The red-eye return trip kind of sucked since (as I learned later) my girl had mild pneumonia, water in her lungs and a double ear infection. If there's a prize for observant mothering, I apparently am not winning it!
But the point of the trip was to see some of my west coast family for a pre-Christmas Christmas because none of us wants to travel during the real week. It's nice: you get a tree together, play Christmas music, open presents and pretend it's the real thing. And I took pictures of none of these things since I was for once living in the moment and forgetting to record it!
Which gets me to the MADE part of the post. You may remember I made this lovely wallet for myself earlier this year.
It's a great pattern from Blush Bunny that you can get here - and though time consuming (some hand work), totally worth it and not that hard since the instructions are so detailed. I'm going to say it's about a five-hour project from ironing to final thread clip. Seven if you're making two!
This time around I made the credit card slots a quarter of an inch narrower (my cards fall out sometimes because the slots are a touch too wide) and I used a medium-weight interfacing, which gave it a more structured feel than mine has. For my sister I used this really pretty muted fabric with maroon accents. In case you hadn't noticed, that pink/lavender color is my favorite right now.
For my mom, who like me does not fear the bright, I went with this fabric.
A little modern, but one of my favorite color combinations.
I was practically finishing them on the way to the airport so I didn't get any photos prior to wrapping. When I grabbed them a few hours later to take pictures, they had both already been filled by their respective recipients. I'm taking that as a compliment.