Sunday, March 29, 2009
I decided to make Handbag D which is the green bag on the bottom left with a pair of round bamboo handles I recently purchased from MJTrim. I started cutting out the pattern and fabric today, so I am very excited.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Sparkling Swarovski Crystal Bracelet
Crystal Weave Choker Necklace
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Speaking of Summer, I finished bag number three: Flip Flop Beach Bag which will find it's way to my Etsy Shop.
Just a few more weeks until Pina Colada time...
Sunday, March 22, 2009
As the economy is struggling, I started wondering about Brides-to-be and how does one plan a wedding in this economy. I received an email from IdoBrides, where I have a free listing on their site. Their advertising campaign highlighted that the trends in 2009 will relate to saving money as couples plan their weddings.
- Smaller weddings with fewer guests
- Destination weddings or destination type weddings closer to home
- Accent colors on dresses and cakes with the most popular being greens and blues
- Increased reliance on family and friends to help plan, pay, and provide some of the services
- Increased use of green and echo friendly products and services
- Simplified decorations, centerpieces and wedding invitations
- Increased use of online RSVP's vs. traditional mail-in RSVPs
- Off-peak weddings; Mornings, Afternoons, Fridays, Sundays, October becomes the new June
- Buffet meals, Hors d'oeuvre, and cocktail receptions
- Cheesecakes, cupcakes and miniature cakes
- All-inclusive packages
Saturday, March 21, 2009
My other Etsy Shop has been on my mind lately, what's that you say, yes, I have two Etsy Shops:
- Hmmills - where I sell my everyday jewelry as well as my lamp work beads
- Haute Bridal - which I created to market my Bridal Jewelry and Accessories for the Bride-to-Be and Attendants
I opened Haute Bridal last June, probably a little late in the wedding season, but only listed a few items. Once the items expired, I never updated my shop with new listings and therefore my lonely shops has stood empty since the end of last summer. One reason I stopped adding items was that my photos were terrible, I found it difficult to clearly capture the brilliance of the pearls and crystals. Last night I found a bag of Hair Pins, so I pulled out the camera to experiment with various backgrounds and camera settings. I tried white, blue, pink, orange and finally black with black river rocks...not bad...not great, but the best picture so far...As this photo give me some hope, I am adding Photography to my list of items to complete this weekend, with any luck by next week, Haute Bridal will be lonely no more...
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Back in the 80s when I was dating Husband #1, his grandmother had died and he kept everything that the rest of the family did not want, (all of the ugly furniture, kitchen items and sewing tools). Of all the furniture pieces that overcrowded our apartment, there was only one piece that I loved and that was her old Singer Sewing Machine and Cabinet. When we moved to Florida back in 1990, I departed first due to school which left Husband #1 and my Dad to pack up the U-Haul. When they ran out of room, my ass of a husband decided to leave sewing machine and cabinet there on the sidewalk of NYC. I digress...When Husband #1 and I parted our separate ways, he took all the ugly furniture, but left all of his grandmother's kitchen and sewing items. Fast forward to today, as I started examining the buttons, I noticed the pieces of old thread still attached to some... When his grandmother died, I believe she was in her 80s or 90s so I know she was a young adult during the Depression, so perhaps that is why some of these button appear to have been salvaged from old garments. I thought these were cool and wanted to share. I think the crystal and brass button (center of photo) may find their way onto something soon...
Thursday, March 12, 2009
A silly post today.
The other day, I noticed that my visitor counter has malfunctioned again. I believe this is the 3rd or 4th counter that I will have to replace in the past few months. I also noticed that as I browsed through other blogs, they too had broken counters.
Well I am going to try again, below is a list of websites with free counters:
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
For the past few weekends, I struggled with the instructions, ripped out the majority of the stitches, thought about putting it away, doubted my abilities and because I am crazy, changed sewing machines mid stream. It is lined, has a zippered pocket, a snap closure and is finished with a cute tie off strap. If I had to do again, I would have used foam between the exterior and interior layers as called for, I would have used stronger Pellon interfacing and made the straps longer. In the end persistence was key and now I can finally begin Bag #3...
Monday, March 9, 2009
As it turns out, during my search MJTrim was having a Sale - 50% off all Handbag Handles. Well my order arrived...now if I could just finished that HOBO Bag.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
This morning, I glanced at that Hobo Bag that has been tormenting me and remembered how last night I ripped out the zipper. I thought to myself, it's Saturday morning, the weekend is upon us and I didn't want to be brought down, so I decided to focus on my handbag patterns again. When I gathered them together, (I had a few in different rooms), I discovered I had 12 of them. This does not include the tutorials I previously downloaded from some of my favorite sewing blogs. Before you judge me I must add, that I purchased the majority of them for a price lower (price + shipping) than JoAnn's, but still, 12* may be pushing it. So now I am going to return to my Hobo Bag and dream of future handbags.
*Please note, later this month, JoAnn's is having another one of their Pattern Sales - McCall's Pattern will be $1.99/each and Vogue Patterns will be priced at $3.99/each, so there is a possibility of the pattern stash increasing...
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
It's my Birthday...
I stopped by a Jo-Ann's Fabric yesterday during lunch to pick up a zipper for my Hobo Bag from Hell (the drama is another post) and noticed all the Vikings Sewing Machines sitting in the middle of the store. As my coworker and I looked at the very expensive models...one machine was priced at $6,000 and that wasn't even the "Diamond" model that was also on display (we were afraid to ask the salesperson for its price). After I commented that all I needed was a simple heavy duty machine that could sew through several layers, the salesperson demonstrated on the Emerald 183, by sewing through denim fabric folded for a total of six layers. As I watched the foot climb and the needle puncture the mountain of fabric, the salesperson went on and on about the different features, I started thinking about my poor White sitting at home waiting for me with its 6 stitch capability. Suddenly I felt as if I had been sewing in a cave...using fish bones as needles and beating a zipper into place with a rock.
I left the store thinking that it may be time to buy a new machine as I remembered the funky sound my White made as I tried to sewing through the handle of my last bag. I sent a text to DH to pull some data and pricing for me but as I drove home last night, I decided that I wasn't going to purchase it. Once I got home, I rattled on and on about the machine and my DH guided me to my office and there was a box with a red bow sitting on my work bench...DH did some research and picked one up on the way home...Sweet