How is everyone? Hope your weekend was great... did you enjoy the break from the heat? It actually kind of felt like fall... which was such a treat after this summer! It really made me want to start decorating for Fall/Halloween, bring in some rust, gold and navy colors into our home...
I'm kind of at a crossroads. I want to decorate for Fall but I also want to decorate for Halloween... I either go one way or the other. Which one, which one? Adam loves Halloween, as do I, so I'm sure I'll go in that direction, but I don't plan on switching to fall after Halloween and then Christmas after that - I'm a Halloween to Christmas kind of decorator just due to time!
Anyway - I wanted to share this super easy, fun and awesome tote I made the other day! But let me back track a little -
Most of my Best Friends (yes, I still use that term) I've had since I was a kid. I've known their family, their spouses, their interests, hobbies, talents since I was in elementary school or junior high... I've loved them as sisters since then, we've been through weddings, babies, high school, college, careers, trips, horrible-wish-I-could-forget that moments, asked each other why/how we ever dated so-in-so, had the highs of holding each others babies in the hospital. They're amazing women - amazing Mom's, Wives, Sisters, Daughters, Friends. I wish I could express my love and admiration for them so you'd really understand but some times, there's just not enough words.
Anyways - the other day I saw a great graphic on Silhouette - it simply said "Awesomeness". One of the BF's is Vanessa, whom we've called Ness or Vani since we were kids. And she's pretty freak'n awesome. It was perfect. So, I made a tote to let everyone know what she is.
Let me start with the design. I was able to create the entire image with my Silhouette Cameo software or Silhouette products. Yep. The entire image - from formatting to printing, it was due to my Silhouette. I grabbed the "Awesome-ness" graphic and the floral wreath graphic and turned it from a cut image to a print and cut image. Easy.
I then printed the design on the Silhouette Printable Heat Transfer Material for Light Fabrics, cut out the image and ironed it onto my white fabric that I was using to create my tote.
Note: Do NOT iron on the image after you'd removed the backing - it'll melt and remove the image from your fabric and it'll get all over your iron! You can see that there's some, uh-hmm, distressed areas around the edge of the graphic - which was totally my plan the entire time and was not - I repeat - WAS NOT a mistake that I turned into a "I meant to do that" moment.
I used white, cotton duckcloth to make my tote. I didn't worry about turning hems, I just serged around the handles and the top of the tote. I did square off the bottom of the tote so that it would look a little nicer - you can find the tutorial on MADE - it's very simple!
I added a quick, double pocket on the back to hold her keys and phone.
This tote will be filled with magazines, yummy goodies and a special card from me. I have another one in the works for our other BF, both of these will be left on their doors this week, giving them a little pick-me-up mid-week.
That's it! Time to go blow my nose, take some meds and more vitamins, still trying to beat this crazy infection! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Monday!