Ok, so it's not really my birthday, but we do have an insane number of family birthdays this time of year. My new neice kicks things off with a birthday on October 10th. Mine is October 27th. Mr. Handsome's mom is the next day, October 28th. My older sister and another neice share a birthday on November 2nd. Mr. Handsome's sister has a birthday on November 4th. My mom's birthday is today, November 17th. Happy birthday, Mom! Mr. Handsome has a birthday this Friday, November 21st. My younger sister's is December 1st, followed by a nephew's birthday the day after Christmas, and great grandma's birthday the day after that. My brother-in-law has a birthday on January 1st. And another nephew's is on January 30th. We get a six week break and then the insanity of spring birthdays begins. All these birthdays are just immediate family, mind you. Moms, dads, sisters, and their families. People you send gifts to. No fourth cousins twice removed or anything like that. Throw in Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's...Well, it's party, party, party!
Did I mention that today is my mom's birthday? Oh, yeah, I did. But in case you got lost in all those birthdays I mentioned, I thought I would remind you again. I love my mom. She's a good mom and a good friend. I stitched up a clothes pin bag for her birthday.
Here's a close-up of one of my new tags in action. Can you see where the orange tag wouldn't really work here?
The pattern for this bag came out of this book. The hardest part about the project was finding the right kind of hanger. The directions say to use a child's wooden hanger. Wooden hangers for children are not easy to come by in these parts. I ended up buying a padded hanger. I had to cut the padding off, saw a couple of inches off both sides of the hanger to make it fit, and then modify the top of the pattern to be the same shape as the hanger. Not a big deal, but a little more detailed than I had anticipated.
After I made this for my mom, I got to thinking of all the things you could use this bag for besides clothes pins. My girls have all kinds of lip glosses, lotions, potions, collections, and treasures that somehow end up everywhere but where I want them to be. I really don't think a collection of Bonniebell's finest Smackers should rest in my living room nestled in the only piece of Portmeirion pottery that I own. How cute would it be make some of these bags for storing their doo-dads? They could be made to match their room and hang on fun hooks like these. Oh, the possibilities. Now if I could just find a few more hours in the day to sew....
Wishing you a fantastic week,
By the way, that great little birthday doodle came from Homegrown Hospitality. Thanks, Stephanie.