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Friday, May 30, 2014

The Jean Bag Project - Day 1 The Scavenger Hunt

So I was browsing Pinterest the other day, and came across this upcycled jean bag which really caught my eye:



It looks so cute and I wondered if I could ever pull it off given that I don't have that much experience with the sewing machine.  I don't think I yet qualify as a beginner even.

Anyway, I remembered that I have these jeans that I don't wear anymore because they have a hole in the backside that makes me feel like my butt is about to fall off:



I inserted an orange sock inside so the hole was easy to see.


Other than the hole, I think they are perfect for this project.  So I made up my mind and decided that this will be my next project.  My actual first "big" project.  Although nowadays with three kids at home whatever project I come up with is now considered "big".

Anyway, I knew I wanted something a bit different than what I was seeing in the picture.  Similar, but different.  I wanted it to have an adjustable strap so that I can wear it on one shoulder like a regular bag or over the shoulder like a messenger bag.  I also wanted a zippered closure since I figured it would be harder for pickpockets on the metro to take things out of it when I ride home. 

The link on Pinterest leads to some sort of tutorial, but it doesn't really explain the process in detail.  It just says, "well I cut up here and sew there" and that's that.  So I went looking for more explanation on how to do it properly or at least to get some inspiration on how to do it my own way.  After a lot of research and a couple of videos that I know won't work for me, I think I have come up with the perfect combination of tutorials to achieve what I want.

Before I share the videos that will help me with this project, I needed to know that I have all the supplies I need at home, so last night was scavenger's night at the Herring's.  Money is tight so I had to figure out a way to purchase the least amount of materials.  I have my Jeans and my sewing machine.  I had some leftover fabric that I used to line one of my crocheted bags in the past which would be perfect.  I just needed the zippers (because I want a zippered inner pocket as well) and the buckles for the strap.

After a lot of rummaging around the house and the never failing allergy to dust; not to mentioned my Grandmother who left a lot of sewing supplies (including the machine); here's what I found:

I found this pink purse that I never use anymore.  It was actually at the bottom of the closet along with the baby carrier, just waiting to be found and recycled.  It had a lot of zippers and it was perfect.  The pink zippers combine really well with the fabric I have.  It took me forever, but I was finally able to salvage all six zippers and a couple of mini belt buckles that were holding the strap of the purse.  From the baby carrier I managed to take out the buckles that will help me with the adjustable strap.



My biggest concern was actually finding a zipper large enough to fit the top of the jeans, and I hit the jackpot because not only is it larger, but it has two zipper pulls which I found extremely cute



Thanks to my grandma I don't think I need anything else.  I will start tonight by cutting up the jeans and the fabric.  I'll come bearing pictures of the progress in the next couple of days.

Cheers!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

How to Make Bread from Scratch- NO BREADMAKER NEEDED

Okay, como en mi casa nunca hay pan.  O mas bien, con el devorador de Daniel cerca si uno quiere pan tiene que ser el primero en agarrar en la noche cuando lo llegan a dejar porque de plano en la mañana ya no hay.

Desde hace algún tiempo he estado buscando alguna receta no muy dificil para hacer pan en casa ya que asi podemos tener mas pan sin tener que gastar tanto.  Tambien pensé que sería mejor buscar algún video o algún paso a paso que tenga fotos de como se tiene que ver la masa.  Mientras más fotos mejor.

Me tomó algún tiempo, y me pareció algo gracioso, que después de ver como mil recetas en todas partes, al final me terminé decidiendo por el video de Crafty Gemini.  Lo gracioso es, que estoy suscrita a su canal de Youtube desde hace algún tiempo y nunca lo habia visto.  Creo que el hecho de que en mi mente sus tutoriales siempre eran de quilting creo que no lo habia pensado antes.



Hoy en la noche voy a intentarlo.  A ver que tal sale.  Vamos a ver que tal sale.  Habia pensado hacer un paso a paso en español si la cosa salia bien, pero ahora que lo pienso, tampoco sería mala idea hacerlo aunque la cosa no salga bien... jajajajaja

 

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