a twist on the “to do” list and the progress report (so far)

I’ve been sewing! And I remained focused thanks to…


this week’s visual “to do” list – a mash-up of the traditional list and art journaling. Heck, actually planning my week was a huge step in the right direction! Painting just made it more fun. I feel so organized. 


I worked on new tall artist’s pouches which, in styling and attitude, will mirror this pouch that I made for myself in November.

These pouches (shown in the first image) will include mismatched suedes and leathers for the bottom and recycled red leather and a large wooden bead for the pull. It has so much personality because it’s made from interesting bits and, call me crazy, but I just love a whimsical bag. (and I hear that we should always make what we love)


I’m also working on suede and leather artist’s pouches similar this zippered bag which was featured in a recent giveaway.


I’ve made lots of progress and all of these artist’s pouches (in addition to a few more items) should be finished and added to the shop early next week. 

I think the journal/planning helped. After all, once it’s in ink, it’s expected!

Do you make a weekly “to do” list?  What helps you keep on track?

Posted in bags, my sketchbook.


  1. The patchwork bag is great – good colors, beautiful stitching, nice proportions – love it. My son introduced me to a list-making app for my phone so I have a constant reminder of the the things to do that will keep me on track for accomplishing what I want to do.

  2. I am LOVING the patchwork!! I cannot make lists. I lose them! Unfortunately, I rely on my brain for memory! However, I recently added a chalkboard to my studio and I have been recording important dates…we’ll see how long I use this! Safe travels for you ahead!

  3. I love that bag! And your sketches, wow. Mine, if I do them are “stick figures” compared to yours! So much of my work these days is custom, so I don’t often have time for planning out in advance….But I do keep a weekly calendar and an ongoing to do list. I have a new app called “wunderlist” – that is great for list-making. But I also still write things down on my weekly calendar. I’ve been writing about my organization tools this week on my blog. I even go so far as creating a Gantt chart to help me plan my custom projects! On another front….I have a lovely, long, suede coat in the house from a customer to be turned into some bags!

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