Monday, 26 June 2017

Coral Summer Earrings


There's been a flurry of creative activity in these parts lately and I've been making all sorts of things, including bags, pouches, necklaces and earrings.


These are the coral organza earrings I made the other day and I have already given them to a friend. The colour is so very bright and cheery and just perfect for summer.
 Now I want to make some blue and yellow ones....


Friday, 16 June 2017

Evil Eye Bag in Denim





Large denim shoulder tote bag with evil eye.


This is the second eye bag to be finished. (You can see the first one here.) There's more of them being made, in various states of assembly. 



This bag is pretty big. 
It measures 38cm or 15 inches across and 42cm or almost 17 inches from top of the bag to the bottom.
The shoulder strap, measured from one edge of the bag to the other is 50cm or less than 20 inches.



I've used all-natural fabrics again and made the lining inside more colourful and fun with 2 contrasting cotton prints: animal print (you can see it peeking out in the photos) and red and white stripes. The pictures I took of the inside with it's pockets and magnetic snap closure didn't turn out so I'm not sharing any of them in this post. 

 This bag is made to be practical, so it has pockets both inside and out.
It's got one large pouch-like pocket on the outside that can hold a bunch of things. It's also got various pockets inside, including an extra large zippered pocket and 3 smaller ones. 

Linked to:
Annemarie's Haakblog

Monday, 12 June 2017

Evil Eye Bag


And here it is! 
The first evil eye bag of a series of evil eye bags in the making and already listed in my etsy shop.


I have, after a long, long time, started make bags again and I'm deliriously happy about it!

This particular handbag is perhaps the happiest colour combination I've ever tried, with yellow, red and hot pink all combined for an utterly riotous chromatic result which is sure to grab your attention! As is the huge eye staring out at you!


The fabric used is all natural cotton and silk. The yellow front of the bag is natural cotton and the deep, rich red fabric of the back is shantung silk.


The inside is sturdy natural cotton canvas and I've added an inside pocket as well as a handmade cotton cord to tie the opening closed if desired.


What do you think? Too bold? Or just right for happy summer days?

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SkipToMyLou, Annemarie's Haakblog

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Making -More- Eyes



Over the past few weeks I've been going eye-crazy and I think it's been showing. There's the rocks here and the board here and a sketchbook full of eyes that I never got around to photographing....but will.


And then there's the fabric version pictured here in yellow green and blue - though there are more colours I've been working with. Some quite unexpected and surprising but they seem to work for me.


These are about 24 cm wide and 13 cm high and entirely made out of cotton. They are the basic applique piece for a series of bags I've been planning and designing for a while now.


Said bags have one of these big eyes as the central focal point with all sorts of added embellishments and bits of interest.


The bags are already in the process of being made as we speak and I totally love them all!




One of them is already finished and I'll be sharing pictures of it with you shortly.


Friday, 9 June 2017

The Scarlet Pimpernel



Getting my summer reading list together....


What kind of a summer reading list would it be without some wild, romantic adventures and daring, swashbuckling heroes?


Saturday, 3 June 2017

Red Flower Accessories


I recently made these large red rose flowers and attached them to this very soft but sturdy black cotton ribbon. The durable, heavy-weight ribbon means that they can be tied and un-tied repeatedly without showing wear.


The flowers themselves measure about 10cm across but are very light-weight and easy to wear in a multitude of ways.


I can easily see them used in the more usual ways: tied around the waist as a sash or belt, tied around the head as a headband or tie-back, the wrist as a floral wrist corsage or even around an ankle for a more bohemian, free spirited look.


Another way of using these is tied around the handles of a bag like a bag charm or accessory. I do it all the time as it's an easy -and inexpensive- way to change a bag's look and brighten your mood in the process.


Another way I've seen them used is as a floral touch in home decor, wrapped around a vase or favourite object in the house. A flower accessory for the home.
I know I'd love to see these as nursery decor for a little girl! 
Perhaps tied around a bed post or chair.

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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Brilliant Bags

I recently came across my old copy of Brilliant Bags by Deena Beverly. I bought it back in 2006 -its year of publication- and it's the book I made my very first bag from a pattern from more than 10 years ago.


I didn't follow the pattern entirely and I added pockets all over because that was my original reason for making a bag myself, to customize it to my needs. I also embellished it differently, with lots of hanging leaves and made it fully reversible. 
I loved that bag so much I wore it threadbare but unfortunately I don't think I have a picture of it to show.


When making this bag all those many years ago I learnt a bag-making trick that I used on almost all of the bags that followed that very first one, so this book and that bag will always hold a special place in my heart.

Leafing through the book now, it's still a great book to start making bags with and you can actually still find the book here if you're interested in a copy. 

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