Many of you probably experienced show and tell at school growing up. Much as I love spending time with L4, show and tell with her isn’t always fun. So I’m bringing show and tell to my blog. I finished this bag this morning after having it on the side lines for several months. I bought the fabric for it last autumn, worked on designing the pattern over winter and spring, started sewing it over the summer and finished it up this morning. I’ll be putting it up in the shop in sometime soon with some other things (once they’re made! The fabric is sitting in a pile on my desk right now.). It’s one of the few things that I make for the shop that isn’t either a) made with the intention to help people live a “greener” life or b) made with recycled/repurposed materials.
I struggle with this because sometimes there are things that I want to make they don’t fit with what I see as my shop’s mission, “A Crunchy Life features handcrafted items to help you be more gentle on nature and to bring a little touch of nature to your life.” Today, I’m happy with how the bag turned out. It was a challenge to figure out the construction, the material was a bit fussy, and I added a magnetic snap to it, plus a little flap closure. These were all new things for me, so I learned a lot through the process of creation and I feel a happy little glow when I look at my Autumn Beauty Bag. So now, in this moment, I will find peace in the lessons learned. (Am I going to get a bunch of “you hypocrite!” comments now? 🙂 )