My Photographs on Bags

Lately, I have been taking some amazing photos of my previous trips and hikes. One day I discovered a website called Spoonflower.com, where I can upload my own pictures and have them printed on fabric! Once I receive the fabric, I have been making tote bags and zippered pouches with my printed photographs! The first tote bag I made were from a couple of pictures I took on my Paris trip. I made an instagram collage of pink roses and the Eiffel Tower. I thought this bag came out great.

The next two tote bags are pictures of flowers I took during my hikes here in Colorado and in Michigan. The first bag is a collage of lilies and flowers, and the next tote bag is a close up picture of the Colorado flower.

The two zippered pouches I made were from pictures I took of the Colorado mountains! The first picture was from back in Fall. I thought the pictures printed on the fabric perfectly. I have been interested in photography recently, and I love that I can show off my bags and my photographs at once!


Up-cycled Materials into Bags

So, last month we moved into our new place. We kept our brown leather couch, however, we decided to get rid of the ottoman. But I didn’t just want to throw away good leather material, so we decided to cut up the leather and I made several new tote bags and cross-body bags out of the up-cycled fabric.

I also included regular fabric to the bags including canvas and cotton. I think the bags turned out really great with the brown leather.

I have also included a couple more bags I currently made, and of course one of them is sugar skulls!

Paris Trip 2017

Bonjour!! Walter and I took a trip to Paris, France a couple weeks ago. Paris is exciting, beautiful, and definitely a City that never sleeps. We spent five days there, and it was a great trip despite it being unseasonably warm. I enjoyed all of the museums, food, wine, and of the course the fashion.

The first day we arrived in the afternoon. We were both a little jet-lagged, but we still took a walk around the City, and past The Notre Dame Cathedra, the “Musee du Louvre,” and ate escargot at a local cafe. The snails tasted pretty good!

Day 2 in Paris, the first thing we did was of course visited the Eiffel Tower.

We also visited The Grand Palais, A Louis Vuitton Store, Arc de Triumphe, The Jardin Du Luxembourg, Place De L’Opera, and the Sacre-Coeur, and ate some delicious Macaroons.

Day 3, we visited the Palais Galliera, where the exhibit was Dalida’s (A French entertainer) garments that she wore throughout her career.

We also visited another art museum; Musee D’Orsay where we saw some amazing art. We also ate some delicious crepes for lunch, visited Place Vendome (a high-end shopping center) and then had some wine, cheese, and Creme Brulee for dinner. In the evening, we also walked a little more and took a glimpse at Moulin Rouge.

Day 4, we started the day out by taking lunch cruise, and toured the whole city while eating a delicious meal and dessert.

After the cruise, we visited the “The Foundation Louis Vuitton” and “Afriques Capitales” where both had an African art exhibit.

Of course, we had more delicious wine and cheese, and visited the Eiffel Tower again to see it all lit up after dark.

Day 5, was our last full day in Paris. We had another delicious breakfast and after that we stopped by the “Lu Musee Du Chocolat,” and learned a little bit about the history of chocolate and had some delicious samples.

After the museum, we took it easy and walked around. It was still very hot, but that still didn’t stop us. We went inside The Notre Dame Cathedral, visited a few other gardens, the Terrasse Panoramique where we got to see the whole view of Paris, and went inside the Paris Catacombs. Our last meal included more cheese and wine!

We flew back home bright and early the next day. I can’t wait to back to Europe again soon! Bon Voyage!!

HAHO Market & the Great Western Alpaca Show

This past weekend was the HAHO Market & the Great Western Alpaca Show, which was the first craft fair I participated in this year. The show was an all weekend event. It was a great show, and I sold several of my tote bags and pouches. I thought my display was descent and held up great. I added some new displays such as a coat rack to hold up my bags, and I also included my pink rug to brighten up my space a bit!

I had a great time at the fair meeting other local vendors, and I also made a few more connections.

The HAHO (Denver Handmade Homemade) Market and the Great Western Alpaca Show was a combined event that took place in the National Western Stadium Hall in Denver. The 2nd floor was where the HAHO market took place with all of the local handmade vendors. The first floor was where the Alpaca livestock show was held. The whole room was full of Alpacas and breeders. The first floor also included with vendors that sold products made of raw alpaca wool including handbags and stuffed animals. After setting up my space I took a little sneak peak downstairs at the alpacas and of course they were super cute!


This week, I am learning to Crochet! And will continue to search for other upcoming shows in the local area!

Weekend in Moab

This entry has no sewing or creations, just some beautiful pictures of our weekend trip. Last weekend Walter, Lilly dog, and I took a camping trip in Moab, Utah to hike and explore the beautiful canyons.

It was cloudy during the day on Saturday and a bit chilly at night.

Sunday was a lot warmer and sunnier. You can really tell the difference in the pictures of the canyons between a cloudy day and a clear sunny day. They really show up in the clearer with the blue sky!

This weekend is the craft fair/Alpaca show! Stay Tuned!

Spring is Here!

I can’t believe it is already April! After having a very warm February and March, it feels like spring came early this year. Nothing new going on in the last couple months, just continuing to stay busy with my sewing. I am excited to have my first craft show of the year coming up in May, so of course I have been preparing for that. I have included examples of creations I have made the past two months, including more Colorado bags, a CO cross-body bag made with up-cycled denim, and Broncos bags!

Other bags I have made including a Honey Bee drawstring bag, Paris Zippered Pouch with up-cycled denim, and another sugar skull bag! More updates on the upcoming craft show and other new creations next month!

The First Creations of 2017

Happy New year and happy February!  I have had a busy January with sewing new handbags.  I have made more Colorado flag tote bags and more awesome skull bags!  I have also made two tote bags from canvas fabric, and another zippered bag from up-cycled fabric.

January also was a busy month with more skiing!  A few of our friends visited us for about a week and we went skiing in Vail, Keystone, and Breckenridge Resort.  We also received a fox visitor at our mountain house.

This month, I continue to sew and I am beginning to apply to local spring craft fairs in the City.

Valentine’s Day is coming up!  Which means I have been painting more recycled mason jars with Valentine hearts!

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My Holiday Creations

It is the holidays in Colorado, and it has been cold and snowy!  The past few weeks, I have been super busy with sewing and craft fairs.  I have participated in two holiday craft fairs that took place in the suburbs outside of Denver including Aurora and Castle Rock.  I made a whole new banner for my booth and I sold more of the CO tote bags that I began to make, and I continue to make more of the CO flag tote bags, and sell them at future craft fairs!

For the past few months I have been spending a lot of time making custom orders, sewing little Christmas bags, and preparing for the holiday shows, now I am taking a break to enjoy the holidays.  Last week we went up to Keystone to go skiing, and this week I started a new position at my company.  The view of the mountains from my office building is beautiful.  The week before Christmas, I will be flying into Virginia to visit with my family, and for Christmas I will be here in Colorado.  After the holidays, I will continue to sew and begin to prepare for future local spring craft shows!

I hope everyone has a safe/happy holiday and New Year, and check out my new listings on my Etsy site!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/JuliesJewelz086

November Creations

The Holidays are approaching quickly!  I will be participating in two holiday craft shows in the next few weeks, therefore, I have been busy as a bee with sewing this month.  I am very excited with how my bags have been turning out, especially the two new Colorado flag tote bags I recently made.  For the first Colorado Flag bag, I experimented with the non-traditional flag colors to make it more unique.  The second Colorado bag, I only used the C symbol but attached it to a cute fox pattern.

The other handbags I have made came out great too…I believe my bags turn out more unique each month!  I especially love the panda bag, the Paris bag (outside of the bag was made out of up-cycled fabric from a curtain), and the sushi cross-body bag.  I have also been busy making more zippered pouches; including the grumpy cat cosmetic bag which I love.

I cannot wait to show these off at the upcoming craft shows!  I hope everyone else will appreciate them as much as I do.

I also want to mention that winter has arrived in Colorado!  A couple weeks ago, Walter and I went on another hike in the mountains where we spotted some snow!  It was beautiful but a bit chilly, and after a few days of unseasonably warm weather, today Denver had it’s first snow fall!

Of course, I made Lilly a new doggie fall flower for her collar!

dog-flower

Autumn in Denver!

So far, Fall has been unseasonably warm these past few days in Colorado.  Halloween is approaching, so I have been busy making trick-or-treat bags, mainly for my niece and nephews.  Last week, I participated in my second craft/vendor fair here in Colorado.  This fair took place in Centennial, and I had fun meeting other vendors and makers.  Last week we visited a couple haunted house attractions and pumpkin patches.  I didn’t carve a pumpkin this year, instead I painted a large sugar skull.

Of course, I am continuing to sew more handbags!  I have been working on a new design, which is sewing the Colorado flag onto the tote bag using felt fabric for the C and the yellow sun.  The first bag turned out good, and I am working on a few more bags using the Colorado flag inspiration but experimenting with different colors.

I have been shopping at my favorite local fabric stores, and buying so much unique fabric that I think my new handbags are better than ever!  I also think I have found a new hobby, which is the paint and wine nights!  On Friday, I painted an awesome picture of “Colorful Colorado” which is hanging up in my living room!