Thursday, September 30, 2010

happy birthday, bob


My bestest bosom buddy just had a birthday. I've always been a little jealous of her September birthday, to be honest. Fall's my favorite season, and my mid-December birthday is right in the middle of my inevitable Christmas Making Mania. I imagine a September birthday would be one you could relax and enjoy while sipping a pumpkin spice latte, wearing a great pair of boots, and watching the leaves turn. sigh.


Her cell cozy has a button tab closure in back, and the addition of a little pocket for small whatnots, like ear buds if it becomes an iPod cozy. I enlarged it a bit to accommodate her ginormous phone jacket. I hope it is big enough, Robyn!


I tried out a different design for the front this time. I'm not sure if it all comes off as too zig zaggy. But I like it. As I look at it, maybe I should have done something different with the stitching, like round and scribbly, for the yellow tree.

I also sent along some (hopefully) great reads for her. We share similar taste in books, and I just finished this Hunger Games series myself and was cah-razy for it. Wow. Edge of my seat type of reading. Then came the let-down that happens when you finish an exceptional series. Thanks for recommending it, Angela. Sigh. So now I'm reading all her Gregor the Overlander books and so far I'm really diggin' those too.


Closeup of the back and button. I love that carved wooden button. It seemed just right for this. I got several of them in a big mish mash grab bag of buttons a while back on ebay, and I hadn't found a good use for them yet.

And as part of her gift (at least I hope she views it as a gift!), my husband, the coolest, awesomest and sweetest husband in all the world, surprised me with a ticket to fly down and visit Robyn in a few days, so I can wish her happy birthday in person. So I'm really truly lucky and blessed, even with the whole December birthday thing.

27 comments:

  1. I really love it. Even before I read your comments about the stitching, I was thinking, "That stitching is really effective. I like it a lot." She will love her gift! Have fun on your trip!

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  2. Ok, I have been drooling over this purse every time you post new pictures of the cozies. Where, oh where can I purchase this purse?

    And I love, love, love the cozies. My mom and I are going to make some for prizes at my sister's baby shower in November. We already ordered the felt! And drooled over that when the stacks of beautiful colors arrived in the box!

    LOVE your blog!

    Meg

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  3. I'm with you - a September birthday would be awesome. Mine's in late January - dreary, cold and miserable. On the plus side, I get some great presents because those who are thinking ahead shop the post-Christmas sales ;)

    Love the phone cosy. The zig-zag trees are perfect. They are very fall-like.

    Have you read the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? I'm just about to start the second book in the series. Really good!

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  4. Another great cozy. I think the stitching looks great. I've never heard of The Hunger Games series but it looks really fun! I'll have to check them out. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Hey, y'all! Thanks a bunch!

    Mama Pea, appreciate the stitching love!

    Meg, you will laugh. I have gotten so many compliments on that bag, and I bought it at Target. Actually, I think all the bags you've seen sporting the cozies are from there. Yep. Even though I adore a great looking bag, I don't spend big bucks on handbags. I just can't do it! I have bought the last few bags I've had from Target, and I get a ridiculous number of compliments on them. They are pleather so they don't stand up for more than a few months, but by then I'm ready for my next bag. Kudos to the Target buyers for their sharp fashion eye.

    Rachel, man I sure have seen that book EVERYWHERE. I haven't read it yet though. Always looking for great reads that aren't riddled with bad language/steamy scenes. That's what I loved about Hunger Games. Hugely compelling story, no trash. Unless you count violence. ha.

    Katie, definitely reserve it at the library!

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  6. September birthdays are great except when you have to try and plan a get together around the football games on tv. My husband and mother both have December b-days so I sort of understand what you mean. I make sure I wrap their gifts in birthday paper instead of Christmas paper like they sometimes get from other people.
    The cozies looks great!

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  7. How sweet! I love this one. The stitching lines on the front and back really finish it off. :) Super cute.

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  8. Beautiful! You can see on my blog I'm already a fan.

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  9. Love that little cozy! You don't happen to have a tutorial for it by chance? I'd love one for my phone (which I am forever losing in the deep dark places in my purse), but am a pretty beginner sewer.

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  10. Thanks, y'all!

    Blakely, I forgot about football. I guess that is because I don't care a twirling lemon about it. But my husband sure does.

    lightbluegrey, Yes, I can see! ha. I sent Lori the link to her bag's twin. Great job.

    Prairie Girl, no tutorial but will have a pattern available for purchase soon. They are easy to make, no fear.

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  11. I'm really loving your felt phone cosies Larissa! Fantastic idea.

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  12. I love the cozies and I loved the Hunger Games trilogy also!

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  13. You have no idea how long I have been waiting for the tutorial/pattern for the cozies. I have my wool felt just sitting here waiting...

    Amy

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  14. so cute...i love how you did your trees.

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  15. Love those trees with the teeny baby leaves falling? Pure perfection! Love it, and enjoy your birthday festivities!

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  16. Um, hi. I have kind of been neglecting blog-ville lately. It's really your fault, though, since I've been sucked into the world of Panem and can't seem to escape. We'll see if I can get myself off of the couch long enough to clean up a bit before your visit.

    I had to laugh at your vision of a September birthday, considering that the reality of mine involved sweating it out in near 90 degree weather and at least 40% humidity (we were having a dry spell).

    I love my cozy and books. Thanks again, Larry.

    Can't wait for your visit! I foresee cafe au laits down by the river, shopping, beignets...

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  17. Y'all are too kind! Thanks. I really really want to finish the cozy pattern soon.

    Robyn, I know right? Absolutely sucked in. And just think, I had to WAIT for the sequel. I had a chuckle too thinking of Sept in Louisiana, but I mean a September somewhere in the NC mountains. Ahhhhhh. I guess I shouldn't pack any sweaters. Love the thought of Cafe Anythings by the river and all the aforementioned. yay!

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  18. i kind of like the zigzaggity lines on the trees.... actually i kind of like it all! i love it when there is 1 button that you have that totally finishes off the project. pmuah....perfecto.

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  19. I love that cellphone cozy! :)

    I think that if you would've used another stitch for the yellow tree it would've been "too much" and it would look kinda "unsteady".

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  20. What a cute gift. Your friend is very lucky!

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  21. I can't stop thinking about these cozies. Do you have an etsy site where you sell them? I know I could make one myself, but have been working so much lately I just don't have time for everything anymore, I would just love to buy one of yours.

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  22. hey, ourthreesons, I don't normally sell ready made pieces in my shop. Usually it is just patterns. However, if you are willing to check back I may have some ready mades that are extras after I develop the pattern. The pattern should be ready soon, just needs samples sewn and finishing touches. I'm hoping to do that next week.

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  23. Hey Larissa, now that you have your pattern done, did you have any iphone cozies available? If not, I will probably order one of your patterns. I do know how to sew, but have been lacking in time and motivation lately. :)

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