Darla Bennett Designs


 
My friend Teri ordered two purses for special people in her life and I finally finished them.  She has been very patient as my life keeps getting in the way of sewing!  The brown and tan purse is made with dark brown vinyl crocodile and cotton material.  The denim purse is embossed with little silver dots in an all over diamond pattern and features a ruffled top edge (which I made with my new ruffling foot).  The lining in the denim purse is a real pick-me-up with cowboy hats on the pockets.  :)
 
Jeremy is having his tonsils out so I made him a little travel pillow to take with him to the hospital out of a tshirt of his that he gave me quite awhile ago.  There's just nothing like having your favorite tshirt with you.  We are praying for your surgery and for a fast recovery, Jeremy!  Your pillow is at your grandma's house.

I had a lovely lunch today with my Aunt Vanita.  I delivered her flannel pillowcase to her and she loves it.  I love it when that happens!  :)
 
My sister-in-law came over to spend the day and we spontaneously decided to make a cardigan from a pattern that I saw in a sewing magazine.  We went to JoAnn's and bought a $2.00 yellow t shirt and 1/2 a yard of knit fabric that we loved and off we went!  Cyndi cut and pinned and I did the sewing.  I like how it turned out for our first t shirt recon adventure.  It is super comfy.  I know, because I wore it all morning before giving it to her.  I'm going to make one for myself, as soon as I have time.....
 
Congratulations to the winners of the three pillowcases.  Vanita, Leora, and Jody!!  :)  They will be in the mail soon!  Stay tuned for future giveaways....
 
We were kind of going ruffle crazy in sewing class last month.  I bought a Janome ruffle foot for my machine and took a class from Deb on making ruffles in a variety of ways.  I haven't finished by bag from class yet, because I started working on this little spotted owl totebag.  Sometimes, you just have to go where the creative bug takes you.
 
Santa was so good to me this year.  I had been considering buying a new sewing machine and had been looking at the Janome Memorycraft 6600 at my favorite sewing store, Gall Sewing.  I knew it was too expensive but my mom sent me some Christmas cash so I put a down payment on the machine and put it on layaway anyway.  But, I felt so guilty about potentially spending so much money on myself that the Wednesday before Christmas I went in to the store ready to cancel the purchase. However, my machine had a huge red bow on it and a paid in full sign on it.  Wow!  I started crying so hard and I couldn't quit.  I just felt so loved.  I still don't know who forked over the goods, but I am loving my new machine and I hope whoever did knows exactly how much I appreciate the gift! 
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    I have a busy family life, a couple of different jobs, and so many creative ideas going around in my head.  I really am pressed for time....

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