Sunday, December 20, 2009

Leather Wrap Bracelets

Ahhh... the shows are behind me- thankfully all very successful. My bags continue to sell, but my most successful collection this year has been my leather wrap bracelets. I couldn't make enough of these!
All one-of-a-kind, they're designed to wrap 3 times around your wrist. (look out for longer wraps next year- wrap 5-6 times around!) Each one is a mix of vintage glass beads, semi-precious stones, vintage religious medals & train tokens. Next year I'm going to do more of these, along with different multi-strand leather pieces.
Now that the hectic craft show season is behind me, I'm off to the studio to make my Christmas presents. My sisters might be reading, so no details, but I'll post about them after Christmas.
Thanks to all my Cleveland friends who helped make this season a profitable one! See you all in a week or so....Merry Christmas!
and Peace to you & your loved ones.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Last Minute Market- Cleveland Handmade

Here's a sneak peak at a series of new bags I'm working on. I'll have several at this weekend's Last Minute Market. This second year event just got wonderful press in the Plain Dealer Style section. Come out & join over 80 artists and shop for those one-of-kind gifts.
In this new series of bags I'm using these great linen polka dot prints with vintage button detail. All one-of-a-kind.
I'm also using these great ribbons and antique lace- this one is pink Little Red Riding Hood...
This one has deer, mushrooms, and squirrels, with a little ladybug button.....
....and more Little Red Riding Hood with glass ladybugs.

Hope to see my friends Saturday!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Matryoshka Madness!

Yes- shameless self- promotion! This beautiful blog SewSweetStitches featured my Matryoshka bag on her blog. What is it about these sweet babushkas?
They always make me smile!
Check out the post here!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Last Minute Market- Cleveland Handmade

Don't forget to stop over at the Last Minute Market on Dec 19th. THE perfect place to buy all those last minute gifts. Together with IMadeIt!, the Screw Factory artists, and Cleveland Handmade- there will be over 60 regional artists. I'll be there with new bags & purses, and leather wrapped cuffs. More details here.
A HUGE thanks to everyone who helped make last weekend's 10th Annual TerraVista event an overwhelming success!

Hope to see you all at the Last Minute Market!
And don't forget- "shop local & shop handmade".

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Vintage Venetian Glass LoveBird Birdcage Necklaces

These little birdcage necklaces are made with the real old handblown glass birds made on the Island of Murano in the 1950's. They were used to make those very expensive Venetian necklaces....
My little birds sit perched in a vintage brass cage with vintage glass beads.....
Only a few of these brass cages left- so I guess you could say these necklaces are a limited edition! Made to order in blue or red.
Back to sewing! Have a great Wednesday :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

"Every woman should have a purse of her own". Part IV

My favorite quote by Susan B. Anthony.
More bags in store- a sneak peak at what I'll be taking to the TerraVista show this weekend. If you can't make the show I listed a few new bags in my Etsy shop.
Not my usual vintage vibe, but I love this black and yellow fabric. I appliqued a little yellow bird on the front. SOLD
This vintage tapestry has an antique skeleton key closure and a linen interior. SOLD.
Like a cool breeze...this woven coral fabric has antique lace & button accents. Find it here. SOLD
Another "new" fabric- cool botanical silhouette leaves & flowers. Find it here.
Barkcloth reproduction- great red tropical print. Find it here.

Well- back to the studio. I'll try to post more tomorrow...

More Bags in Store- Vintage Fabric Totes

I just listed some new totes in my Etsy shop- all vintage fabric and all one-of-a-kind. They each have a divided pocket inside. Carry your books, gym clothes, marketing, etc. in style.
Big cabbage roses and birds are paired with a vintage toile interior. Find it here.
My favorite barkcloth- retro trees in shades of green and lime. SOLD
Pretty tote with a feminine touch. Find it here.
Shabby barkloth leaf tote with linen interior.
Giant coral vintage linen tote. Find it here.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Bar Symon Holiday Market

Local friends- join me at Bar Symon in Avon Lake- Michael Symon's new restaurant (yes- THE Iron Chef Michael Symon) this Thanksgiving weekend. Grab dinner & drinks and get shopping! This will be a fun shopping experience!
Hours are
Sat. 11/28 4:00 - 9:00 pm
Sun. 11/29 10:00 - 3:00 pm

32858 Walker Road
Avon Lake Ohio
(northwest corner of Route 83 & Walker Road)

I hope to see you there :)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cardinal Dreams- Etsy Treasury

Just a little break from sewing to share this beautiful Etsy Treasury list by ornamentsbydeb titled Cardinal Dreams. Those are my earrings! I'm always flattered and honored when artist include my work in their selections! Thanks ornamentsbydeb! You can see the entire list here.
You can find my Birdcage Earrings here- vintage Venetian glass cardinal tucked inside vintage brass cages.
Well- back to the studio :)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

"Every woman should have a purse of her own". Part III

My favorite quote- Susan B. Anthony.
More bags for upcoming shows....a sneak peak....
I'm using a lot of linen, barkcloth, bird images, Matryoshka images, vintage lace.....
These probably won't make it to my Etsy shop so please email if interested in purchasing.
These are all one-of-a-kind , and each vary slightly depending on lace, linen color etc.
The interior fabric is an awesome Matryoshka print.
More tomorrow- I'm off to sew!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

"Every woman should have a purse of her own." Part I

I've always loved that Susan B. Anthony quote.
I'll be giving you a sneak peak at the bags I'm showing at my 2 upcoming shows. These probably won't make it to my Etsy shop (hopefully they'll all sell!)
If you see some thing you want email me for details. This linen bag is one of my favorites with a vintage hanky.....
....and "my beloved" in Spanish, with vintage lace & button detail.
These 2 coral bags are made from high end home dec remnants. One-of-a-kind with ceramic buttons and vintage lace detail.
Great for summer.....
More vintage lace & high end fabrics....
More in a day or so.....

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Wool Felt Acorn Necklace from RobinsEggBlue

Thank you Punchtree for featuring my acorn necklace last week. A very lovely blog that features unique fashion & accessory finds from all over!
I have a handful of these left in my Etsy shop in assorted colors and will be selling them at holiday shows. Grab one while you can!
Have a GREAT weekend! It's like Indian Summer up here!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

2 Reasons I've Been So Busy.....

She still has puppy breath, that little puppy belly, total attitude! We rescued Lucy, a beagle/golden mix ( we think!) 2 weeks ago and life is good! There's absolutely nothing more special than seeing an 8 year old boy with his dog- his best bud. She's a hand-full for sure- but I feel our home is now complete! 1 dog, 2 cats and 3 humans :)
I also wanted to tell you all about another upcoming event I'll be showing- The Holiday Market at Bar Symon in Avon Lake, Ohio. Yes- THE Michael Symon. Bar Symon has gratiously allowed us to sell our wares Thanksgiving weekend in their new trendy bar. What fun!
Besides my bags & totes, I'll be showing my leather and vintage beaded cuffs.
Hours for the Holiday Market are
Sat. 11/28 4:00-9:00pm, and
Sun. 11/29 10:00-3:00pm.
More info & directions here.

Monday, November 9, 2009

TerraVista Studios 10th Annual Art Sale

Mark your calendars! TerraVista Studios Annual Holiday Art Sale is Fri. 12/4- Sun. 12/6. I'll be selling my wares- my Vintage- inspired bags & totes, and my leather cuff bracelets.
Always an exciting experience, this year there's even more artists! I'm always honored to be included in such a talented group of artists. For more info, directions, and times go HERE. I hope to see you all there!
More info tomorrow on another event I'll be participating in- at Bar Symon in Avon Lake 11/28 & 11/29. Stay tuned!

Friday, October 30, 2009

I Dreamed I Saw...

Isn't this a beautiful image?
I got a nice note from Gay at I Dreamed I Saw today saying she posted about my arm necklace....This blog is about the "beautiful, the strange, and the whimsical in the design world, the arts, and literature." Every post is such a feast for the eyes- she has such an eye for finding beautifully strange and unusual handmade designs. This is not your typical "Etsy finds" blog!

You can see the entire Arms and Heralds post here.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Just Finished....

A few more leather bracelets.... ..
This one is leather & vintage cotton lace with vintage glass beads, and a vintage religious medal...
All are designed to wrap 3 times around your wrist- all one-of-a-kind. Find them in my Etsy shop here and here.

This one features all vintage brass & glass.
Thanks for looking! Don't forget to vote for my necklace over at Objects & Elements. Voting continues through Wed. All you do is click my name HERE- you can remain anonymous if you like.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Vote for Me!

I submitted this necklace of mine in a reader's challenge on one of my absolute favorite blogs Objects and Elements. The challenge was to use found objects and unusual bezels. Voting starts today and continues through Wed. Vote for me HERE- vote in the purple box at the bottom of the page. Thanks!!

Leather & Lace...

I just finished a few new leather & lace bracelets I'll be listing in my shop. All are designed to wrap 3 times around your wrist- this one features antique lace, vintage glass beads, and assorted vintage brass religious medals.
All are one-of-a-kind. I'll post pics of some other color variations I made- red & purple. I'm trying to get away from my usual robins egg blue colors. More tomorrow.....
On a personal note- we adopted a little puppy this weekend. She's a sweet little 9 week old beagle/ golden mix. Yea! The boys absolutely love her. She's sleeping on my feet as I write this....
More tomorrow!