Every year in November I participate in Make It Indie in Cobourg. It’s a fantastic show, great vendors, huge turn out, wonderful crowd, I absolutely love it. I’ve decided this year I’m going to pick up this display shelf I saw at Michael’s and fill it with oodles of my scrappy wallets! It’s no secret that I love Michelle Patterns and I especially love making my scrappy wallets from one of her now retired patterns.
I went ahead and ordered a pile of zippers for the occasion. I’ve been getting them for a few years now from Zipit Zippers on Etsy. It’s the best value and quality I’ve found. Being in Canada it’s tricky to find selection and reasonable shipping rates (why is it all so hard for us!?). They’re YKK and she has a great variety of colours.
I know I’ve gone on and on about Michelle Patterns but I just love her stuff so darn much (and she’s an affiliate sponsor on my blog). My iBooks shelf is over flowing with her stuff. I’ve made so many of her great patterns into fun stuff like the bracelet bag, the bucket bag, clutches,scrappy wallets, more scrappy wallets and yes, even more scrappy wallets. Still need to carve out time to finish this one, love the fabric covered button.
Sooooo she’s having a 6 year anniversary sale!
Go take a look!
Yep, ask I made some. Pattern available from Michelle Patterns, buy link at top right.
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 . .
I went on another scrappy wallet binge. Pattern available here zip pocket pouches.
On the weekend while we were camping I took a pile of fabric and cut out tons of pieces for more wallets. I sorted them in zip lock bags and labelled them A, B, C, D and E. I was also organizing my space last night and I made a project bin for them, it’s got all the zip locks in it, and some scraps to cut out later, zippers, precut velcro and lining pieces all ready to go.
Now when I need something quick to make to satisfy my ‘I gotta make something’ urge, I can just pull that bin over and go crazy.
Well I fell victim to ordering some scraps again. These ones are from Michelle Patterns and I always love her fabric choices, all the ones she posts about on her blog and of course her patterns. So whenever I catch that she has a scrap pack for sale I usually end up buying it.
I’ve already cut a bunch up for some scrappy wallets and set aside the small bits for magnet making. Now that I’m caught up on all my orders I intend to do some fun sewing. What a coincidence school is almost out.
Seriously, fabric with poodles *and* strawberries. How cute is that?!
Well thanks to everyone who stopped by for another successful Giveaway Day. I love having tons of people come here, and I get to visit loads of new to me blogs, and then I get to pick someone and send them something that makes them smile! It’s all so fun.
I just choose my winners and congrats to Laura and Lynn! I had to pick 2 and hold myself back from choosing even more. Everyone left such lovely comments and I wish I could just sew all week and send all of you a wallet . . . sadly I can’t. Emails are sent Laura and Lynn so send me back your requests and addresses.
I had the pleasure of meeting Celine of Blue Calla a while back at a local event. She makes these beautiful bags and purses so of course I nearly trampled people to get over to her booth. And not surprisingly, I made a purchase.
She uses absolutely fantastic fabrics for her projects and often she uses Keyka Lou patterns *currently on sale*, which I also have a soft spot for. Honestly, she’s after my heart!
Here are some of my favs from her shop. Click images to go to listings.
And in her not a purse or bag category she has some amazing items, like these.
When you’re crafty it’s easy to look at things and think “I can make that” and with many of Blue Calla’s items I actually *can* make it as I have the pattern too, but I still drool over her creations.