I know we're rapidly approaching the meat of the year, and here I am, still pulling out Christmas gifts! I think I may be one of the last remaining blog-literate sewists to attempt the buttercup bag, and man, I wish I'd made one sooner - if I had, pretty much every young lady in the vicinity would have received one for a gift. Such a sweet, easy project. The hardest part was picking which fabric to cut into. (Closely followed by the second hardest part - overcoming the urge to keep the bags and just buy my sisters a beauty treatment instead!) I changed the pattern slightly (because I'm me and I just can't help myself) and I definitely see more of these in my future!
I always feel awkward about giving Ali and Mikki the same gifts - or variations on a theme. (For those that don't know, my lovely sisters are also twins, now in their mid-20s) And yet I continually do it. I think my over-extended sense of fairness coupled with an extra-earnest determination to ensure twins are treated as individuals rather than components of a whole sometimes collaborate to make my head asplode. Really. To the point where I spend hours worrying about it. It's ridiculous. And you know what I eventually figured out? Ali and Mikki's gifts are usually so similar because these two gorgeous young things really like so many of the same things, are at very similar places in their lives (funny that!)...and are incredibly close with very similar tastes (and very distinct personalities!) So maybe the over-thinking is nothing more than a gigantic waste of time...or an excuse to procrastinate. (who? me? never! okay, well maybe tomorrow...)
And the purpose of me blathering on about all this here? Not sure really. I guess I wanted to share the cute buttercup bags. And maybe I wanted (albeit in a very vague and circuitous, roundabout, procrastinating way) put it out there that I need to stop over-thinking things...I spend so much time analysing and thinking things to bits that I end up with no time to actually do anything. Case in point - these bags weren't finished until New Year's, even though I'd made all the fabric choices at least a week in advance of Christmas. 10 big sister demerit points for you, Jo.
(wondering how long I can drag out this what-I-made-people-for-Christmas malarky? Yeah, me too! I might call it a day now though, eh? And save the rest of the pics for the proverbial rainy day down the road. But if only I'd remembered to take a photo of the ipod cover I made for C's birthday last month...that was fun. Maybe it's time to bribe a wee niece to send me a photo or two!)