Tuesday, May 17, 2011

What's a stuff?

Do you remember that line from Sixteen Candles? The funny Asian dude said it. Always cracks me up.

Over here in my neck of the woods, not much is happening. Seriously. I've become SO lazy it's not even funny. Household chores a barely getting done, the rest of the time I'm either playing Cityville on Facebook or window shopping with my two littlest munchkins. You know it's bad when you're not even excited to go to Target because there's nothing new. We go there that often, the boys and me. They love to go get a juice box or a chocolate milk from the little cafe and then go "play" with the toys.

 This is our most awesome babysitter, Julia (and Justin). She's so much more than just a babysitter though....she's Justin's gi-i-i-r-r-r-l-l-friend; not to mention his cousin as well. She watched the kids for Jon and me a few weeks ago so we could have a date night. It was fun. We went to Lucille's Barbecue (we had a giftcard), it was so yummy. Then we took in a movie--Thor. It was pretty good.
 More pics with Julia. The camera was loaded with them. See Ash in the background? She got a cute haircut. She looks wicked adorable with it. I've got to post a better pic of it.

Mother's Day weekend we went to Laughlin to visit some of Jon's family. His uncle Mike came down from northern California. We hadn't seen him in about ten years. It was really nice to visit.
 Uncle Mike on the left and Uncle Mark on the right. Awesome couple of guys.
 Jon's mom in the back and his aunt Cathy in front.
Loved this sign, had to snap a pic.

 All lined up.....
 Playing on the riverfront.

 It was nice to get away. But, it's always nice to come back home.

This past week, I've been trying to do something a little more constructive than usual.
I have a bunch of old jeans that I'm cutting up into quilt blocks to hopefully make a quilt out of someday; so in the meantime, I'm left with the seats of the pants get creative with. I've been thinking of making purses out of them for a while, so I finally dove in and got started on this project.
 These were obviously not jeans, just an old pair of the boys pants that they'd worn the knees out of. It's the first one I made, and I think it turned out better than the second one. Ashley loves it, it makes a cute little scripture tote for church.

 Here is the second one. Denim is harder to sew through and it gave me some trouble in a few areas. I really want a new sewing machine! I'm thinking of selling them on Etsy, I've finally set up an account and now I just have to load up my shop.
 Would YOU buy it? Are these just kind of cheesy? Trying to figure out if there's even a market for denim bags. I'm thinking maybe $15. Guess I'll just have to put it on there and see if it moves.
 I found a cute book at the library called Handmade Home Simple Ways to repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures. It's got some cute ideas, like these hotpads. I "repurposed" an old towel for the interior and used some cute fabric I had picked up. They came out pretty cute, but again; I had a few problems with my sewing machine going through some of the thicker parts. Hopefully my next attempt will come out a little cleaner. I'll prob'ly still list them on Etsy and see what happens.

So anyway, that's what's a happening in my world this week. Now I'm off to make more denim bags.


tammy said...

Cute bags! And Taylor has that sign in his bedroom. I had to buy it when I saw it!

Kristina P. said...

You are so creative! I love the bags. It actually just reminded me of Angie, the Funky Bag Freak. I hope she's doing OK!

Laura said...

The bags are adorable, and I think they would sell on Etsy! Be sure to post them on Facebook when you list them so your friends can see them there too! How great to have a babysitter your kids like!

Connie said...

Such cute bags! Put them on Etsy! You may be pleasantly surprised!

How nice that you were able to spend some time with family AND to also go on a date!

Angela B said...

Great post! Love all the pictures. I wish I had cousins nearby to babysit my kids. I like the bags too!

The Foulgers said...

I know what you mean about getting excited just to go to Target. I feel that way a lot.
The bags are adorable, so is Ashley's hair!:)

Lisa Loo said...

It took me awhile to get past the sign--I had to giggle for quite awhile....

Those bags are darling--not cheesy......

Now don't go getting all motivated and busy, I was thinking we were kindred spirits!

imbeingheldhostage said...

Am I the only person left in the world that hasn't seen Thor?

Sounds like an eventful week and it also sound like you may be in a little bit of a rut with the Target trips (I would recognize a rut because I've lived in several). But, you're sewing and being creative, so it must not be too bad.
NEVER label the lack of housework as lazy-- especially if your creative juices are at work. Housework will still be there when you don't feel like sewing or have an afternoon with the kids. Enjoy. Carpe Diem and all that.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that sign-- too funny, thanks for posting it :-)

Mrs. Mordecai said...

Awesome! Way to use up something that would otherwise get thrown away. I never know what to do with old clothes but I hate to trash them. Those hot pads are so cute. What a great idea to use a towel. I wish I had thought of that last week before I spent $8 on insulated batting.

JennyLynn said...

The bags are way cute! Very creative.