r-anne-dom : a place for me (anne) to leave random blog posts.
Such as:
..knitting, sewing, and other random activities pursued
..Girl Guides of Canada : yep, Guiding Lives Here
..the 4 shops on Etsy : one features quality handmade items; the second has lots of patterns, & crafting supplies; the third is stocked with Vintage; and the fourth is guiding flowers.
Enjoy the r-anne-domness!

May 12, 2016

Tutorial: Bag or Backpack


Tutorial: Bag or Backpack

This is going to be a bit of a non-tutorial.

I found 2 great tutorials for making a backpack here at 
and here at 

So I thought, why reinvent the wheel?

So this isn't really a full tutorial.

But I did want to show you what I did differently!
In case it inspires you to design a backpack just for your own specific needs.

Mine, as it turns out, isn't a backpack!

I added purse-like straps instead. 
It suits my needs.

So if you want a full tutorial, please visit either 4 P's in a Pod or The Ribbon Retreat.

Now, what did I do?
First I wanted the main zipper to be just like in the backpacks in the 2 tutorials. 
So I did that.

Second, I wanted one large pocket on the back to hold my bug-net head covering.
So I made sure to add one.

Third, I wanted 2 pockets on the front where I could keep my sunglasses and gloves handy when I need them.
So I added them.

One of my other backpacks had this type of closure on an outside pocket, so I incorporated that into my design.

Fourth, just for fun, I added a large pocket inside.
And, because I wanted to challenge myself even more, I added a small pocket to the inside side wall.

I wrote myself a note to remember to add the straps because I hadn't yet decided if I was going to make the straps or use webbing.
And guess what? 
I forgot.

So I had to take a bit of the stitching out here:
to add the straps.  Oops.

I also added interfacing to the 2 main body pieces and to the green main zipper piece.
I meant to add it to the sides and bottom but I forgot.


Here are a few more construction photos:






I'd been mulling this idea around in my head for a few months.
I cut out the pieces one day and then sewed it all together the next day.
I really did take my time so as not to make any mistakes in sewing things in the wrong order and other than the straps, I did just fine.

Here is the pattern size I used:

I hope this inspires you to make your own bag!

May 04, 2016

Wednesday Wonder


Wednesday Wonder

Last Wednesday we drove County Road 2 (aka hwy 2) past Park's Blueberries.


We saw this huge bald eagle nest south of Park's in the trees by the Thames River.

May 02, 2016

Shop Updates: VintageAndSuch & PatternsAndSuch


Shop Updates: 

VintageAndSuch & PatternsAndSuch

My model is my original Barbie! 

And this dress is made from a pattern in this booklet!


The booklet is available in BOTH my VintageAndSuch and my PatternsAndSuch shops on Etsy!

May 01, 2016

Shop Local: 2ND "Cupcakes & Crafts Shoppe" for a Cure - Plus Crop


Shop Local: 

2ND "Cupcakes & Crafts Shoppe" for a Cure - Plus Crop


Egerton Church
Saturday May 7, 2016
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


April 30, 2016

Shop Update: VintageAndSuch


Shop Update: VintageAndSuch

Next year - 2017 - Canada celebrates 150 years! 


This tray celebrates 100 in 1967. 

Wonderful commemorative treasure.

More Canadiana can be found in my VintageAndSuch shop on Etsy.

April 29, 2016

Daytripping: Mitchell's Bay


Daytripping: Mitchell's Bay


Mitchell's Bay on Lake St. Clair


First Boat Launch area.


Second Boat Launch area.



And a huge frog trying to hide from us!

April 28, 2016

Daytripping: Lighthouse Cove


Daytripping: Lighthouse Cove


Day trip to Lighthouse Cove on Lake St. Claire.


Drove up to the boat launch and there was the lighthouse!


Very scenic view of the lake.

April 25, 2016

Shop Update: PatternsAndSuch


Shop Update: PatternsAndSuch


Choose from my patterns to reuse or upcycle the old into something new!
Lots to choose from at PatternsAndSuch on etsy.

April 24, 2016

Shop Update: VintageAndSuch


Shop Update: VintageAndSuch


These vintage post cards are a great addition to any collection or use them in your crafting projects.


Find them, and more, at VintageAndSuch on etsy.