what if moment since then. Finally, I talked into myself, let's do this; really think about what works and what no then this time was a success! It was hard and difficult for first few prints pull then after few more prints pull out I knew I am in the right track! (I plan on a destash over quarterinchmark_destash Instagram account in January).  

I've found myself search for more specific fabrics these days rather than getting new prints most of the time. I still collect my very favorite designers' prints, but set up a fine line of what to and what not. It is alike collecting music records for others and for me is fabric per se (and maybe it is an excuse for me actually getting few prints from time to time, oh well!) 

As always that I am going to be late for getting things in the mail. I have been making greeting cards after dinner time, a few cards a night and eventually I'll have enough cards to send.  The watercolor supplies sitting on one of the chair, so once table is clean I bring them right up. I've added a little touch on top of envelopes with watercolor and wondered how well they will be travelling? fingers crossed!

Hope you'll find time in your busy day; knit a row, sew few lines, read a page, even have a cup of coffee/tea time to yourself! It is important that we can all try to decompress a little from the busy time of the year! 

xxc  

p.s. The apron is over-sized after put it on! I checked the draft pattern and realized I followed the wrong size guild line! It will be another time to take seams apart then remake it! I love how this mustard yellow linen turns out! Oh! I do love yellows! 









9 comments:

  1. Love your Christmas village!! Cute pouch - all handmade - wow! Yes, a little snow is OK, but.......:)!

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    1. I wish a little more snow coming, but it looks like just cold temperature! :)

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  2. oh my gosh, is that your studio? its pretty .. all the Christmas collections are up, love..love..love and those little coin purse is cute too

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    1. Thank you! The pouch is just a nice pattern to go along and so many ideas can be add on! :)

      HappY hOLIDAYS!

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  3. You always create the most inviting spaces and prettiest projects, Chase! Love your latest makes (Santa is just way too cute!)and seeing a glimpse of your sewing studio space.
    Oh, I understand the internal struggle with letting fabric go - you are right in your assessment, though. It is better to have a curated stash that suits your taste and will be used, than one that sits on the shelf because it isn't really "you". A destash is a wonderful idea and I may follow your lead on that idea. Happy making, sweet friend!

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    1. Thank you, Katherine!

      The workroom is small, but comes with nice light from the East side of the window.
      It helps during the day time and even a nice place during late nights!

      Have a wonderful day~

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  4. Happy Holidays! I am IN LOVE with your little vintage "Putz Village"! A few years ago my daughter and I went to a 4 day retreat in the Utah mountains and created our little Putz Villages from paper mache houses, glitter and such. Yours look authentic and so quaint. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I so enjoy your blog. Everything today is beautiful. The Christmas mantel, the Santa pouch, and the painted cards--truly lovely. And that stack of half-square triangles looks like it will be an amazing quilt. You've made my day.

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  6. Love ALL your handy work! The cards are delightful and Santa pouch to envy!

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