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Happy Birthday Mike! ….and other stuff

Posted on: April 9, 2009

Today is my brother Mike’s birthday.  So “Happy birthday Mikey!  How does it feel to be old?”   My birthday was Sunday, I’m a little less than a year younger than him.  We’ve long since given up the presents thing, but at least I could wish him a great day in front of the whole cyber world, right?  This is one of my favorite pictures of Mike-he was home from boot camp-he’s 21 here.

Home from boot camp-April 1983

Home from boot camp-April 1983

Of course, he’ll probably kill me if he sees it!  He retired a couple of years ago.

G was home for the weekend and we had a good time.  We took the Sporty out for a while, it felt so small after being on the Springer for the last year!  But we had fun and the weather was great.  A ride on a smaller bike is better than no ride at all!

I’ve been making more and more hats.  It seems like everyone who sees them wants one.  I even had a welder bring me his favorite hat and ask to make more like it for him since he couldn’t remember where he got it.  I did, but it sure took a lot longer to make than the other ones.  My friend Ro offered to set up a table at the Bike Show and sell them for me (I’ll be cooking).  It’s two weeks away, so I think I’m gonna make some hats and doo rags up and see what happens.  Not like the space will cost anything and with 400 plus bikers around, I’m bound to sell at least a few!  (Don’t mind the vines crawling up my neighbors garage, first pic is one side, then the reverse side of the same hats.)


Yesterday I got tired of sewing hats, so I made myself a purse.  And yes, I did take pictures of it-take a look


The pattern is from Machen Machen-a blog about making and doing.  It’s the second one completed, the first I forgot to take pics of and was a gift.  I fell in love with the fabric, it’s a home dec weight called Skullduggery by Alexander Henry.  If you look close, you can see that the white pocket on the front is placed so that the design continues, just inverted colors.  I wish I could say I planned it that way, but I really didn’t.  I knew I needed an outside pocket and just picked up a scrap of fabric.  Well, lo and behold, it was just like the center motif on the front.  So I measured, cut and lined it and sewed it in place, using a lot of pins to keep in in place.


I couldn’t find a button that looked right with the print, and didn’t have any solid black ones, so I tied the handles together at the top.  I think I like it better that way, longer straps are better for me cos I like to just toss my purse over my shoulder and go.  I also added a zipper pocket inside.  It’s a really easy and fairly quick purse and I’m really happy with the way it turned out.  I’ve got a good bit of fabric left over, so I’m working on a wallet to go with it.

Okay, so now I can quit feeling guilty about not posting anything new for over a week-you’re all caught up now!  I’ve got a few other things in the works, but I gotta some work done!

Happy birthday, big brother-I love you.

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1 Response to "Happy Birthday Mike! ….and other stuff"

That purse is SO COOL!! I love how that pocket looks so perfect.

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