November 9th, 2011
This post has nothing to do with Miss Daisy, or even driving - it just sounded like a good title. And I like saying it. I also like saying Jalalabad (Afghanistan) - but that’s really hard to work into a title. My other title option was Friends with Benefits - but that would give an impression of… hey, not so bad of an impression of me if anyone wants to think that. Truth is, I’m surrounded by kind, fun, amazing and talented friends. Seriously talented. <name dropping alert>So when Elizabeth asked a bunch of us in our circle-o-friends (aka Sweet Hot Yams) to pattern-test a new pattern of hers (Perfect Zip Bags) - we jumped on it! </name dropping alert>
Elizabeth made us all little kits with fabrics, and zippers, and hardware - all with us in mind. Elizabeth made my kit with mostly Echino because she knows I love it so. <name dropping again>I even had some of Mo’s fabric from her Party Dress line (pink and green “pearls”) to add to it! </name dropping again>
I’m not a pattern reader, so this was a new challenge for me. Because I was a Tester - I now HAD to read the instructions. I was committed. So a funny thing happened on the way to the bar… a priest, a rabbi and a cowboy… all told me to read and I shall learn new things. And my imagination was right… I learned new things. An S-load of new things! Elizabeth’s pattern is so thoughtfully written and her ways of describing techniques are so clear and easy to understand. I feel so empowered with all that I’ve learned. And cute bags afterwards - that’s gravy. Now all I can think about doing is adding zippers to everything.
Elizabeth has posted photos of all of our bags on her blog. Not only that - Elizabeth is having a give-away of <more name dropping>Violet’s </more name dropping> Peacock Lane and my Happy Mochi Yum Yum! Hip, hip, Jalalabad!