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Here’s another custom large tote and matching grab n’go, this time for the new Scoutie Girl, Tara Gentile! Her job is to scour the internet far and wide finding indie designers. I’m honored that she likes my work enough to want to lug it around!

Tara-Custom-Tote-GrabnGo--1I’ve said it before – I love making custom bags. Tara came up with the idea of a messenger style strap, but with the tote style bag. I LOVE IT! We also had a fun time picking out colors that I had in hand dyed canvas that were perfect for her!

She wanted a huge bag, that could hold all her stuff (and Lola’s too!). She also wanted a little bag that she could grab and escape with that holds only the essentials. Well this tote sure is big! Inside are 2 patch pockets divided into 1 large, 2 mediums and 3 penslips. There’s also a zipped pocket, a key leash and a cell phone pocket with Velcro flap, sized to hold her snazzy new iPhone (lucky gal – I’m SO jealous!)

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There’s also a D-ring to clip the Grab n’Go on:

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The Grab n’Go is just what it sounds like, a little bag to hold the essentials.

Tara-Custom-Tote-GrabnGo--4The  handle is also a key ring, and can clip off

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On the back is a loop so you can wear it on a belt.

Tara-Custom-Tote-GrabnGo--3    I’m totally loving that the strap can be worn on the shoulder like a tote:

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But it adjusts longer so it can be worn across the body, messenger style.Tara-Custom-Tote-GrabnGo--8

I’ve added this one to the list of bags I want to make for myself!

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I hope she likes it as much as I do!

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I received a convo a couple of weeks ago…some one loved my little mini-doodles, they were perfect for her work. She also had to carry 20-30 3” x 5” index cards, could I make her a holder for them? Well, yes, yes I could! I even was able to dig out a scrap of the same piece of multicolored fabric i’d used to make her minidoodle, so they would match! Betty-index-card_0015 Betty-index-card_0012  Betty-index-card_0004Betty-index-card_0006 Betty-index-card_0023

I received another convo from her: she loves them, is using them and they are cute!

Yup, it’s why I do this…Everyday Art – bringing joy to the little things we touch every day!

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Here’s a hot off the ironing board new bag – it’s a rush job commission for someone who needs it so she can take it on a trip abroad – tomorrow! She came by Sunday morning to work out the details. I really like working this way – I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, making these bags are a LOT of work…so it makes it much more satisfying to know that what I’m making is JUST what somebody wanted! In this case, she wanted little bits of Velcro on the inside to hold some of the pockets (like the cell phone one) closed. Easy – peasy!

Another reason I love working like this is that people choose the colors that they love…sometimes it isn’t something that I would have put together, but if I do say so myself – these colors are fabulous!

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It’s got a handle & magazine pocket on the back:

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And inside is a special sleeve for the laptop with a velcro strap to hold it in. This also happens to hold my regular Macbook too! Yes, the Macbook Air is thinner, but she’s got a strechy foam case that she’s going to use for even more padding (beyond the 2 layers of quilt batting and heavy interfacing I use in a laptop bag…this baby has STRUCTURE!

Macbook-Air-Messenger_0021   Unseen in this picture are 1 zipper pocket as well as a divided patch pocket as well as a D-ring for her to clip her keys on (she didn’t want a key leash).

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One side has a water bottle pocket,

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the other, a cell phone pocket.

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The front has two big pockets to hold a paperback and a scribbler or notelet:

Macbook-Air-Messenger_0012 The straps adjust so she can hold it on her shoulder:Macbook-Air-Messenger_0024

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I hope she loves it, because I sure do!

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Laptop Bag for Liz!

1st of all, Stirling and my chaise are getting more blog time – Design Hole featured my before & after chaise today – WooHoo! Thanks for the bloggy love!

And now – Liz’s laptop bag! Liz is a wonderful friend when is a tremendous help in all that I do. We do the local art/craft fairs together, take our boys to the movies, and she does the Lion’s Share of picking up my boys and watching after them on school half days (pickup time ALWAYS falls during my time in the classroom). ANYWAY, last CHRISTMAS for Heaven’s sake, she got a new, small-ish laptop, a nice red one at that, and I told her I wanted to make her the perfect laptop bag. Laptop-Backpack18

She wanted it to be tall, rather than wide. It’s got a handle on the back:Laptop-Backpack19

And inside is a special sleeve for the laptop with a velcro strap to hold it in. Unseen in this picture are 1 zipper pocket as well as a divided patch pocket. Of course it has a key leash and 2 d-rings inside!Laptop-Backpack43One side has a water bottle pocket,Laptop-Backpack29the other, a cell phone pocket.Laptop-Backpack24The front has 2 pen slips as well as a big pocket to hold a scribbler or a notelet:

Laptop-Backpack33The straps adjust so she can hold it on her shoulder:

Laptop-Backpack12Or across her body:Laptop-Backpack09But WAIT! If I add d-rings to the bottom corners and order that fancy lobster claw hardware from Hong Kong, it turns into a backpack! How cool is that (the webmaster Mary thought up this genius idea…and just as soon as the website is up and running, she gets one of her very own…)Laptop-Backpack05 Laptop-Backpack22Laptop-Backpack06         

I’m very happy with this one! WooHoo! Liz likes it too (sorry no picture of her smiling face…she was off to marching band practice, i kept her laptop to take these pictures…so she can’t even read this entry until she gets it back!)

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This one is for a conductor. She needs a huge tote to all her stuff, which includes a bunch of scores and a baton. But then there’s times when she needs to just grab her keys, cell phone & wallet, so she ordered a matching clutch, which can clip right into the tote:

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Look at all the pockets!

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I really enjoy making a bag that’s just what someone wants: they’ve picked the colors and the motif, and any requested modifications. I really enjoy working this way, because each bag takes so long to make. I’m working on my website so all the info is available to my online friends, but if you’d like to order one NOW, here’s some info: Commission Bags

I wanna make one of these for myself!

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This one of for Mrs. A, a wonderful customer who works hard to keep me in business 😉   She wanted the nature’s sketches styled clutch…and I think it turned out quite nice:

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I've changed how I construct these: I'm very happy with the improved topstiching around the top of the bag!

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Putting the stiffner where you can see it allows me to hide the final seam!

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If my little one’s cough gets better, Mrs. A will have a special delivery tomorrow!

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Another commissioned tote complete:

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And yesterday was Tie Dye Day in my son’s 2nd grade class. This was fun, because I’d done this with the same teacher when my 6th grader had him for 2nd grade. Mr. Rude still has a picture of that class all wearing their shirts, and I’ll take one this afternoon! Here’s how I do the tie dye with the kids now, cut apart a milk jug and you have the perfect bowl to hold a swirled tee!

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