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Surfacing.

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Hello? Hellooooo???

Anybody out there? Have I still got a reader left? Who knows. I’ll pretend there’s a huge audience in front of me, all waiting for me to start talking. Or writing. Wait, not that large an audience.

So, how have you all been? Taking good care of yourselves? Everybody survived the various spring festivities? Good.

Last time I was here, I was all excited about the big artists’ fair in Gedera. Well, it happened. Practically a month ago, I’m ashamed to say. It was a lot of fun. My host was Orna, a very talented painter/photographer, and other ladies there were selling pretty glass art, ceramics, mosaic art and women’s clothes. A lot of people came by on the two days of the fair, and I even managed to sell a few of my bags, not only to friends and relatives, but to a complete stranger, too!  The weather was good, the music was fine, the company was pleasing – what else could I have asked for? It really makes me want to participate in more fairs like that.

In the picture is  moi, wearing an amazingly silky-soft button-up shirt I got from a second-hand sale, messing around with my receipt book. I am surrounded by my beautiful bags, and hanging in the front of the table is the I-spy quilt, that my son (chocolate face, lower right hand corner) kept wanting to call his own, even though he already has one.

Other good news are I sold ALL of my Beagle bags. Yes, I know I only made three, but hey, I sold them all nevertheless. Worry not, though, more Beagle bags are to come soon, in more funky corduroy colors. And the brown diamond-shaped evening purse with the amazing vintage button. Some of my bags even made it as far as Chicago and San Francisco (OK, the SF purses were sent as gifts, but they still made it all the way there).

So that was it. Passover was a good rest, with lots of frolicking with beloved members of the family, and I’m just glad we’re back on daily schedule again, so I can go back to my sewing.

Have a good restful weekend, reader(s). Next week will be full of action again.

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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!

Don’t piss me off on a Sunday, please.

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A poem:

9AM.

You – in elaborate make-up,

hair, dress, boots.

Me – in excercise whatnot, hair, bag.

Can’t you find something

better to ask

than

“Don’t you have a job?”

P.S. I know you’re jealous.

Also, happythoughts: More bags are up in the shop, and 6 days to the Amit women sale countdown.

Layla Tov!

It’s here!

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Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to announce that my ETSY shop is now open to the public!

Right now there is only one item for sale, but more will join it in the next few days. It’s hard to decide what to put up in the shop and what to keep for the local sale I’m having in a week and a half, or didn’t I tell you about that?

Well, on Saturday night, February 6th, I have a small table at the Amit women gathering in Rehovot, where I’ll be selling my bags and purses out in the open for the first time. I’ve amassed a pile of my bags for the very occasion, and as the time nears, it feels less than adequately enough. Kind of like when you’re cooking for guests, and as the time comes near you just KNOW there isn’t enough food, and you start warning your family members not to hog all the meat, and for heaven’s sake, don’t take seconds of anything. You know what I mean. So for every item I have, there’s this long internal debate: Will the Rehovot ladies buy this? does it have a better chance on the WWW? Who knows? I just know, since the first one is up, the others will follow much more easily.

I also know I need to sit down and make more bags. I have hardly enough.