Thursday, August 28, 2008

Aqua pyramid bag - Valorie Wells fabric

This beautiful bright fabric is by Valori Wells and the bag is lined in a matching aqua cotton. The zip pull features chalk turquoise, mother of pearl and Swarovski crystal beads. This bag is big enough to fit a phone, wallet and keys and has a strap that has the bag hanging at waist height.

Upcycled vintage fabrics tote bags

I loved making these bags, finding old clothes, cushions covers table runners and making them into great bags. Can't wait to make more (got any old clothes you don't want????............)

The lining is some fabric I originally bought a long time ago to make a dress and never got around to it and the rest of the bag is made from preloved items. Bags with history!

Saturday, August 23, 2008


I love making collages with this natural recycled paper and Japanese paper


Here are a few pictures of some of my paintings.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Tote bag and pyramid bag

This tote bag is made with Amy Butler 'French Wallpaper in olive' fabric and the bottom is padded with wadding for extra protection for your things and the bag is fully lined in a terracotta cotton. The pyramid bag is made from a brown linen I was lucky to find locally and is lined in brown cotton.

Domino pendants

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

bobby pins

Here are some little bobby pins for girls, very bright and cute.

Pyramid bag - Valorie Wells fabric

I love this bright groovy fabric! I'm making cushion covers for my sister in the same fabric but with another colourway. This bag is big enough to hold a medium sized wallet, phone and keys.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Black, white and red tote

I love the fabric in this bag as I am a big fan of things black and white (and red) so when I saw the black fabric I had to get it. This bag is 25cm wide x 30cm high x 10cm deep and the top of the bag hangs just above the hip on me when over my shoulder. I am making a couple of square pendants that match this bag with the main fabric, and so far they look great, I'll put them on when tbhey are finished.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Tote bag

This tote bag is really big and would hold heaps of stuff. It measures 45cm wide and 40cm high and is padded between the lining and fabric to give extra protection to your things. I have made a pyramid purse from the contrast fabric which can be hung inside the bag from a vintage button which is sewn to the lining. The lining is brown cotton and there is a zippered pocket in the lining too. On both sides, on one of the handles I've also sewn on a vintage button. This bag would be great to take on a picnic or to a market or anywhere you need to carry a lot of stuff.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Pod Collective challenge

I'll put the full story on the Pod Collective blog which is but wanted to put these 2 on here. We recently had a challenge where we had to give someone else in the group something, anything, and then they had to make something postcard size out of it. So Ali gave me 2 bread tags, blue and orange. I spent about 2 weeks thinking of what to do and thinking I couldn't think of anything, maybe cut them in half and fan some strips of Japanese paper to make a peacock's tail... well anyway, this is what I did. The text is from an old textbook of Hamlet and thanks to Suzie and Michelle for saving extra tags for me.
What??? am I going to do with these?
I'll do this. Can do! (that's what the alphabet brads say)

Then, I gave Ali some of the fabric from Sulawesi, the one I made a purse from this afternoon (see previous blog) and this is what she made. Looks great in my kitchen, matches the colours. Check out the pod blog for the other ones (in a few days when i get around to putting it on there).

A scrap of fabric from Indonesia.....
turns into this awesome design - reminds me a bit of something Moroccan actually or some sort of journey..

Pia's bag and Michelle's bag

This is Pia's bag and I love the bright red lining, looks great with the brown.

These are a couple of bags 2 friends ordered from me. The brown one is a big version of the pyramid purse and I put some heavy interfacing in it which worked really well.

More pyramid purses

A few more pyramid purses I made this afternoon. This one is made from a Japanese fabric with a bright red cotton lining.

The purple one is made from fabric I bought in Ujung Pandang in Sulawesi, Indonesia in 1998. I went there to visit my foster child with a friend and found this fabric shop called Aneka Sutra that sold masses of printed silks used for traditional Moslem womens clothing. I bought some beautiful pieces and this was one of them, as I love purple it caught my eye. I love purple and green together so made a lime green lining for this one with some lime green silk cord for the wrist strap.

This is the little sister of the tote bag I made a few days ago...

Saturday, August 9, 2008

set up

Here are a couple of pics of everything displayed

Hobo bag

I finally finished this hobo bag. It's in corduroy with lots of vintage buttons sewn all over and with a button and ric rac clasp. This bag is a Nicole Mallalieu design pattern and it was pretty easy to put together. It has a zippered internal pocket on one side and compartments for a phone and 2 other sections on the other side.


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