I'm not one of those people.
Not even close.
A matter of fact, my mind runs so fast I can't even keep up with my own thoughts. This may be a sign of a mental issue, it may be normal, regardless it's me. I'm pretty sure the world of technology and ideas for just about anything at my fingertips, does not help my case. Maybe one day it will get better.
Until then, I will remain a gazillion days behind on all my thoughts and projects and hope that my duty of motherhood is a fair enough excuse for all the lagging.
Now that I've got that out of the way. . . refocus.
Last school year I decided to attempt my teacher bags again. I wasn't quite as enthused but they turned out. Several things had piled up into this last week of school. One was our house had officially gone under contract and we were in the process of possibly moving with a very close deadline. Then we decided this may not be the right decision. I was emotional stressed and distracted.
On the bright side of things, I was more involved and got to know the teachers a bit better this year. This helped in the process. I cannot make a bag without some inspiration from the actual person.
She was an outgoing and easy going person. She loved Liam. He loved her. She loved bright colors I could tell just from being around her. Then she said her favorite colors were pink, red and lime green. When I saw this fabric I couldn't resist. I lined it with lime green. The front I added some 3-D effects that flowed with the flowers. I loved this bag so much I almost kept it for myself!
This one was easy. Mrs. Davis is the perfect example of Southern, classy lady. Sweet demeanor, soft spoken, always smiling and stylish. Favorite color was a teal green. I saw this beautiful material with all the soft colors, BINGO. I made this tote smaller than my normal bags. Enough to hold a book or two but not large. The bottom was something new That I tried. It wasn't going together as smoothly as I envisioned, but it ended up with the result I wanted. Chevron is a beast to work with, I might add. I chose a flower with points instead of round like the previous bag to flow with the bohemian pattern. The sash was something I decided at the last minute to throw in to create a simple finishing touch. I couldn't decide which side to put it on. What do you think?
This bag just turned out cute and the response from the teacher was worth every minute put into the bag! This is probably the simplest bag I have ever put together. Not ruffles, flowers, or 3-D extras. This was plain and simple. This bag was large because I knew the teacher still had little children. We need large bags with small kids! Her favorite colors were the school colors--red and blue. I had to be very careful to avoid a patriotic bag. I also have a rule to never use just two colors-- never. I needed a third color.
She decorated her class with Snoopy and I kept thinking of the yellow bird like things on the cartoons. Mrs. Christol is also one of those people you meet and know she teaches elementary school. So, when I came across this awesome gold polka dot fabric I knew I had to use it with something. Her bag. I was pleased with how it turned out.