Thursday, June 28, 2012
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Friday, June 22, 2012
Then I saw this on Pinterest:
|Photo by Machteld M.|
You may recall, I've recently made a couple of granny square purses. Mine are framed in white. I just love the idea of all the granny square goodness surrounded by pink. So sweet and feminine and utterly summery.
So, I'm using this granny square pattern by Purl Bee.
Then I'll put the squares together to make this purse shape:
|By Facile Cecile|
This may also be the perfect time to try out this technique for handles:
|Instructions by clothogancho.|
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
This is a fun tote for summer. It's big enough to take to the beach, yet comfortable enough to carry every day. Look at all the stuff I fit in there, and I didn't even touch the pockets!
Made from cotton and cotton-blend yarns, this one can be spot cleaned or put in the machine on a gentle cycle.
Don't forget, you can use the coupon code "herecomesthebride" (without quotes) for 10% off through June 30th.
Friday, June 15, 2012
They're here! Wristlet key chains are now in my Etsy shop. There's a great assortment -- something for everyone!
Preppy -- Remember when we used to wear two golf shirts? (You know you did it too!) I put these same colors together in the wristlets -- eggplant and leaf green, light blue and red...Bringing back the 80s!
Patriotic -- All red, white & blue. Each one is made in a different color pattern. Perfect for 4th of July and Olympic pride!
Watermelon -- A summer staple. I make these in light & dark pink. Beads are on the outside only, so they're very comfy to wear.
Girlie -- A little thinner than the other wristlets, each is made with two colors that every girl will love!
See something you like, but would prefer a different color? Just email me for a custom order. Custom key chains will ship in 4-5 days.
Don't forget to use the coupon code "herecomesthebride" (without quotes) when checking out for 10% off your order. (Coupon good through June 30th.)
Thursday, June 14, 2012
What really tickles me is when my item is featured either in an Etsy treasury list or, as happened for the first time today, on a blog. That's really something! Someone found my item and thought enough of it to tell people "you should look at this." Very humbling.
Today I pay it forward and thank the folks who have recently featured my creations in their blogs.
First up is Paper + Lace from New Zealand wedding planner Jax Sutton. Jax posted about crochet wedding trends and included my bobble clutch. Jax has found some really fabulous stuff including a stunning crochet wedding dress, the sweetest slippers you ever saw, and a beautiful caplet. Check out the full post here.
A little earlier this week Creative Atelier featured my Rose Garden purse in an Etsy treasury full of rainbow colored goodness. You can't help but get a smile on your face when looking at this collection. See the treasury at the link above or on Etsy.
If you're on Etsy, you can look through other people's treasuries or create one of your own. It's a great way to highlight your finds and catalog items you may wish to revisit later. Here are a couple I've created:
Beachy Keen -- bringing a bit of the beach to home decor
Three Cheers for the Red White & Blue -- a sampling of patriotic items
In Memory of Crash -- a treasury I created when Crash passed and it's full of items I know he would love
Have you created an Etsy treasury? Please do share so we can admire and spread the love.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
I picked up some red beads when I was out the other day & thought they would look great on a blue bracelet. Throw in some white beads I already had in the house and -- ta da! Patriotic bracelet.
This one has inspired me to create other patriotic items. Keep your eyes out because there's more to come!
Do you like patriotic accessories? Only in the summer? What red, white & blue items are you making this summer?
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I'm still playing around with these a bit, but they'll be coming soon to my Etsy shop.
The key fobs are adapted from a pattern from the wonderful folks at KnotSewCute. Seriously, you can't go wrong with any of their patterns.
Monday, June 11, 2012
|Pattern by pomquat.etsy.com.|
Don't you just want to bite one?
Watermelon totes for summer. How fun!
I have one of each ready to go -- the ripe watermelon tote in the top pictures and the more traditional softer pink tote shown on the bottom. OOAK -- each is handcrafted from 100% wool and felted. They are very sturdy and roomy. You could even use it as commuter bag. Another advantage is wool is water-repellent, so those fast-moving summer storms that seem to pop out of nowhere? No problem! The water rolls right off these purses.
So, what's your favorite?
Friday, June 8, 2012
To celebrate, I'm offering 10% off purchases in my Etsy shop. Use coupon code: "herecomesthebride"(without quotes) when checking out. This coupon will expire on June 30th and cannot be combined with any other discount offers, such as discounts for multiple custom purses. This code can be used for custom orders up to 3 purses and any other listing in my shop and on the just-in-time-for-summer, Watermelon Purse.
Monday, June 4, 2012
I actually finished this purse a little over 2 weeks ago. I even used it. The problem is, I wasn't crazy about the handles I made. Let me rephrase. I LOVE the way the handled looked. I didn't like how they were attached or how much they pulled when I loaded up my purse. Let's face it, I'm a loader. That's why I carry such a large bag. Too much stuff!
So I removed the handles (and cried b/c they really are pretty) and contemplated. I tried pre-fab handles. I liked the bamboo handles, but the span was too small and they looked really silly on my big tote. I definitely needed yarn handles. But what kind?
Since I didn't want anything sewn on, I decided I wanted something more like the handles I made on my Mom's & Sister's purses. They went around & around and were completely attached to the bag with no additional sewing.
|Mom's purse with white handles.|
I wasn't sure if I would like the handles in green, but I gave it a shot b/c I was sick of this unfinished purse sitting on my dining room chair NOT. BEING. USED. I wanted to use the purse so bad!! So on went the green yarn and you know what? I LOVE IT!! It's different without being overly dramatic. Not too overwhelming.
So, how do I make these handles?
The handles are pretty easy to do. Mark where you want each handle to begin & end. The space in between will be the handle opening and will not be worked when crocheting around. Join the yarn before the mark and crochet up to the first marker. Now crochet a chain to make the handle. It can be the same number of skipped stitches (as Mom's purse above) or you can chain more stitches to make a bigger opening. If you crochet the same number, the handle will lay flatter and almost look like a clutch. If you make it longer, it will look like a shoulder bag. For my purse, I crocheted a chain that was longer than the number of skipped stitches.
Now, depending on how you want to complete the purse, you can crochet around & around until the handle is as thick as you would like it. For Mom's I made two more rounds after the initial handle chain. As you crochet around, you will naturally work into the handle chain. With this method, the sides of the purse will have more rows than the front opening. This looks great if you're going for a clutch look and/or only making a few rounds. This is also a good method if you haven't yet lined the bag b/c you can make your lining taller to cover up the first row or two of the handle round.
Remember, my purse was already completed once. So the lining was in and was made based on the dimensions of the completed purse with sewn on handles. Therefore, I didn't want to build up the purse too much more because the lining would look too small. In addition, I wanted a nice, thick, handle so I knew I would need more than just 3 rows of single crochet (sc.) So, instead of the method above, I worked the handle in rows.
After making the chain and attaching it to the corresponding marked stitch, I turned my work & crocheted back along the handle. When I got to the end, I slip stitched (ss) into the next stitch. This attached the handle, but did not build up the row. I did this 5 times so I would end up on the opposite side of the purse. This allowed me to crochet to the next stitch marker and make the next handles. I repeated the steps above to make a same-size handle. Since the handles were crafted in rows, I now had a thick handle, but only one additional row on each side of the purse. After I finished off, I went back and weaved a bit more yarn into the handle seams on the wrong side of the purse. Since I used the green yarn, the additional stitches are undetectable and I feel confident loading up this purse.
|I made the handles longer by crocheting more chains than the number of skipped stitches.|