Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Luggage Tags using J. Wecker Frisch's Draw Near Fabric

Before I started working on my little house coin purses/ear bud case, I had started working on these luggage tags.  This project, like most of my work, evolved in to luggage tags.

I love the latest fabric by J. Wecker Frish, Draw Near. You can visit her blog, Joy Studio  here.

I purchased yardage of every fabric in the Draw Near line.  That is how much I love it!  A few days after our Texas trip, I wanted to start creating (it had been too long and creating is just part of my DNA).  This is what I came up with.

One of my favorite estate sale finds is vintage trim.  To give these "girls" a bit of color, I added vintage trim.  I know I mentioned a few months ago how much I love my new sewing machine.  It does wonderful embroidery stitching.  Adding the decorative stitching made it feel like I was adding some mix media element to the luggage tags, like a form of stamping. 

Why add color?

One of my all time fabrics (also from the Draw Near fabric line), is the fabric I used on the back of these luggage tags.  There is a layer of thick interfacing between the top and bottom layer of fabric for added support.

Back of Luggage Tag

To finish this project, I added a grommet on the top along with a plastic luggage tie and stitched in place an  ID plastic card holder to the back.  A business card can be used as your ID information on the luggage tag. 

I will create some basic ID cards that can be filled out with name, address & phone number (if the person does not have a business card to use).

These new luggage tags will be available at A Paris Street Market in Aspen Grove September 6th.

Friday, August 15, 2014

More House Coin Purses and/or Ear Bud Case

Loved creating these one of a kind little homes.  They are fully lined zippered little houses.  A credit card will fit inside along with cash and coins.  They can also be used to store your iPod ear buds.

Vintage and New Materials/Trims

They will be available at A Paris Street Market in Aspen Grove on September 6, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Halloween Inspired Coin Purses or Ear Bud Case

Halloween is a favorite of mine.  When I started to create these little fully lined zippered little coin purse houses, I knew I had to create a few Halloween theme.

All of these coin purses and or ear bud cases will come with a ring and clasp (not shown on the photo) which can be seen in my original post of these coin purses from August 11th.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

More Sweet Coin Purse Houses....and/or Ear Bud Case

Although they are are pictured below, each home will come with a ring and clasp so the coin purse can be attached to a key ring or a pair of jeans belt hoop.

Mix Media Inspired

Vintage and New Materials/Trims

Rhinestone Door Knob

Heart Stitched Door Plate

Fully lined and zipper on the back


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

More Houses...Coin Purse and/or Ear Bud Case

More photos of my newest creation.  Fully lined little house with a zipper on the back.  Created with a combintation of vintage and new materials.  They will be available at A Paris Street Market in Aspen Grove, September 6, 2014.

Most, if not all, One of A Kind Homes

Mix Media Inspired

Vintage and New Trims

Vintage Chenille 

Fabric with the girls and mix media inspired colorful roof material is from Christy Tomlinson's fabric line.  Christy Tomlinson is one of my favorite mix media artists.
Pillow case crochet edge has now been re-purposed to created a layered roof on this sweet home coin purse.

 Crochet trim with beads crocheted...love this trim.  Wish I had more...
 Love the Christy Tomlinson's fabric.  I am so glad I purchased yards of it about a year ago.

 Beaded trim found an estate sale in my own neighborhood this past Spring.  This was the only estate sale where I shopped at on the  1st, 2nd and last day, each time finding wonderful vintage treasures.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Houses....Coin Purse and/or Ear Bud Case

Usually after a long trip, especially our 3+ week trip to Texas, I come home feeling exhausted.  It takes me days to feel like myself again.  Over the years, I realize it's an emotional exhaustion rather than physical.  I think it's because although I love living in Colorado and have many great friends in Colorado, I realize a part of me and my heart remains in Texas with family and friends.

Therefore, it is not a big surprise that my creativity takes time to come back to me.  This year, my creativity initially returned slowly but thanks to Pinterest returned in  a big surge of creativity.   An idea started to take root in my head.  Then it grew and took a life of it's own.  There is no other way to explain it or describe it.


Perhaps it was spending time with everyone in Texas that inspired my newest creation.  Realizing that no matter what, Texas will always be home.  Although I don't expect I will return to live in Texas, people close and dear in my heart live in Texas.    In my heart, I have homes in two different states.

Colorado and Texas

Maybe that is why I am so drawn to creating with the theme of houses.  I have created paper houses (Christmas), mix media with houses on canvas and paper mache (Halloween/Christmas), felted wool house ornaments (Christmas) and  mix media inspired Nook/iPad lined zippered bags.

This time, I have created fabric houses that are small.  They are coin purses where a credit card will fit inside along with cash and coins.  Or, you can use them to put your iPod ear buds inside.

My materials are a combination of vintage and new.  Most, if not all, are unique and one of a kind. 
I have created many combinations of colors and even a few Halloween theme homes.

I have many completed but many, many more still to complete.  This surge of creativity is something I enjoy.  Although my studio is currently messy and unorganized, it's also when my productivity is high.   It is for this reason I had not blogged since our return from our trip to Texas (July 15th).

I decided it was time to take a break from sewing and blog about our trip and my newest creation.  I will return to A Paris Street Market on September 6th with many new items.  Including another item I have been working on almost at the same time as the houses, but more on that later, maybe next week.

Vintage purple chenille bedspread, crochet lace and embroidered flowers all re-purposed to create a one of a kind house coin purse.
 Each home had a rhinestone button as a door knob.  Most have a heart stitched as a door plate.
 The zipper is on the back.  These little homes are fully lined with coordinating cotton fabric.  The ring and clasp will be made available to everyone in case they want to attach it to a key chain or a pair of jeans.  You can keep your iPod ear buds safely inside this house.
A black and white chenille makes a perfect brick like background.
  You can slip a credit card inside, along with some cash and coins.
These home coin purses were created using a tattered vintage quilt along with many vintage and new trims. 

The window in this home is from a vintage hankie with many holes.  I was able to salve the delicate embroidery and use it as a window on this house.

More homes in tomorrow's blog posting.