Oh you are all just the sweetest people. My daughter read all your lovely birthday wishes and says, "Thank you!"
You may remember last September when I made my older daughter a Messenger Bag for school. We just sorta came up with the design together and I made up a pattern. This first one is wearing very well ... I've even washed it a handful of times and it still looks great! (I'm so relieved our design turned out to be as durable as it is cute ... if I do say so myself.)
Well, little sister really wanted one after all (big surprise).
So. Here it it. I think it turned out so super cute. These colors are so HER. All fabrics in this bag are from Rosalie Quinlan's "Folkheart" line for Lecien.
And of course she also wanted a monogram, just like big sister ...
I love the shoulder pad. Makes walking to and from school a lot more comfortable ('cause she's the kind of kid who will end up with 3 or 4 half empty water bottles in the bottom of the bag by the end of the week ...). For me it's little details that - yeah, I know, take longer to finish - but they make all the difference between a nice bag and a totally.awesome.designer.detailed.my.mom.really.loves.me.so.much bag.
And the blue fabric she picked ...
was for the lining.
It was so much fun making this for her "in secret".
She was sweet enough to pretend she was really surprised when she opened it ... but I know her well enough to know she wasn't faking her delight/pride when she saw it all finished in her fabrics.
There's just nothing like making your child happy with something you make. I know these days are numbered. She will eventually roll her eyes at me and explain in her best exasperated tone that it is SO NOT COOL MOM to use a homemade, quilted bag for school and that she will have to enter a witness protection program to survive the ensuing humiliation of being seen in public carrying anything homemade.
So I'm taking advantage of every minute she gives me.
And then I'm going to start harrassing her for grandchildren.
Wait, better rethink that ... I've already told her she can't get married until she's 30.