Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Beaded jeans

My friend at work arrived with a pretty pair of jeans that she had stuffed in the charity bag and then realised that they were denim, so dragged them out washed them and brought them in for me....

I should have taken a 'before picture', they were mainly decorated on side seams of the legs, so threw me how I could get them into a bag with some pockets.  This one was the bottom of the leg, I left the hem as the top of the bag and I cut out the back pocket and attached.

Then I was left with the middle of the leg with the beads and stitching, and the top of one side.  I added a bit extra to the side of the jeans to make it a wider bag.

With the middle of the leg I added a contrast pocket, from a pair of jeans I acquired through freecycle that had a hole next to the pocket.

The fabric was one that I had purchased in Florida, I knew I had these bags to finish and didn't have any with a purple/lilac colour.

Great challenge to work out how to get the best out of them!  the rest of the fabric was plain so used it to make the straps.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The last of the recent batch of Jeans bags :)

This one was a bit narrow, so I ended up putting an extra panel from the leg left over, just to make it a better size, I think it looked neat in the end.

Took me a while to decide what to do with it!
These had such a great pockets, I added the gem give it a bit of bling!

The other one below, also with added extra bling, these must have been a small size, so could only do 2 bags.

But it did mean that they had denim straps this time.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Manatee Historical Village, Florida

We spent a relaxing morning wandering around the Manatee Village which is a historical village, the shop is 'manned' by volunteers I think, the lady that day was part of the committee that saved the church from demolition and was the start of the process of building the village.  They have relocated several properties from around the County to join the church and the staores.  They are all late 1800s to early 1900s, Inside they have dressed the properties with items of the 'day', along with information about the items.  The tour is self guided.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Manatee Botanical Gardens - Bradenton, Florida

We went out and about in Florida this year, not too far, but managed to discover some pretty places, that were only a short drive away, and as we seem to go when Florida is at its hottest...I know we could go some other time....but hey ho!

We went to the Robonsin preserve first, but it is really open ie no shady trees, we decided we didn't fancy going too far, so we went across the road to the
Palma Sola Botanical Gardens

These gardens exist as it was the 'parks dept' nursery before it outgrew the site.  It is only small but lovely and relaxing, lots of shady trees to wander around, and lots of seats just to sit and watch the wildlife.  It has 3 ponds and a garden dedicated to exotic fruit trees.  You won't spend hours and hours, but it is a free entry.

This was a really relaxing swing seat, nice and shady.

Jack Fruit

The dry garden

The turtles are used to being fed, so when they hear voices they swim up!

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Craft shopping in Florida

I found a scrapbook/stamp shop in Bradenton, was a lovely little shop, and spent an hour in their looking at all of the stamps.  The lady in there was helpful and friendly, and of course I managed to find some stamps that appeal.

Small but packed full of goodies

So I then managed to find a couple bargains in HobbyLobby and also ordered Art Impressions stamps that they were delivered to the house we stayed in.  Have not even got them out of the packets yet - but sure they will look great when I get around to using them!

I did buy a paper pad at the Paper Inn, and some other bits and bobs in Michaels, Joanns and HobbyLobby