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gift bags

Inspired by Madame M’s beautiful gift bag this Christmas, I have decided to cut down on my own Xmas waste by making some “forever” bags of my own.

The thought did cross my mind that Pixibug may some day wonder why Santa has all the same bags as we do, but that is a bridge to be crossed at a much later date.

It’s pretty simple, really.  I went to Fabricland and bought a bunch of fabric on sale.  Cut it up into different shapes and sizes.

I started by making a casing for the rope:




Then I sewed up the side(s) depending on how I folded the fabric.

Here’s the only mildly difficult part.  I wanted to make the bottom of the bag flat so I could fit more in it properly… here’s what I did:

cut off the excess

don't sew all the way to the corners... leave a bit of space on either side, then fold like so

sew accross like this



This is what it looks like on the bottom when you’re done:

lots of room for filling it up!

Finally, I feed through the rope for the top.  There are all kinds of ways to finish these ropes.  I considered using big wooden beads… but decided on just knots.  I glued the knot with craft glue (E-6000) just to keep it from slipping.  Then I frayed the rope to make it look a bit like tassels.

Finally, I had some nice bags that I can now use instead of all that paper and tape!  — who am I kidding?  I love paper and tape, we’ll still use a bit of that too, but there will be a considerable cut-back on Xmas wrap in our recycle bin next year. 🙂

pretty though, aren't they?


Pysanky Part 4: World Themes

So I was at the Zoo yesterday with Pixiebug and my friend Veronica and her BabyGoop.  We were having coffee and I noticed the beautiful African themed Batik hanging there.

“Boy, that looks a lot like Pysanky” I thought to myself.

Then, it occured to me – Pysanky is egg Batik!

I loved the African theme, and started thinking of all the batik I’d seen in my travels.

“I bet I could do eggs with different themes from around the world” I said to Veronica.

“Wouldn’t that be really hard?” said she.

“I don’t know ’till I try it!” and so I began with what I know best: HOME.

Over the next few days I’ll add to my Pysanky Gallery when I add a new design.  For today, I’ll share with you my Can-eh-dia design.

Can-eh-dia side 1

Can-eh-dia side 2

Can-eh-dia trim detail

Pysanky! aka: Ukranian Easter Eggs (part 1)

Vegreville Alberta

This is a photo of a Pysankyegg.  I did NOT make it.  I’m going to try to make one similar to this over the next few days.  It will be significantly smaller.

My social life is a little busy (I have one event to attend) and so it won’t happen all at once.

You’ll get to follow in a real-time digital version of my experimentation.  Enjoy!

Part 1

wax on

I was wandering through Michaels, as you do,  I noticed all these cheap easter egg decorating kits. I want to play with eggs but do something spectacular.  I remember in the deep recesses of my mind back to my childhood, I think it was my aunt, Curly Sue, who did Pysanky while I watched in fascination.  So, I decided then and there (in Michaels, remember?) that I would try it myself.  I asked the lady behind the counter for India Ink and any dyes she might have… she directed me to the t-shirt dye and henna tattoo kits. Hm.

So I went to the Office and Art Supplies section (yes, these two things are in the same row) where I found black India Ink.  I figured I’d try food colouring to start.

Ha!  I was pretty sure that my candle wax and paintbrush weren’t going to do the trick, but it would be fun to try, no?

So I painted an egg – yes, a brown egg… hey, it saves one layer of dye – with some wax from this little candle.  It sucked.  It was really hard to do, and believe it or not, wax does not paint on well with cheap paintbrushes.  Who Knew!?

Well, I knew… but tried it anyway. I like to test run things with cheap supplies before doing the real thing – or spending the money on the expensive supplies.

oooooh, pretty! LOL

So I painted on the wax with a cheap children’s paintbrush.  Then I soaked it in reddish orange dye, and then painted it with more wax and soaked it in India Ink.

I have a feeling I’ll be trying to eat this egg tomorrow. (can you eat eggs that have soaked in ink? because if not, you should probably comment before I hurt myself)

Oh, and PS: I’ve found a store that sells the real Pysanky supplies… I’m sure that will work much better.  Stay tuned for the “real” thing, possibly tomorrow.