Wednesday, August 5, 2009

To Be, or Not To Be...

That is the question!

The other day on Mandi's blog she posted about a tote bag that she ordered online and I though, "Hmmm, I wonder if I could make a tote bag." So I went to the craft store, found this easy stitch pattern for a handbag, and Devin helped me pick out the material. He chose the red plaid because it looks Scottish :). Worked for me!

Well, this darn thing is far from easy, at least for me! It's been years since I used my sewing machine! And damn, if i don't understand half of what the instructions are telling me. But I think I'm doing all right. It's turning out much bigger than I thought it would be. I only hope I can finish it and it look somewhat like the pattern shows on the front! :). If not, well, I tried!

I'm at a crossroads at the moment with it. I need to figure out the next step without f-ing it all up! HAHAHA! We shall see!


Totally unrelated to my tote making, I bought a bag of coleslaw mix the other day, and I had a thought. Man, I felt like a freakin genius! I love cooked cabbage, I make a little soup out of it with milk, butter, salt and garlic. Really simple. But I always forget to buy the head of cabbage and then I hate to cut it up, which is probably why I forget to buy it. But you see, when I looked at the cabbage in the bag I thought, well shit, it's already cut and there carrots too! I can't believe I never thought of that before. Now I can have my easy peasy cabbage soup WITH carrots anytime I like!! Just open the bag, pour some into a pan, boil, and walahhh! Lunch is served!


Mandi said...

That is so cool that you can just make a bag. My mom is so talented in that area, yet I take after my dad. I would rather watch sports than sew.

It's looking good so far!! You will definitely have to post a pic when you are all done. I love the plaid:)

I think bigger is can fit books in there!!

Anna said...

Cool! I love the pattern. ;)

I haven't touched a sewing machine since 8th grade Home Ec. LOL! I hate sewing. Not that I'm great at it, but I'd rather do it by hand if something needs done.

Brooke Reviews said...

lol hilarious :) I wish I even knew where to start with a sewing machine. "If I was told sit here and make something or you will die!" Death would be imminent!

It's looking cute so far!

Amy C said...

Hi Mandi, I like the way you think...Bigger means more books. BUT more books also means more weight, and remember I haven't sewed in years! :P

Hey Anna, my mom taught me how to sew in 5th grade :). I used to do all kinds of crafty things before Devin, but after, well, it was hard to find the time.

Brooke! There is no laughing! :P
Sewing really isn't that difficult. It's following the pattern instructions and learning the lingo.

Mandi said...

LOL - reinforce the bottom!!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Amy!

My daughter and I are always 'crafting' together something. We cross stitched, we made the made drawstring tote bags for cheerleading (I wasn't going to pay $20 for something I thought I could make - not as easy as it looked), pillows, but no clothes. She wouldn't wear them anyway!

Looks like you're having fun anyway! I want to see the finished project!

Dottie :)

Blanche said...

I love the pattern!!! I wish I knew how to sew, it is on my list of things I want to learn!! :)

Christine said...

Hey it looks great so far! I have a tote bag in a similar style to that from Target in a green and white hibiscus floral print that I'm using as a purse right now and I love it! Actually, I sorta permanently borrowed it from me teen. It would be really cool to sew a bunch of them! I can't wait to see how yours turns out!!!

My sewing machine is currently broken but I've wanted to use it a handful of times over the last year. I really ought to get it fixed. Perhaps you've inspired me to do just that... :)

Tory Richards said...

Very nice blog! I found you by someone who left a comment on one of my posts.

Got a good chuckle out of your recipe discovery:)


Amy C said...

Ha! Dottie! Nothing is ever as easy at it looks. And someday I'll remember that when I decide to make something :)!

Hi Blanche, I can sew, but it don't look pretty...LMAO!! I shouldn't say that, when I was younger I made some really neat things, and they did turn out nice :). My tote, however, did not turn out so pretty!

Hi Tory! Thanks for stopping by my blog :D.

Yeah, so I finished my bag. I had to improvise becasue I could not figure out how to do the straps. And my improvising DID NOT pay off :)! Oy, it looks awful. Just awful....I know, I'll have a giveaway for it! LOL

Hey Christine! Maybe mine should have been broken! Then I wouldn't have attempted this darn tote bag. It looks, well, I can't imagine buy it!! :P

Christine said...

Oy, it looks awful. Just awful....I know, I'll have a giveaway for it! LOL

ROFLOL!!!!!! If you throw in a book or two, I'm sure you'll get some bites. ;)

Seriously, I'm sure it's not that bad!

Amy C said...

Oh no, Christine, it's that bad! LMAO!!

Maybe it'll look better tomorrow :P

Anonymous said...

Amy I think it looks terrific! Hey, once you get the hang of it can we put in requests for one?



Cecile said...

I think that is great that you are trying... I only work with a needle in hand and that is as far as I take sewing. Wish I knew how though... hubby is very short and always needs his pants hemed... nope, I can't even do that!!!LOL!! So, girl, my hat off to you!!

And you had me cracking up with the cabbage... Don't you just hate it when you realize something you wish you would have known a long time ago **smacks head for all the dud moments I have had, lol**

And ps... I love your waiting for Wednesday!!! I cant wait for Pleasure and Purpose either!

Cybercliper said...

Hey, the bigger the bag the more books you can stuff in it....I say put some velcro in it and make that puppy expandable - bigger is better at B&N!!! :-)

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Amy!

It could be that bad, it looks okay in the pic. Was it suppose to be like a backpack drawstring tote or a regular drawstring tote (not worn)?

We've made both, neither followed the pattern though. The pattern just didn't make sense! lol!

Dottie :)

Mary G said...

Good idea about the soup. Tote looks good to me. I think Martha Stewart should be worrying about her job. And you're cuter.

Blodeuedd said...

Wow more than I could have made.

As for the soup, may I saw gross, yes, I hate it, my parents love those kinds of soups and stuff. Perhaps I am not that grown-up yet then

Erotic Horizon said...

It's great Amy...

It's a labour of love ad lets leave it at that...

I can't sew a bit on a machine, but I am not bad with a needle and I love embrodiering... still trying to learn knitting... Preparing for my old age...


Amy C said...

Ha! Bludeuedd, you make me laugh...not grown up enough to like certain foods! I think I have always loved cabbage! Even the smell when it's boiling. My husband hates it :)!

Hi EH, Labor of Love, yes! But do I have to love it? :P

Aww, Mary! I'm cuter than Martha Stewart AND I have never been to prison!! LOL

Amy C said...

Hey MsM, I don't think I'm going to get better with this pattern, but if I sould find one that works...that'd be cool to make for others!

Hey Cecile! Oh yes, and I did do that mental slap in the head! Yes, Pleasure and Purpose looks so good!

HAHA, Cybercliper! It does look a little better to me this morning :)!

Hi Dottie, It's like a purse, but big like a tote. I didn't know it was that big. I have this one purse bag that is perfect to hold my wallet a book and my camera in. That's what I thought the size f this one was going to be. I like the style, but I'm going to look for another pattern. I'd really like something of my own for the next thing my mom and I go to!

Tracy said...

The fact that you even THOUGHT of making the bag yourself is totally amazing to me and wonderful! You can do it! And I can't wait to see the end result.

Cabbage - love it already cut up! Good stuff!

Donna (Fantasy Dreamer) said...

That you even know how to use a sewing machine impresses me. In high school, I took Home Economics, the first semester was cooking which I was good at but when the second semester rolled around and it was sewing, I bailed. I changed classes. Something about sewing scares me. LOL! Buttons are as good as I get.

Can't wait to see the tote when it's finish.