Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Just Do It!

I did it!  I left my job and we are now officially self-employed.  There are a lot of implications to that move, but the most fun is the extra time for creativity.  Here's what I've been up to since "retiring".

My front porch got a mini-makeover for summer.  First, this worn and rusted garage-sale find:

got new life with just a fresh coat of paint and a pot of flowers.

 Some patriotic fat quarters became a banner for the porch rail:

 And the front door got a much needed face-lift with a coat of "Ranch Red" paint.

Speaking of painting, I did some of the canvas and easel type also.   Sometimes inspiration comes in the form of an internet image like the one at the right.  (I apologize to the artist that I did not make a not of where I saw his/her beautiful artwork.)  
Here is my version:  

In the sewing room, I used Pink Sand Beach Designs' pattern to create this "Sonoma Swing Bag".  This was the first time in thirty years that I've sewn anything with a zipper, so that required a little "refresher", but I'm pleased with the results.  Since I no longer spend 10 hours of my day away from home, there is no need to carry a large purse.  This size is perfect for a run to the grocery store and I can tuck it into a larger bag when I need to.

Drawstring lunch bags were my next project:

I found this pattern on Pinterest   It goes together much easier than it looks.  Read all the instructions before beginning, and give some thought to which direction the fabric pattern will run before you cut - otherwise your shoes will be sideways.

I'm not sure how well they would actually work as lunch bags. They are not insulated - although I think you could insert a layer of Insul-bright batting in place of the interfacing - and they are rather small if you take more than a sandwich and an apple for lunch.  

I'm not sure how I will use them.  They would work great for carrying small craft projects, like hexies, or to pack with snacks, crayons, etc as a child's  "goody bag" for car trips or during church.  For now, they are sitting in the closet waiting for inspiration to strike . . .  Maybe in time for the next "Inspiration on Monday".

IOM is a bi-weekly meme hosted by Trish @ Love, Laugher and a Touch of Insanity.  I am also linking this post to Needlework Tuesday, hosted by Heather at Books and Quilts.


  1. I am HAVE envy over all this creating you are doing Tami!! But first, CONGRATS on the big change! Sounds like an amazing journey you are about to start.

    Love those bags! I really want to sew something other than quilts but I'm scared to jump in!

  2. congrats on the job change. wow, big step.
    Great work on the porch remake. The flowers on the chair are lovely. That would work well on my porch. The bunting for the porch rail would be perfect here, though red and white would be a better choice.

    Thanks for linking up with Needlework Tuesday it has given me much inspiration.

  3. You have been very busy, lots of progress in your new endeavor

  4. Hi Tammi,
    Congrats on the job change. Love your changes to the porch and those bags are awesome. Have a great day!!

    Food for Thought

  5. Goodness - what fun you've been having! Love your changes to the front porch - always fun to make that first impression fresh. Heck, I'd even use your little lunch bags for a purse!

  6. I love your fat quarter banner on the porch! I need to get out my sewing machine.

  7. I think your drawstring bags would be great as mug totes, for carrying your own mug to meetings.

  8. Congratulations on becoming you own boss! See how much more productive you are when you set your own priorities and make time to do what you love! I wish you and your husband lots of luck launching you new venture. Love your patriotic banners. I also admire your bravery and artistry with paint. I will tackle most anything with fabric, yarn, thread, scissors and needles but I am sooo timid with paint. I do not know why. I watch tons of home design shows and read blogs of talented, creative, people like you, but hand me a paint brush or roller, tiny or big, and I freeze. Your chair and front door look so refreshed and like they have a new lease on life. I sense that new lease on life in you, too, with the job quitting. Way to go! That inner woman has been set free now! Enjoy!