05/23/2012 § Leave a comment
05/23/2012 § Leave a comment
another market bag – this one with a large leather fold over fringe to keep your goodies safe
and some big, free-form floor pillows made with naturally hand dyed fabric and kapok stuffing
For the past couple weeks I have been keeping busy out in the garden – which is looking especially pretty this year, I must say. But now it is time to come in and start sewing again. I have some new materials to play with – virgin wool for stuffing, lots of different hemp fabrics and even some raw linen – as in, not even washed linen. Hours of fun! I have a whole list of goodies I will be offering towards the end of June including lots of naturally hand dyed linen napkins, linen floor pillows, linen and woolen bags, tea towels and some other surprises. I am also opening a new on-line shop, so keep your eyes open for that. But for now, back outside because it is so very beautiful today. Be well. xoxo
05/10/2012 § Leave a comment
I made this bag today out of the natural linen I had on hand. It is a bit smaller than the others but with all the same details – ticking lining, big double pocket and key holder. And, of course, the same leather fringe which I am absolutely in love with. I am going to keep this one as a tester. It may need to be wider. We shall see. I like everything I make to be really functional and strong, because even though things should look good, they really should be incredibly well made and stand up to use. Otherwise…what’s the point? Next, I am onto lots of linen napkins and tea towels – who couldn’t use more of those – and some naturally dyed produce bags in lovely indigo shades. I use them all the time for the market, but also for lunches and just general carryalls. They are sturdy and super cute!
So, now that I am done with my sewing for the day, I am out to plant bush and fava beans, winter and summer squash, onions and strawberries. My little one will be planting his yearly watermelon. Hopefully with more luck than we had last year when the field rats and gophers ate them. Bad, bad field rats. Bad, bad gophers. I hope you are all enjoying your day – wherever you are – as much as I am enjoying mine. xoxo
05/08/2012 § 1 Comment
tie it closed to keep your goodies safe and sound
two nice big inside pockets with pen holder and a leather key ring on the side – to keep you organized…and sane
I love these leather strap details
lovely plates by Just Pottery. you can find them here.
A sneak peak of new bags that will be available soon here. They will be available in beautiful natural linens and naturally hand dyed hemp canvas and hemp summer cloth. I am having a lot of fun making them – which is probably why I love them so much. Be well. xoxo
05/04/2012 § Leave a comment
A sneak peek at the new line of market bags. I am calling this line “English Hunt.” (More on that to be revealed later. Trust me, it will make sense.) The outside is a lovely wool tartan from Cotswold Woolen Weavers – hand carried from jolly old England. The inside is naturally hand dyed hemp canvas with two generous linen pockets. Straps are oil rubbed leather from our own Maverick Leather here in Penngrove. The closure is held with a vintage cadet button – not sure what I will do when I finally run out of these handy buttons. The lovely Simone – owner of the ever so fabulous Zenbelly Catering – tested the prototype for me. I figured she was the perfect person to test a market tote since she is a regular at the local farmer’s markets. And the result is…a glowing two thumbs up review!! “…it’s perfect for the market, and also as a city bag/big purse- If I were running errands on foot, I would totally use it to throw my purchases in.” Which means, not only is it good-looking, it is – more importantly – well made and functional. So, you can carry it out with you to town and throw in all the goodies you find – go ahead, load it up! – and comfortably carry it home. She tested the longer strap version which will be available. Some versions will also now have an outside pocket for your keys and wallet – Simone’s suggestion. And a good one at that. Back to Zenbelly for a minute, if you haven’t checked out her blog, you absolutely should. Don’t wait. Do it now. It is filled with the most delicious recipes. As in, “the best chicken ever” type of recipes. And they are easy to follow. Which, as we all know, is very much appreciated. Thanks, Simone, for testing my market bag, and thanks for more than a couple excellent family meals! Your the tops!