Sunday, December 5, 2010

Fresh off the sewing machine.

This leather was irresistible, and I'm so excited to be able to make quite a few bags out of it. I had just enough time to get another bag together for Ain't Your Gramma's Craft Sale, and this is it. I would have liked to have made another reclaimed leather bag but I made all of my used material up for the Handmade Holiday sale, and most of all of them sold. Which is great. Well, off to pack my van for the sale tonight. I've got to admit, I am looking forward to taking a break from sewing for the next months or so. My day job has been really taxing on me this winter, so to not have to spend more working after I'm done 8 hours of work... But, I am looking forward to exploring bike bags again, this winter.

Dear Hannah

Thanks you for buying my bags. I always like brown and black together, it was a delight to get to custom make this bag. If I could do it again I would, and I would probably keep it for myself.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Here we are at the West End for Handmade Holiday. I'm happy with the turnout. I Enjoyed speaking with my return customers, and the customers that wished they would have gotten one of my bags at my previous sales, and had to come back to find me this year. One more sale to go, and a few more bags to make for it.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Just a week left for production. I am not getting half as many "special features" made, as I thought I could. But I am still going to pull off a few cool items. A dear friend of mine stumbled across these amazing old moneybags that I am converting into my own versions of a "money bag".

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sneak Peek

This was a happy experiment. I've been lugging around this scrap piece of army blanket, from an upholstery project from years ago. Finally it has found a home. I'm going to have a hard time parting with this beauty.

Here we go again with the Holly Hobby Bags.
This is made from some wool tweed that I found in New york.
I will also have a few black and white tweed bags available.

I'm starting to get a little board of this design, but it still seems to be a popular one. This bag has got to be the lightest bag I have ever made. I found this retro upholstery material in a secret hiding spot, really great bag making material. It may show up a few times in the future.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Front Bike Bag

First and only attempt at making my boyfriend's front bike bag. I only wish I had the proper machine that would have made finishing this bag easier. One year of prep for this bag, but we finally made it happen. If I didn't have any accomplishments this summer, I am sure glad that I made and finished this bag. Now time will tell if it will be able to withstand the nature of it's being.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Camera Shy

This wasn't the most successful photo shoot. The look on my face is the result of being ravaged by blood hungry mosquitoes, and having to restrain myself from itching all the bites so we could get the pics over with. Next time I wont be so keen to take the pics in a park. Thanks Kevin! Sorry it was so hard to get a smile out of me.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Pink or Red?

I say it's pink you say it's red...
I'm pretty sure I know what red is. I'm pretty sure that this is a shade of pink. It may be close to red, but it's more of a bright pink than a bright red, maybe muted red...?

Well I hope this customer is happy with this custom order. Thought I wouldn't mind doing a Rush order, but I am a bit worried about the red/pink thing.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Summer 2010

I think I will call this over sized bag The Holly Hobby. After a comment I received about how enormous the prototype was, I decided to downsize it by a few inches. This may be my most complex bag to date. I even decided to make new labels for this series.


This is a new design that turned out by surprise. A practical little pouch. This leather and textile combo actually took me by surprise. The leather was a score, buttery soft deer tan, and I think I have been holding on to the bark cloth for a while now. I'm so excited about using both of these materials, and ecstatic about the outcome.

The Classic

I wasn't too sure about this bag in the beginning. Really all I did was enlarge my mini purse design, and change the strapping. The color combo is a little strange, but I think it turned out to be quite a classy style. I have decided to make this in black, with brown strapping, it's gonna be so hot, I can't wait to get the leather.

Saturday, May 29, 2010


It's nearly here! And what have I been doing? slowly but surely... They are coming along.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Mystery Braid

About five years ago, I fell in love with this vintage leather crafted bracelet that I found in a thrift store. After many compliments on the bracelet, I decided I wouuld make them, and that is when I discovered this special bracelet was a puzzle, of one continuous piece of leather. I also decided this would be a good project to experiment with dyes. I came across these Eco-Flo water based dyes that create the most vibrant colors.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


I was a little intimidated to venture into this territory, but I am quite satisfied with the result. The sentimental value of the material I used, probably has something to do with the cool factor of the product. A couple years back my Aunt asked me if I wanted this giant US mail bag that she found... I took it with little intention of being able to make something of it. I really enjoyed the process of making this bag. Dyeing
the leather strapping was quite satisfying. I'm not sure how I am going to maintain the uniqueness of the material in further creations.