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Momma's Got a (kind-of, sorta) Brand New Bag

I must be some sort of sadist. It seems the work and stress of getting a family of five all packed and ready for a big trip isn't enough for me. It's becoming tradition to also try and make myself a new complicated bag right before we leave. There was the Supertote before Disneyland. This time around it was the a messenger bag right before a 4,000 mile road trip.

(Photography and photo styling by my 10 year old, Anna.)

 There was really no choice, though. My everyday Supertote is a year and a half old. It was definitely looking it. The handles were all frayed. One of the magnetic snaps had ripped out. It was dirty. It just would not do. I tried stores. Everything was too big, too small, too strappy, not strappy enough, too ugly, or too expensive. I guess making my own bags has made me pretty dang picky when it comes to purses.

This one, though. This one is pretty much the prefect size, the perfect strap, the perfect fabric, and plenty of pockets.

Pattern- Campfire Messenger B…

Road Trip

Well, it seems we have squeezed all the possible summer fun in to the last two weeks. All that's left for the rest of the summer is complaining about the heat and telling the kids to go read a book.

Taking grandma to #wafflelove is all that they've talked about for weeks. A photo posted by trinasdoings (@trinasdoings) on Jun 9, 2016 at 1:00pm PDT
King of the mountain. A photo posted by trinasdoings (@trinasdoings) on Jun 10, 2016 at 10:51am PDT
Ice cream break. A photo posted by trinasdoings (@trinasdoings) on Jun 11, 2016 at 12:46pm PDT
Finally! A photo posted by trinasdoings (@trinasdoings) on Jun 13, 2016 at 9:04am PDT
A photo posted by trinasdoings (@trinasdoings) on Jun 13, 2016 at 2:30pm PDT

Lazy Summer Days Quilt

I don't usually do big teacher gifts. Heck, by the last day of school, I'm lucky if I can manage a candy bar and a thank you card. But, this year I made an exception. All three of my kids have had the same remarkable Kindergarten teacher. She's taught them not just to read, but to love reading. She's taught them to love school and learning. She's helped them become the awesome little people that they are. She's amazing. So I made her a quilt.

I pulled all the blue fabrics first and thought it looked a little flat. So, I added in grey, then yellow and finally green. As I started sewing, I realized it was like a perfect summer day- green grass, blue skies, sunshine, and maybe a few clouds in the afternoon so things don't get too boring. 

(The bears are my absolute favorite. I got them here. I should have bought much, much more.)

I started out following CluckCluckSew's Scrappy Strips Quilt Tutorial. As I started putting blocks up on my design wall, I sta…