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What’s up, Man?

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Fanfare…. tralalala…

Ladies and Gentlemen! I am proud, honored and slightly humbled to present to you my latest creation! My first bag for men, currently known as the manpurse , sorry, manbag, sorry, Metro-something-or-other. In short, the MSOO. Oh well, obviously some parts still need working on.

This little darling was a custom order, from a man, so you can probably appreciate I had very little data to work with. To be exact, the specifics I was given were “shoulder bag. Smallish. In shades of orange.”  Well, thank you very much! It took me forever, and this is what came out:

I’m very proud of it. I like my quiltwork and the padding is just right. You can put your A5 notebook in with, along with your wallet, keys and cellphone, and a pen or two, and that’s it. A small bag, see?

My father’s reaction was “I don’t know any man who would use a bag, let alone a quilted bag”. Well, his face said it, anyway. His face said part 2. Part 1 was definitely said by his mouth. Sorry, dad, I know you’re reading this, but it’s necessary for my little poll. Check out my poll on the sidebar, and please vote. It’s your civic duty.

Besides, right now I’m working on the next one. They’re fun to make. Not polls, menbags.

Also on the news: more bags at the shop and much excitement as the weekend sale in Gedera approaches. In only two weeks, I’ll be holding my stall at Gedera’s Artists’ Open House Weekend. Can’t wait!

The day after.

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So I’m back from last night’s sale. Well, I’ve been back since last night, obviously, but it took me until now to defrost my extremities. It was SO cold last night, and the heating broke down and was cooling instead. Some of the people came over to my little table and looked at the bags, some of them even took cards, and I even managed to sell a bag! Too bad, it was one of those I had just finished a couple of days ago, so there is no picture of it to show.

So, to summarize the last week: three bags and a coin purse sold. Hurrah! I hope it continues this way.

And on to a burning question:

Why is it OK for people to send me mass emails with huge pictures of stuff that can be categorized as “cute. ok. next”, but it’s not ok for me to ask them to stop doing that? Why do they get offended? It’s not like I used any rude language and they sure didn’t compose that email with the humongous pictures themselves! So why are they insulted? and why can’t they simply send a link to whatever cuteness roams the net at the moment? Just saying.

Oh, and if any of my readers thinks I mean specifically them – then no. I mean more than half my close friends. Nobody specific. I love you all.

OK, can’t help it. Have some bag pictures. Why am I hiding these anyhow? As usual, thanks to the house photographer. He sure knows his work!

Look at that button!

You all have a good week, will you? Keep warm, stay away from dangerous roads and don’t sink in the snow!

The economy is flourishing.

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No, I still can’t believe it happened so fast. I had just opened my business officially, and what do I get if not a phone call from a friend of the family who wants to get a bag. “Friend of the family doesn’t count”, you say, but I say, she didn’t have to pick the not-so-cheap bag, and she most definitely didn’t have to get herself another one! Oh, the joy! But I’m telling the story backwards, because the house photographer and I are disagreeing  about whether the FIRST sale I had counts or not. Well, to start from the top:

1. Thanks, mom! Your “I want you to be lucky” purchase worked like magic! Because:

2. Thanks, B.! I hope you enjoy those bags. It was fun for me to make them, and I hope you have as much fun toting them around.

Here, let me show you what she got (I hope you don’t mind, B.):

The pre-Micki bag

and also this one:

The Beagle bag

As my late grandfather used to say, “only tomorrow is not the day after tomorrow”, and that means I have tomorrow left for making an updated  inventory list, ironing of the bags, packing of the accessories, acquiring of the small change etc. before Saturday night, my big début.

Wish me luck. I hope I don’t faint before then.

Great things are afoot!

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Hello there, friends!

I sort of disappeared after my last post, but so many exciting things have happened in this time!

As I hoped, I spent many happy hours (OK, a couple) matching fabrics for another round of coin purses and evening bags. Right now I’m already done with the purses, but the evening bags are somewhat of an experiment (or ten), so they are taking me much longer, but are a fun challenge to my mind. Beside that, I am now also an officially legal business, complete with tax reports, receipt booklets and fancy business cards – the latter will actually happen once the online ordering system of that website comes back to life.

And another exciting thing: Did you notice my fresh header? Up there ↑↑↑ at the top of the blog! It was designed and executed by Vicki Boykis, an economics consultant and a very talented blogger and Photoshop wiz. Thank you, Vicki! I’m loving it!

So, my ETSY store will open soon, where you can see and even (gasp) buy some of my fine merchandise, but for now, I am leaving you with some pics of evening bags. So’s you have a nice evening. In satin and crystals.

Purple elegance

Pearl-grey chic

These pictures were taken at Maya’s Kitchen (Thanks, Maya!).

That’s all for tonight. Back to the sewing machine, me!

Ah. Finally.

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So Mr. photographer came home, and I made him fix the camera and take the pictures. As you can probably guess, this whole camera-not-working thing was just a big hoax, run by the evil camera, made to expose me in my complete camera-ignorance.

Here they are, my sweet creations:

the Micky bag

Micky's closeup

The Micky bag! complete with a space divider and a snazzy zipper. Check out my label. It rocks. For those of you who can’t read Hebrew, it says, well, Fabrications. I actually made a pun that works in English as well as Hebrew. I’m so sharp, no wonder I keep cutting myself.

Next up, my coin purses:

coin purses for your tea money

and some purses made with vintage floral cotton. The Pink striped things inside them are more coin purses. Pink. Striped. Fun:

aren't they adorable?

There they are. Now they’re done, it’s time for new fabric-matching. I love fabric matching. I’ll probably be at it for hours. Joy!


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Shalom, y’all!

I feel so pumped up today, good thing I have a blog to vent it off. I just finished sewing today, not only seven cute coin purses but also the tall order that is Micky’s bag.

Here is the story of Micky’s bag:

I made a tote. A very big tote. It had on it lovely japanese ladies on purple background, accented by red panels. Lovely handles, perfect proportions. So then comes Micky, and says she loves this bag, BUT. If it had a zipper, and if it had a space divider (and doesn’t Space Divider sound like a sci-fi accessory?), she would love it even better.

Anyway, here is the bag, before:

before Micky

Notice the pretty combination of colors, the fine proportions and the proprietor’s dainty hand.

I decided to make a new bag from afresh, instead of trying to modify the existing one. It took me half a forever to figure out how to create a lining with a divider that will stand right in the middle of the bag, and not attached to one of the sides. I should write-up a tutorial for this, I’m such a miracle worker!

Anyway, with an added zipper it looks absolutely Fab. I will take some pictures  tomorrow. Don’t expect me to break out the photography gear and personnel at quarter to 10pm. You’ll just have to wait.

Oh, and the coin purses?   c-u-t-e cute!

Hello, world!

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Hey there. Welcome to my blog.

I know, it’s still empty here: nothing on the walls, no carpets, the furniture looks a little bare and there’s an unexplained wind blowing in from somewhere. Not to worry, though. Soon it will all be nice and cozy, with lots of pretty fabrics flying around, and cute corners for fun and relaxation.

This, my blog, is about the new turn I have taken in life: from a pastime crafter to a full-fledged maker and seller. I have many crafty passions, but these days I put my heart and soul into fabric arts: cross stitching and sewing. I make bags, I quilt, I make quilted bags. Here’s one:

my everyday coffee bag

close-up on the stitched part

This is my everyday bag. It’s about 12″ squared, with a 3″ depth. The square in the middle, embedded in the quilted piece, is, indeed, a bit of cross stitch, . I love this coffee bag. Worse than that, I ♥ it, which is something I never thought I’d express outside Facebook.

In future posts I hope to share with you, my plentiful readers, all that I love: my favorite fabric patterns, my new and fabulous designs, my thoughts and ramblings, and all the goodness in life, handmade and dropped from above.
Good night, y’all. Have yourselves a good week.