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.
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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.
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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!
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!
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!
I have been living in Denver, Colorado for about a month now, and I have already participated in my first craft fair here last week! It took place during a first Friday at an art walk in the Santa Fe Art District in Denver. I only sold a few things, but I made a few connections and met some other great crafters. There was a big turn out at the art and craft show, and there were other great and unique vendors. This was a night market, the first one I have ever participated in. The weather was a little drizzly, but most of the rain stayed away, and it was not too hot and not too cold.
The past few weeks, I have made several new bags and I also began to sew little zippered coin pouches.
I have also visited several small business owned fabric stores in the City and outside of the City including “Fancy Tiger Crafts” and “Colorado Fabrics.” I love the fabric I located in these stores. There very unique looking and it is good quality fabric. I have began to sew crossbody bags and more cosmetic bags. I am also sewing with other material such as canvas.
I have also began to make little collar flowers for my dog! I loved how the skull flower turned out. Colorado is a very dog friendly place, and Lilly has received many compliments on her flower collars!
I have included more of my creations on my Etsy site!
In April, I just turned the big 3-0. I thought I would be more depressed about it, but it turns out this is the year of changes and excitement. In February, I found out that I would be moving to Denver, Colorado. My boyfriend accepted a job offer right outside of the City. He moved there last month, but I will be moving there in July. This will be huge and an exciting new adventure for me considering I have lived in Virginia practically all my life. I am excited to see what the craft and art atmosphere the City of Denver has to offer. I am assuming that it is a lot bigger in Denver than in the VA Beach area and maybe more competitive, but I plan to continue with my handbags, participate in craft shows, and meet other local artisans in Denver.
Since I have been getting prepared to move and been commuting a longer way to work for the next couple months, I have not been doing much sewing this Spring. I did participate in farmers market in March, and I plan to participate in a couple more craft shows before I move.
I did get a new sewing machine for my birthday – so I still have been doing some sewing. I have made several more tote bags, and I also been making some reusable market/grocery bags to sell. I have received a box full of up-cycled fabric, and that is when I decided to make and sell reusable grocery bags.
Here are some examples of new tote bags and make-up bags I made in the past couple months, and also the new maxi skirt that I made from fabric I bought from Mood Fabrics!
This winter I am taking a break from craft shows so I can concentrate on increasing my inventory. I have began to sew fleece mermaid tail blankets. I have made one for myself, and I continue to make more and sell the rest. The blankets have turned out great, and they are very warm and comfortable!
With the leftover fleece fabric from the mermaid blankets, I have been making no sew doggy toys. I just braid 3 long scraps of fleece fabric together and tie knots at the ends…Super Easy! These will also be included in my inventory for upcoming craft shows.
Of course, I am continuing to making more fabulous handbags this winter. These two purses below are being sold 3 Little Black Birds artisan store.
I continue to sew more blankets and bags this winter, that is if I am not busy skiing one weekend.
It is Christmas night, and little did we know that we would need the Air Condition on during this time of year. For the past couple of days, the temperature has been 70-80 degrees here in Norfolk, Virginia. It has been enjoyable, however I still prefer the cold crisp air during Christmas. Although it has been unseasonably warm…I have had some cold days during my fall/Christmas craft shows, but that did not stop the turn out and sales! I have made plenty of my creations for this year’s craft shows and also participated at a craft show that took place at a local humane society. Of course, I sold several dog scarves that day.
Recently, I have made a few handbags out of old shirts and even old suit jackets that came from the thrift store. It is very fun and unique to turn a certain item into something different.
I recently have been shopping at private owned craft stores to locate different looking fabric. The bags located below, are bags I have made from new and old fabric that I have located at local craft shops and craft/fabric swap events. Sometimes I enjoy making bags and accessories out of up-cycled materials and old fabric the most…I believe it gives my handbags and creations more meaning and uniqueness.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, there is nothing better than giving gifts to others that were handmade from me…including the Star Wars Pajama pants I have made for my boyfriend. I will be taking a brief break this winter from craft shows, so I can focus on making brand new creations for the spring. Seasons greetings and a Happy New Year!
I must say I had a blast this Halloween. My favorite part about Halloween is hand-making my costume and showing it off to every one else. This year I wanted to do a costume theme with my boyfriend, so we decided to do a sea creatures. I dressed up as a mermaid, and he ended up being a jellyfish. And to really make things cute, I bought my dog a shark costume to wear but that I only lasted for about 5 minutes. We took some great pictures of her so that’s okay.
Besides my dogs shark costume, both me and my boyfriends costumes were of course handmade. For my mermaid costume, I just made a pencil skirt out of blue sequenced fabric and included ruffles at the end to make the fins. For the bra top I attached blue beads and seashells, and glued some fake seaweed to hang from the bra top. For my boyfriends jellyfish costume, we covered a sombrero hat with bubble wrap, blue fabric, googly eyes, and battery operated lights on the inside. For the tentacles, we just hung pieces of blue fabrics with blue and white strings lights. Our costumes looked great, and I am really proud of the work that we put into them.
Hope everyone had a spooky and fantastic Halloween!