Saturday, February 26, 2005

RANDOMONIUM! Posted by Hello

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Daisy Messenger Posted by Hello

Vintage Daisy Dishtowel Messenger Bag

Here's another Dishtowel Messenger! This one features a vintage enamel daisy pin. Hope you like it!

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Vintage Dishtowel Messenger Bags

Even though I haven't been posting - I HAVE been sewing. Here are some of the vintage dishtowel messenger bags. What do you think? I think that as long as I live I will probably never make anything as uniquely kitschy and amazing as this Pineapple Messenger.

More to come.... but what's the point? I can't possibly top this!

Pineapple Vintage Dishtowel Messenger Posted by Hello

Apple Vintage Dishtowel Messenger Posted by Hello

Citrus Vintage Dishtowel Messenger Posted by Hello

Monday, February 21, 2005

New Designs!

Remember the lot of vintage kitchen towels that I purchased last month? Wellllll... I've been working on some messenger bags featuring these linens. Photos to follow.

Friday, February 18, 2005

The swishy necktie skirt! Posted by Hello


The Swishy Skirt! After many false starts and start-overs - I have finally finished my swishy necktie skirt. Do you like it?

Packing Up

Yes, it's true. I am packing up the neckties. I have just a few more necktie projects to post.

Do you like the pink rhinestone pin on the handbag? Guess what? I got it at JoAnn's! I used my 40% off coupon too so it only cost a couple of dollars. Isn't it great?

In every lot of neckties there are always a few of these novelty-type character ties. Looney Tunes, Disney, Flintstones, etc. There are also what I refer to as "clown" ties. Big dots, bright stripes - really ridiculous "what were they thinking?" ties. I have combined these in this skirt. Pretty nuts, eh?

Cartoon Necktie Skirt Posted by Hello

Pink and Purple Necktie Handbag Posted by Hello

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Artist's Studios

Don't you love seeing the spaces where designer's work? Thanks to Ann Fisher for compiling this list and allowing me to link it!

Monday, February 14, 2005

This is my son Dan and his sweetheart, Ryan - Happy Valentine's Day! Posted by Hello

Sunday, February 13, 2005

A Super Saturday

Yesterday was "AZ Craftsters" day at the Coffee Talk Coffee Shop in Mesa. We had tons of fun. Three new girls joined us. It was rainy, which in Phoenix is a treat! Everyone says "Don't you love this GORGEOUS weather?" I knew these girls would be knitting so I brought my vintage "crazy daisy" winder just to fit in - HEY - it's a yarn craft - close enough!

Meanwhile, there was a meeting of the "Red Hat Society" at the same place at the same time. What a riot these women were with their purple dresses and red hats. (Now here's a hint, ladies... If you are planning to wear an all-purple ensemble, and you are even SLIGHTLY overweight - PLEASE avoid the red-violet shade associated with Barney the dinosaur. Thank you.)

Along with the red and purple was some pink and lavender. Apparently, if you aren't quite ready for the Red Hat society, you can be a junior member and wear these more sedate colors.
What a hoot - these women were very friendly (they passed our gathering on the way to the restroom) and obviously having a great time.

After the Craftsters, I visited another Antique Show. This time I was "allowed" to purchase fabric, so I did.

Friday, February 11, 2005

I Went Shopping Yesterday!

Yep. I spent about an hour and a half at SAS Fabrics. This is one of those "Fabrics By The Pound" places. What fun! I want to get out of necktie mode and begin some Spring projects. Sooooo I got some citrus-colored Pucci-inspired stretchy fabrics for ruffled mini skirts. How's that for a departure? Meanwhile, I have finished an emerald green necktie skirt for a charity auction. I have one more "special order" necktie handbag to complete, too. But I'm determined to get started on the Spring stuff. I'll keep you posted!

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Hot Pink Necktie Skirt Posted by Hello

Hot Pink Necktie Skirt

Yes, I'm obsessed with red and pink!

I'm putting away the neckties soon, I promise.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Valentine Necktie Handbag with Vintage Enamel Flower Pin Posted by Hello

Valentine Handbag....

....oh when will it end?

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Scotty Bag Posted by Hello

In Keeping With My Valentine's Day Theme...

I'd like to present this red plaid handbag with a black velvet ribbon and vintage scotty dog pin!

Monday, February 07, 2005


My Rick Rack Ruby labels have arrived! Aren't they great? I had excellent service from Lisa at I've added a link. If you are looking for custom woven labels at a reasonable price, try Lisa.

My Labels! Posted by Hello

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Welcome to February

Well, I survived a month with no fabric purchases! In fact, now that it's February, I don't seem to have the urge to rush out and shop... What's wrong with me?

I'd like to say that I spent the month sewing like a fiend and "using up" much of the fabric that I already have - but I really didn't. I did less sewing than usual. I did some cleaning up and clearing out - but not enough to make a real difference. Neckties are everywhere. I believe I've been working on necktie projects for long enough...almost...and I'd like to declare that on March 1st I will put away the neckties until August. There I've said it.

Oh and one more thing. I am WAY overcommitted. I've got to say "no" more often. I'm going to commit to more time at home and more time designing. I know that's a little too vague - I'll tighten up this resolution later. Meanwhile, I'm making necktie daisies. What are YOU working on?