Anniversaries and Alaskan cruises

June 5, 2008 at 4:11 pm 5 comments

This weekend, I’m heading to Fernandina Beach to dog-sit for my parents while they go away for their 37th wedding anniversary. Thirty-seven years! What an accomplishment! They still hold hands in public, and my sister and I still nudge each other and giggle when we see it.

So I’ll spend this weekend lying on the beach (oh, torture!), walking the dogs and catching up with a good friend who I haven’t seen since moving away from Fernandina over a year ago. I’m really looking forward to a relaxing few days with NO sewing. Because honestly, I’m all sewed out and ready for a break.

whale tote

As soon as the craft show was over, I got started on this whale tote for a special order. My boss wanted to give it as a gift to her mother who was leaving for an Alaskan cruise today to celebrate her recent retirement.

whale tail

My boss had seen my whale pillow and asked if — in honor of the Alaskan cruise — I could make a whale tote bag to match the gorgeous silvery-gray scarf she had already knitted for her mother.

whale tote

I brought the scarf to the fabric store with me so I could match the fabric to it as closely as possible. I ended up finding this subtle, vintage-inspired pale gray fabric. It’s so soft and pale and lovely. I bought a whole yard and have only used it for this one tiny little whale, so I’m sure it will pop up in future projects.

I lined the bag in one of my favorite polka-dot fabrics that I’m going to need to replenish very soon! I swear, this stuff goes with everything.

whale liner

I hope she gets a lot of use out of this bag and her beautiful new scarf on her cruise!

And HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, Mom and Dad! I love you!

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Entry filed under: Fabric, Family/friends, Handmade goodies, Sewing, Things and stuff.

Scrappy Weekend away

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sandra :)  |  June 5, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Happy anniversary Fat Orange Cat Momma and Fat Orange Cat Dad — 37 years is indeed an achievement!

    Don’t forget the suntan lotion for the beach, and have a great time with your friend 🙂

    Great tote!!

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  • 2. Mom  |  June 5, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks for the anniversary wishes! And thanks for holding down the fort while we’re gone. By the way, love the tote and love the fabric, inside and out! xoxo

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  • 3. Rachel  |  June 5, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    I like this tote! Especially the lining fabric!

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  • 4. Jacquie  |  June 5, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Congrats to your parents. Enjoy the beach.

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  • 5. Betty  |  June 11, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    I seriously don’t blame you for being all sewed out. You were an animal for a bit there.

    Happy Anniversary Parents!

    Reply

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