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!

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!

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!

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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

New Creations and Backpacking Adventures

Fall is coming up which means farmers markets, apple cider, leaves changing colors, and new creations.  Although, I have been sewing new bags and pouches to prepare for another craft show coming up in October, I have made a few things for myself including the fox drawstring bag and the Fox/Colorado Mountain pillow.  I was inspired by seeing a similar pillow in a local business, where the Colorado Mountains; made of felt were sewn onto the pillow.

More creations I have made the past couple months were more zippered pouches, fall market bags, crossbody bags, and cosmetic bag.  Of course, the majority of the patterns included skulls!

And of course on the weekends we are still taking advantage of the Colorado Mountains, and continue to go hiking, and even backpacked up to a Ice Lake to go camping on Labor Day Weekend.  The mountains and waterfalls have been beautiful.  Since fall is coming up, the leaves are beginning to change.  We hope to find some more colored leaves this weekend.

New Creations and My First Craft Fair in Denver

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.

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!

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

 

New Decor in a New Apartment

Two weeks ago, I finally arrived in Colorado and we are all settled in our new apartment.  The new apartment is cute and is in a great location in the City of Denver, where so many stores/restaurants are walking distance!

Being in a new city motivated me to brighten up our apartment with some new handmade home decor.  I have made two new decorative pillows for the couch; one with grumpy cats and the other with pugs!

These two painted mason jars below are located in front of our window.  One mason jar has a painted fox and the other is pretty purple and blue with flowers!

 

 

So far I am enjoying life out here in Colorado.  I have also signed up for my first craft show here in Denver!

colorado

New Creations with Old T-shirts

For the past few months I have been staying at my parents house in Elizabeth City, North Carolina until I journey off to Colorado next month.  One day, I was going through my closet and I saw some old shirts that I have not worn since high school/college.  Some shirts were too cute give away, so I decided to make tote bags.

t-shirts

So far, I have made one tote bag out of an old pink Candy Land shirt.  The inside of the bag I used regular pink cotton fabric, and then I cut up another old t-shirt and braided the material to make the handles for the bag.  I found this unique idea on Pinterest.  I am really impressed on how the bag and handles turned out.

While I have been staying with my parents, I have been trying to keep myself busy by sewing.  I have included a few examples of more creations I just made, including a Grumpy Cat tote bag and a few zippered pouches with faux leather.  I have also included these creations on my Etsy site.  Please go check these out along with my other creations!

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