Thursday, 18 August 2011

One good thing: a ruched happy bag


I read somewhere that the key to happiness is to finish off every day by thinking of three good things that have happened to you during the day, and it will make you even happier if you write them down.

Today having turned out to be one of those days which has involved some metaphorical trudging through sludge, I decided that I must attempt the happy route this evening. So I raked through the gloom of the day and couldn't find anything to cheer me, but then I decided to look at my photos in the hope of finding something to smile about.


And lo and behold! I found the Ruched Happy Bag I made a little while ago. The lovely Amy at During Quiet Time asked me to test her pattern (just so that she could be sure it was idiot-proof), and here is the one I made. It was the very first zippy bag that I ever made, and I feel that it turned out rather well, especially as I made it when my dear Rose was away being fettled, so I had to use the clunkiest, crankiest sewing machine I have ever encountered in all my born days (and it didn't even have a zipper foot).

It was a very lovely, easy to follow pattern (and completely Pomona-proof), and I am going to make some more, as I think a Ruched Happy Bag will make a very happy present. And I might even make one for myself, for I am sure you can guess who laid claim to the butterfly one as soon as she spotted it. If you want a pattern for yourself you can get one in Amy's shop, but I warn you, she also sells other rather tempting things (don't ask me how I know . . .).

So that is the first happy thing. And the second thing is when a Little Stranger licks your face rather than trying to chew it.


And the third thing - I have had a lovely blogger and her husband come to stay in our B&B (do go and visit Barbara at Ramblings from an English Garden, she has such a nice blog), although it was sad to see them leave our little cottage.

And I have also bought a copy of Amy's Hexie Case pattern, and the pieces are all cut out and interfaced ready to go - that's four things already, so I am on a roll.

There, I think that I am heaving myself out of the sludge, and though the last lights of the west have gone, I can almost see morning at the brown brink eastward . . .




21 comments:

Amy said...

Hey, hey, hey, I did not ask you to test to make sure that my pattern was idiot proof! I asked because you are wonderful :) I just want to make sure that your readers know those were your words not mine! ;) I can't wait to see your Hexiecase! I often have to remind myself of the good things each day. It's a good habit I think.

taylorsoutback said...

A lovely post - and such good thinking to reflect on 3 things that make one happy at the end of each day.

Annie said...

I think a smooch from a little canine friend is always guaranteed to take one to a happy place, and that particular little canine friend is just so very, very cute ... how could you not be smiling :)

andrea creates said...

aw, i love the bag-and cute puppy too :)

Jooles said...

what a beautiful bag..really pretty colours.
Sometimes as a family we do the 3 positive things each day...lets just say that it is not always successful, but i love it anyhow!
jooles x

Mousy Brown said...

I keep a little gratitude diary and try and write down three good things every day....it amazes me that even on a day I think is rubbish, three things are not hard to find and boy does it cheer you up to look back on days and weeks and years of good things....better than any medicine! Glad your cheering up worked too, take care Em x

Lucille said...

Dear Pomona I had to do the same thing today. It helped a little.

faith76 said...

Just asked my darling hubby what three good things have happened to you today- his face was a picture a contorted picture. What a belly laugh I have just had with his face but he did say his one good thing was finishing work and it's friday tomorrow. Can't argue with that ;) x

Leah x

Karen L R said...

Pomona, I know what you wrote today is absolutely true...but I REALLY needed to be reminded today, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
xo

susan said...

Hope tomorrow is sludge free and you are skipping happily along in a sunny world.

susan said...

PS You are so not an idiot but you and I both know I am and why!! Love the zippered bag.

Simply H said...

Oh I love the ruched purse - the fabrics you chose are gorgeous Pomona x

PinkCatJo said...

A really lovely post. It's always good to think of the small things that can often make you most happy. x

silverpebble said...

I am wishing you a sludge-free day Pomona. This is excellent advice that I need to heed sometimes. Thankyou.

Little Blue Mouse said...

You've brightened my day too.
I laughed at you testing the pattern to make sure it was idiot proof!

Sandie said...

I wish you a sludge free day too, especially as the sun is shining here! I'll send some your way, get ready...

Lovely little canine friend, give him a cuddle from me but, don't tell my cats!
Have a great weekend!

The bag's good too!

Sandie xx

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

You never cease to amaze with all the projects you're working on... cute little bag.
Looks like your furry friend is not camera shy and has a bit of mischief in his thoughts.
Have a great weekend!
Susan x

The Weaver of Grass said...

Pomona - that last shot is enough to make anyone happy. And that dog isn't bad either.

Katherine said...

Love the ruched happy bag! Now I'll look forward to seeing your version of the Hexiecase. (Is it obvious that I have a bag addiction? lol)

Barbara said...

I came to check your links for a friend and was sad to see that yesterday had been difficult for you and then I saw your comment and it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you.

Ginnie said...

I've been writing the "three good things" each night for the last couple of months and find it helps me be more resilient when the tough times come. Makes me more aware during the day to appreciate even the smallest positive.

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