Saturday, July 12, 2008

Creative Weekend . . . 2

I'm having a creative weekend. Drew is out of town, Camp Toby is in full swing (i.e. Chris & Karol's Boston Terrier - Pesto - is spending the weekend) and I'm working on creative projects.

I had to show you my latest creation. I finished an Amy Butler "Frenchy" handbag with some fabulous fabric that I bought at Material Girl in Grand Island. The fabric is Botanical Pop by Jackie Shapiro for Windham Fabrics. I love it! The inside lining is the same fabric as the handles - an eye-popping bright yellow print. It has a magnetic class and inside pockets. I'm thinking of adding some little buttons to the handles where they meet the top band (I guess that means another trip to the fabric store -- oh, how I hate going to the fabric store) I think the buttons will give it just a little extra pizzazz, but not too much. It will all depend on whether I find something in a color that I like.

While I'm blogging, I finally have a picture of the Amy Butler shoulder bag that I made while out in Cozad. Same pattern, simply the larger version. This bag was made with Umekomachi Japanese fabric that I bought while in NY last fall. Adore it! I have a handbag cut out of the same fabric for myself.

Oh, I guess I failed to mention that these are two of my bags of an upcoming fundraiser that my bead guild - Midwest Lampworkers Guild - is working on. Save the date on Friday, October 17th for Art in the Bag. It is going to be a fabulous evening of food, beverages and music with the focal a Silent Auction with gorgeous purses, totes, handbags made by local artists. Each bag will be accompanied by a cancer awareness accessory whether it be a key chain, coin purse, zipper, pull, etc. All proceeds from the event will benefit Cancer Awareness, Research and Care. The event is going to be held at the Hot Shops Art Center. More information coming soon!

Well - time to get back to being creative. Or maybe I'll have a snack to keep me fueled.


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