Well I'm back after my recent injury and creating a work space in the disastrous craft room. Going to the sewing retreat last weekend helped get the creative juices flowing again. I started on the frog knot dress and pantaloons at the retreat but needed the red rick rack to complete the project, so now it is done and off in the mail to a sweet baby Lane. In addition I had wanted to start this purse/messenger bag at the retreat but didn't have the brain power to focus on it, so this weekend I started and finished it. I have been searching for a purse that I could make and where messenger style for the days I'm on the road, I LOVE having two hands available on airport days. I believe I have found the pattern that will work. The pattern is from the book "The New Handmade" it has a lot of great patterns and ideas in it. This pattern was easy to follow and made up quite quickly. The embroidery on the front panel is from Sublime Stitching's free Friday patterns.