Since this is the first of several upcoming sewing-related engagements for me, I finally took a little time to put together a proper sewing kit. My tools usually live in an old candy tin at the studio, but it doesn't travel very well. So Tsia and I picked up this cardboard suitcase at Paper Presentation a couple of weeks ago. (If you're looking to purchase one on-line, Paper Source carries a nice selection, too.) I cut a piece of mat board to fit inside the cover, wrapped it with one of the fabrics from City Weekend (shipping in September--soon!) and added some colored elastic to hold little tools inside the cover.
I also made a lining for it so the tools wouldn't bang around inside the case--which is exactly what drives me crazy about the candy tin (besides the fact that the tin doesn't latch shut, so that doesn't really help, either). I cut pieces of wool felt to fit the interior shape, stitched them together with a tiny zigzag stitch, and glued the top edge to the inside of the box.
I've got a few sewing projects of my own to take along, but mostly I'm looking forward to helping other people with their sewing. And it will be nice to just hanging out by the pond or the lake when we're not sewing.
We're going to take some vacation time between the scheduled sewing adventures. Heather's husband, Todd, and Tsia will be driving up to join us for some swimming, resting, and a little camping. Some sketchbooks and a copy of Penny Vincenzi's No Angel are coming along, too. And Tsia can't stop talking about how we're going to visit our friends Ben and Jerry. Should be fun!
Tsia is so excited, she drew this announcement for Todd yesterday. She's sounding out the words to spell them, and we're receiving very thorough packing lists on a regular basis. Amazingly, they're quite legible, too. In case you can't tell, this one says "5 more days until we go to Vermont. Me and you and TC."
This morning she spelled waffle ROFL. That one was a bit more difficult to decipher.