Reposted from 05/28/2013
Happy Tuesday handmade world! I have been a very busy and crafty girl over the last few days and weeks. Lots of family things to take care of and a slew of custom orders came in! For the first time this past week, I ordered fabric online. This is something I have always been a little scared to do. What if the quality wasn’t what I wanted, what if the colours weren’t what I hoped and just about any other anxious crafter question! 😉

Now why did I order online in the first place? Well the lovely and incredibly talented Kristine Hannah from Kristine Hannah Boudoir asked me to make her a camera bag and I wanted the best of the best fabric for her! There was no way I was getting anything less than the best for someone who is taking professional photos of her bag! With her pattern likes and colour choices in hand I went on a search! Now many of you know I prefer to keep my supplies local or at least Canadian, finding a Canadian fabric store online was quite the adventure! So few options and too long shipping times/costs. Luckily I stumbled on Fabric Spot. The quality of fabric they have to offer is just incredible and their prices were on target too, not to mention the fabric arrived in about 4 days! Here are the gorgeous fabrics I ordered:

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The gorgeous purple fabric has large butterflies and flowers on it and is 100% cotton. It’s even more beautiful in person and is going to make an awesome camera bag for Kristine! The pretty yellow birdie fabric is for me, of course! I couldn’t help but order myself a little something too! I also ordered some fabric from another site for yet another custom order but that one is a surprise so you will have to wait to see it! I will let you know, it’s featuring Alexander Henry fabric, but which one? You will just have to wait 😉

Not only did I shop this week (which I did a lot of) but I also worked more on my purse set! I worked up a new Bi-Fold Wallet and Business card wallet in my Amy Butler Fabric and a little Keychain Pouch for my iPod shuffle in Joel Dewberry Fabric. I am so pleased with how each item turned out and they have been filled up and well used already! What do you think?

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Yes even my iPod matches 😉
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Already to go with my cards!
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Probably overfilled but I’m in love!
Next up is an unplanned item for me! This is the Anita Bag pattern (from I think Sew) that I will be using for another custom order but I wanted to test it out first before making it for my client. This thing is bigger than my average bags but will make a great beach bag or stylish shopping bag. I made it to carry all the “stuff” I always have as a mom and someone who works 2 jobs on top of my sewing business! This past weekend, I went to Toronto for a shopping day with my little sister and this bag proved to be incredibly useful and very roomy for all the things I bought and carry!
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Pretty roomy bag!
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Cool new purse handle design!
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Zippered pocket and magnetic snap of course!
I am pretty impressed with this pattern. The finished size is approximately 16 ½” width X 13 ¼” height X 5 ½” depth. It was relatively easy to work up minus the curve but that is just because I do not get along with circles! The handles on the bag are short but feel very comfortable when you are carrying them. Overall I am very pleased with the outcome and will be perfect made in the fabric I have chosen for my client!

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Now where can you find me next? Coming up in June The Art School of Peterborough is putting on the Peterborough Art Market. I have just joined this event and am looking forward to it. This will be my first outdoor event so keep your fingers crossed that the weather co-operates and stays nice and sunny! I will debuting some new items as well as a new booth display that I am working on. Also to share in the handmade love you can also find my friend Vanessa from Beadness at this event as well. Be sure to stop by her booth and tell her I sent you!


Coming up next week, I have 2 custom bags for Angela from Barking Dogs Salvage and Design, little zippered pouch linings for Beadness and to work on my many custom orders! Also as a special treat to my followers and a fun new adventure, I will be interviewing Sarah from Parkadilly. Her wire work is incredible, be sure to check her out and like her on Facebook. We will have lots of fun questions to ask her and maybe even a giveaway so stay tuned for that post!

I hope you all have a wonderful week and happy crafting! 🙂

Aimee

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