Tuesday, August 23, 2011

An end and a new beginning....

The last two months at work have been crazy busy! And I have not had much crafting time, and I am getting grumpy about that! But there is a light at the end of my tunnel. On Sept 9th, I will no longer be employed. My company is consolidating and the area where I work is being transferred to other sites. And since I won't and can't relocate to San Jose or Boulder or New Hampshire, I am out of a job.

Though the thought of being unemployed is scary, I do have a good severance pkg. and unemployment,
so my family and I will get by for awhile.

But it will be strange not to get up and go to work everyday. I have worked almost 14 years at my present job and almost 19 at the job before. And almost 5 the job before that. I only had 4 days off between the last two jobs. I have never had time off that I did not know the day I would be returning to work.

Many people ask what me will I do?? My answer? I don't know? I hope to take a little time off and just play and craft and do what ever I want.
Then look to see what can I do? What do I want to do? And can I make it work?

I know I will not get bored. There are too many projects floating around in my head. It will seem luxurious
 to be able to craft, scrap, play with paper or fabric or paint any time I want.

I did get to play with a little fabric and paper this week.
My friend Jenny had a birthday on the 17th. I wanted to make her something and decided a scrap tote would be fun and handy. I found a beautiful aqua blue fabric and this fun dot pattern and sewed a tote that will hold a 12x12 plastic scrapping bin, plus a little more.

It has an extra long handle to slip over your shoulder. Usually if you are going to a crop, your hands are full with all your other scrap totes, so I thought a shoulder bag would be the handiest!

I also added an easy snap closure across the top to hold the contents in the bag. And a big flower just for the cuteness factor!

And no handmade gift is complete wtih out a hand made card.

Now that I am finished with Jenny's gift and it is delivered, I am ready to finish my previous sewing project I started before lots of overtime at work got in the way! A sneak peek is below.

I do not know what the future holds. It is a little bit scary, a little bit sad, as I will miss many of my co-workers. But also a little bit exciting. Something new is around the corner for me. What it is, I don't know.

I am thinking positive that it will be good!!

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  1. Love, Love, LOVE my scrapbook tote and card!! You are such an amazing seamstress! I wish I had yours and Lou's sewing abilities. And I can't wait to see what you have planned for your next project. I love the colors and fabrics you have picked out.

  2. Love the color of the bag. I like the doily stamp with the punch, a beautiful card. Thanks for the inspirations.

  3. Oh, I want that scrap tote - so cute and so practical!!! And the card is darling. You are such a thoughtful friend.

    I love the colors and patterns and textures of your sneak peak project - what can it be???

    I'm so happy for you that you get to luxuriate in tons of crafting time after 9/9. Now you will truly be "ALWAYS a Crafty Girl". I know its hard not to worry about what the future holds, but whatever it is, you will make it fabulous!

  4. what a fun cute tote you made for Jenny. The flower button closure is the perfect cuteness element! You are SO talented!!


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