Posts Tagged ‘stadium bag’

Finis, Finally

January 19, 2012

 

The stadium coat is finished! I made the last of the panels to give structure to the bottom:

Then I tested them out:

The bottom doesn’t stand quite as tall as I would like, but at least it doesn’t collapse like soggy bread. Then I sewed on the strap:

I had planned to use a simple silvery-gray strapping that matched the waterproof fabric, but on one of the many trips to the store to pick up more supplies – which is what happens when you design as you sew – I found black and orange trims (the school colors) that were sturdy enough to do the job.

Now that this project is finished, I can get on with some of the other things that have been shoved aside. Most of these are writing projects, and the first is an anthology that the California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch (aka Tri-Valley Writers) just published.

I chaired the anthology committee, so I am thrilled, excited, exhausted, delighted and dog-gone proud of the work everyone has done to make Voices of The Valley: First Press a reality. Tri-Valley Writers will dedicate our next meeting (January 21, 1:30-3 at Four Points by Sheraton, Pleasanton) to celebrating the authors published in the anthology. The official launch party is at Towne Center Books in Pleasanton, CA, on January 28 from 2-4. If you’re within driving distance, come on down and join in the celebrations.

 

 

 

A New Beginning and Almost an End

January 11, 2012

The office supply store near my house was having a sale, and I needed a new printer cartridge. That’s how it always starts, doesn’t it? A simple errand, a chance to save a little money, then – well, it’s hard to say what happened then because the story is still in progress.

Here’s where we are so far – I went to the store, found the cartridge I needed, and a new pocket calendar. I also found a really cute red notebook on the clearance table and a presentation folder with pink inserts and a frosted white cover. Don’t remind me that I already have a dozen cute notebooks, and that I haven’t made a presentation in years. I continued trolling the aisles looking for sale-priced cute stuff. Then I found a portable file box:

That evil little voice inside my head that got my sewing room into the mess it is now whispered, “If you buy this, you can finally organize the stacks of pages you’ve torn out of magazines for new projects.” I told myself if it didn’t fit into the basket I picked up at the front of the store (instead of getting a wheeled cart – I know my own weaknesses, even when I’m powerless to fight them) I wouldn’t buy it. It fit. I bought it. And some cute maroon hanging files. I refrained from getting cute folders because I remembered that I have some at home.

In my defense, I did go through a stack of magazine pages, pitched the ones for contests that I didn’t enter, and organized the rest. Don’t ask how many stacks I have left to organize. Also, don’t ask where I’m going to put the file box because there really isn’t any place not covered with piles.

I did (almost) finish my sister-in-law’s stadium bag. There are three remaining tasks – decide how I’m going to attach the bottom, decide where I’m going to attach a carrying strap, and decide how I’m going to stiffen the sides of the bottom so it won’t collapse. The zipper that I bought for the bottom is (a) too short, (b) lacking a crucial piece of hardware to make it a separating zipper, and (c) not waterproof. Also, I’m really not great with zippers and although the one on the coat part went in mostly okay I don’t want to push my luck.

So, I’m rapidly talking myself into attaching the bottom to the coat with velcro, making it detachable. Here’s the stadium bag in pieces:

Me in bag, holding the bottom section

 

Sitting, with feet in bottom section

Then all that’s left is the carrying strap and the stiffening, both of which will require a bit more thought. But I’m seeing the finish line, and that makes me happy. Almost happy enough to sort through another stack.