Even though I never stop creating wreaths, lately there has been more sewing around here than hot glueing.
I have been sewing lots and lots of bags, most of them currently are slated for donations to the Hampton Family YMCA's Girls' Night with Bingo fundraiser.
However, I do have a couple of new bags listed in my etsy shop.
This bag is made from a very, very old quilt top. Even though I laundered the fabric you can still see the signs that it is antique.
I love that about it.
This bag is made from pieces of four different vintage tablecloths.
The front of this bag is from a tablecloth that my friend Susan gave me years ago. This has really been the gift that kept on giving but this is the absolute last scrap from that pretty old tablecloth.
Today was the first day of the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival here in Hampton, VA. I'm lucky that this big and wonderful quilt show is in my hometown. It's the highlight of my winter. I'm not a quilter, but you know that I like to sew and I love fabric.
This year I discovered something new to me, and it is really fabulous. Laga Handbags. Here is the one that I picked out for myself. It was a hard choice because all their bags are gorgeous.
What is truly unique about these bags, other than the bags themselves, is the story of Laga Handbags.
In their booth I met Louise van Broekhuizen, one of the founders of this company.
"Unlike many people, Roy & Louise van Broekhuizen haven't forgotten about the people who survivided the 2004 earthquake and tsunami that slammed Indonesia. They hope that LAGA Handbags, an extension of their tsunami relief work, will provide hope and a better future for many survivors. All of their handbags are handmade in the tsunami-ravaged province of Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia where a 9.3 earthquake and subsequent tidal waves took the lives of more than 270,000 people.
"We cannot give them back the loved ones they lost. But we can help the people of Indonesia restore their economy and regain their autonomy."
"We formed Laga Designs International, Inc. to provide employment and income by hiring and training those who lost their livelihood, but what transpired was much, much more: we developed a personal relationship with the local people of Aceh and left our hearts in their homes."
It was truly a pleasure to meet Louise in person and make my little contribution to the tsunami relief.
The bags are all constructed by hand on treadle straight stitch machines.
I think this is awesome! Not only are shelter dogs great, if there is a certain breed of dog or cat that you are drawn to, then I guarantee there is a rescue organization for that breed. There are a lot of compassionate and selfless people out there that rescue their "breed" from shelters, then foster them and find their forever homes. Just google your breed/rescue and see what you find.
My sweet Wendy was rescued from a puppy mill and fostered by the Fox Terrier Rescue folks. She was passed to us by her guardian angel Lydia.
We have been her forever home for about 7 years now.
I live on the coast of Virginia and we rarely see snow. Maybe the occasional flurry or light dusting, gone by the next day.
But this year, good god, the weather is insane. It snowed last week and there was still piles of snow hanging out because the temperature has been ridiculously cold.
Then last night this crap fell. It's like 8 inches. I realize that is a joke to some people that live up north, but here it's a freakin' blizzard.
My BFF Beth has been bragging for some time now about her heated bird bath. She has been encouraging me to get one so I did. I already have the most spoiled wild birds in Hampton since I have two pole systems with 8 types of feeders.
Way back in 2005 I was already busy building my wreath business. I had no idea then that it would become the cottage industry that it is today.
Of course I didn't invent the idea of ornament wreaths, I've just put my personal style spin on how I make them. I hope that means that when you come across one of my wreaths in the wild it is instantly recognizable as one of mine.
I decided to repost these blogs from 2008 and 2009 about another of my creations, my ornament box dioramas. These are my original idea, all mine.
Now I know when we put things out there in the world you open yourself to plagiarism and copycats. It's the nature of the internet beast.
If my creations inspire you to make something similar for yourself, that's great. But if you copy and put it out there as YOUR idea, that's not cool. Very not cool.
Yup, it's my favorite holiday. I love collecting vintage Christmas all year long.
Soon I'll be dragging out the boxes of vintage ornaments and Christmas kitsch to make some killer wreaths. Last year after all the wreath making was done I ended up with a pile of little vintage ornament boxes, mostly Shiny Brites.
Ahhh, these boxes are just way too cool to toss away. I saved them, and probably accumulated a few more. I was thinking they would make great little diorama ornies.
So I pulled out a few supplies. If you want to make some and recycle your old boxes here is a list of what I used.
Chenille stems, tinsel, vintage xmas wrapping paper, vintage xmas bits and baubles, vintage batting (for that perfect patina), vintage mica flakes, little bells, foam core and lots of glue.
Put all this together and voila!
Fun, fun, fun! My daughters were very impressed with my project. That really says something when the teenagers are motivated to comment.
Boxes of Fun - 11/02/2009
After making 8 wreaths this year from vintage christmas ornaments I was left with quite a pile of old ornament boxes. I love these old boxes as much as the ornaments that came in them.
I've been burning blisters on the tips of my fingers with the hot glue and I've got a big batch of them turned into fun and kitschy decorations themselves.
This is exactly the kind of thing I would have dreamed up to make when I was 10 yo. Yeah, I'm thinking like a 10 yo these days.