Without intending to, I hopped back on the slacker blogger train, even though I still have a lot of images and crafts to share. I think the combination of having my things stolen, crafting my ass off from October to December, and travelling a lot (5 weekends away in a row!) has taken its toll.
Crafting will continue to take a backseat for a while as I am focusing all of my energy on my dissertation. My most recent trip was to a conference in Boston and it was so inspiring. I love to go to conferences and meet new people, hear interesting ideas, talk about history, and look at books all day long. Folks were very interested in my diss and that gives me extra motivation to work on it.
As you might guess, these were the Christmas gifts for my dad. Last year, I made him a gadget bag for the small electronica that he brings back and forth to work. This year, he requested a couple of even smaller bags for keeping his wires & earbuds under control. I especially love the top one, which is about the size of a tissue pack. The “Dad” appliqué came out a bit wonky, but that’s part of its handmade charm. (That’s my story, anyway, and I’m sticking to it.) It’s a bit hard to tell from the appliqué, but the fabric — also the lining for each bag — is a circuit board pattern. Perfect!