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Well, as you can see I was busy over the holiday weekend.  We are having a baby shower for one of my colleagues at work next week and I wanted to make her something.  I used Butterick Pattern #4560 and it took forever to cut out all the pieces.  First of all, the pattern had pieces for a bag A and a bag B, yet the instructions were the same.  Finally figured out the only difference was that bag A’s fabric had to be interfaced with batting and bag B used prequilted fabric.  I used magnetic closures instead of Velcro.

I wanted to use a fabric that was not babyish so that the bag could still be used for a tote later on.  It has a ton of pockets to organize both the inside and outside.  I had to “adapt” because of some mistakes I made.  The one pocket with the flap on the outside of the bag is shorter than it should have been.  I put the flap in the wrong place and it was easier making the pocket shorter than riping out the flap and redoing.  I had also twisted the strap and didn’t catch it until the bag was completely lined.  Boo-hoo!

I shortened the strap by 6″ when I fixed it and reinforced the handle ends with an “X” stitching.  I had wanted to make it an adjustable strap but it was too thick.  I think next time I make this bag I will put piping around the flaps or make the body of the bag with a different fabric than the flap.  With the fabric I used it all blends together too much.

Anyway, I am pleased at how it turned out and hope my friend likes it.

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Ok, now that I have this blog I have to come up with something to write about.  Perhaps a theme once in a while?  What do you think? 

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We have a baker’s rack just outside our slider door on the deck.  I decorated it with birdhouses–you know the type, the cutsie ones from places like Joanne’s.  Not really meant to be homes to birds.  But what do you know, a little Chickadee decided one of the birdhouses looked pretty comfy so in it moved.  The problem is that every time we get close to the door the little thing gets frightened and flies off.  So, are we going to be able to go out on the deck?  My hubby finally got a picture.  Isn’t he cute?

So, that brings me to my theme: Chickadees!  First a little something about the bird.  Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a cool online guide for bird identification and information: ID tips, photos, maps, sounds, habitat, behavior, more.  I have a particular place in my heart for this little bird.  It was a comfort to me to see a familiar “face” when we moved from the Northeast to the Northwest.  It has a cheerful song , too. 

After reading about the Chickadee, I think the birds are storing food in the birdhouse rather than using it for nesting.  That is a relief, we don’t have to worry about disturbing nestlings!  You can go here if you would like to know more.

 To continue the theme, I found some links for Chickadee crafts:

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