Wednesday’s Ramblings ~ Pyramid Lake & Market Totes

Sunday my husband & I drove up to Pyramid Lake to go swimming and to just get out of town.

We drove a mile or so along the lake front until we settled on a really nice beach that had a VERY big sand shelf. You can walk out a long ways before it starts to slope down. The water was beautiful…nice and warm with a few cold pockets that made you yelp…they sneak up on you! Water was crystal-clear too…that’s not very often out there.

I stayed in the water most of the day swimming, floating, sitting…burnt my face with the water reflection. My eyes are still watering. The rest of me was tanned to begin with so I didn’t burn but a few places.

I’d tell you the name of the beach…but then I’d have to kill you. 🙂 Day passes are only $7…still a pretty good deal.

I made another Jane Market Tote bag last night…I used the Rise N’ Shine fabric line by Glenna Hailey for Maywood Studio.

I wasn’t going to put on the front pocket, but kept eyeing the chicken wire fabric. 🙂

This fabric is from the same line…it’ll be my next tote…I won’t be adding a pocket on this one.

Jane Market Bag

Over on the Posy Gets Cozy blog I found a pattern for Jane Market Bag.

I’ve been looking for a pattern to make a market tote to take to the grocery store as the handles of the paper bags that I’ve been reusing are starting to fall off. I went through the free patterns and didn’t see anything that caught my eye. I went through the pattern books at the fabric store and about died when I saw the $16 prices! HOLY COW! I did not know that is how much a pattern costs these days! Then I found the Jane Market Bag that was designed by Alicia Paulson of Posie: rosy little things. Paid $6 with paypal and was sent the pattern immediatly online.

Very clear easy to read directions with lots of pictures. Took me 2 hours to make one…that included the putzing around trying to figure out what fabric to use, read the directions, and cleaning my Janome (had sewed on my sister’s quilt earlier in the day).

Here’s the finished bag ~ it’s 8x11x13 (8″ deep x 11″ wide x 13″ height). Fabric line is Back Porch Bouquet by Bate & Taylor for Maywood Studio. I did not put on the front pocket, but seriously flirted with the idea of putting a pocket on the inside lining. Maybe next time. I used 100% cotton fabric for the main bag, and I’m pretty sure I used linen for the lining. Didn’t plan on that but while going through my pile of cream scraps I pulled the one that had enough to make the lining.

I plan on making a lot more for myself and some for gifts.