Riverwalk Inspiration

My walking buddies and I walked 4 miles of the downtown Riverwalk this morning.
We even visited the Alamo.
It’s the first time in years that I have gone to the Alamo without being in charge of bus loads of school children!
I actually got to enjoy this visit.
We walked through the Menger Hotel and the Fairmount Hotel to see the beautiful buildings decorated for Christmas.
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Tree in front of the Alamo
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I loved the old phone booth at the Menger! This was the main tree at this hotel.
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Santas and Chandelier at the Fairmount

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Up-cycled Art at the Henry B. Convention Center

After spending the morning with my friends, I went to the Mesquite Bean for some more fabric.
Then I came home, inspired to make another Christmas messenger bag.
Since I decided to keep the gingerbread messenger bag, I made another one for one of my daughter- in-laws.
She has made me some beautiful bags.
I used remnants and some black and white polka dot fabric I had.

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Christmas Messenger Bag

Last year, I visited the Stich Lab in Austin and purchased a pattern for a messenger bag.
The pattern comes with a medium size and a large size pattern.
I used some gingerbread fabric that my sister gave me, along with a candy cane and also  a polka dot remnant.

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I wanted to make the purse a bit firmer, so I used interfacing and canvas.
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I pieced the flap in order to add some festivity and color.

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Polka Dot lining
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I think I will use canvas for the next messenger bag I make.
I had seen some pretty canvas at Hobby Lobby.

 

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

Well, sort of…
Even though today’s high was 80 degrees, I am in the Christmas frame of mind.
The morning was brisk and clear, so I took my husband out for a birthday brunch.
He bought me these James Avery earrings for HIS birthday!
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When we returned from our celebration, I started a Christmas messenger bag for myself.
 I found a pattern posted by Larissa Holland.
The directions are easy to follow and there are great diagrams.
I added interfacing to make the bag sturdier.
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I had purchased this black tree fabric a while back and I questioned why I bought it.
I love polka dots, and the little trees have polka dots.
After pulling out all of my Christmas fabric, I thought this combination would work.
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All the pieces were cut and prepared.
The strap is double sided and made with the outer fabric and the lining fabric.
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Double Small Pockets                                          Back Pocket

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In order to brighten up the black, I pieced a red and white polka dot fabric.
I appliqued a tree with a green fabric.
Buttons…I just love buttons!

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To my surprise, and dismay, the red and white polka dot fabric bled when I sprayed starch.
I tried covering the area with more buttons, but I don’t know if I just called more attention to the area.
Oh well, the buttons are cute.
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The inner lining for the flap is the same green fabric I used on the tree.

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Inner Lining

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Now, I am ready to go downtown to the San Antonio River Walk and take in all the Christmas decorations.
My son and his wife will be in town for a conference, and I am so looking forward to spending time with them.