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the charlie bag


Though I can't figure out why, this bag, which should have been a quick and easy sew, took me forever. I started it a few months ago, got frustrated and put it aside, and finally got around to finishing it last week, after our move. The pattern is from BurdaStyle, and it's the ubiquitous Charlie bag.


I used some fabric I had lying around and ended up piecing two fabrics together for the outer shell, so that I'd have enough. It's lined (which I was able to do thanks to the second of two tutorials I found on BurdaStyle). I included an inner pocket and a "svea" tag.

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before + after: desk

I'm going to start posting some of the projects I've been working on in the past few months. Tonight I'll start off with a desk I purchased a few months ago. I'd been looking for a desk for awhile, but hadn't had much luck finding anything that was the right size and price, or made from something besides reinforced cardboard. So I was pretty excited to find what I wanted during an afternoon visit to Goodwill. The desk is made from sturdy wood, and has lots of internal storage. The price? A very nice $25.

Before (note the knob missing from the bottom drawer on the left):


After (the black metal knobs are from Home Depot):


Before (note the chipping on the corner; a hunk was also missing from a top corner, but I filled it in with wood filler):


After (check out the desk's gorgeous detailing):


Overall I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, thought the paint is still a bit sticky, which makes worry I didn't give it enough time to dry in between coats (or it could be an effect of this darn Texas weather...).
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Renegade Craft Fair

Here's what I'm hoping to check out this weekend while I'm in California:

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yum


J.Crew Metallic Leather Gallery Hobo

Yes, please.
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the svea ring

I was checking out an article on Etsy last night about right-hand rings, and this ring caught my attention:

It's made by JewelerOnTheRoof and the version pictured above is rose and white gold. I think it's such a lovely, simple, and unique design, and I'm currently scheming ways to make it mine. But the thing about it that really made me gasp? It's name: Svea. Which, as it turns out, is my middle name. What are the chances?

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