Monday, June 17, 2019

French Market Bag with tons of vintage laces!

Imagine yourself wandering around the mall, neighborhood shops, or at an elegant Sunday Brunch...and you're feeling so STYLISH and CHIC carrying this really fun French Market Bag!

It has a roomy pocket on the back side, perfect for iPad, tablet, phone.  Another sweet, trimmed with rose lace, pocket under the front flap. Perfect for your keys or lipstick. And one more lacy pocket on the inside perfect for your secret treasures you like to tote around.

Bag measures approximately 10"x10". The cross body strap is made with three different vintage laces, and measures 52" for a comfortable fit.

Many layers of vintage laces, doilies and trims gives this tote a romantic essence. Actually, there are SIX layers of vintage lace and doilies on the front flap/lid. Another SIX layers of lace and doilies enhance the front of the purse, under the flap. The entire body of the purse has been crafted using one vintage crochet runner!

Keeping with the theme of vintage fibers, the inside is completely lined with a sweet vintage cotton, little roses and nosegays.

The flower on the front is made from vintage wedding dress satin. The button is a lovely Czech glass, hand painted button. The bow is crinkled seam ribbon, dyed to a very soft pinkish tint that picks up the pink in the pink and green rickrack lace along the top. One of my favorite vintage doilies grace the bottom of the bag. The rickrack trim was crochet right into the lovely lace edging which has been up cycled from a vintage pillow case!











Thursday, May 16, 2019

Two sweet books now listed in my Etsy shop....

Earth Journal.....This is a sweet little book to journal your thoughts. I call it an Earth Journal... because of the earthy colors from the batik fabrics and many pieces of Kantha quilt.

Features four thick signatures, making 16 pages of pockets and tuck spots. Comes with more than 16 journaling tags and little booklets.

Measures 5"x6" and is almost 4" thick. 
 









This next one is a fun Christmas themed book.
I love these vintage French postcard prints! All printed on high quality cotton. 

This book is thick! Tied with a shabby ribbon of cheese cloth...each page hosts layer upon layer of 'snowy' fabrics! Big pocket on the last page to tuck in your holiday memories.

Book measures 7x9" and is 4" thick!
















Monday, May 13, 2019

Another sweet Kantha cloth purse...

Welcome friends.... here's my latest Kantha cloth purse currently being listed in my Etsy Shop.  

Sweet bag measures approximately 9" wide by 10" long. Created by collaging fabrics from five different Vintage Kantha quilts! 

What is Kantha? The Kantha quilt originated in Bangladesh and the easter states of India, where women stitch together layer upon layer of old saris to up-cycle the mostly colorful fabrics into fun quilts. As a crafter, I cut these quilts into manageable sizes to create these stylish bohemian bags, totes, and/or purses.

Lots of fun colors...and this bag will go with just about everything! Nice long 50" strap is perfect for your cross-body ease. This sturdy strap is two colors of vintage gimp trim sewn together with a decorative stitch. 

Fully lined, it also has a 4x6" interior pocket.














Saturday, April 20, 2019

2020 Seasons of Gratitude Year Long Journal

Welcome friends... here is a preview of a year long Gratitude Journal I'm planning on teaching this fall/winter. I appreciate any thoughts...

This is a blend of Batik fabrics, beautiful scrapbook papers, and images created in Photoshop. Four signatures with the stitches hidden in the spine. Includes FOUR individual SEASONAL journals you can take out for easy journaling.

I want to acknowledge Linda Matthews for her amazing inspirations, her journaling classes, and her wonderful down-loadable graphics on Etsy.

 Measures 4" thick!
 Four signatures, one spread (4 pages/pockets) for each season. Stitches are hidden in the spine.
 Inside front cover. Left side has a sewn pocked with a few gratitude tags. Left side is a blend of Photoshopped paper and scrapbook papers.

 First signature center spread ...large pocket and journaling cards on the left, another pocket on the right holds the Winter journal.

 Here you can see the Winter journal peeking out...

 Each Seasonal Journal has 40 journaling pages printed on really lovely high-quality paper. (Ink doesn't bleed through.) A few fun stickers, and pockets on both the inside covers.
 The next spread... a pocket on the right, completing the Winter Season. The right side is an extra page sewn in, opening to more journaling opportunities!

 The right side begins the Spring section.
 On the right is a 'belly band' holding the Spring Journal.

 The easy-to-remove Spring Journal...

 Center of the second signature...just pretty to look at. A deep side pocket on the right, and....More journaling tags on the right.



 Moving from Spring to Summer. Two pockets on the right with an envelope and more journaling tags.

 A sweet 4x5" envelope holding more journaling tags.


 Center of the Summer section...
 A half page pocket holds a removable large envelope with more journaling opportunities.

 On the right side, a smaller page opens to another belly band holding the Summer journal.



 This next spread hosts two pockets on the right, completing Summer journaling tags and opportunities. On the right, you can feel the chill in the air as Autumn begins.

 The Autumn side is framed with beautiful hand crochet trim. The color just seemed so perfect here.
 A contrasting blue envelope hold more journaling tags...



 Autumn's center spread... pocket and small envelope on the left side with sweet 'blessings' cards to journal on.


 And, on the right, a flip open page...
 Opening to a small pocket on the left, with square journaling cards... and a ribbon belly band with an envelope tucked inside.




 Inside the last page... a triangular pocket houses the final, Autumn journal.







French Market Bag with tons of vintage laces!

Imagine yourself wandering around the mall, neighborhood shops, or at an elegant Sunday Brunch...and you're feeling so STYLISH and CHIC...