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Hello all! I spent a large part of the weekend taking & editing photographs. I’m doing less shows this Fall, and hope to make up the difference with sales from my etsy shop – fingers crossed! Actually, as we all know, fingers crossed for etsy sales doesn’t work…we have to get out there and promote. Of course, the 1st step in promotion is getting the stuff in the shop, so I’m working on that 1st!

I listed all the baby outfits that didn’t sell last weekend (20 in all), then had a little fun making this collage of all the motifs:

Freshly-Picked-Collage Yes Virginia, Candy IS a quilter!

I then listed my new journals in the shop as well, I love these in situ shots:

 

 

I’m trying to get “back in the saddle”, but it’s been a difficult transition week back to balancing the day job, the kids, etc… With that, I’m off, I’ve got an exam to grade!

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My biggest show of the year, Art for Heaven’s Sake, starts one week from tonight. It’s a show I’m proud to take part in as 20% of all that I sell goes to the church, for local as well as farther afield use in doing good (hurricane relief, etc…). Any old who, I’m pretty sure that I’m going to leave a few things done on my to do list, but I’m happy that I’ve got some new art to show, as well as those freshly picked onesies I showed you the other day, which, on the recommendation of a couple of Moms in the know, are going to become outfits, the leggings for me to dye came in the mail today! (Both of these got a shout out from the lovely Linda of aLaMode Stuff, thanks so much! SHE’s the genius that suggested I hang them above a bed!)

I finished some Going Green Totes earlier this week, and I know if I didn’t grab some quick shots now, some of them would be sold before I got a picture of them:

On tap for this weekend – dyeing 50 more scarves and matching leggings for the freshly picked rompers, finishing up 3 messenger bags, then making some more going green scribblers. THIS I think I can do…wish me luck!

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Freshly Picked

One of the new things I’ve been working on for a big show that’s coming far too quickly is something for the wee ones of the world. I found some lovely soft, snuggly snap crotch rompers (onesies if they’ve been made by Gerber) made from Organic cotton – woohoo! I dyed up a couple of batches, embellished them with a patch that I free motion quilt a like natural motif and Voila! Cute, and freshly picked! I’ve got some wee socks I’ve dyed as well, and I’ll sell each romper with a pair of socks that matches the patch…but I was too excited to show you them to get the socks attached cutely, so here they are:

If you need to see even MORE, I’ve put them all up on Flickr:

Are these way too cute, or am I just hallucinating?

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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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Well, the end of the summer is fast approaching, and for me, school is rearing it’s ugly head. I’m definitely going to be slowing down on the blogging front, because work is really starting to pile up!

Although I’ve thanked you all individually, I’ll do it again right here: thanks so much for your advice on my font choices (and if you’d still like to chime in, the more the merrier!). I’m really working in a vacuum here most of the time, I love getting feedback! So thank you!

I won’t fret over how much I have to do right now…instead, I want to show you a new style of tote bag:

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I LOVE my canvas bags – they’re pretty, tough as nails, and full of useful pockets. They’re also very labor intensive, which is why I’m going to a commission model on them, making them exactly for a particular user. One of the tough things about making bags is making sure no raw edges are exposed – and the more parts & pieces there are, the more seams to worry about.

What I’ve been thinking about is designing a very simple bag where the focus is on a spectacular piece of dyed fabric – my dyer’s weight fabric rather than the heavy canvas. The hope is I could create something beautiful and simple, with a pattern that easily adapts to differently sized pieces of fabric. Usually when I work on bags, I have a “pattern” that looks like this: Image1_0204 copy

This bag’s 1st & only draft pattern looked like this:

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And it’s all that I needed!

Inside a simple divided patch pocket and key leash (ALWAYS gotta have a key leash!)Simple-Tote7

The dimensions of this one were so one of my big notetakers would fit inside, along with LOTS of other books:

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I’m working on a commission tote with a special request for one long strap rather than the two handles, so here was a perfect opportunity to try this concept out:

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I LOVE it – and now know it’ll work great on the commission!

I also love the little triangle-fold detail here: Simple Tote_0030

The one thing I was NOT prepared for was how much structure I got from just a single layer of fleece and med. weight fusible interfacing – this tote bag is completely empty, and look, it’s holding up my ruler! WooHoo!

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So, my friends, I think this prototype works great, I’ll probably incorporate some sort of closure (magnetic snap I think) and I’m looking forward to whipping up a few more of these fun bags!

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