i guess people have replenished their bank accounts from all the holiday shopping because my custom orders have recently picked back up again!! (january and february were slooooow!!)
as i said earlier, i FINALLY got some japanese imports! (and totally on another note, i just ordered some more over the weekend! trouble trouble...the box has been opened and now all i want are japanese fabrics!)
my cousin in california is a huge Hello Kitty fan. she picked out this really cute beige Hello Kitty print with little apple trees on them, and wanted a normal tote bag! i had just enough fabric and was able to add on a little zipper pouch too!
she also wanted a reusable tote bag, and i found this cute "Peace & Love" Hello Kitty print at the local Hancock Fabrics. i was surprised they even had any there, but i found it hidden, and was pretty glad i did!
my cousin also ordered this play mat for a baby gift. after going through several different color schemes we stuck with a neutral theme and she picked Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley in Piney Woods and also Moda's Oz in green. since we did a quilting cotton for both sides (generally i'll do a soft minky or chenille for one of the sides), i ended up using two layers of traditional batting, that way it would be extra plush and soft for the baby! i also added some toy links so that other toys could be added. i love these mats- so great for tummy time too!!
i also got another custom order from another cousin's co-workers. she is jewelry consultant and wanted a "catalog bag." i had never made one before, but essentially it is a tote bag with a clear, vinyl pocket in the front, that allows the catalog to be shown through the bag. originally the tote bag was going to be a fairly average size, but as i started working on it, i was a bit skeptical about it. the first design i had, the vinyl pocket was going to just be on the front-from top to bottom. if you've ever worked with vinyl you know that it's not that easy to work with- for one you can't iron it, and two, you can't pin it!! so as i started constructing it, i was a little worried that with a lot of use, the corners at the bottom of the bag would tear where the vinyl was. since vinyl can get "crunchy." i worried that it would split at the corners, especially if it got banged around a bit! so, i started on a second model, which had a band of fabric at the bottom, then the vinyl pocket starting above that. this way, even if the corners of the bag got banged around, it would still be reinforced with the extra band of fabric. with the second model, i had just started cutting away, and before you knew it, the bag was nearly twice as large as i intended it to be!! but, the customer was ok with that, so good news for her, she got a much larger bag for the price of a much smaller bag! guess she will have a lot more room for her catalogs and samples to tote around!
and finally, i started making some aprons. this is a halter style apron (which i love, and can't wait to make one for myself!) this was made for a co-worker of my sister's who loves baking. my sister said she liked dark colors, and luckily i was able to find this cute black cupcake print!
my niece started preschool a few weeks ago, and one of the items that they recommended bringing in was an art smock- or, an old tee. i figured, what fun is a ratty old t-shirt, so i scrounged around looking for some free patterns and came across this one. (that was my first time checking out that website, but if you are looking for some fun tutorials and have time, check that website out!! lots of great ideas!!) the tutorial was super easy, and i opted not to put ruffles on it. i used some leftover Barnslig fabric i had (time to make another trip to Ikea!!) and red bias tape for the trim. and, of course, embroidered her name on it! since we also needed something to transport her things back and forth, i made a matching tote bag!
see...told you i had LOTS of bags leftover from the Purse Party!
i love this new style- reminds me a lot of a Vera Bradley style i've seen people carry!
this bag has a rounded shape, and pleats all around. there are two pockets in the front that i think REALLY make the bag!! i think the pockets add character to the bag because they aren't the usual, right in front kind of pockets, and as my sister says, "it's like wearing jeans!"
and of course, another simple tote in the brown Mocca Print...because you can't possibly ever get enough of Alexander Henry!
and also, just an FYI about my shop- ALL bags have been marked down and has a FLAT RATE shipping of $5.50 for the remainder of the year! HAPPY SHOPPING!
it's usually pretty hard to find really cute quilted fabric! i know the prints they sell at Joann's are kinda old ladyi-ish to me and if you're going to spend over $20 for a yard of fabric, it better be darn good right?! when i found Erin McMorris' Park Slope that was quilted i was pretty excited!!
here's another summer tote i made! i thought i'd make something a little different and added wooden handles instead of the usual fabric handles!
i don't know about you but i love summer time because i always coordinate my bags to my outfit! it's just more fun and when you can make your own bag, it makes for a cheap and easy way to accessorize!!
i finally got some of Amy Butler's new Daisy Chain fabric a while back. i'm so used to buying pinks and browns and blues, so i thought i'd do something a little different and got her Deco Rose fabric in the Forest color. i ended up making this tote bag as a gift for a cousin of mine out in California!
i got this fabric from Artful Quilter a few months back and have held on to it because i liked it so much! i haven't been to the shop recently, but now that i've used the fabric up, i'm itching to go back! i hadn't heard of the collection before, but it comes from Art Gallery Fabrics and is part of the Asian Market Collection. There's a new collection called Botanica coming out in January 2009 that i'm DEFINITELY going to have to invest in!
i wasn't really sure which purse to make out of it, so i decided to go with my tried and true, basic tote that i've made so many times before!
UPDATE: this bag is now in the shop!
here are some totes i just finished!
i love this new larger tote bag that i just made! it's perfect as an everyday bag, or diaper bag, or even school/work bag! the top is a fun black/red floral print by Heidi Grace, and the bottom is a red/white mini polka dot print! the interior is the same as the base of the bag.
i also just made another small tote, in Amy Butler's Pink Coriander. the lining is in a blue and white gingham print.
when i went on my trip to myrtle to visit one of my best friends, i knew exactly what to make her for her birthday this month! she loves purple so when i found this print on fabric.com i knew the perfect idea for her! i made her one of my tote bags and also made a matching portfolio with it- i figured with all the wedding planning she'll be doing it would be a good place for her to be able to jot down ideas!
then, no sooner did i received a thank you card for it, i also got this in mail!!!! (talk about shocked! the UPS guy showed up and i knew i hadn't ordered anything, and was pretty positive my husband hadn't either, so i was pleasantly surprised when i opened the box up to find this!)
it's a cookie "invitation" asking me to be her bridesmaid!! how fun! i of course called her instantly and said i would be honored!!!
(in case you can't see what it says, the cookie reads, "It is hard for me to believe that in just a little while Tieg and I will be walking down the aisle. And nothing would give me more joy and pride than to have you right there by my side. Will you be my Bridesmaid?")
oh yeah...and no, i don't plan on eating it! it's just too cute to devour!
i've decided to throw a purse party some time this summer! a lot of my friends have requested purses, especially ever since i started making my tote bag! so i thought it would be a good way to get rid of some of the ones i've been keeping busy making, and also a good way to start up my Etsy shop (which i thought i was going to have up and running at the end of June, but it's not looking like it's going to happen just yet!) i'm also going to be doing baby items too! these key fobs seemed to be a random request every now and then so i just made a bunch! my little cousin said that down in Richmond there's a shop that sells them for $20!! i, for one think that's outrageous!!! or maybe i'm just cheap like that...who knows!
i think it'll be fun to have an open house for "crafty natalie" because i'm all about getting feedback! it'll be fun to see what items people request more of and what areas i could also work on!