Bags and Brooches

17/02/2011 § 2 Comments

I’ve been using my new bag for the last couple of weeks and the design is just brilliant.  I made mine with a pocket for my mobile and a full-width pocket which I divided in half.  I keep 2 notebooks for different purposes, for my work and they fit perfectly – 1 into each pocket in my bag!  Life has never been so organised!  It’s wonderful what a difference a well-designed accessory can make to one’s working life!

Inspired by the first – I made more …

Springtime bags

Blue tweed and rust bagBlue tweed bagPink tweed and French linen handbagPink tweed bagOlive and Sage tweed bag and have a look at the insides …


Inside the blue tweed bag - tiny blue gingham

Vintage floral print inside the pink tweed handbagThese all have a pocket for a mobile, a full-width pocket with a narrow pen pocket and a wider one for a compact or notebook.  They all have a key clasp too, so no more excuses there!  Aren’t they lovely!  My friend immediately bags’d one (!!!) for her sister’s birthday.

A couple of years ago one of my customers gave me a huge bag of her mother’s embroidered tray cloths, lace and off-cuts.  In return, I made her a cushion from some of her favourite pieces, but she was quite insistent that the others were used to create some pretty things that others could enjoy.  I’ve used the lace and some of the embroidery in the past, as embellishments on hanging hearts and keyrings, but in the last week I’ve been having lots of fun making some Springtime Brooches.

Vintage-style broochesMother's Day BroochLove Heart - vintage-style broochRound Love BroochAren’t they pretty? I’m making the most of my supa-dupa embroidery machine to make the little ‘tokens’ and also using up of my stash of wonderful vintage buttons.  I bought a huge tin of buttons many years ago in a charity sale, and I don’t think I’ll ever use them all!  They are a wonderful resource though – such excitement when rummaging through handfuls, never knowing quite what’s going to turn up and look perfect for the next project.

So – bags of energy, bags of style and bags under the eyes!  What a way to have fun!



§ 2 Responses to Bags and Brooches

  • Karen Jones says:

    Already have two of your lovely cushions and loving your new bags and brooches! Looking forward to seeing some of them at the Alton Craft Market in April.


  • adaliza says:

    It won’t be long until my first fair in April. Hope the sun will be shining! Look forward to seeing you again.


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