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!

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!

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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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!

 

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

 

Cherry Blossoms and New Creations

A couple weeks ago I visited Washington, D.C. during the beginning of Cherry Blossom season.  Not many trees were blooming yet, but sighted a few trees that were blooming beautifully.  I love cherry blossoms in the springtime…I love the flowers and I love the colors.  Cherry Blossoms also inspire me with my handbags.  The past few weeks I have been making handbags with floral patterns and pink fabric.  My most recent creation is a zippered tote bag with Eiffel tower and animal print patterns, and for the inside I used pink floral fabric.  I plan to drop this fabulous bag off at 3 Little Black Birds.

cherry blossoms

paris bag paris bag 2

In my spare time, I also love to bake.  When I bake, I usually bake cupcakes and after seeing the cherry blossoms, it also inspired to bake cherry cupcakes for Easter and for my birthday that is this Saturday. 🙂  The cupcakes turned out delicious!

cupcakes

Not to mention, I love animal prints.  My latest handbags and zippered pouches, I have been including leather fabric along with some kind of animal print fabric from leopard prints to snake prints.  The leather pouches were an experiment but I love how they turned out, and plan to sell them at the upcoming craft show along with the other pouches.  I have also made a fabulous leopard tote that is selling at 3 Little Black Birds.

snake pouch leopard pouch leopard bag

This Spring, I have began to make bigger handbags with zippers.  Along with my zippered Paris tote, I also made a purple chevron handbag, which is a great size for an overnight bag or a carry on.  I have only just began sewing with zippers a few months ago, they can be a little difficult to sew sometimes but I am very proud of what I accomplished with them.  More creations to come soon!

chevron bag chevron bag 2