When my shop was featured I had some money come in and it was just my birthday and some lovely people gave me money too so I decided to treat myself to some of my Etsy wishes. Since I have a tote/purse/bag weakness I stumbled upon, and fell in love with, this bag from luckycann.
I had a terrible time deciding on the colour I wanted.
Now that it’s arrived I’m totally in love with it and want to order more colours just because!
Just for fun I wanted to share what I actually carry in my bag! It’s funny when the bag I’m using is one I’ve made myself because when people ask “Did you make that?” I usually answer with “Yes and this and this and this and this . . ”
Clockwise from top left – budgeting envelope, coin purse, wallet (pattern here), notebook with cover (tutorial here), purse organizer (pattern here), thing I put my earbuds in (pattern here), sunglass case, pencil case (pattern here) and in the middle, of course, my cup cozy!
Ages ago I worked really hard to brainstorm a cool name for another Etsy shop.
My brainstorming, and pestering some friend, paid off and I came up with a great name for the shop. I signed up on Etsy and since it’s just been sitting there.
Waiting for me to fill it with the things I want to make for it.
I had planned to get to it this summer and so far, this is as far as I’ve gotten. Making the screens.
Perhaps this weekend, before school starts again, I can go insane with creativity and get it all done and launched?!
Cross your fingers form me and send some happy creative thoughts.
I found this Etsy shop recently and I love the sketchy designs.
I also started following Pam’s blog and other stalkable social media things, she’s a rather creative lady and I love her work.
I picked up a pile of colours that I thought were pretty and while I love the open endedness of the project it’s also a bit daunting to just have to ‘wing it’. Getting it all organized since it’s a good portable craft and then I’ll start madly stitching.
I splurged and got myself some fun Japanese fabric scraps the other day from this shop, physician Beautiful Work.
They arrived ridiculously quick. All the way from Japan.
I love how I can mail a cup cozy to the US and it takes ages to arrive but fabric from Japan got to me in just under a week.
Silly postal mysteries.
No really whew.
I’ll admit it, I was bad and there was some procrastination involved, but the cozies did ship on time. My poor fingers, my poor wrist, my poor forearm from all that cutting . . . My poor friend Joanna who came over Monday night to be my minion when I needed help desperately.
There was a day when I was sent an email asking if I handmade my cozies because he was thinking of ordering 2000-4000 of them. After a ‘OH NO WAY!’ moment I thought, “Wait, if I just spent a week going hardcore on making them I could probably do it . . that’s a lot of money”. Having made 200 I doubt I’d survive! The personal injury that would follow would just be insane.
But silver lining, soon 200 new to me people will be holding one of my cup cozies. I made a mysterious event extra special and I did get some money for it all. Now to get on with the teeny tiny but just as important orders I have left in my shop.
Ok I guess in some wacky way this week seems to be about publically sharing my accomplishments and goals so I might as well carry on. I’m working on another Etsy shop. I’ve set it up, it’s got a pretty banner, a cute name and now it just awaits creations!
It’s going to feature all the clutches, wallets and purses I make using the wonderful Michelle Patterns and hopefully I’ll start to move into my own designs.
Over the Christmas Holidays I’m going to work away on the Design Your Own Handbag class. Click the link for 50% off if you’d like to join in the fun. Eventually I want to move into making my own PDF patterns and helping others to create great stuff. First learning graphics is on my list . . . oh and fabric design . . . and stamp carving . . and . .
Image of badges taken from K is for Calligraphy on Etsy.
Just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who pops by here and read my blog. I know it’s for me and blah blah blah but it’s really nice to know there are people on the other end of this thing. If you follow me here or on Twitter or like me on Facebook or whatever I really appreciate it and I hope I return the favour in some way.
If you do something cool and I don’t know about it yet please point it out to me because I believe in sharing the love and shouting it from the roof tops when there’s cool stuff to be found.
I’ve been struggling to find my own style lately. I guess it started with the whole purple hair thing and a nose piercing back in June. Things have gotten a bit brighter and more patterned since then!
Dress – Forever 21 (for $13.99!!)
Tights – pretty sure Target
Cardigan – Target
Locket – Emma Gem Shop
Now I need to still get the hang of this outfit posting thing because I was home alone with the kids so there was some timer setting involved before I broke down and asked one of the kids across the street to snap a few photos.
There’s been many a day when I’ve wanted to photograph my outfit but haven’t had the means. I need to fix that.
Made this as part of Back To School month over at Meremade. It’s sort of my fall/teacher/learning/girl wish list. Sharing it with you!
Treasury tool supported by the dog house