Last summer I recovered pillows and brought in new ones which I covered with my wild matching colors of chartreuse, aqua, purple, magenta, and orange. These pillows became a focal point in the new decorations in the school library where I am librarian. I even took my sewing machine to the school to sew and rip and resew.
I had so much fun! In fact, that was the first time I had done any extensive sewing in years. For too many years I graded papers and did lesson plans. As librarian I work hard during the day and do plan lessons, but grading papers? Minimal and easy.
All this is back story to a new craft and hobby I assumed during Christmas holidays. I looked through pattern books at my favorite craft store and found this pattern for a cat. Hmmm. Can I do this? It turns out, why yes, I could. Here's an example:
This is one of my favorites: Japanese Cat!
Bug Baby on the left and L'il Princess on the right.
So this is my work. I want to share it. I want to send out my purses to all the world--to create fun in toting one's possessions that need to be at hand on a daily basis, to have fun pulling out a checkbook from a purse that looks like a wine tasting or an English countryside spewed with polka dots or an antiqued look of Americana in anticipation of our annual holiday. Or any of the other fun purses I have created.
Someone recently told me that these purses are easy to make. Yes, they are, I said. Go make one. That's the point. Who wants to make a purse when you can find me and buy one already made and ready to tote!! I have the fun of mixing and matching patterns and colors, what goes where. Oh, the joy of colors! My favorite one pictured above is the first one: brightly striped, outdoor fabric matched with dramatic black. Isn't it glorious! Here's one more:
Books on my very ambitious TBR list (*denotes read)
- *Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Mem Fox
- The Odd Women by George Gissing
- The Zen of Fish by Trevor Corson
- How to Get Your Child to Love Reading by Esme Raji Codell
- The Cod Tale by Mark Kurlansky
- In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden
- *Joan of Arc by Mark Twain
- Dag Hammarskjold by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery
- The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet by Rabbi Michael L. Munk
- Children of Strangers by Lyle Saxon
- Spiritual Writings by Flannery O'Connor
- Nightmares and Visions: Flannery O'Connor and the Catholic Grotesque by Gilbert H. Muller
- The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor
- Flannery O'Connor's South by Robert Coles
- Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
- Sylvanus Now by Donna Morrissey
- *Vincent de Paul by Margaret Ann Hubbard
- Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
- A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking
- The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel
- Readicide by Kelly Gallagher
- *Ruined by Paula Morris
- Say You're Not One of Them by Uwem Akpan
- Wandering Star by J.M.G. Le Clezio
- Silence by Shusaku Endo
- *The Assault by Harry Mulisch
- Kari's Saga by Robert Jansson
- *The German Mujahid by Boualem Sansal
- Western Skies by Joseph Conrad
- *The Giver by Lois Lowery
- *Imperium by Ryszard Kapuscinski