i am trying to do a post about non-baby things. but that is hard to do right now. i had plans of sewing a bunch of stuff in the few weeks in december. after i stopped work at the end of november. and before our baby was born. well. she was born three weeks early. and my list got tossed out the window. well. not really. as i sit and feed her i look at the pile of fabric in the corner. washed and ready to be cut. to be sewn. to be crossed off the list.
i realized something. after looking at karyn's blog post about pinterest. and how she keeps a bunch of photos for colour ideas for future projects. brilliant, karyn. brilliant. so i joined and am now doing the same. my free time by myself is super limited these days. but i do spend quite a few hours on the couch. feeding anika. and flipping through magazines. and looking at blogs. (i haven't mastered the quick one hand typing yet though. so the email reply list is getting huge.) i thought i would start looking to magazines and photos online for colour combination inspiration. i usually just wing it. i look at my piles of fabric and choose ones i like. then start sewing.
one thing on the list of things to sew before the baby came was a new over-the-shoulder bag. the typical bag i sew. over and over again. but this time with pockets. for baby stuff. i never sew pockets in my bags. silly.
here is what i found. and was inspired by. and decided on. in the colour department.
bag number one:
fuschia and grey. i think that's fuschia. i am loving that colour recently. just got a pair of leather gloves in that colour. love the comination with the grey. the image is from a canadian magazine called chatelaine. which usually has a nifty diy project every month. and a couple of good recipes.
fuschia and grey. and navy. now i like this. it's hard to tell in this photo but the boots are navy, the tights are grey and there is fuschia in the skirt. the magazine is a home decorating magainze from my beautiful friend in denmark. (hi ruut!)
and this is what i ended up with. fabrics pulled from my stash. a grey corduroy with dots brought from japan. a heavy pink cotton from ikea. and an awesome linen/cotton blend from here. i'm excited to see how it turns out. hopefully i will have it finished by end of february. (we are moving at the end of this month so i am trying to be realistic. most of my snippets of free time off will be spent packing. and unpacking.)
bag number two:
blue and white. and green. i have also been in love with bright green lately. anika's car seat cover is this lovely bright lime green. pure goodness. the above image is from the january issue of martha stewart. which has an article on the log cabin quilt. all modernized. love it. (and there are some awesome hot cereal recipes too.)
this is what i chose from my stash. the green circles are from here. along with the plain white cotton. the other fabric is a blend of some sort. from japan. it's a bit on the heavier side. i love it. i am thinking there might be some piping involved in this bag. this bag will be great for spring and summer. so luckily i won't have to start it until spring. (which is like june around here. that is what happens when you live in canada beside the mountains.)
this little inspirational experiment was fun. and i think i might just continue on down this path. we will see.