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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.