Friday, 28 November 2008
Have a great weekend, see you soon.
Thursday, 27 November 2008
Here its is........set 5 of 5. I thought I'd show these little hedgehog pouches last, aren't they sweet.
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Monday, 24 November 2008
I went for earthy colours for the lining and zips on these to compliment the colours in the fabric.
Sunday, 23 November 2008
Back to the list, you may remember a few posts back where I had bought some gorgeous fat quarters of Japanese fabrics to make some more cosmetic pouches and purses. If not here is a pic of all the pieces cut out with co-ordinating zips.
As there are 5 sets I have decided to keep one set for each post so watch out for the others tomorrow and the rest of the week.
And as I only bought a fat quarter these 3 babies are the only ones I've made. I like to keep them in limited numbers ensuring that they are in keeping with bagladee's ethos. The only thing left to do is add the charms to the zips and rhinestone detailing. I will be listing them on my website (not on Etsy this time- Sorry Etsians, if you are interested email or convo me and I will list on Etsy as a reserved listing especially for you :) just ask).
So ticking off the Christmas Swap and the new pouches, that left me free to make some pouches out of the fabric I had left from Elizabeth's Christmas Swap bag (I don't ever waste any fabric, its too precious to me), they look so cute with the little snow men on. I will try and get these into my Etsy Shop this week. I will post photos before I do. Plenty more on that 'To Do list' so I'm off to tackle some more.
Thursday, 20 November 2008
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
And of course it goes without saying that the main gift was a bag.......it had to be :)
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
Sunday, 16 November 2008
Since its my 100th post I thought I would post something a bit festive. I've just listed these cute little Christmas Flower Brooches in my Etsy shop. Click here.
They also look fab with ribbon looped through the pin at the back for tree decorations.
Are you feeling festive yet??????
Saturday, 15 November 2008
I've been bursting since I got back from the Christmas Craft Fair yesterday to show you what goodies I brought back :) I had a lovely day, Chris braved it and joined me (secretly I think he actually enjoyed it). It was craft overload for me though at one point when we stopped for lunch I could hardly contain myself. There were people walking back and forth with craft storage and bags full of goodies....I was thinking I was missing out on something just because I wasn't in there ferreting around the stands. There was one stand where it was nearly every woman for herself......I felt quite intimidated ;)
Anyway this is what I did buy: some storage for beads and machine spools, a great little gadget for sticking crystals on, some stamps, card, magazines, cake ribbon (I shall explain in a second), and some beads etc.
Thursday, 13 November 2008
I've worked really hard for the past 4 years and worked my way up to a good job with a good salary. And although I have spent most of the past year complaining about my job, most people do don't they?, I realised today just how important the job is in my life. I suppose that happens when you are hauled into a room and told that your job is at risk due to multiple redundancies. I cant tell you how shell shocked I am, I don't normally feel compelled to write anything about my day job as its been my bread and butter, my means to an ends but this has really had an impact on me. Its the not knowing, but I hope that it doesn't happen to me. I know there are probably many people just like me who've been affected by the credit crunch and I really can sympathise with you.
Anyway on to something more cheery.......
I've decided on my new years resolution already, and that is to have a go at printing my own fabric and doing some free-hand embroidery. I would like to design and make a range of bags where only one of each is made, with a unique print and embroidery detail. I am a massive fan of limited edition ranges and thought it was about time I thought about doing my own!!
So to help me on my way and get a little inspiration I bought these two books that arrived earlier in the week. They are fantastically detailed in directions and tips. Cant wait to get stuck into them in the New Year.
And I mentioned on an earlier post that I had bought some yards of Thai Silk so I though they were so gorgeous I just had to post some photos to show you.
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
First was to get stuck into my Christmas Swap and that's exactly what I did. I already knew what I wanted to do and had started to cut pieces out, I was enjoying myself so much the hours just whittled away :)
OK only a sneaky peek though as I don't want to spoil the surprise for my swap partner Elizabeth from Making Good Use.
Oooooh I love giving gifts!!! Christmas is my favourite time of year, I love the satisfaction of seeing someone appreciate presents :)
Friday, 7 November 2008
As well as organising another party and doing some items for Christmas for my Etsy shop. I really don't know how I fit all this in!?!? :o/
Thursday, 6 November 2008
And inside were these fab Christmas gift tags that I had ordered from Jelly Beans on Etsy, I think that they will make a gorgeous handmade touch to my Christmas gifts this year.
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
I've just been invited to join a team within Etsy called 'Carried Away: The bag makers of Etsy' click here to read the team blog. To introduce the Etsy world to the new team Solsisters has created a treasury featuring bags from the members. And my lovely Miami Orange Shopper was staring back at me when I clicked to view it :)
Click here to see me and the other members in the treasury. Thanks ever so much Solsisters!!
Go Team Carried Away!!
For those of you who do not reside in the UK. Here's a little ditty as to what its all about:
Guy Fawkes Night (also known as Bonfire Night, Cracker Night, Fireworks Night) is an annual celebration on the evening of the 5th of November. It celebrates the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot of the 5th of November 1605 in which a number of Catholic conspirators, including Guy Fawkes, attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London, England.
It is primarily marked in the United Kingdom where it was compulsory, by Royal Decree, to celebrate the deliverance of the King until 1859, but also in former British colonies including New Zealand, parts of Canada, and parts of the British Caribbean. Bonfire Night was also common in Australia until the 1980s, but it was held on the Queen's Birthday long weekend in June in some states (e.g., New South Wales) and 5 November in others (e.g., Victoria). Festivities are centred on the use of fireworks and the lighting of bonfires.
Saturday, 1 November 2008
The weather outside is awful, this afternoon was windy but dry, now its pouring down and with the wind its making it even worse. I went out to the garage earlier to get some stuff out of the dryer and when I came back in I looked like I needed to put myself in there to dry!! I was wet through so I had to get changed.
I did manage to make a trip earlier to this quirky little shop near where we live called Roots, Chris had been in looking for some wall hangings (they sell lots of hand carved furniture, mirrors, etc) earlier in the week and said that they had some pre-cut lengths of Thai silk. I got 2 lots one in a vibrant two-tone pink and the other in a bluey green two-tone colour. Overall I got 8 yards for £30 which is very cheap compared to larger retailers. So big smile on my face when I left there :)
This also meant that when I got home I tidied my fabric boxes and transferred my printed fabric to a bigger box as it was over flowing and I could no longer get it closed!! I then cut out all the interfacing that I needed for my purses and pouches ready to be sewn together tomorrow.
Here they are ready to go!
(The lights keep dimming due to the weather outside, I just hope that the electricity doesn't go off whilst I'm writing this post!)
OK I'm off to indulge in a lovely glass of wine and curl up under a blanket on the sofa with Nell on my knee (my kitty). Have a lovely evening xx