Sunday, May 24, 2009

Blog Word Cloud

My friend Mentha shared this cool web program with me called Word Clouds that create a visual representation of a story or a news article. She created the one below for my blog. The most commonly used words are the largest - I like how fabric sticks out in mine.

You can generate them on this site:

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Buttercup Bag

My sewing machine has been lonely for the last couple months. I'd forgotten about her. I've gotten lost with wedding planning, but I was inspired again this week to make something. I found a free pattern for a pleated handbag and had to make it! I'd been wanting to learn how to do pleats for a while, so this was perfect - and it turned out to be super easy.

The pattern is for the Buttercup Bag, posted on the blog Made by Rae. The explanation she has is clear and simple. The only changes I made were to make the bag larger by blowing up the pattern 129% and adding interfacing to the lining fabric and handle to make it sturdier. It's lovely! Check out the flickr pool for even more inspiration.