Like it or not, fall will be here before you know it. I’ve already been thinking about the season with new fabrics and designs. I will be bringing back my favorite fall bag, The Manhattan, in both the purse style and the messenger or “Tall Manhattan”. I create these bags using recycled men’s suit jackets as the body of the bag, a dress shirt for the lining and a necktie for the strap. I love the tailored design of this bag. It is a clean, simple shape that is classic design. Since menswear will be hot hot hot this fall, I think every fashionista needs to sport a Manhattan!
This week’s must have bag is the Beach Bum Bag! There is still a little bit of summer left to pick up one of these babies and take it to the beach or your next summer vacation! Made from a beach towel, these bags are bright, fun and colorful. Sturdy strap is strong enough to carry all your essentials. Lining is a heavier cotton in fun coordinating prints. Inside is a crook recycled jeans pocket. Perfect for your phone, iPod or sunglasses. Check them out http://www.etsy.com/shop/girlsbesttrend
Being a romantic at heart, I was thrilled to be able to design bridesmaid clutches for two very special brides.
The first was for my cousin, Gabriella, who was married in June. Her colors were lime green and navy blue. I created a flap style clutch out of taffeta with a cotton lining. I sewed on a navy ribbon which wrapped around the bag. A large navy blue flower with a sparkly green button gives it that last perfect touch.
The second was for my dear friend’s youngest sister, Jessica, who was married on August 3rd. I created a clutch using a silver frame for the closure. Her colors were fern green and eggplant. i used a circular pattern in eggplant and a fern print cotton batik for the lining. I received some extra bridesmaid dress fabric to create a large flower pin for the front of the clutch.
Who doesn’t love a margarita in the summertime? These Margarita Bags are a perfect summertime staple to any wardrobe. Made from bamboo placemats and lined with bright cotton linings, these bags have tropical resort written all over them. They are a great size 13″x 7″ x 4″ deep with a fun handle attached. Big enough to carry all the essentials and then some. Check out my Etsy shop Girl’s Best Trend and get your favorite!
I have met a lot of great people since I have been on the craft show “circuit” and have made some great friends. Two of which have been Brooke and Todd with Kool Platez. This Thursday at Lopez in Cleveland Heights will be a little fund raiser for this awesome couple. It will run from 6-9. Th will be great art for sale to raise some money. So come on by, meet great people, buy some fabulous art and grab a bite to eat. You’ll be glad you did! http://www.lopezonlee.com. http://www.etsy.com/shop/koolplatez
Inspired by Cleveland’s West Side Market, which is one of my most favorite places to frequent, I created a hip grocery bag created from old burlap coffee bags. Each bag has a different design with linings that vary from chevron, tree, owl, moustache and a polka dot print that is easy to wipe clean. These roomy bags are large enough to hold your produce, cheese, some Ohio City pasta and of course a fresh loaf of bread. These bags are also great to use for everyday shopping around town or as a beach bag or even to carry your baby items in.
I had a full sewing weekend getting ready for a couple of upcoming shows and shop drop offs. The studio was full a great tunes to keep me going and Sophie was the great supervisor. I love mixing different patterns together to come up with unique designs. I will have burlap clutches in the next few days. Stay tuned,