Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Gotcha Covered

I took sewing classes in junior high school -- that's what they called it back in the olden days. Now I get corrected because it's middle school, geez. We had Bachelor Arts classes with sewing and cooking lessons. There were separate cooking classes for the boys and girls but once they tested us against each other to see who knew the names of more kitchen tools. The teacher held up a pair of tongs and one of the boys quickly shouted, "Wienie grabbers!" Shocked silence because, [[[you know, he said wienie]]]! Then we all died laughing.

I was so disappointed that those classes were no longer available when our daughters went to school, but I guess they're back now. Our granddaughter's high school offers Fashion for sewing and design, Culinary Arts for cooking, even forensics, theater production and photography. Makes me wish I could go back to school ... I love taking classes.

The last time we went to an evening event at the school, the culinary students were handing out burritos that they'd made that day. The granddaughter said you can always tell when they've been cooking because the smoke alarms go off and they evacuate. Well, I guess some things never change.

Remember these?


Seems like these black and white composition notebooks are a part of growing up. I had them, my friends had them; in fact, my husband still uses them for work and has many filled up with important notes.

I purchased and downloaded a very cool pattern recently from Martingale, the Novella Composition-Book Cover by Cassie Barden. I'm always on the lookout for gift ideas and uses for some of the fabric stash I've managed to accumulate.

So this ...


Became this ...


Love it so much with all of the great features it sports. It's fully lined, has pockets for notes, pens and business-ID-credit cards, and even a ribbon page marker.


Wouldn't this make a wonderful teacher gift or something special for your kids or their friends? You could even personalize it with their name or initials embroidered or appliqu├ęd on the front or inside cover.

The pattern is a PDF download, has wonderful instructions and photos, and is fairly simple to make. Thanks for creating this great pattern, Cassie Barden!

So many projects, never enough time ...

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