Thursday, March 20, 2008

WooHoo! Signs of Spring!

Yes, it is now officially SPRING! (oops...or is it tomorrow? LOL) The foot of snow has melted, the week-long deluge of rain has passed, and the sun actually made an appearance. I ventured outside to get a well needed dose of vitamin D and snapped a couple of pictures of my emerging plants. These are my Hyacinths...
And I think this is a patch of Stella D' Oro lilies...

Now, I realize that the Southern bloggers are probably laughing at the meager growth, but here, we'll take any signs of greenery we can get. LOL

Another sign of spring is the new lines of fabrics are hitting the shelves. has Amy Butler's new Midwest Modern line in already and I hope the other designers won't be too far behind.

When I saw how fantastic the colors blended with one of my vintage 60's prints, I couldn't wait to get sewing! Here's a little preview of a wristlet style bag. Don't the colors just scream SPRING!
Now I just need the temperatures to get a bit warmer and I will be a happy camper.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

The Amy Butler Contest and a Grand Opening

I saw a post on Craftzine about an Amy Butler Inspired Bag contest and thought I might as well throw in an entry. I've always been a last minute kind of girl, so of course, mine was entered in the final hours.
I entered one of my Sash-a Totes. This one has a "Spring" and "Fall" personality, thanks to two of my favorite Amy Butler prints. A pink Lotus on one side and the Morroccan earth tones of Belle on the other. After seeing all of the fabulous bags on Flickr, I'm afraid I don't have even the slightest chance of winning, but at least it got me moving to finish this bag. LOL

Which brings me to my next bit of news...A GRAND OPENING! Yes, I have finally opened an Etsy store.

It only has a couple of bags in there right now, but I'm working on getting the others photographed and listed. I'm also going to have some craft packs of vintage fabric available, as well as misc. vintage goodies. Something for everyone, I hope.

You'll also notice that the website has gotten a bit of a face-lift.

Some new graphics, a little flash, and a couple of new features. A "Newly Listed Items" page is so convenient for frequent browsers and a new "Search" function should also come in handy if you're looking for a particular color or specific item.
There's still some tweeking that needs to be done, mainly implimenting a shopping cart. Hubby and I are novices at this, so it takes us awhile. LOL
If you have any other suggestions for improvements, please let me know.