I was horrified to discover almost 2 months have elapsed since I last wrote a post. May was frantically busy for me because I did 3 one day shows and then Art in the Park in Redlands which is always 2 days. Sadly rain, yes rain in May, affected two shows but “Art in the Yard” in Riverside was a wonderfully warm day and lots of people stopped by and shopped. I sold 9 bags and my friend Jill O’Dwyer sold her newest piece, within a few minutes… before I even had time to take a photo of it! It was like a little flying saucer, with flower shapes, a mini “chimney”, 3 feet to stand on, and I would have liked one as well! Many thanks to Tracy and Sue for hosting the event in their garden and providing such a wonderful breakfast to the artists, just before the show started. I hate getting up early, rushing breakfast and then racing off to a show. A cup of tea to kick start the day and then breakfast later when I’m more awake is so much nicer and really appreciated!
So in between shows, I’ve made bags….More London bags….but I came across some world map fabric and by fussy cutting I created some “America” bags which I thought complimented the London bags by fussy cutting America for a front pocket. Having wrestled with a new bag shape for the London fabric I was asked to make it in the world map fabric. The first bag was a reject but found a happy home.
This version had an adjustable strap with a vintage plastic buckle and I made a pocket for the front and piped the pocket to make it stand out against the back ground. I also quilted the compass points to just give it a little more something. The friend who bought this bag from me asked for inside pockets so I unpicked the inside seam and inserted pockets….I really quite liked the bag afterwards!
But I couldn’t stop here! I found the Australian fabric I bought a couple of years ago, to make a tote bag for an Australian friend for her birthday, and had a load left from the project. I’d cut some smaller images out from the fabric and used it as front pockets on upcycled denim bags but this shape bag lent itself to the larger Australian images!
I loved this kangaroo and quilted in the ditch around it. I used cotton strapping for the handle and some light weight blue denim for the flap. I will confess that inserting zips is not a favourite of mine so a metallic snap is a good alternative! (Sorry about the background – I was in a rush to get a photo of the bag before a show).
Of course I couldn’t stop there… I made another upcycled denim evening bag with a beaded handle which I adore! I took the decorated back pocket and made a little wallet/purse to tuck inside having added a “D” ring so it could attach to the key fob!
And then I got into a conversation with a friend about a quilt for her daughter which included Dr. Who fabrics…. so I went shopping and found Dr. Who fabric! The daughter didn’t want a Dr. Who quilt in the end but I bought half a yard of 2 fabrics to experiment with and I’ve created a monster! A range of small and large Dr. Who front pocket bags with matching or Dr. Who theme lining with Dr. Who ribbon for the key fob!
Small, Cyberman on black denim, Tardis on blue denim, and Daleks on blue denim, large enough for a mini iPad!
I’ve been upcycling jeans for the body of the bags, using back pocket sections for the back of the bag, to accommodate anything that’s necessary…. like the charging cable for my new iPad keyboard! And I’ve sold four of them! With an order for more mid July! I’m excited!
Large Dalek bag,
Upcycled black denim, back pocket on the back, large enough for a large iPad, adjustable strap, vintage plastic buckle, and key fob.
So now life can settle down to thinking about the Fall, with some new Halloween throws, a couple of new Christmas tree throws, and perhaps most importantly cleaning the house! 6 weeks of shows takes a toil!
In the mean time the garden is starting to look good, I am already picking a few sweet 100 tomatoes, a second round zucchini is ready to pick with more coming. Beets are doing well. Pepper plants and cucumbers are in bloom. tiny red spiders have attacked the eggplant so not sure what we’ll get from the plant. I’m hoping a 2nd one I bought will produce some fruit. The French tomato seedlings are producing flowers now and the rest need planting, I’d rather they were in the garden rather than waste them! Somehow I manage to water 3 or 4 times a week but its more important now the cool damp May is done and we are into June!
And one last little note of interest… we have barn owl “owlets” (baby owls, similar to those in the kids book Owl Babies) in the palm tree opposite the house and last night for the first time I saw them! They were like little ghosts standing on the edge of the nest looking out and chatting away. Sadly, I have no camera good enough to take a photo, but they looked fantastic through the binoculars.