That's better. Are you glad December is nearly gone? I am. This is a good time of year with all the *phew* and *sighs* of job well done and the anticipation of a whole new deal in January. I did finish-- but just barely, and honestly I don't think it counts because it came at a price. Next year Etsy and I are going to get nice and cozy in November. I've already started my list.
I managed another couple of pillows (one of which is the new banner), a quick messenger-ish bag, and two more labour intensive bags in the spirit of the Waiting Bag . One of my sisters is waiting, too, and so I tried to go in for a large-but-not-so-massive carry all for the sort of mum who grabs a couple of diapers and goes. Their official diaper/nappy bag is decidedly more masculine. Anyway-- the major improvement here is the interior elastic channel that takes the place of the snap-sides. I'm finding with a bag this big, the snaps are just not cutting it. The outside is Echino canvas (which you can find loads of places), and the inside was cut from some thrifted pillow cases. If she has a girl, I'm using the rest of it to make some girlie sweet clothes because man-oh-man you cannot beat pink tree material.
My mom's bag was trickier... like most mothers and daughters our tastes don't intersect very often. I settled on this wool blend suiting from Bolt and then used interfacing and cotton lining to bulk it up a bit. It is a lot simpler than her other bags, and it's the first time I've used shiny bits (hardware) to attach the straps. It wasn't bad. The bottom is quite square and the whole bag measured 10" across and about that tall as well. It will be interesting to see how it holds up. I used Timtex to line the bottom of both bags and I'm quickly becoming a big fan of this method.
That's pretty much it. The next big thing is the holiday/birth announcement/holla at ya' cards and getting the tree down and over to the Boy Scouts to mulch up. I'm also going to try and post every day in January. I have little confidence in this endeavor, but honestly I am a lazy little git these days, so the guilt of not doing it might be the shot that gets me out from under the covers in the morning.