Monday 22 June 2015

Out and About

I try to find inspiration everywhere I go.
An unexpected invitation and a mini-holiday nourished my soul and imagination with a lot of beauties.
A 400 years old village, Valea Zalanului, secluded in the heart of a forest, on a mountain with mild slopes in the Romanian Carpathians was chosen by Prince Charles for buying an old property. He transformed it in Guesthouse opened to the public, helping the financing the Prince of Wales Foundation which activities are aiming the preservation of the local rich biodiversity of plants, mushrooms, insects, birds and large mammals. 
It was difficult what photos to chose for sharing in this post, because it is so much to show!
Eventually, I decided.
Here they are!

Have a beautiful day, my dears!

Tuesday 2 June 2015

BlueBell Handbag - pattern testing

It's been long time since I started working on this handbag.

Of course, I have not worked continuously on it, only from time to time.
I have made already a few bags while I was writing the pattern and I like it more and more.
It's a carryall bucket bag that mixes in with everyday basics and provides the perfect finish to casual outfits.

The oval base gives it personality and support.

It closes with two magnetic snaps and has two handles with metal rings attached, two pockets inside to help you organize your things. But the real star of the bag is the zippered pocket installed to one exterior side.Why? Because the 7" opening gives you access to two pockets, one for each side of the bag.

The finished size is:
13½" wide
14" tall (without handles)
7" deep

It can be made from a wide range of fabrics: from quilt weight fabric to decorator fabric.

Depending on this it is necessary to add interfacing (lightweight to medium) and/or batting or fusible fleece.

The pattern is almost ready and now I need help from some of you to finish it.
Do you want to test my pattern?
Could you send me in about 14 days your feedback (including pictures of your work)?
As English is not my native language, I would appreciate your assistence from this point of view, too.
The only way I can make it up to you is to offer the final corrected form of the pattern.

I look forward to your response!

Thank you!

Have a beautiful day!

I'm linking to Finish it up Friday!