Monday, November 26, 2007

Show and tell

It's an unfortunate thing that the more there is to blog about, the less time there is to actually do it. Well, that's how it goes with me anyway. Been so busy doing stuff I've had no time to write about it - plus we are having Internet issues at the moment which is making things very hard....gggrrrr....

So anyway, here is a quick show and tell of what went on last week. First cab of the rank is...what a surprise...bags!

Three bags for three lovely ladies I used to work with. I'm still enjoying trying out different shapes, styles, and methods of construction. It's just such fun! And all three are a mixture of new fabrics and Op Shop finds. There's something about the mixture of old and new that quite appeals to me.

Clutch in Heather Bailey fabric from her Freshcut range, with a beautiful glass button from my Grandma's collection. Lined with fabric from an old sheet.

Shoulder bag in Amy Butler fabric, from her Lotus range, and cuff, straps and inside in vintage denim remnants I found in an Op Shop. More old buttons from Grandma's button tin.

Shoulder bag in soft quilting fabric found at Spotlight, with vintage designer fabric found as a remnant in an Op Shop, and thrifted red cord remnant for strap. And of course, another button from Grandma's trusty button tin (going to have to start replenishing the vintage button stash soon - ebay here I come!)

Also whipped up a couple of things for Kate this week. First was a twirly skirt I made by following a tutorial at this link

I also made some light summery pants from the same old sheet I used for the inside of the Heather Bailey clutch. The pattern was actually a pajama pants pattern that I had used to make pjs for Lee, and I just altered it to have more of a wide leg and funky cuff, rather than the tapered in look. I was quite happy with how they turned out, and they literally took me about 20mins to whip up. Yay! I love a bit of instant gratification.

And that's about it for the 'making' stuff. Poor kids had a lovely bout of 'hand, foot and mouth' virus (not to be confused with the deadly 'foot and mouth' disease you get from cattle). So a few days of fevers, crankiness, and awful foot blisters and mouth ulcers. Boy it's gotta be tough being a kid sometimes. But all's good now and we came out of quarantine on the weekend - whew!

Looking forward to a slightly more relaxed week this week. Yes I know, famous last words....


vanessa.e. said...

lovely bags! I love the one with the amy butler + thrifted fabric... and the findings from 'grandma's button tin.' I am having quite a love affair with buttons myself right now!

what a great little blog!

Lisa said...

Love the bags, beautiful!

The skirt and pants are great too, clever thing! Would take me 20 weeks to get the pants right..LOL!

Kylie said...

Oh wow - and you call yourself a beginner - I think that you are churning out more things then I am at the moment! Congratulations - you are doing a great job!

Dee said...

GOsh darn you are SO talented, I'm in awe and slightly jealous!

LOving the skirt and the pants and the bags! Fabulous!

vanessa.e. said...

thank you for the complements. i really do love your bags, too. maybe we could work out a trade?

Paula said...

As a recipient of one of those lovely bags, let me just say a huge THANK YOU!

I love it, Bec, and have been using it frequently! (A great size for phone, purse and those other things we girls must carry around, and the style and colours - and history - are fabulous).

Every time I use it I tell everyone that it was made by a friend - I'm telling you Bec, there is a market out there waiting for you! Everyone is very impressed.

Thanks again. Love your work.