Saturday, November 24, 2007

New Handbags... More Buttons!

It's funny when things come together really well. Like this pink bag I knit and felted last year. I made handles for it that just didn't work out, so I thought the bag would never have a chance of being toted around the way a real handbag should! Then last week when I was on Martha's Vineyard I came across this odd, faded little pink woven bag in a thrift store that looked completely useless except for it's handles. I had to put the bag to rest, but I salvaged the plastic orange handles from the wreckage and voila... they went perfectly with my unfinished tote, giving it a vintage, eclectic sort of feel.

Plus I added buttons. I'm just about to add this bag to the store as well as another felted tote I completed, a 'green' inspired super-soft wool that also features a one-of-a-kind accent. This one is a little more... au naturale.

Again I added a bundle of buttons, like I seem to do to everything. I've got another bag to finish knitting and felt today, along with some Christmas gifts on my to-do list and a few other accessories I want to make for knotty dog. Stay tuned!


Bec said...

Hi Vanessa, thank-you for your lovely comments.

I've just been reading through your blog and looking at your etsy shop, and now I really want one of your bags - even though I've got bags coming out my ears at the moment. No felted ones though! I love what you've done with the buttons and embroidery....I think I'm going to end up with a very long Christmas wish list this year :).

Your work is lovely, and I really enjoyed reading about your take on the whole 'handmade' thing and imperfections.. It is definitely something I struggle with. I am now at the point where I am ok with giving imperfect things as gifts, but still don't feel ready to actually try and sell what I make. Maybe one day!

Anyway, it was very nice to discover your blog and etsy shop - I hope it all goes well. I'm glad you said hello.
Cheers, Bec

Bec said...

Ooooh, a trade would be great. Not only would I LOVE to own one of your bags, but it would give me a kick to think that one of my own bags was being used by someone halfway around the world!