Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Three Victorian Children on Skates

Night before last, I purchased this sweet French postcard graphic of these Victorian children skating in their beautiful period attire. I found this beauty at FrenchPaperMoon on Etsy.  As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it too! So I printed it on cotton fabric and stitched it to some painter's canvas drop cloth and voila!....a zipper bag! I added a bit of trim, some mismatched buttons, some crinkled seam binding and a metal zipper.

It turned out so cute and I enjoyed stitching it up and adding all the embellishments.

I wanted something very specific for the lining and I looked and looked but just couldn't find exactly what I had in mind. As I was about to leave the store I noticed the remnant bin and in there was about a yard of this beautiful, bronze-like/ brown colored home decorator fabric with some sheen to it. PERFECT! It added just the right amount of richness and weight to the bag.

These sweet faces are hard not to fall in love with....and their clothing is beautiful! Can you imagine skating in those clothes?

I added a coordinating tag with the care instructions on the back.

Then I felt the urge to make another bag....I enjoyed making it that much.

Though I ran out of the taupe colored trim that I used on the first bag, the ivory cotton lace worked as well and added a nice touch.

This adorable little threesome inspired me to do a little sewing and now that these bags are done, I can think of many more ways that I would like to use this graphic. I am thinking that they would look so cute as little embellished fabric ornaments and that may just be my next project.

Follow up post:  Ornaments made from with this same image, CLICK HERE!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Today's Sewing Project--Tulip Purse

Last night I began stitching up a bag using one of my favorite patterns. It's been a while since I made one of these bags. Every year my mom puts in "an order" for a new one so I have been looking around for just the right fabric. I haven't located hers yet but I did purchase a couple bundles of coordinating fat quarters in pretty browns, golds and metallic some time ago and I have been dying to make a bag from these fabrics. See above.

I apologize for the quality of these photos. There are plenty of shadows because it got darker earlier than I had planned and I needed to use an overhead light. Our first day of early darkness was today and I never welcome the shorter days. It sort of signals winter and hibernation and eat lots of comfort food!.....

The fabric is a richer golden brown than what you see here. I love this fabric. I went online to see if I could find some more but did not have any luck. The pattern used here is Janice Pope's 2 Hour Tulip Bag. It whips up in a couple of hours just like the pattern claims. I like to give it my own touches and in this case I made a fabric button from  a coordinating fabric and made a button loop from the main fabric. You can also use elastic loops, or tabs, magnetic snaps etc....

The inside has another pocket. I used the same pocket pattern that is on the outside. There is also an option for a small rectangular pocket. After making several of these bags for myself, I prefer the larger, deeper pocket.

It's very roomy inside when opened. (8" sides) Boy, the color is way off in this photo.

The straps are 22" long. So it can be used as a handbag but also can be carried over the shoulder. Generally for shoulder bags I add another couple of inches to the strap especially for when I am wearing bulkier clothing.

Using the pattern for a small zipper pouch, (finished dimensions are 6" x 4 1/2") I stitched up this matching pouch which fits inside the bag or even in the inside pocket.

The lining of the zipper bag is the same fabric that I used for the button on the purse.

Janice Pope's pattern is very easy to follow, works up quickly and can be easily customized. I have made these bags up in cotton, corduroy, denim from recycled jeans. You can find links on my sidebar to other tulip bags that I have made. (under most popular posts)

This pattern comes with four different sizes: Petite, Standard, Large and Jumbo. This bag was made using the large size. I have made several in the standard size as well but have not yet used small or jumbo. 

Well, I've got some more sewing to do and a very busy week ahead, so I'll leave you for now. Have a wonderful week.  

*******Just a reminder that Jemma will be entering her Week 2  of Etsy Christmas Shopping and she will be featuring new shops this week. Click here to visit Jemma's Blog  

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Jemma's Etsy Christmas Shopping Series

Etsy Christmas Shops

Today begins the first in a series of Etsy shop features that Jemma, who blogs at At Home with Jemma, has so wonderfully taken on to promote small business shopping! I am so happy to be among the shops she will be featuring. To read further about today's featured shops please Click here! My Etsy Shop Eastern Ave Designs is one of today's featured shops! I welcome you to stop by!

In October, Jemma wrote a post on her blog about the memories of shopping local in mom and pop stores many years ago, that it was more of a personal shopping experience and how she has a strong desire to return to the holiday shopping "basics" of the good old days. I think many of us can relate to the days of downtown shopping in quaint little shops where we actually knew the shop owners and their families. I certainly can! I also miss those days!

So when Jemma asked me if I would be interested in participating in this shopping series, I was very excited!

You'll want to visit her blog to read all about it and to see the shops she will be featuring over the next few weeks. 

Also, by stopping by Jemma's blog you'll be able to grab information about discount codes for some "local etsy shopping" .....and even if your holiday shopping is already completed, you'll want to stop by Jemma's blog just because!!! She is a wonderful talented writer who shares her love of family, home, food, fun and fashion with us!

Mini Santa Ornament in my Etsy Shop

Newest Ivory and gold glitter, paper and lace angels

I am delighted to be part of her Etsy Christmas Shopping series! Thank you so much Jemma!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

More Than One Santa

As I was snapping photos of my "hot off the press"  Christmas ornaments, I couldn't help but think back to the days when each of my daughters was tiny and excited about Santa's visit. Without fail, every Christmas one of them would ask for us to explain the multiple Santas we would run into at malls, stores or waving to us in traffic....."how come there are so many Santas", "is that Santa or one of his helpers,".....is that the real Santa Claus?" I tended to lean on the theory that Santa was too busy in the North Pole to come himself so he sent some of his best elves (helpers) to fill in for him...they never questioned my answer.....sigh.... I do miss those magical days....

I  have a very large collection of Santa Claus ornaments because I have always loved that "right jolly old elf."  Many years ago I made almost enough Santa ornaments to cover my entire Christmas tree and I still use them. This year I decided to come up with a new and improved pattern so that I could stitch up a few Santas for my Etsy Shop.

I am a bit embarrassed to say that I sat at my dining room table a long time trying to come up with a pattern,  Let's face it, it's a pretty simple shape, but I couldn't get the face pattern right....over an hour later, I finally settled on a pattern and started cutting some pieces out of red fabric. I used off white canvas drop cloth for the face which I attached with fusible web. I put one Santa together first to see if I liked it....and I did! As it turned out, the shape of the face did not even matter because it is completely covered by the beard. So I made some more!

I used tassels on the hood that I removed from a vintage tablecloth....I knew they would eventually come in handy for something!

A sprig of Christmas greenery with glitter adds a festive touch to his velvet-like coat and hat.....they are about 9" tall x 3" wide.

I think they are all starting to get annoyed by all the photo taking...

Here a couple of Santas are purposely looking away from the camera! So I think I will call this photo shoot over and done with!

Once I have all of my red Santas done, I'll be making some Santas out of green velvet with gold and ivory trimmings. I hope to start some this evening. I will share them at a later date.....

Good night friends! Enjoy the rest of your week!