April is almost gone and spring is finally here. This was the last bit of snow in our yard this week:
The aspen are letting their furry tails fly in the fresh spring wind - and soon the lawn will be full of them to be raked away.
The willows are in full bloom, their yellow colour can be seen from far. I hope you are not allergic!
The birch are ready to start spreading their pollen after a few warm days, and the tiny leaves will remain "mouse's ears" only for a short time. You can notice them growing by each day. Heavy rain is falling as I write, and it will make nature greener in no time. The temperature has cooled down to below 10 C (50F) which is normal for this time of the year.
Christmas hyacinths of last winter or the year before; I have thrown the bulbs in our garden compost heap in the winter and now they surprised me with new flowers.
Chive has survived the winter very well in my vegetable bed.
And so has the parsley.
Today is the day to show the first bag of our little European Bag Club. Melanie, Simone, Suzie and I decided to make a bag from the same pattern for May Day, and we used Lisa Lam's book The Bag Making Bible. This is the pattern on the cover picture, a reversible bucket bag.
I have shown my fabrics earlier, and this is how I used them. I added a plastic hose inside the handle.
To make things easier, I joined the ends before sewing the bias binding on the top edge of the bag. The polka dotty side has a pocket for my train ticket.
This is the checkered side. My button is smaller than in the pattern because a) I couldn't get a 4 cm self-cover button, and b) because for some reason I made the button loop shorter than instructed.
The bag was very easy to make because the instructions were clear and easy to follow. I'm looking forward to the next Bag Club project! Have you visited the other participants already?