So, very reluctantly, I had to put on the accounting hat. A long long time ago, I was a CPA. Yes, an accountant before I became a stay at home mom over 14 years ago. Although I have always been a creative person, I have not explored that side of me as much as I have in the last 14 years. So, whenever I have to put on that accounting hat back on, I find I don't like it anymore. Perhaps it's because I don't get paid for it? I don't know. Then after I was finally done, I was not feeling that inspired to scrapbook. I spent time on line, checking blogs, scrapbook websites....I think looking for some inspiration. I created some paper boxes and paper flowers.... so instead of scrapbooking I did some paper crafts. ( I will post those pictures later in the week).
Later in the week, I found burlap bags. I was impulsive, ran to JoAnn's fabric store to purchase burlap. I did not know this, but it comes in colors too! I felt a lack of focus and creatively feeling like I was being pulled in several directions. I did not like that, I felt I should scrapbook but oddly did not want to. Instead I wanted to sew burlap bags.
So in the end, I reluctantly went with the flow of my mind and creativity. I had many ideas on how to embellish these bags, some worked ...some didn't. Although, with the right tool (a ruffler foot for my sewing machine) I believe I will have success when I revisit one particular idea I have. So some ideas remain in my head, sometimes it literally keeps me up at night!
A friend of mine is having a birthday in a few weeks and I had offered to donate some of my handmade items to my son's elementary school for an upcoming Silent Auction (fundraiser) so I decided I should make some bags for them from burlap, (that is how I think I justified it in my head) rather than scrapbook.
So, now that I have created some of the burlap bags I had in my mind, I think I can start scrap-booking....
Due to the extreme cold, the school just notified us that there will be no school tomorrow! We get a snow day!
|My friend Staci came to visit me last week when I was in the midst of creating these bags, she loved it so much I gave this bag to her. She loves vintage fabrics as much as I do.|
|I hand-painted the red heart.|
|Added Tulle "Ties" instead of a button closure|
|Love this Vintage style fabric I purchased on Etsy.|
|Tulle and red flower trim purchased at JoAnn's|
|This was my first burlap bag. I learned using regular paper stamps is probably not the best for these bags.|
|Went over the original stamped images with a red and black sharpie.|
|This bag made for and donated to my son's Elementary school for the upcoming Silent Auction (a big fund-raising event for our elementary school.)|
|A linen fabric used for the lining. I like the black and white flower design.|
|I think I will be keeping this bag. A larger size tote.|
|I love this dress-form fabric I used for the lining. My friend June introduced me to this fabric.|