I woke up today with a headache and just felt wonky, but I wanted to do something, so why not play with clay? Its low stress, and can be as easy as I want it to be, so why not? Its been a while since I’ve played with my clay too, so an even better reason to mess around with it.

I ended up playing around with some different ideas after looking through some Pinterest boards on polymer clay, and came up with something I liked, though it really does make me think of pimento cheese. I also used up some small scraps and made a few round beads while I was at it.

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The flat shapes I will make earrings out of, and have some ideas in mind already, I just need to take inventory of my jump rings and my chain first. Maybe I will do that tomorrow. The round beads I don’t know what to do with yet, so for now they are in my stash along with my other round beads awaiting a use to come to mind.

The flat shapes were super easy to make with the color blobs in them. I just rolled out a stubby tube of a color, wrapped a sheet of another color around it, sliced it up, and then placed slices of it on my background color before rolling it out. They smeared and melted into the background color perfectly. So simple and such fun effects!

I told you I made something else with that fabric I used on the skirt, right? The scraps I had left over were big- way too big to toss out, but small enough and oddly shaped there was no way I could make anything big out of them. Remembering this purse pattern that I drafted myself (I’ll be adding to my shop for a few dollars soon if you’d like to make your own) uses about 1 yard of fabric and can be made with 4 fat quarters, I decided to see if I had enough left in big enough pieces to make one.

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As you can see here, I obviously had enough fabric, and the cool thing about this purse pattern is its completely reversible, and only takes about an hour and a half to make. Its super easy and super fast!

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I have one of these purses I made for myself several years ago, and I still love it. I get a ton of compliments on it when I have it with me, and people always ask where I got it. :biggrin:

 

One of the things I like best about this purse design is it sits close to your body- long straps make me worry someone will try to snatch it off of my side because it makes them so accessible to anyone around you.

 

The closure is really simple- its just a small fabric tube made into a loop that a button fits through. Its quick to fasten and unfasten, but it won’t stretch out over time like an elastic tie will, which I have on a purse I purchase don Etsy ages ago. I still love that purse too, but I need to swap out the elastic for a sturdier fastener loop someday.

You can buy this purse in my shop here for $23.00. I may have a few other small items made up in this fabric over the next few days until its gone.