lunch tote

I recently checked Amy Karol's Bend-the-Rules Sewing out from the library for the pillowcase swap that I'm participating in. One of the many simple patterns in the book is for a lunch tote, and since Elton (the crazy puppy) recently chewed through the straps of my current lunch bag, I thought it'd be a useful pattern to try out.
The pattern was pretty straightforward (though the book did list the wrong measurements for the handles, which I was luckily able to catch before cutting). The bag features two handles, one long and one short, that can be looped through one another.
The interior and back of the bag are the same charcoal gray canvas-like material (a thrift store find) I used on the handles, and a small pocket, made of the blue ticking, is on the inside. I added a red plastic button (another thrift store find) to the outside of the tote.

Overall, I think the tote turned out nicely; however, I should have checked the pattern's measurements before I started sewing. It turns out the tote can't fit more than one Tupperware container, and adding a piece of fruit to the mix is really pushing it. It looks like I'll have to give lunch-bag making another go.
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por vida cross-stitch

At their wedding over two years ago, two of my friends handed out buttons to their guests which read "Por Vida." (A button which is impossible to photograph, by the way.)

So as a recent gift to them, I decided to cross-stitch their phrase and frame it.
The colors for the stitched phrase were loosely based on the colors of the original button, and the lettering was taken from my trusty booklet of cross-stitch alphabets. The frame is an inexpensive one from Ikea that I painted black.
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austin monthly: dean fredrick

For the October 2009 issue of Austin Monthly, I did a "Designer to Watch" profile on the local jeweler, Dean Fredrick. Fredrick is known for his skinny stack rings made from colored diamonds.

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free stationery from avie designs

Through noon on November 18, Avie Designs is giving away free stationery; all you have to do is pay $3 for shipping.

Avis is the lovely designer behind Avie Designs and her work is amazing. (I own quite a few sets of her stationery and she designed the rehearsal dinner invitations for my wedding.) 

You can view all of the available stationery designs in either Avis's Etsy shop or on her web site.
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holiday sneak peek

Here's a teaser for a project that I'm currently working on...

I'll reveal the finished piece after the holidays.
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