The reason for my blog abstinence is a wonderful one, actually. I was on vacation with My Mister. A REAL vacation- not one to visit family that is filled with obligations, but one where we got to spend time together, alone, and got to do whatever the heck we wanted to do. It was glorious.
We were in Orlando for the wedding of one of my childhood friends (the wedding for which I needed to finish the Flower Bag) and then enjoyed a Disney Cruise package- 4 days Disney World, 3 days cruise to the Bahamas and Disney's Castaway Cay. We've been planning this for quite a while- ever since we got the Save-the-Date from my friend- and it really couldn't come at a better time. The only thing stressing me out was that I really wanted to finish my flower bag before the trip- it's quite happy and tropical and fun and I wanted to proudly carry it around with me on my vacation.
I was working frantically on it the day before we left and was able to throw it in the washer twice. It felted really well, but I knew it had to go through a third time....I just didn't have the time! So, I packed it in my suitcase with the intent to finish it on our trip. I was a little concerned that it was a little damp and was laying on my clothes, but then I thought, "Meh. A little mold never hurt anybody." What can I say? I'm a little obsessive sometimes. I am happy to report that the Color Catcher things do work! I just wish I had taken them with me so that I could have used them in the final wash.....in the hotel laundry room.
Yes, I did obsessively finish my felting in the hotel laundry the night we got to Orlando- at midnight. Yes, My Mister knew about my plan (I only reminded him a few times while en route). I'm telling you- he's the best husband in the world. Either that or the worst (best?) enabler, but we won't clue him in on that now, will we?
After washing it and putting it through the dryer (couldn't let it "air" dry in that thick, water laden sludge they call "air" down there...worst.humidity.ever.), I had to stretch it a bit (first bag I've had to shape after felting!) The next day (the day of the wedding) I started needle felting the borders around the flowers. Then my needles broke. So, after the wedding and before the reception, I googled the nearest JoAnns and My Mister lovingly
We then went to the reception- I bawled like a baby. Congrats Dee and Dave!!! Love you both!
The next morning, before heading out to the Disney parks, I sewed my handles on (I brought them with me- as well as needle and thread) and then put the magnetic clasp on (I brought my Mister's Leatherman- best tool for the job!!). I do want to line it so that I can add 2 more clasps on the side for security measures. However, I proudly used it un-lined all week! And, I even used it as carry-on for our flight home. It's very large and very roomy- without it, we wouldn't have been able to make our 50lb. limit on our luggage. My Mister was forced to admit that my crazy obsessions actually paid off. Ha!
So, without further ado, I present to you, my Dancing Flowers Bag!
So, there you have it- FINALLY a (semi) finished object! As I've mentioned, I do have the flower chart ready and did write out the pattern. I'm already planning the colors for my second one. This is going to be a model for my Tunisian Crochet class later this month. WOOT!
Now, to finish the other semi-finished objects waiting for me.....oy vey.
PS: I just joined Twitter! (Seriously- JUST joined it- like 5 minutes ago.) I figure I'll be able to post updates a lot quicker on that so that I don't pull a disappearing act when I'm busy. :D Follow me: @Pomquat. Ummm...once I figure out how to, I'll add that as a link. ;)