Sunday, June 29, 2008

The latest bags

A new, slightly different style I came up with this week. It took me a little bit to get it tweeked just the way I wanted it, but I like the end result.

I haven't decided yet if I will take these to the boutique or put them on etsy. I set up a shop there but so far it's empty. But I have lots of ideas in my head. This weekend I finally sat down and made out a work schedule so I can schedule my custom orders while setting aside some time to do this kind of design too. I so enjoy this.

The black bag is a one-of-a-kind (OAK). Although I may do something similar in the future, this one is unique. I made the gold piping then created the design on the black fabric. The blue is an Amy Butler print and the black circles on the charcoal fabric are a flocked velveteen. I don't think the picture does it justice. The fact that I'm not much of photographer might have something to do with it.

I'm seriously thinking about keeping the blue one for myself. What do you think? It's been a really long time since I kept one and I really did buy that fabric thinking it would be for me. Besides I can do another - that same fabric comes in a gorgeous red too. I may have to get some of that. :)

Better go, I have a full day ahead of me tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Happy Birthday to George!

Today is someone special's birthday. George, my mother-in-law's special friend, is celebrating today so we took him a coconut pie I made for them. No, they didn't get the pretty placemat nor the wrought iron stand, just the pie!

And I did something for myself today! Isn't it funny how you get so used to something you overlook it? I picked up four Duncan Phyfe chairs at a yard sale several years ago to match a dining room set I have. My baby sister is now using the dining room set but these extra chairs (this one in my sewing room) are in use in various rooms throughout my house with the same dingy worn seats they had when I bought them! Today it just occurred to me it was time to do something about it . . .

Before and after. The fabric is pretter than it looks in the photo - it's a floral, with maybe a bit of an Asian-flair (?). I love the rosey color and it has a gorgeous sheen.

I did these towels on Monday. They are a belated Christmas gift for my sister. I know - Wow is that late! But it took her forever to pick out what she wanted on the towels and then it took me a while to get around to doing them but I like the way they turned out. (She did too.)

And the latest bag --
The polka dot is a Heather Ross print from her Lightning Bugs line. The bow is on a velcro wrap-around tab so it can be removed.

So much for today!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Here it is . . . we'll see how this goes

Yesterday I stumbled into this idea of creating a blog. Is this a good idea? I hope so. I'm thinking it can serve a couple of different purposes. I know there are some girls out there who've been keeping up with what I create by checking out my webshots. That's been a good thing for me but you know, it's just gotten too big and mixed up. I continue to add photos, dumping the new in with the old and now it just seems like a jumble of too much stuff! (Y'all know how I hate too much stuff!) I think a blog will let me document what I'm doing and keep it in some semblance of order. I feel like my work is changing and evolving and a blog will reflect that too. In chronological order, of course. :)

On a more personal note, I'm thinking what a cool way of staying connected! No pressure, just check it out if and when you're in the mood.

Soooo anyway, here's what I've been up to this week . . .

It's cherry season in south-central Illinois! My friend and I did some serious cherry picking -- and endured a few bug bites, one at the base of my neck welted up about the size of a nickel and stayed there for 3 days! I looked like a leper but it was worth it as I do LOVE cherries. We'll have cherry pie this winter and here is one of my favorites . . . cherry preserves! Don't they look pretty?!

Of course I had to do some sewing too! Here's a
nursing cover-up my friend asked me to make for her. It's a pretty interesting concept - a boned casing at the top holds the fabric up and away from baby's face. Now he can breathe and Mom can see him!

A couple of little girls' bags . . .

Now . . . isn't this cool?! Sarah's mom wanted her to have something to store her pajamas in during the day. Remember when we were kids and the pajama pillows were popular? Retro recreated. Although Sarah is just 7, anyone who knows her know she is a little tween diva. I think this will be right up her alley. If it's not, I'll change my name and keep it, I think it's adorable!

Here's the zipper pocket in back.
That's all for now.