Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Custom Orders and Fall in Texas!

Generally, here in Texas the weather doesn't really feel Fall-like until late October at the earliest.  Here I am beginning to create some seasonal bags and dolls while it's still summer-like outside.  This morning I went outside to take some pictures and it was actually a bit crisp and cool!  The high temperature for us today is supposed to hit 85 degrees, but even that is better than the 90s we've had recently.

So now I am actually feeling Fall-ish.  I know that isn't a real word.  Let's just go with it.

I found some most excellent Day of the Dead sugar skulls fabric awhile back (purchased from SCIZZORS on Etsy. Most of the time I find my materials at thrift stores, garage sales, my mother-n-law's stash, or simply use discarded clothes. Now and then I am looking for something special and seek it out online.  I almost forgot I had this one, since it was stashed away.  I posted some photos on my facebook feed and immediately received a few requests for custom items with this colorful fabric.  Here it is:

Sugar Skulls

 And here is the first bag I made for a custom order:

I used various denim scraps patched together for the lining.  I have quite a stash of smaller denim pieces and decided to start patching together instead of throwing those out.  I love the final result!  I have also been adding a velcro closure and pocket to all of my recent bags.  The handle is again one of my upcycled items- it was formerly a webbed belt.

Another friend asked me to make a black cat dressed in purple.  She has a departed cat named Patrick and this was to be for him.  I am really happy with how this guy turned out.  He has a sweet face and a round little tummy!

Patrick the Cat
I've received another request for a black kitty so I will be working on one later today!

Happy beginning of Fall to all of you.  More fun stuff to come!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Send me your sheets

Hello Guys!  I hope your September has started out great.  I'm trying to get myself into Fall mode but it is so hard here in Texas.  The temps are still hovering in the 90s!  A few months ago I left my full time office job for a variety of reasons.  Since then I have been working part time waiting tables and making lots and lots of bags and dolls!

With the fall comes the holiday season and more craft fairs!  I recently switched up my work schedule so I have Saturdays free for this very reason. Now hopefully the weather will cool down a bit here in Texas so everyone is in the mood to start buying holiday gifts!

I wanted to share some photos of this awesome custom order I completed yesterday.  I received a message through my Etsy shop from Jessica in Arizona.  She had these super cute, mod-style jungle sheets from her childhood.  Previously, she had another Etsy seller make her a dress from the sheets and asked if I could use the rest to make a couple of bags.  I was definitely up to the challenge.

Here's some pictures of the completed bags.

Check out this mod loveliness!  

I love the idea of using something that you love and making something new so much I created a special custom order listing on Etsy.  If you have a beloved sheet, blanket or piece of clothing from your childhood, feel free to contact me to see if we can turn it into something fun!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summer Round Up

Hello there friends!  It's been a bit since I have posted any updates or photos of my creations so here we go.  I traveled with my husband and the kiddos to visit family in South Carolina, and I have been busy busy busy.  

I made this doll for a custom order, and did the hand-sewing while hanging out with family.

Snow Leopard Doll
I didn't even have a chance to take some proper pictures outside before I needed to get this girl shipped off!

My niece Katie Blu had some fun sewing with me during vacation.  That's Patty in the background.

Making a pillow

 And here are some bags I recently made.

Vintage Football Teams Bag
Dukes of Hazzard Bag
Peanuts Bag
Spidey Bag!
 I recently acquired more vintage sheets- PacMan and SuperMan as well as a few others!  I'll be making more bags soon, as I will have a booth at the Pflugerville Pfirst Pfriday event on September 5.  If anyone is in Pflugerville Texas that day, come see me!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

June Update

Hello Everyone!  I just realized that I haven't posted anything in almost a month, so here we go.  I have been making tons of bags and even a new doll too.  I've also started waitressing part time again, which keeps me busy.  

Also, I'm looking into another vendor fair next month.  This one has a low low low vendor fee so I figured I might give it a shot!  I will keep you all updated.  If I participate in this one, I will be bringing some dolls and bags.  I'll leave my upcycled clothing in the Etsy shop.  I'll also try to get a bunch more bags made beforehand.  

Here's some pictures of my recent projects:

Snow Leopard Girl
This girl is just too cute.  It was originally made for a custom order, but didn't quite fit the vision of my customer.  So this cute girl is in my Etsy shop.  I was aiming for a non-literal version of a snow leopard.

And more bags:
Snoopy Bag  
I got lucky and obtained a bunch of great vintage bedsheets, including Snoopy and the Peanuts, the Smurfs, the Dukes of Hazzard, more Star Wars and a vintage-era NFL print.

The Smurfs
NFL Print
I have a few custom orders to get working on, and lots more bags to make!  I hope everyone is having a great summer so far!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Big Old Transformers Bag

This bag is huge!  It could easily work as a laptop or market bag- it holds a lot!  I found this vintage sheet along with the Batman one this past weekend.  This bag would be great for a dude or a badass girl.  Or just anyone that likes Transformers and cool bags.

Transformers Bag

The lining is made of denim and the handle is another webbed belt.  It is very sturdy!  I also tweaked the label a bit and it looks much cleaner now.

And here is the back:

The more bags I make, the better I get at this.  I am having a blast!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I've been making lots of bags

And here they are.  I've been collecting more vintage sheets and fabrics and making lots of bags!  We have had so much rain the last few days that I got behind on my lovely outdoors photos.  It finally cleared up a bit this afternoon so here they are. 

I don't have too much more to add as far as the details go.  The linings are all denim- some are blue, some are colored denim, and some I have even dyed.  All of the handles are made of re-purposed webbed belts.  I find them to be very sturdy.  All of the bags have lots of interfacing, which means they are quite sturdy and are still washable.  However, this also raises the costs of materials a bit- the interfacing is actually the most costly portion of my materials. 

This first bag is a patchwork style.  I found this fabric at a thrift store.  It really is patched together from different fabrics- someone must have given up on making a quilt and donated it instead.  It makes a really pretty bag!  I also made this one rather tall- it would make a great laptop bag.

Large patchwork-style bag!

This one is an awesome Batman bag!  What else can I say?  Oh, the handle is also made from a belt, but this one is polyester.  It is very sturdy.


And here is another Snoopy bag, since I sold the other one I made!

Disco Snoopy!
Here are some photos of the backs of the bags.

Thanks for looking at my bags!  They are all made to be cross-body bags and can fit all of your goodies.  If you are interested in a particular character bag, or have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  I've been making these bags without pockets or closures, but I can certainly add those if requested.

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Annie Bag

I've not been shy about sharing my love of Raggedy Ann.  When I found a Raggedy Ann and Andy vintage bed sheet, I knew I had to make a bag!  I am guessing that I will make one for myself at some point too.  Here's some photos!

Raggedy Ann Bag

I used some red denim for the lining and a re-purposed webbed belt for the handle. 

Red denim lining.

Book bag, diaper bag, or just a regular old tote.

This bag would be perfect for books or toting around a kiddo's gear.

And here's the back!
Happy Memorial Day weekend, folks!  I'm off to work another wedding and to make more bags!