Sunday, July 29, 2012

Road Trip.1

I just made it back home from a short road trip from southern to northern Arizona. We took off on Wednesday in a short caravan that included my immediate and extended family. We hadn't been to the Grand Canyon in quite a while, and since I am living in Arizona again, I thought it was a good time to say hello to some of my favorite places and, of course, make some memories.

I am from low desert, which is more arid and a lot warmer than the higher desert areas in the northern part of the state. As we traveled the few hours north, the landscape changed significantly, which is absolutely fascinating to me. 

I was a passenger for the majority of this trip. I drove us out to the Grand Canyon on Thursday, but my father and brother took the wheel the majority of the time, which allowed me to take plenty of photos.

We stayed in Flagstaff for 4 days and took drives out to surrounding areas in order to experience the Grand Canyon and take in the sights. 

I was the most excited for the Grand Canyon, perhaps that is why I chose to drive. It is about an hour and 20 minutes away from Flagstaff. 

There is thick forest the majority of the way there. I know that because I am from a low desert region any trees at all look like a forest, but this is a REAL forest with ponderosa pines. As you make it through this forest, you can see that gorgeous wonder peaking through the trees as you approach the edge of the Grand Canyon.

We visited the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon and toured that edge. 

You can see a small portion of the Colorado River running through the canyon in the photo below. It is that upside down triangle shape right at the center. 

A storm started to roll in as we made our way west. The thunder would echo through the canyon and it was just marvelous. I hadn't felt so overwhelmed with excitement and wonder in such a long time. 

I have plenty more photos to share, but these shall suffice for now. 

Until next time.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Library Tote

Do you ever bookmark tutorials that you find online, and keep thinking you want to try them sometime, but then they keep getting set aside? Well, that happens to me all the time, but today, I actually tried one.

I had bookmarked a tutorial for a library tote bag, and I found the perfect fabric to use for it while I was sifting through my bag of scraps (that crazy overfilled bag I shared in my last post). It was the perfect size to use as the front panel for this bag.
This lotería fabric is completely out of print. Lotería is a Mexican card game, somewhat similar to bingo. I found this fabric by chance at a quilt shop many years ago. I bought two yards and made quite a few things with it. I started to run out, so I went to buy some more. Turns out, it sold out everywhere. I have looked everywhere and called everyone. The manufacturer's have even released a statement that the fabric is completely discontinued. Much to my surprise, I found a nicely folded piece in my bag of fabric scraps.
I looked up the tutorial I had bookmarked, (which can be found over at NoodleHead), got my materials together, and in a short while, I had a new library tote. The image below is of the backside.

The instructions are very easy, and I was super happy with the result. Even the inside looks good!

I already used it. It's super functional and can hold more than I thought it would. Now to get to reading.

Until next time.


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Getting Scrappy

I have been having an issue with an over abundance of fabric scraps. I have no idea what to do with so many scrap pieces. I'm not even sure why I keep them all, but I do, and now I want to find a way to use them.
I found a way to use up some of the scraps, but I still have lots more to use. So, if you have any ideas you don't mind sharing, I would love to hear them. 

For now, this is how I am using a few of my fabric scraps.

I'm off to figure out more ways to use up the rest of these scraps. 

Until next time.