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Updates: Operation Totepack

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The preparations for BEA 2015 continue, and this time, they threaten life, liberty, sanity and all we hold dear. Behold "Operation Totepack."


Okay, it's not quite as dramatic as all that, but pretty close. ;) It's been about 7-8 years since I last did any major sewing, so I'm relearning everything on the fly. I'm proud to say there have been no tears yet. Just a bit of sweat, frustration and borrowing my friend's sewing machine after belatedly finding out both of mine are busted. I'm working in little 2-3 hours sprints each night after work and tutoring.

Bright side: the lining is complete! Dark side: I still have the whole exterior to go...which includes lots of pockets and straps and making it a tote-pack.... I'll figure out something. :)

Needless to say, all this crafting has killed my reading schedule, which is bad. I need to finish at least two eARC's before BEA, and I'm about 9 behind on my Goodreads Challenge. On the bright side, getting behind on the GR Challenge always drives me to check out my library's graphic novel sections. So if you have three minutes for a cute, quick, more-pictures-than-words book, I highly recommend...

Even if you're not a nerd who gets every Star Wars reference, it's still a cute look at lots of silly father-son moments. You know, when your dad is an evil Sith lord and the son is a 4-year-old Jedi in training.

That's it for this week's happenings! Thanks for stopping in and check back tomorrow for my review of  Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt! In which The Princess and the Pea gets a crime family makeover. :)

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  1. Where did you get the pattern? I wants to make one, too!!! :)

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    1. Yeah, that's the fun part...I'm pretty much making this up as I go. ^^; A lot of the same steps apply (sew up sides/bottom, sew off corners, etc.), but I'm figuring out sizes and stuff along the way. Assuming I finish, I should be able to post some rough numbers at the end. :)

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  2. So cool! I am terrible at sewing, and would have to rely on my mother in law in order to figure out how to use a sewing machine. Like, I understand it, but I'm not a whiz. I think I recognize those books ;).

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    1. There may have been some Youtube-ing to remind me how to thread the machine...7 years is a long time. I'll be happy if it all stays in one piece at the end. ;)

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  3. I cheated and just bought a new tote for when I go to BookCon :P It has been way too long since I have done a sewing project. Looks like yours is coming along pretty well so far :)

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    1. Believe me, breaking down and buying a Land's End tote sounds more tempting by the second. But I'm this far along; I might as well try to finish it out. Thanks! :)

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  4. You have major skills. MAJOR. I still take my buttons to my grandma. :/

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    1. Thank you! But drat, you just reminded me of the buttons and button holes I have to add at the end. D:

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  5. Cool!! I'm seriously impressed with people who can sew, I let the boy tackle all of that sort of thing for me because I just fail so bad at it, hehe. Just so you know, you do get a lot of totes at BEA too, but it is good to have one going in the first day!

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    1. I have heard about these mysterious tote giveaways, but are any of them totepacks? That, and apparently I have a major masochistic streak when it comes to tackling projects. ;)

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