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Hubby and I are going out to dinner tonight. Hope you all have some nice plans for tonight also!

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When you follow fashion, you notice how others look and style themselves. And some of the people who decide to be on TV, are right there for me to look at and wonder does she really think that looks good?

Two ladies stand out for me right now for what I consider horrendous mistakes with cosmetic procedures. I was watching a new program on the Food Network Canada tonight. It features Guy Fieri and Rachel Ray. Taylor Dane is one of the celebrity’s on this show. Have you seen this? The only thing you notice about her is her lips! She has obviously had her lips plumped with collegen but they look like a hive of bees stung her repeatedly on the lips. I know that look since I was stung on the lip by a bee when I was 13 or so. It is not the least bit attactive! She is not the first one I noticed. There was a bride on ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ with the same affliction. Why would any woman do this and think it was attractive?

Have you seen the commercials for the new movie ‘Joyous Noise’?  What is Dolly thinking?  Actually I think I know what she is thinking. She wants to maintain as young a look as possible, for as long as possible but her face, right now, is not attractive. It reminds me of Joker in the first Batman movie.

This is a case of ‘just because you can do a thing, doesn’t mean you should do a thing’. I just had to vent about this. Taylor drove me over the edge with her fat lips.

I want to take this time to wish you all a happy, healthy, prosperous 2012.

Don’t forget your hobbies this year. They are an important part of a happy, healthy life.

Sew News on Facebook ran the 12 Days of Giveaways and I won the Day 3 giveaway. I won this book and it arrived yesterday.

Going through the book this afternoon, I can see some great gifts and fun projects. But the best thing is the help it gives readers in planning their makeover projects. I want to redo our bedroom and I am having trouble with the planning. While reading the planning steps, I came up with a different idea for arranging the furniture. That was a big breakthrough for me.

If you ‘LIKE’ Sew News on Facebook, they also have Friday giveaways. They always have something interesting.

I love the first real snow of the season…the muffled sound of the traffic on the road above our house…the dogs frolicing in the fresh powder…the 10 minute search for my mittens, hat and boots and the five minutes it takes to put them on…hoping the snow blows off the car quickly because I don’t have a scraper in the car…sitting inside watching it falling softly, turning the world white…wondering how long it will last and will I have to shovel the walkway.

Looks like it will start airing in September but no specific date has been posted yet.

That is way better than last year so I will take it!

At this point, we basically have a bag, we just need a few details to finish it off. First, the top opening of the bag needs some definition. To get this we take each corner and finger press a cease 2″ from the side seam and pin it together. Do this on all four corners. Then measure down 3″ and mark with a pin. Stitch from the top edge to the pin on all four corners.

Now, I have a bit of a problem with catching the outer pockets in this stitching. Next time I will do one of two things, either keep the pocket out of the stitching or only sew to the top of the pocket and end it there.

Insert the wood pieces in the holders and set it aside

For the handle strap, apply Wonder Tape to the edge of both long sides and fold over on itself. Or press it over 1/4″ on the long sides. Next fold the long edges to the center, butting them up next to each other. Use the patchwork or connecting stitch on your machine to sew down the center.  You are working on the wrong side so make sure it looks good on the right side. Next topstitch a 1/4″ from each long side. This would be a good time to use a decorative stitch. We have them on our machines so here is a chance to finally use one.

Now we need a metal rectangular ring. Put one short end through the ring, turn end under 1/4″ then sew into place. With the strap wrong side facing up, feed other short end through the two wood pieces, on one side then through the other side. Feed end through the ring and attach as before. If you feed it in wrong side up, when you wear it, the right side will show . Center the ring on the one side of the bag, adjust the straps as they go through the wood pieces so they lay neatly.

The final piece of fabric is for the bag bottom. Right sides together, matching long edges, stich one short side and the long side. Turn right side out. Insert your bag bottom. I used a scrap pf coroplast sign board. I understand you can get bag bottom material from Nancy Zeiman’s website also. Whatever you use make sure it is sturdy and lightweight.

I didn’t bother sewing the end shut. I just tucked it under as I put it in the bag. And there you have a great handbag. This is my finished bag.

I think this is a great bag and has a lot of possibilities. I will definately make it again.