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::autumn open house::

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I really hope that you can join us for the autumn open house coming up on Saturday, Sept. 22 between 10 and 4. I would love to see you all! The handbags are really starting to stack up around here!

My friend Jen Eckford has provided an amazing chocolate cheesecake, there will be some draw prizes and sale prices on summer items. It should be good times. Oh, and iced coffees too! Yum.

 Here is a sneak peek at a few things. These (and the rest of the fall stuff) will launch in the store on Saturday.

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The one on the left has a little row of mushrooms along the bottom, (which are sort of hard to see – I’m working on getting a new camera!), and I just love the Russian doll print. So fun.

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I have used this print before in a green, but I think my favorite is this red and white. The inside is a super soft corduroy with an inner pocket.

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These slouchy shoulder bags are really easy to wear – the straps are corduroy and stay put on your shoulder, and they are short enough to tuck nicely under your arm. They also fit more than you might expect which is handy. They are reversible, so there isn’t a snap, but I find things stay in there all right.

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This is one of my latest favorites. The outside fabric and the lining are both vintage and I have done some free hand quilting details on the flowers. Very cheerful I think.

So, hopefully we see you on Saturday! If not, we are open again next week, Monday through Friday 1-6pm.

Happy Autumn everyone!

Amy

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skirty

I have been experimenting lately with using thrifted mini skirts to make handbags and I am having a lot of fun with it. The skirts often have great pocket details which are handy for bags. (translate: I don’t have to make the pockets!)

For example this was I think a size 5 or 6 mini skirt.  It is this great soft corduroy, with that slightly wrinkled look which I love. I lined it with some great japanese fabric, but couldn’t get a bright enough picture of it with my lame digi cam. (I am so coveting a digital SLR)

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This skirt was a pleated skirt which ended up in these fun bubbly looking folds on the bottom. Again, no picture of the lining because my camera is lame-o. The tie is a nice detail although it ends up being not at all functional.

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So….these bags are currently in the shop, but probably not for long!

Hope everyone had a good weekend.

Amy

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I heart autumn.

We are soon going to be back from our little ::front room:: break, with lots of great crafting going on for the fall. This time of year is always especially creative for me, maybe something to do with all those years of school starting at this time….full of possibilities and promise.

I just got in a huge order of great fall fabrics which I am so excited to be working with. There are some really fantastic Japanese designer fabrics, some vintage one of a kind pieces and lots of great sweaters to keep those wee legs warm this winter in their new life as baby pants.

Some things I have been working on…

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Also, I am happy to announce that I am starting a monthly crafty night (which needs a more catchy title I know) for anyone who is interested. This month we will be learning how to make yo yos, which is a simple technique that can be used to embellish pretty much anything. These are a great craft because they are super easy, but still look complicated and cool enough that people are approriately impressed that you made it yourself! For an idea of the kinds of things this craft is good for check out this site. Cost is $8 per person and includes all materials for a medium sized project (10-15 yo yos). What will most likely happen is that you can learn the technique and start the project at the class and then take home whatever you need to finish it. We will be meeting at my house for now so get in touch with me if you need directions. Oh, and this month the event is on September 13th at 7pm.  So…hope to see you there. I think it will be a good chance to hang out and learn something creative together.

Ciao,

Ames

 

 

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studio quarry

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If you wandered into my studio right now you would find these stacks of sweater pants cut and waiting to go together..

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…these stacks of new fabrics waiting to be cut into bags…

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 …and this little face saying “mama come play”!

So….I’ll be playing peek a boo and reading stories if you need me.

Disclaimer: Don’t worry FR fans….she does sleep sometimes and my in-laws are here this week to baby-wrangle so the little shop won’t be totally neglected.

 Ames

 

 

 

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this and that

dsc00475.jpgI have been experimenting with some new bag designs this week, partly inspired by the arrival of my copy of “bend the rules sewing” by Amy Karol. It is great, although I haven’t actually made any of the projects yet, they have inspired me to try some new techniques in my bags. For example, this is my first attempt at a drawstring type handle, a variation of one of the designs in the book:

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I also tried out this handle design, also by Amy Karol which has one short handle and one long. The long one goes through the short one making a closure. I really like it because it has a closure but it stays reversible. Usually, if I put a snap in it, it isn’t reversible anymore, so this is a nice alternative.

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 Also inspired by my new book, I tried a technique called “free-motion quilting” which is basically just drawing a picture with the thread. I am pretty happy with the results and it was a lot of fun and more creative than just the straight seams that I am used to.

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These three bags, along with a lot of other new designs will be with me at the Farmer’s market tommorrow if you feel the need to snap them up (or just have a visit and look).

Also, we now have gift certificates at the shop in any amount, and we are launching a customer appreciation program next week involving free stuff for things like shopping, bringing friends, and having parties. All things that most women do well, so it should be easy for most of you to be “appreciated”!

 

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