Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Inspired by Apples

It is a happy day when the first US grown apples arrive in the produce section. Apples are one of my favorite staple foods during the cooler months, whether serving as a snack with peanut butter, in a salad with greens and walnuts, shredded in a slaw with carrots and lemon juice, or baked with an oat & pecan topping with vanilla soy ice cream in an apple crisp (as shown below). My favorite variety of apple? I'm partial to Fujis, but also love the honeycrisps and pink ladies.
Not only will this fiber-rich fruit help keep the doctor away, but it can also serve as inspiration for more creative outlets. I chose this bright, cheerful apple print fabric to use as a lining for the Frenchy Bag that I made at a recent Sew Crafty class. Now it makes me hungry everytime I look inside my bag!
The outside of the bag turned out cute as well. It's the perfect size to stash just about everything in, even a couple of apples!
The W.I.P stitch along was just the push I needed to start my first embroidery project! And with such minimal supplies, it's easy to get started. I picked up some organic cotton twill, embroidery floss (in pink, purple, brown, and green), a hoop, and a needle and that's it! I finished up embroidering the love bear last night and now just need to decide what to do with this cute little guy.
No shortage of projects in my queue. This weekend I went fabric shopping with two of my prego girlfriends (yes, I have entered that stage in life where everyone I know is pregnant) so they could pick out what they wanted for the nappy bags that I'm going to make them. I am currently in the cutting fabric stage (aka my least favorite part) for the first one which has a fast approaching due date!

This post is a part of Work-In-Progress (W.I.P.) Wednesdays where I share some of my projects that serve as a creative outlet for my mostly left-brained mind. I may be posting the results of finished projects, actual W.I.Ps, or projects that are on my to-do list. Be sure to check out others that are posting their projects as well. Thanks to Shellyfish for inspiring us all!

22 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Delish and cute, respectively ;-)

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Chrissy said...

i love apples, too.
also, i have that brown fabric with the green ladies on it too! it's so cute.

seitanismymotor said...

You're definitely super talented both at baking/cooking and at crafting!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Gorgeous! I love it!

Is it as cold there as here? (Eight this AM! Is this Chicago?!)

Vegan Girl (Roni Seabury) said...

That bag looks great! You are doing a great job.

Bianca said...

Ah, love bear is such a cutie! And I hate it when my friends get pregnant. I'm like, look bitches, you're supposed to stay young forever and that means, no babies. But alas, they get pregnant anyway ... at least you're nice to them and make them cute bags!

I am totally drooling over that apple dessert! OMG!

shellyfish said...

Your bag turned out amazing! What a great job, and I love that fabric, too...I would love to go fabric shopping with you!

shellyfish said...

Your bag turned out amazing! What a great job, and I love that fabric, too...I would love to go fabric shopping with you!

Amey said...

wow!
you are seriously crafty! You are just busting out all sorts of goodies. That's really cool.

Lately I've been focusing on the citrus side of things... but I do love the apples too. I'm going to the f. market today... maybe I'll see some local organics!

I am in the pregnant phase too. It's totally amazing. I just joined facebook, and about 85 % of the people who've friended me have a profile picture of them with their newborn. !

jessy said...

ooooh - i love apples, too! pink ladies are my absolute fav! and honeycrisps are second! mmmmmmmm! i would have never thought to put 'em in slaw! gonna have to try that!

your bag = the best! and hooray for W.I.P. and the stitch along. too awesome! :)

madcapcupcake said...

Beautiful job, on the apple crisp, on the purse, and the embroidery!! I didn't make any progress on my project this week - must catch up to you creatives!

River said...

Your baked apple dessert is lovely!

I cannot believe you made that bag from scratch! It's gorgeous! I love the combination of fabrics, they go perfectly together!

Good luck with the nappy bags!

Alice (in Veganland) said...

My favorite sort is gala royal. I'll try to make a baked apple dessert like yours! It looks perfect for what I'm craving these days!

JoLynn said...

Love your bags! So well made too.

Fresh apples, baked apples, all delish! Apple crisp looks nice and warm to eat. I have 2 green apple trees in my yard and a couple apple orchards down the street we buy from in season.

DJ said...

I love Fuji, Pink Ladies and Cripps Pink apples so I think we're both for the pinkies! I love the fabric you've chosen for the nappy bags - when I had my kids, I had a choice of grey, navy or beige - If only I'd known how to sew back then!

Vaala said...

Ah, making me crave apples! They're not in season here at the moment. They look so tantalising but then you bite into them and they're all floury :(

Bex said...

I also love me some apples. That bag is the business!

Stacey said...

Your embroidered bear is super cute! I'll pick up a ring and try it out too.

Vegyogini said...

You're a crafting machine!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

I'm a Fuji gal as well! I love all your projects in progress.

tahinitoo said...

I love the bag! You did beautifully!!! Thanks for always linking to such great patterns.