Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Come On Spring

Come on spring. Winter, love ya but it's time to move on out. We've had the cold and ear infection as a token reminder and now quite frankly, we've over you. Don't be offended, we did like the one large snowstorm, that was nice.

I'm busy hunkered down in the sewing room working with bright colors. Lots of bright colors. I've packed away all the heavy dark materials for July, when I'm craving a cool day. Seems like it will never happen right now, but we all know it will.

Look at the key fob goodness. I have one of these little babies attached to my set of keys and even though I still carry the mongo sling bag that ate New York City, I can always find my keys with a key ring like this. I'm not sure if it is the size or the cotton webbing but my keys seem to miraculously float to the top of two ton annie, the bag! Ahhh, what a treat when the 7 year old is six steps ahead of me out the door and the 3 year old is tossing a sippy cup my way as we skip out the door.

I'll be offering them at the craft shows I'll be doing this spring/summer and of course through internet orders. They can be made in any color and can match any bag. Speaking of matching any bag...if you buy one alone they are $6.50 but if you buy one with any other bag purchase they are only $5.00.

They will be up for sale very soon with all the new spring bags at

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Inspiration In The Craziest Places

My three year old, Olivia has been sick for almost 2 weeks now. Sniff Sniff. Just common variety cold for a week, 3 days of being well and then more fever followed up by an ear infection this time. I broke down, took her to the Dr. and got her the good drugs today, so she should be flying high again by tomorrow.

Liv has been snuggled up on a heat therapy bag to help her sore ear. She likes the warm lavender scented soft bag while watching way too many cartoons. Ahhh, it's winter time in the Midwest. I got the idea here for the bag. What a great tutorial and what a wonderful idea to use up some scraps of material from the ever growing stash of material that seems to be taking over the northwest side of the house.

While Liv has been recuperating I've been cutting out heat therapy bags. I couldn't seem to stop at just one for Olivia. At first I thought I would keep them for little homemade gifts but now I'm thinking I might take a few to a craft show I've signed up for in March.

They are so easy to make, just two sleeves. (Mine are larger than the tutorial suggested at about 16" x 8". I wanted it to be big enough to lay across the shoulders. (Can you tell where my tension usually sets in?) One sleeve sewed shut with lavender essential oil mixed with white rice and then an outer sleeve with a velcro closure to protect the inner sleeve and have something nice and snuggly warm to cuddle up with. This one is red flannel on one side and cow print flannel on the other. Who says when you are feeling sick or achy you can't keep your sense of humor with a cow print heat therapy bag? I've been to the grocery now two times for more rice. They are easy and fun to make!

Oh, if you are on the northside of Indianapolis on March 14th, 2009 and feel like stoping by the Carmel, Indiana Monon Center...pop on in for the craft show between 10am and 4pm. There is no cost to attend the show and they are expecting about 30+ vendors. I haven't done too many craft shows, they take away from family time and most of my business is word of mouth and internet...but hey, why not give this local show a try? It's practically in my back yard. I'm looking forward to showing some spring bags and accessories as well as meeting shoppers and other vendors.

Friday, February 6, 2009

All Things Spring

It's spring here at Pink Evita even if the snow is still not melted in the front yard. I have packed away the heavy chenille's and dark tapestries. I've made up a few very spring'y' totes and just the feel of light weight pinks and greens running through my fingers has been enough to beat the late winter time blues. Of course my living room has 1/2 inch of dust everywhere but there are lots of new Pink Evita's already in the works scattered throughout sewing room and on the website.

I dug through some older stash to see if I could make some sewing room space..for newer material of course, and pulled together this pink and green dragonfly bag. New this spring will be little accessories to match each bag. Yes, that is a matching little dragonfly zipper makeup pouch sitting in the tote. Of course they are sold separately for anyone who doesn't want the accessories, but really, who could resist?

If this pink dragonfly and ladybug captures your fancy she can be purchased over here.

One more thing that put a smile on my face when it arrived in the mail this week. Snaps. Colorful little snaps, I swoon.

I have a million ideas for these little babies. Wallets, pouches, dog walking poopy baggie carriers, golf bag clip on many ideas, so little preschool time to create.

Working with snaps is next up on the docket. I'll post more when these snaps have been affixed to something.