Wednesday, 30 August 2017

School Organizers

How well organized are the little ones that run from room to room with all they could carry?

Sometimes I wonder why we have a three-bedroom house, when everyone stays in one room, no matter if watching TV, reading a book, drawing, or writing a homework, we always share the space of the living room and no one is bothered by the activities of the others, but ... it just turns to be a little too messy. Little hands tend to have the ability to carry a lot of things when they need them, but never tidy after themselves. And the other very important thing these marvellous creature tend to forget, is to drink water. 

This is how I came up to the decision to make this set of mini-bag that carry the creative elements of the art making and the bottle that always has to be at a reach of a hand. 

Materials used:

1. 0.5 yards Daily Like Canada Landscape oxford cotton for the face of the bag 
2. 0.5 yards Daily Like Canada Friendly Bear laminated cotton for lining the body
3. 1 yard Daily Like Canada Webbing Strap , colour: cool grey

The pencil carrier is quite wide and could collect a lot of the drawing tools your kid might carry around the house, plus extra additional items.

The laminated fabric provides structure, but also protects the bag from unwanted  stains.

The same protection is provided for the bottle carrier bag - even if the bottle leaks, the bag is still protected. In case of spilling flavoured water or fruit juice, it will be easy to clean and keep the bag's fresh look.

The outside protection for the bag for the water bottle is optional. I made it, because my daughter takes Taekwondo and Aikido classes. When she goes to the club, she stays there for hours, her bottle is always somewhere - on the shelf or on the ground, and I needed to be able to clean the bag on the outside as well.  Besides, these friendly bears are extremely cute - I couldn't resist putting them on the spot.

If you like these two carriers and you find they may be useful for your every day life, you could find a free pattern and tutorial for them here:

Ivelina's free pattern for Organizers for School

I hope you enjoy the big start of the new school year! Every year is full of new surprises, new friends, new emotions for the kids, and the only one thing that stays constant, is our support, love and encouragement for every insecure step of theirs.

Thank you for visiting my busy corner, dear friends!


Monday, 28 August 2017

"The Apple of Knowledge" Mini-Purse and Pattern

It is almost time for the beginning of the school year. 

Mixed feelings fight in me. It is so exciting to witness the noice and laughter of the busy flying bees with full bag packs on their fragile shoulders and a little bit disturbed by the strong smell of the loudly coughing yellow buses. To come out of the comforting and warm hug of the summer and dive deeply into the chilly kiss of this crisp "first day at school" morning is a bit sad - it is a symptom of autumn condition - almost tasting the upcoming winds that will ruin the trees' hair style and will make us walk on a carpet of gold. It is this recipe of running, screaming, honking, eagerness to share summer stories with friends, parents slightly annoyed that again something is changing, preparing mentally for the new wave of flu, fever adventure, friendship drama, classmates' arguments and teachers new rules. Soon, we all will be running into the school backyards, so grateful that we have these amazing, inspiring us little creatures, thirsty for learning new things and we will feel young again, remembering our first days at school.

This little purse was inspired by these emotions. From all the holidays and celebrations through the year, I think this is the most permanent one - it will never change, even when our children outgrow their school years, there is going to be noice and laughter every year at that time and how beautiful  that is?!

The purse is big enough for the small size moleskin and all of your favourite pens and pencils, plus small accessories. The original design is a HAORI design, and I have changed the front image. In my school years, there was a very strict requirement for wearing an uniform - navy blue suit and snowy white shirt with navy tie for the boys and black or navy gown with white 'Peter Pan' collar for the girls. Black spotless shoes, clean, ironed clothing, hair in perfect order and a bunch of flowers for the teacher - that is how I remember my first days at school and the girl's image represents my sentiments from these days.

On the back of the purse, I kept the original design. It is a perfect and delicious apple.

To work with HAORI fabrics is always such an excitement, and when it is an appliqué projects, oh, it makes my life so much more beautiful. These pieces of fabric were selected by HAORI and I loved having them in a kit, including the bias binding, the zipper, the batting and the lining.

Appliquéd images:

You could find the pattern for this pouch in my happy shop.

Wishing you a great start of the new school year and so many rich and beautiful memories!