Sunday, 16 March 2014

Handmade Monday 159

Welcome to Handmade Monday!

I can now show you the finished bag I gave to my sister...



 It's an eider duck, which she loves.



She was thrilled with it, and I'm mostly pleased with it although the duck should have been a bit higher on the bag.  His feet get a little lost at the bottom.  I get annoyed at myself when I make silly mistakes like that.

Still, she loved the large zipped front pocket...


and the fabrics.  The grey dotty canvas is an excellent bag-making fabric as it's quite robust.  The gorgeous lining fabric, also from Wholeport, is one of those fabrics which seems to go with lots of things - it's so bright and happy.


Speaking of happy...

Quentin and I are getting along famously.  If you missed my earlier post, Quentin is a Guide Dog puppy and I'm looking after him for his first year.  He is adorable - such a nice natured little pup!  Here he is showing off his official Guide Dogs tag (he sometimes tries to chew it but can't quite manage it.  It's the same with his tail!)


We had our first shopping trip together yesterday - to the post office and Asda!  I can see that all future shopping trips are going to take twice as long as usual - everyone wants to say hello to Quentin.  At this stage, he gets carried around like a baby (and of course, he still is a baby yet).

He's already getting better at using the "outside toilet".  Guide Dog puppies are trained to go outside straight away, and always on concrete or paving.  He's already getting better at it (or maybe it's just that I'm getting better at knowing when he wants to go!).  He has a fenced-off area for his toilet, which looks huge compared to him!


I can see it's going to be so hard to give him up when he's ready for his next stage training!!  No wonder I was given a contract to sign!

OK, back to Handmade Monday!  What have you been making?

15 comments:

Free Spirit Designs said...

Soo much loveliness in your post today! The bag you made for your sis is gorgeous, the eider duck is such a quirky and attractive decoration and all the fabrics you've used work really well to compliment it.

Quentin is just adorable, everyone is you new best friend when you go out with a little puppy in your arms aren't they :) x

Ginx Craft said...

Quentin is just gorgeous. You are lucky to have him.

Picto said...

The bag is lovely, I love your choice of fabrics. I've done lots of 'it should of been up a bit, down a bit, a bit bigger, a bit smaller' it's annoying but hopefully I remember for the next time.
Quentin is so adorable :)

Jan x

Patchwork Fairy said...

Very pretty bag and very cute puppy!

CPC Wedding Stationery said...

aaaahhh, he is so lovely. I find it very hard to give up the kittens I am fostering, so can imagine that after having quentin for a year it will be heartbreaking. The bag you made for your sister is really lovely - gorgeous lining. Hope you (and Quentin) have a good week.

Emma Made said...

What a lovely combination of fabric on that bag. Lovely layering! x

Mythillogical said...

Fabulous bag- love the lining. Quentin is just gorgeous!

Josie said...

Wow, so much cuteness to look at in this week's post. The bag is absolutely beautiful and clearly made with love, your sister will have been delighted with it.

Quentin, what can I say? He is just beyond adorable!

Enjoy your week, Josie x

Lucy Blossom said...

Quentin looks like he's right at home already. A lovely bag for your sister, the lining fabric is just gorgeous.

quinton wench said...

How lucky is Quentin to have you and you to have him ... he is gorgeous, absolutely adorable.

Andrea Kay said...

I don't know how you can get anything done at all with Quentin around, he is so adorable.

Annie and Lyn said...

It's a glorious bag and the lining is a beautiful riot of colour.
Oh, and the fur-baby is scrummy!

Julia Nyanyo said...

That is one lovely bag! I assume you made it a while ago and had to wait until after you'd given it to her to share it with us. That lining fabric is gorgeous, just my cup of tea!
Quentin is lovely! Right at the other end of the puppy spectrum, when I was a kid we had a retired "mum" from the guide dogs. She had had almost 100 puppies who became guide dogs in her working life (her eyesite wasn't good enough for her to be a guide dog herself) She was the most lovely. sloppy, saggy, loyal friend.

nanacathydotcom said...

What a wonderful bag. Love the applique.

Dawn ~ Stone Pit Crafts said...

The bag is beautiful and I'm in love with Quentin he's adorable.