Sunday, December 27, 2009

All my Christmases come at once!

Belated Merry Christmas to all...I hope you have had a lovely Christmas with your families. To be honest I have had enough of all the Christmas food, I don't think I can look a trifle in the face ever again, or for another 12 months at least. I was very spoilt, and today, with a Spotlight gift card in my hot little hand, off I went to the stocktake sale.

Usually I come away from these sales a little sad, with the post Christmas madness and empty shelves, but today it seems that I have stepped into an alternate universe! No lines, and more in stock than what i usually find. I have taken a pic of my Spotlight stash, ok I may well have spent 8 times what the gift voucher had on it, but I see it as a little Christmas present to myself.

Also I just have to say I got this fabulous book by Cat Wei, she co-hosts a show on the How To channel on Foxtel called Material Girls. It has some great ideas for doing things around the home. A new favourite on my IQ... One day I may even attempt to make my own roman day... maybe I should stick to making bags first.

Happy Holidays!
Selkie xox

Sunday, December 6, 2009

My First Satchel and the only tattoo's i'll ever get

Well its been a very busy xmas weekend, with parties on both days so no sewing.. Oh well.. I'm just about to sew the lining up in the bottom of LJ's bag and ship that and the Robert Kaufman Tote off to their new owners, I hope they like them.

My next order is one for a satchel, for a darling little boy. I'm still deciding whether to use webbing for the strap or to make it out of the material i'm using for the body..which is Jungle Jame by MM... if I go for the webbing I need to find webbing to match the colours in the bag..

In other news a very exciting fabric order has arrived...ok, ok they are all exciting, but this one i'm really excited about, two Alexander Henry prints Tatsu & Zen Charmer..omigod they are amazing...funny though my Husband didn't seem to share my enthusiasm... They are so good, will take a pic for you to judge.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Little Mermaids

I've nearly finished LJ's Mermaid Tote Bag, got to put a few finishing touches like topstitching the edge of the outside, but it's pretty much there. I used plastic tubing for the handles, as its a smaller tote. I think it would be easier for little hands to hold. Glad i've practically finished it as the Xmas events are starting to snowball and i'm going to less time this month to do much sewing wise.. I'm going to call my little girly totes a "Caitycoo" and my little boy satchels a "yorkiepie" after my daughter and nephew...

I can't wait for my recent fabric purchases arrive, its just like Christmas for me each time the parcel post man drops off a parcel.

Pics of the bag above..because i haven't figure out how to post them

Saturday, November 28, 2009

My weekend sewing

Well i should be sewing up a storm, but alas no, because i've got a migraine, so i will keep this short and sweet.. this week I managed to get two fabulous Alexander prints, Zen Charmer and Tatsu, i bought a yard of each, but have a feeling that these two will be very popular so I went back to the supplier and got the rest of the bolt for i have 5 yards of Zen Charmer and 3 yards of pleased with that, as I couldn't find either anywhere else!

Ok short and sweet, will take a pic of the bag pre sewing, this cute little tote bag for a cute little girl.

With any luck I will feel better tomorrow and start sewing..and remember the TAB TAG!!!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

A long weekend sewing

Yes, a weekend turned into a long extended one, to finish this bag, the first of my orders, this one for the lovely Jo. I was kicking myself when I sewed up the outside of the bag without putting my long awaited tab tag on to it...oh well...Jo you will have a total original! I'm happy with how it turned out..with my focus group (my mothers group friends) and my quality control (my lovely friend, Laura) giving it the stamp of approval. I modified it from the original pattern by adding an extra two pockets, which will both fit, either a mobile, or these days an i phone and a pair of sunnies... A bit of a learning curve with trying to figure out how to make the pocket and use fusible bias binding for the edges. but I think it gives the pockets some definition.

I certainly worked hard in my sweatshop this weekend in the 41C heat, thank god for the old aircon in the room, otherwise I would never had stepped foot in the room.

Next goal is a small cute tote in MM's Mermaid material for Jo's girl.

Friday, November 20, 2009

A career seachange

Well folks welcome to my blog! I thought i should start one as i'm starting a new journey, It looks like i'll be leaving the corporate world behind..! With any luck i'm about enter the world of the WAHM! I've been slowly building up my sewing skills and buying fabric, ok, ok the fabric became a bit of an obsession...but that confirmed to me that this is where i want to be creating great bags and accessories for all ages, girls and boys, ladies and gentlemen ok maybe

Well i've attempted my first bag, a birthday present for my sister, which she loved, and since then I have had a little trickle of orders come in, which is fine by me, as i'm still working my day job! I have a whole day to myself tomorrow to get some real sewing in and hopefully I will get my first paid gig all sewn up...

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