I have been playing around recently with some different ideas for sewing, and made a couple of small wristlets out of some fabric sample squares that I had sewn together and then let them sit around for almost 2 years. That is not unusual- I will sometimes start a project and put it aside at some stage because I am not thrilled with the direction things are going. Then one day, it all comes together again and the piece gets finished. I love when that happens!
The bird fabric in the cosmetic pouch above is the last of a long piece that I had left, and there was enough to use it as the front of 2 separate pouches. It has a lovely antique look to it and the colors are beautiful. The narrow strip of lace on the pouch was taken form a big shirt box filled with all kinds of vintage lace that was given to me by my 95-year-old mother-in-law. She cannot remember exactly where the lace came from, but said that some of it was handmade in Germany by her mother and grandmother. That makes it somewhere around the mid-1800s to the early 1900s. Most of the lace is in very good condition, except for a few pieces that have discolored a bit with age. I plan to use bits of the lace in some upcoming projects. It is too nice to sit in a box forever!
The items in this post are available in my etsy shop Bags of a Feather, and you can click on the picture to go to the listing with all the description details and additional pictures.