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memories of travelling

Morning!

So awhile ago, I was trying to think of ways to remember the trips that we’ve gone on. I’m not talking the little trips to nearby areas, but the bigger trips, and specifically for us, exploring Europe. I thought about doing scrapbooks for each of the trips that we’ve gone on, but let’s face it – scrapbooks take forever and then mostly sit on the shelf.*

*I realise this isn't what happens in everyone's world, but it is most certainly the case in mine.

I decided that a good way to remember the trips was to use an online service to make photo books – simpler, quicker, cheaper and smaller! I’ve printed two or three so far and am really happy with them.

But this didn’t help me with the little souvenirs I love to pick up. The problem with little souvenirs is that if they sit on the shelf looking pretty, they simply gather dust. And I hate dusting. So here’s my solution:

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I bought a couple of Ikea shadow boxes and have gathered ‘stuff’ to put inside a couple of frames. I only bough two frames at first, because I know I won’t be able to get these ones forever, so I decided I needed to get different frames to create a random frame collage. I chose to use smaller frames (the one above is 9 inches square) because I didn’t want them to take up too much space. I’m hoping to create a larger one and to put things from all of our trips within the UK in it.

For now, I’ve done one frame, but I have everything I need to create one or two more. If people would stop having birthdays and wanting Christmas presents… 😉

This is the frame from our trip to Thailand back in 2011 – we went on our first anniversary.

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And the best part – I can see everything, but the dust can’t get in. A quick duster across the frame and it’s clean! So please with this idea, and can’t wait to share more of my trip frames with you!

-Jamie

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applique tote bags

Hey, it’s me again. I know, I know – it’s been ages.

But I’m back…

And, very exciting, this is my 100th blog post. Only took me three years to get here. Let’s celebrate.

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Okay, that’s enough!

I’m very excited about some of the projects I’m going to share with you. In fact, I’m going to write 5 (!) posts today. Which is obviously because I’m dying to share things with you, rather than because I know otherwise it will be ages before I blog again.

So, today’s project to share: personalised tote bags.

When I was leaving my job in the UK, I decided I wanted to do something special for the amazing ladies that I was working with. One thing, as a teacher, that I never have enough of is tote bags. I am (was) forever carrying work back and forth, and there’s nothing as nice as a cute bag to carry things in. So I thought I would make my three colleagues (my year group team) matching personalised tote bags. First, I found out the favourite animal of each of them, then I created these:

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The bags are 100% cotton and are fully lined, with French seams (luxury!), and I even managed to get my bluedaisyz labels into them.

I cut out each of their favourite animals, then cut it out on cotton poplin ironed onto medium interfacing. Then I attached them to the front of each bag.

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As a final challenge to myself, I figured out how to sew the handles on with the box and cross, making sure I didn’t go over my seams twice – tricky! Didn’t get a closeup picture of that, though.

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Anyway, I’m please with how they turned out. Even had some other friends wanting me to make one for them, as well! I made one for me, too (needed to do a trial bag), but didn’t take pics of it, for some reason. It has an elephant on it, as well, but it’s a different, more cartoon-y elephant. I think it’s cute.

By the way, if anyone was wondering – dolphins are horrible to sew around – too many intricate shapes.

What do you think? What would go on the front of your bag?

-Jamie

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fun!!

So I’m a little sad! Some people have been asking me about my blog, and because I haven’t bought my domain name, I can never remember what the blog address is. And when I share recipes and give my baking away, sometimes people want to know where to find it.

The answer? Business cards. Really, really cheap, and I was able to design my own!

What do you think?

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-jamie