Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Gone wild - my new zoo bag

I volunteer at the Los Angeles zoo with the animal keepers twice a month. Those mornings, I schlep my purse, lunch, books for my lunch break, work gloves, and galoshes, and the bag I had been using just wasn't cutting it anymore. One day at my favorite local fabric store, I found some zoo babies fabric from Birch Organics. I wasn't sure at first what I would do with it, but I had to have it.
Then two and two came together. And how appropriate as the LA Zoo is bursting with babies this year!

I cut apart and re-pieced the images to my liking, and found a yellowy bamboo-design for the bottom of the bag and lining. I quilting different designs into each block and the bottom, pieced the bag all together and voila! A nice big bag for my volunteer days. And maybe I can sneak home one of those babies...

Now on to my next project - a wall hanging for our living room to fill up the blank wall where picture frames refuse to hang.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

April showers bring...

...a busy schedule!

Last weekend I was volunteering at the zoo when it started to pour. I got pretty drenched, but it was a nice relief with the drought we've been experiencing. Unfortunately, it didn't rain at all in my neighborhood just 20 miles away so I had to hose down my garden like normal.

Yesterday I took a day off from work to kill off some vacation hours, and I felt pretty productive. Did some general chores, went for a hike, and even whipped up a cover for my new work laptop (Always seemed silly to me that the company provides us tech, but nothing to protect it). Used leftover 'geek' fabric (see my apron from last year) and some old pink fleece for the lining. I based the design on this pattern from Hello Creative Family but with velcro closure for quick access.

And speaking of geek, this Saturday, May 2, is Free Comic Book Day! Joe and I will definitely be hitting up some of our local stores to see what goodies they have to offer. And then we'll be seeing a documentary about a Superman movie that never came to be. Let our geek flag fly! For more info and to find participating stores, visit FreeComicBookDay.com.

Then, of course, is MY official start of summer - the local car show. Downtown Culver City is shut down for most of the day on May 9th to allow for tons of classic cars, fun vendors, and a stage for rockabilly bands and pin-up contests.

Let the fun begin!