I’ve really been feeling overwhelmed lately…. the day job, the blogs, sewing for fun, eating to survive, preparing for shows. Not to mention that beautiful Daughter of mine. So, I’m considering a break. Not from the day job or from sewing, but from this blog world. I’m not going far, and I’ll be back often, just not every day. At least for a little while. I’ll miss you, so don’t go wandering away too far. I hope to come back with all sorts of ideas and stories, so until then…
Introducing, the Jenny Bag! I originally made this bag for a coworker named Jenny. She knew I was sewing like crazy and asked for a simple bag to hold just her wallet, iPhone and chapstick. She wanted something to sling across her body so she could be hands free when chasing her three boys, walking her beautiful standard poodle or going to an outdoor concert with her husband. I came up with this great little bag. There’s a larger main pocket with two shorter pockets on either side. The strap is long and narrow to wear across your body.
She’s gotten amazing feedback everytime she wears it and I am working on a couple for gifts for her friends. Another coworker saw it and asked that I make one fore his wife. Then a few weeks ago I wore it when I met a friend at The Linden Tree and the store’s fabulous owner saw it and asked if I’d like to sell them in her store!. So, there you have it. Eventually I’ll be selling them in my Etsy shop, but in the meantime you’ll be able to find them at The Linden Tree or by dropping me a line.
I found a couple fun finds at the State Fair a few weeks ago, and have finally found the time to tell you about them. They’re both from this adorable mother-daughter team from the North Woods of Minnesota call HeimMade. They make the most appropriate Minnesota goodies: warm felted hats and mittens and other goodies, as well as body lotions, soaps, balm, etc. One to keep us cozy and the other to help our skin in the unbearable dryness of winter. I picked up an adorable hat for Daughter, called an acorn hat, and I can’t wait (sort of) until it’s cold enough that she’ll keep it on. I also picked up a small pump bottle of “rest ashore” lotion. It’s the perfect size to sit on my desk. Check out their schedule, they’ve got a few more shows coming up this winter.
I spent the better part of the evening cutting this beautiful fabric. And I’ll be spending the rest of week pining and sewing these pieces together. Because by the end of the week I’m bringing a whole pile of goodies over to The Linden Tree to be sold! The store is such a little gem. It is run by the most amazing woman (Hi, Melissa!) and is in such a lovely part of town. (Did I mention it’s across the street from Turtle Bread?) Stop by there, say hello, pick up some cards or a beautifully crocheted hat. There’s also prints and clothes and, best of all, fabric! The two fabrics on the far left are from The Linden Tree and I’m planning to transform them, and a whole lot of other beautiful fabric, into purses and wine bags and a few other pieces I’ve been working on.
Things might be pretty quiet around here for a couple weeks as I’m cranking away, but I won’t go far for long. I promise.
We spent the last four days in Bayfield, WI, along the south shore of Lake Superior. It was beautiful. We went to a few orchards, found an Art Crawl, went for a loooonnngg bike ride and ate a lot of good food. I’ll post about it this week while I catch up with the rest of my life. I’ve also got some exciting news… stay tuned!
Sunday Sunrise, shot from our balcony.
Hidden Falls is one of my favorite parks in the Twin Cities. It’s hidden, duh, along the river in St. Paul, sort of tucked below the Ford Plant. There are bike and walking trails that weave through the thickest woods I’ve ever seen in the heart of a city. And yes, there are Falls, and yes, they’re hidden.
Hidden Falls is also the name of this beautiful Fused Glass Pendant made by my friend Nikki. We used to play hockey together years ago and we’ve reconnected through Facebook. Check out her shop to see the rest of her amazing work.
I’m ditching town for a few days to explore the restaurants, bike paths and shops in Northern Wisconsin. I”ll come back with loads of photos and fun finds. Have a great weekend, see you next week!
I ran across the Etsy shop Heidi and Finn last week and can’t get it out of my mind. The clothes from her patterns are adorable, promise to be easy and look so wearable for Toddlers. I am having a hard time not ordering the bubble skirt (above), these adorable pleated pants, this yoga suit or finally, this irresistable sweater.
I’ll be lucky if I make it through the day without ordering one or all of the patterns. Then again I’ll have a lucky girl if I do order one or all of the patterns. And the sizes go up to 5, so it could be considered an investment, right?
Lisa and I met up at the Fall into the Arts Festival this weekend. It’s held at the beautiful Centennial Lakes Park in Edina and the work is just as stunning as the setting. Of all the amazing work we saw, one artist really stood out. The artist’s name is Louise Harris (the line is called LH Originals) and she makes stunning works of art using recycled furnace filters. Check out her website and read the whole story. The work itself is amazing and mesmerizing, but when you know the whole story it gets even better.