Monday, January 16, 2012

Impossibilities Challenge Update... um, it's not going quite as I planned...


So far that's how I am doing on this challenge {the one where I am to sew a handbag/purse}. If you have no idea what I am talking about, you can click {HERE} to check it out.

I have a couple of excuses reasons for said failure...

1.  I moved my blog back to Blogger from WordPress recently...what a production that was!

2.   I am sick.

3.   I spent most of my weekend preparing, setting up, attending, and cleaning up a baby shower for a family member.

All I have really done so far is go through some of my fabrics to see which ones I might use...

I am planning on making the purse to be used in spring and summer, so I thought some of these pretty springy/summery fabrics I had on hand would do.  What do you think?

The fabrics on the table are vintage and the ones in the basket are from Cabbages and Roses for Moda {I am quite obsessed with those fabrics}.

I still have to buy some handles for the purse.  I thought I had some green lucite ones, but can't find them...GRRR!

Hopefully next Monday I will have more for ya on my progress!

Be sure to check out the progress of my Challenge Partners, who are so not failing:

Thistlewood Farm - Baking bread
Eclectically Vintage - Cleaning out her basement
The Space Between - Creating a gallery wall
It All Started With Paint - Painting vaulted ceilings
The Cottage Market - Organizing her craftroom


P.S.  If you have joined us in the challenge, please leave an update with your link in the comments section, so I can come visit you, thanks! 

P.P.S.  If you missed my giveaway with Ruby Jean, go {HERE} to enter! 


Anonymous said...

Hello blogger bff....those fabrics are wonderful! Great selection! I can't wait to see the finished purse!

Recycled Rita said...

Those fabrics are to die for! Keep going, you are on a roll! karen...

michelle said...

It will all fall into place sweet friend, but I know how you feel. I hope that this week is better for you and you feel better too. I love the fabrics, they are so perfect for spring/summer and I know it will be gorgeous. :)

donna marie said...

I'm new to your blog and I LOVE it here!! Being sick stinks, hope you feel better quick! The fabrics are amazing and I would have a hard time picking just one! Maybe once you get the hang of making the purse you will make a bunch! Good luck! =]

Allyson said...

I am loving that fabric with the strawberries on it...but they're all so so cute! Looking forward to see how it all turns out (I know it's going to be fabulous)!


Vintage Market Place said...

first off get well soon :)
Love your choices of fabrics great for a spring tote.
How I wish Cabbages and Roses were more available in the states
Why are handles so hard to come by.
I usually just find a vintage bag at a thrift and tear the handles off it

Alice said...

All the prints you show work well together. Why not use them all? My friend made a purse for me that uses different patterns in the same color palette: One for the basic purse, another for outside pockets on each side, and another for trim, fabric handles, and the inside liner. It's so sweet!

I can't wait to see the end result!

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

you poor thing! when it rains it pours and i sure hope you feel better soon! i am sure that the purse is going to be awesome! hope you had a great time at the baby shower and welcome back to blogger (now i don't feel so alone : ) hugs...

Ruby Jean said...

Oh I am so sorry to hear that you are sick... That's no fun!!! I LOVE Cabbages and Roses I bought a WHOLE bolt of there fabric... EEEEKKK!!! I am sure your bag is going to be ADORABLE!!! can't wait to see it..

Mark Norkaitis said...

Love your blog! Im now a follower!

Mark @ Room363

Brianna Willis said...

Hey you have fabrics! That's totally a start.

I LOVE the vintage strawberry fabric. Where do you find your vintage ones? If you are willing to share.

I am in on the challenge. i'm trying to find crafts I can do from a couch as I am laid up will the birth of my second child. With an active two year old this is turning out to be an impossible challenge :)

RHome410 said...

It is tough to work around 'real life' to accomplish the extras! I hope you feel better soon.

I have joined the challenge and featured it and my project on my blog today. Looking forward to all the befores, durings, and especially, afters!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I would say our progress is very much in the same arena. Nothing says spring like strawberries. I can't wait to see what's next!!

Elyse said...

hey little bt,

it will all get done. your fabrics are lovely. enjoy the process. :)


Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

I love all of your fabrics, they will make a beautiful bag!
I must have checked out your blog as you were switching back recently because all I could find were old posts! Glad to see you are back in business.


Meg@MegaCrafty said...

Those fabrics are really pretty- very spring/summer. Picking the fabrics and getting an idea of what you'd like is probably one of the most important parts of the project so don't call it a fail! : )

I just started on my impossible project- reorganizing my studio. It's slow going but this challenge is giving me a nice reason to keep at it!

My Vintage Mending said...

What great fabrics. You don't want me to tell you how much time I spend researching/wasting finding the right pattern, parts, fabric etc. These look amazing. the great news is you can sew another one and another on and on and on...smiles...Renee

Eclectically Vintage said...

Picking the fabric (which I adore) is half the battle! Green lucite handles sound amazing - keep on searching.

Pamela Bates of Mercantile Muse said...

you are making me laugh. hey, you can do it! honestly, that strawberry fabric is so sweet and would make a cute purse to bring to market. and how about handles made out of rope? or furniture straping? i mean, since you can't find the lucite.

good luck. I have faith in you s.


Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I can see why you are drawn to those fabrics from Cabbages and Roses for Moda ... my eyes are drawn to that basket immediately! Not that I don't love the others. But oh so springy we haven't even had our Chicago winter yet, have we? (Oh, and I was back in your hood today ... Ridge, White Oak, Golf, Princeton ...)


Di said...

Oh those fabrics are wonderful, I made totes out of my favorite fabrics and had a giveaway!! Ok you ladies have an awesome challenge and I started with a heavy list, I am motivated. Here is my post:


michele said...

feel better soon, sweetie. i know you'll get that tote done, and who cares if it's not til spring?!?



p.s. would love to hear about the wordpress experience

Jess said...

Love the fabrics! Can't wait to see what you make and I know it will be great, even with the rough start :-)

Excited to be doing the challenge right alongside all of you amazingly talented bloggers! My pantry is coming along....check it out


Anonymous said...

You can do it! It's called a challenge for a reason! But, I'm positive you can turn those beautiful fabrics into a purse!

Jessica @

Jamie @ The Bullock 5 said...

I am loving that one on the table with the blue flower red leaves! I love sewing but have never made or attempted a handbag so looking forward to what you come up with! Picking fabrics is the biggest battle :-)

I did a little update on my fireplace building here

Francesca said...

Wow, I love those fabrics, you have great taste. It is so much fun to browse through your blog, I am following you right away. Regards from Rome, Italy!

donna said...

I am so sorry you are not feeling well.
Your fabric is beautiful. Can not wait to see your creation.

Shay said...

I am your newest follower! Thanks for the great giveaway! I look forward to following you! You can visit me at


koralee said...

so pretty....I love those fabrics...I am thinking I so want to see your finished delights. xoxoox Happy weekend

Tricia said...

Those fabrics are so pretty, so no matter what you choose it will look good. I've made a bunch of purses in the style that you are planning on doing and they're quite easy to make. I think the hardest part is sewing the material around the handle. I usually pick a plain fabric for the outside and a printed one for the inside, then it can be reversible and go with a lot of outfits. I can't wait to see how cute your bag looks when it's all done :)

Little Susie Home Maker said...

I am so happy to find your blog. I just found a link to your Etsy page on Donna's Lavender Nest, and she had purchased the most charming pin cushion in milk glass. I was hoping to find one as well.
But I did find your facebook, then your blog! So happy to follow you. Looks like you are a very good inspiration!

Di said...

Hi, it's Di again with another project update. You keep at it my dear!

hilary@oldhousetruelove said...

on a better note than your failure... your photos are looking fabulous!

Erin said...

How did I miss this post?!? So sorry that you weren't feeling well, Stacey. The flu bug got me this past week and I'm only now feeling human again. So looking forward to seeing how your purse turns out! Of course you know I lurve those fabrics!