"LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance." Psalm 16:5-6

Ours is a story of what God can do with two silly teens, starting off with no clue;

And baby thrown in, just for good measure. We didn’t know that God would increase our treasure

With four added on in rapid succession, filling our lives with joy and hard lessons.

We’ve had our share of valleys and hills, of times of abundance, and unpaid bills.

We once thought success would bring us bliss; we’ve learned that loss does a better job of this,

As we lean on our Savior, Who always delivers, regardless of the size of our quiver.

Although we’re grateful for the times of ease, the hard times are useful for learning to please

Our Heavenly Father, learning to walk in His Truth, of which we often talk.

May the Lord help us humbly and faithfully serve, staying mindful that the next generation observes.

Prop up your feet and grab a cup of coffee or tea while I open up

The book of my life, without further ado, and narrate the musings of my heart to you.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Potty Bag

I love having friends who think more highly of my skills than I do. They challenge me to attempt projects that I would otherwise avoid. Thanks to my young friend, Kelly, though, it has now been determined that a toddler backpack is not so daunting.

Kelly and her husband just had a new baby girl a couple of days ago. In anticipation of her arrival, they recently finished potty-training their soon-to-be two-year-old daughter, Madeline. Being a super-organized mommy, Kelly likes to carry supplies to make Madeline's restroom visits easier on outings, as well as a change of clothing, just in case. She thought that it would be a good idea to have Madeline carry her own bag once the new baby arrives, while Mommy carries the diaper bag.

I bought Rae's pattern (and the license to sell), and found that it's quite user-friendly. This is something that could be made in very little time, but it took me over a week. It's not that it was complicated; but I wanted to work with Kelly to decide on fabrics, monogram style, embroidery color, etc. Her inspiration came from here, which helped me to envision how the backpack should look.

The fabric store didn't have any piping that I liked, so I made my own:

Rae, in her very clear, detailed instructions, suggests either hiding the inside seams with bias tape or adding a lining. I was pretty sure that I didn't want to bother with the bias tape, and my girls kept saying that a lining seemed like the best option. So, a lining it is! I added an inside pocket, too, but I didn't get an acceptable photo. The pocket matches the piping.

I have one more item to complete for Kelly before sending this off to her in the mail next week. I can't wait to see photos of little Madeline carrying her bag. She's such a doll!

Head on over to Amy's Sew & Tell to see what others have been inspired to create this week!


  1. This turned out so cute! I love the piping. Always have wanted to try piping but it looks tricky.

    1. I promise that if I can do piping, anyone can do it! I just folded a bias strip of fabric over the bland ol' ordinary piping from the store, and attached it with my zipper foot. Have a ball! :-)

  2. this is one of my favorite prints of all time! What is that lining fabric? The reds are so perfect! Is it Amy Butler too? You did an amazing job! I love it!

    1. Thank you, Amy! As you know, I hold your compliments very dear. :-) The lining fabric is Amy Butler's Lark Dreamer Souvenir in persimmon red. I regret that I didn't buy yards and yards of it!

  3. Wow, this is so cute! I cannot wait to see it in person! You are very talented and dear.

    1. Thank you, Susan! I can't wait to meet Madeline & Catherine in person! I'm so excited for all of you.

  4. Dayna, Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I was thrilled that you pinned my button card. You have a beautiful family and I found your blog so inspiring. I was so inspired - I am now your newest follower!

  5. This is so adorable! I tried to make piping once, but I used 1/4" rope from my garage. I don't recommend that ;-)

    This bag is so sweet for a little one, but so "grown up," too. I'm sure she'll love using it.