Well, it's pretty much official.... I'm not going to be able to complete the BurdaStyle minichallenge in time now. I tried, but machines are not cooperating with me today. I've tried two different sewing machines, broken two leather needles, nearly killed my fingers attempting to handsew through the holes, and punched a bunch of obvious holes in the leather that the thread wouldn't catch in while trying to topstitch it. And this was after spending a couple of hours fighting with the straps, trying to get enough stitches for them to stay on. The topstitching, frankly, looks awful. And I'm not sure if I can fix this one.
And, to cap it off, I can't upload the pictures anyway. One of my friends inadvertently gave me a computer virus, so the last 20 hours or so have been spent scanning, rescanning, restarting my computer, watching my computer restart itself, and getting generally frustrated. So while I could take pictures of the finished product (if I could actually finish it), we're also supposed to show what we made it from. And those pictures are no longer on my memory card--they're on my computer. Which I can't access until this mess straightens out, because I had to unplug the network cable lest I infect all of my family's computers as well.
The one crafty bright spot this weekend: You know that shirt I'm embroidering trim for? Since two of my friends were hanging out here yesterday (we were supposed to go to the Renaissance Faire, but got rained out, so we ended up hanging out at my place instead), and I needed something to occupy my hands while we binged on Stargate Atlantis and they crocheted, I finished an entire piece! So now I just have the under-bust band to go, and I can actually get this thing together. Which will hopefully go quickly, because I have a scary number of projects that need to get done in, oh, the next month and a half.