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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mandy Blue Garden Clutch

I've been getting into the blue stash of late and loving it.
A lot of the time my fabric placement just happens by accident, like the flowers grouped together on the left side, so preeeeeeetty.


I had originally planned to use the lining fabric as the main exterior fabric but thought the opposite looked best. Don't you think?


I had a spark of an idea to add these leather scallop side tabs just as I was finishing this Fortune Cookie. When I have a new idea I am so impatient and I need to test it out there and then.


So off to Lincraft I went to buy a paper cutter to try and cut pretty shapes out of the leather. No good, didn't work. Called leather shop to check tools they had, $78 for one tiny cutter, no thanks. So I ended up just cutting it all by hand and using my leather punch for the holes. Turned out pretty cool huh? 


P.s I'll be at Paddington Markets this Saturday from 10am-5pm. Blue Mandy Clutch will be available but the Fortune Cookie went red hot this week and has sold. More on the way though, so if you would like to place an order shoot me an email.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Gocco Love




Last month I went to a Gocco workshop run by The Brown Owls group.

Here we are listening hard like good little student's

Until then I had never heard of Gocco. Now I understand what the missing link was in my life...the shining light I had been searching for....well, maybe not that bad but let me tell you, you've got to get your hands on some gocco if you haven't already.



Check out what I made and this was just my first go. I could go crazy with this thing. Birthday cards, tags for my bags, gift tags to send to you lovely people when you shop online, you can do sooooooo many things.


And what others made.



The kit is pricy though, so I will have to save up and be on my best behaviour. My birthday is coming up soon, hmmmmm.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Stage 2 - Designer Travel Wallet Workshop



Friday was the last day of the Travel Wallet workshop at No Chintz. Everyone finished their master pieces and were quite impressed with their sewing efforts....as they should be.


We even had a beginner level sewer in the class who doubted her ability to finish the Wallet, but of course she did and was quite chuffed with her finished product.


The next Workshop I'll be teaching at No Chintz will be the Frame Purse. It may not be listed on the No Chintz website just yet but it will be Saturday 7th May 10am-3pm.
It's Mothers Day on the Sunday so why not do a workshop with your mum and share the love.


After the Frame Purse we'll be making this Sling Bag with front ruffle August 12th & 19th. Only 6 spots per workshop, machine and materials supplied. Hope to see you there.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

If I Built A Studio It Would Look Like This

Last Friday was stage 1 of the Designer Travel Wallet workshop at No Chintz.


Oh how I wish I could sew in this studio every day, how yummy is it?


A lovely group of sewers and a nice class size of 5. I'm looking forward to seeing it all come together in stage 2 this Friday.


We'll be making the pretty Frame Purse you can see in the above picture in an April workshop. Stay tuned for more details.


Lisa sewing up a storm.


Emma concentrating to get her credit card slot measurements just right.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Anoushka, The Jetsetting Doberman

I had a very high profile client come to the studio last week. Anoushka and her human, Milly, came to collect her custom made Designer Travel Wallet.


Anoushka is planning to travel to Europe in a few months and being the jetsetter that she is, always travels in style.


She was very pleased with her custom made wallet and even though top photographers are begging to do her portrait, she ever so gracioulsy allowed me to photograph her.


You can read more about her visit and future travel plans on her blog, The Jetsetting Dog. If you would like to catch a glimpse of the elegant beauty, she will be a guest judge at the Mitchell Road Auction Centre this Saturday.

If you would like to be as stylish as Anoushka (we can only try can't we), come to the Travel Wallet workshop March 11th & 18th. Check the workshop tab above for more details.
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