The tote was a birthday/going away gift for one of them. It’s loosely based off of a pattern from Lotta Jansdotter’s book Simple Sewing. I’ve actually made a couple of projects from the book. The book has been a great source of inspiration lately although I must admit that I haven’t quite followed any of the patterns to the letter. In the spirit of the book, I used an IKEA linen for the exterior. I added a split pocket to the front of the bag and a small pocket inside.
All of this reminds me how DAMN STRESSFUL moving can be and it’s raised this specter of anxiety during an otherwise carefree period I’ve been enjoying post-graduation. Anyone who knows me also knows how much I HATE moving…it raises my anxiety level to 11+. God bless Jeff for having helped me with many of my recent moves as I’m sure I would’ve totally lost my sh*t several times over. I’m glad now to be moving right now since the looming bar studies is plenty stress enough but it’s something that’s down the pike. Originally Jeff and I’d planned on coordinating our moves together around the time of his cousin’s September wedding in Minneapolis. Of course with the ludicrous gas prices this plan is looking less desirable with each passing day. I’d already been planning on getting rid of most or all of my furniture but still figured that I’d have more than could fit into my car. This is where Jeff and I differ…he finds the process of divestment to be very liberating and I find it extremely stressful. I have to admit that I am attached to my stuffs. Really…I have lovely plants, a TON of books, a lot of crafting goods and wares, and who knows what else. I’m going to try my hardest NOT to think about this while I study for the bar, but man do I HATE HATE HATE HATE moving.
Have I mentioned how much I HATE moving? Seriously…I HATE IT.