I am really off my posting schedule this week. It might have something to do with how much I need to get done before I leave on my trip!
My little zippy bags sell well at my son in law's wine tasting shop, and it was time for a new color line more in keeping with the season. I have been stitching away in an effort to get the new inventory into the shop before I leave for my vacations.
This collection is a Sandy Gervais group--Everything you see above was made from one jelly roll, and I have enough strips left to make at least six more bags. I adore Sandy Gervais designs, as they are so seasonal, whimsical, colorful and fun.
When you go on a trip, do you "audition" your clothes before packing? This is one of the most fun things about going anywhere, this preview of outfits and imagining where you might be wearing them and if they will be appropriate for the weather and the occasions.
I have outfits on display all over my bedroom. My goal is to pare back and try to get everything into the smallest possible suitcase. Have you ever traveled somewhere and found that you can barely lift the luggage you packed? That can be a real disaster! It has happened to me. On one occasion, I found myself in the airport disposing of my travel iron, cosmetics and anything else that was heavy. Once I lightened my load, I found I could actually carry my bag. I do miss that travel iron....
On this trip, I will be carrying on my sewing machine, so I really need to practice my moves with that. I need to be able to lift it over my head and place it in the overhead compartment. In the past I have had to rely on the kindness of others to help me accomplish that task. I've decided to take my little Janome, which weighs around ten pounds. Add on the cord, foot pedal and the weight of the bag, any projects I can squeeze in, and I am looking at at least 25 pounds.
Speaking of carry ons, I read a terrible story on Bonnie Hunter's blog recently. Bonnie is a well known quilting teacher who travels extensively all over the country. She always takes a sewing machine with her for class demos. This trip, she had with her a little Featherweight that she was planning to carry on the plane. When she boarded, the steward informed her that the overhead bins were all full and that her carry on (the Featherweight and also her laptop) would have to be checked as luggage. Reluctantly, she allowed her machine and laptop to be taken from her and placed underneath the plane along with all the other baggage. You can probably see where this is going.
When she arrived, her lap top was smashed and her vintage 1938 Featherweight was in three pieces. Pictures are on her blog.
United did give her replacement value for her damaged property, but still. Oh dear. I would be so unhappy if that happened to me!