Announcement Bringing a touch of Summer to all! If unique purses, bags, and pillow covers are your thing, then this is the place to be. I post new items often, so be sure and check back! All creations are hand made in my home from my own patterns and inspirations. If you like my designs but don't see something thats totally you, I would be more than happy to work with you on your own personalized creation! Just convo me, I promise I don't bite!
Bringing a touch of Summer to all! If unique purses, bags, and pillow covers are your thing, then this is the place to be. I post new items often, so be sure and check back! All creations are hand made in my home from my own patterns and inspirations. If you like my designs but don't see something thats totally you, I would be more than happy to work with you on your own personalized creation! Just convo me, I promise I don't bite!
tonka sušek on Dec 4, 2013
Absolutely beautiful. The colours are so alive, just like in the picture. Perfect size for few things.
padawansguide on Sep 19, 2013
Love this bag! Really high quality and totally worth the reasonable price. Thank you!
N M on Aug 29, 2013
Nice, thank you, cool design
From Experiment to Business: The Evolution of Creation
In the Beginning:
The story of my shop has no clear "beginning" to speak of. I could assign it an artificial start- perhaps it was when I made my first sale, or when my aunt introduced me to Etsy, or maybe when I bought my first sewing machine and made my first bag. It might even have been as far back as when I was learning to do needle felting at a meeting of the Black Sheep Fiber Guild of Southeast Missouri when I was 13. I have been creating things for as long as I can remember, and many of the important people in my life are creators as well.
I've always been around a variety of crafters. One of my grandpas does woodwork, my grandma hand quilts, sews, and cans, and my other grandpa made working chain mail. I have an aunt who makes fantastic renaissance garb, and another aunt who does wonderful things with paper. The biggest influence of all is my mother. She does everything: knitting, crochet, sewing, soap making, canning, spinning, and gardening to name a few. With all of the great creative influence of my family, it was only a matter of time before I got into some serious crafting.
Here is where the story of my shop begins, if I had to assign it a beginning. After college I moved out to Yuma, Arizona to be with my husband-to-be. At first I didn't have a job, so I was looking for something to do other than lay around sweating in the desert heat. I didn't start sewing as a way to make money or even with the thought of a business in the future. I was just looking for something to do. Creativity had always been an outlet for me, but since I'm terrible at drawing, I needed other tools to channel it with. I decided to dive in and try something I'd never done before- machine sewing, with a little Singer Simple.
Things picked up from there. I was reading lots of sewing tutorials, and making little simple things like totes, little bags, and a dress or two. It really started when I made a companion cube, from the game Portal, for my husband. I showed it off on Facebook and got so many compliments and friends saying they wanted one that I decided to open shop and see if sold it on Etsy. My experiment paid off and I sold several companion cubes in first couple of months that I had them posted. The success of my little companion cubes encouraged me to do more with my true passion, bags.
The Creative Process:
Most of the items in my shop are made from my own patterns. I don’t like using patterns made by someone else. It restricts the organic qualities of the creative process that I enjoy so much. I love the way an idea evolves from something abstract to something tangible.
I always start a new project by gathering inspiration. It can come from the fabric, looking at other bags, or seeing a need. Once I have a general idea of I want to make, I draw a sketch. I always sketch two things- the look of the finished bag and each piece of fabric I need to cut for it. All of the other work happens in my head; I visualize how the pieces will go together, the order they need to be sewn in and an special considerations that particular design needs. I write down very little beyond measurements and the original sketches.
Once the bag is planned out, I get to work cutting, sewing, and sometimes ripping seams and sewing again. That moment when the bag‘s outer part comes together and I can actually see how it’s going to look when its finished is magical. When the bag is finished it always gets a final check over for removing visible threads and making sure everything came out as planned.
The organic creation of my bags means that many of my bags are one of a kind. Since I enjoy the actual designing process, I usually don’t make the same bag more than once. However, it is time consuming, so I am heading towards a collection that I can repeat.
The Newest Addition:
I recently got an embroidery machine for use on many of the items that I sew for the lovely ladies over at Urban Collective (urbancollective.etsy.com, check them out if you’re planning a wedding). I’ve found that I really enjoy the many new possibilities that the embroidery machine offers, and already have several bags with embroidery on them in my shop. This also opens the chance for personalizing my bags.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator
I spent most of my growing up years in Southeast Missouri, but have been a resident of many places. I have a degree in Asian history from the University of Chicago, but am self taught in all things sewing. I love to create!
My awesome husband who ferries me to and from the post office and various fabric stores. I don't drive (long story) so he does essential work for the shop!
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
If you would like to purchase additional insurance on your item through the carrier, please let me know in the notes to seller, and I will give you an adjusted shipping cost.
Premade item(s) will ship within 1 to 3 days of the payment clearing. Made to order will ship via the timeline in the listing. You can always contact me about the turn around time on a specific item or to arrange a faster shipping time.
Any overcharges on shipping larger than $1 will be refunded as soon as the item ships.
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING- I am using a flat rate on international shipping. If the actual cost is less than the rate given, I will gladly refund the difference as soon as the item ships. The buyer is responsible for any and all fees, duties or taxes related to their purchase. International shipping will be done through the USPS using the First Class shipping method. Shipping time will vary by country and I will include insurance. If you wish to have your item shipped through a different carrier or use a different shipping method, please convo me and I will be happy to make the shipping price adjustments.