Long Weekend Bag Or Elephant Bag.

I have spent a most enjoyable Sunday with a small group of  new sewing pals, on this project, a Long Weekend Bag by ” Touch My Heart Designs “.  My first attempt at a real complex bag, having only made tote and beach bags before, it certainly is a steep learning curve!  It took me from 10.00 to 16.00 to cut out and treat each piece with either interfacing or foam stabiliser to give it shape.

Just wondering whether all these 22 pieces, some of which still have to be cut out, will fit together into the very useful and attractive travelling bag shown in the photo on the pattern, hmmmmm?

It was very interesting to note that one of us totally ignored the instructions and left the session with a complete bag!  Mind you there were no pockets or pocket zips, as it was pointed out that with no pockets you cannot lose things in them.   Think that may be a very good point.  I am returning tomorrow evening for two more hours of concentrated effort, perhaps it will look more like a bag then!

 

My Elephant Bag under construction!

Long Weekend Bag by Touch My Heart Designs

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Kerala India Part 1

Houseboats at Alleppey s famous backwaters

Houseboats at Alleppey

We have returned from a visit to the Kerala district of India back in mid March absolutely overawed by the entire holiday.  It was our second visit to India after last years must do visit to the Golden Triangle of Agra Jaipur and Delhi. We had flown down for a change of scenery and a breather, to Kerala, and knew we had to return!  Such fascinating countryside, colourful villages and people, all so mindful of the present with such great acceptance.  It made me feel very humble.

We decided to begin our stay up in the mountains in Spice Village next to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.  There are still some wonderful wild tigers there, but we were not fortunate enough to see one of these beautiful beleagured  animals.  Instead we rode an elephant which was much safer although a bit uncomfortable for my husband sat behind me!

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Sita posing for her Mahout

That evening we were treated to a unique dance and mime production Navarasa at the Kathakali Centre. The mime was almost totally concentrated in facial expression and the preparations for the show took much longer than the actual event. But wow!

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