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I hope to be able to present the totes and purses that I have designed in this space. If you have an interest or would like to commission me to do something for you, just email me. My link is on the left hand side and I get to my emails every day.

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Purses_003

I loved the look of this vintage fabric, but it really popped for me when I put the contemporary black and white stripe against it. And who could resist that lace hanging like tatted icicles all the way around!


Purse lining with labeled pocket

Purse lining with labeled pocket

I used another vintage fabric from my friend Lisa for the lining. And of course, I could not just leave that pocket plain. Even though you can't see them in this photo there are mother-of-pearl buttons on either end of the grosgrain ribbon. My label for this line consists of a piece of the side strip of this fabric, alpha stamps and funky stitches done in black letters...too cool.


Purse back view

Purse back view

I love seeing those colors together. Two of those ribbons surrounding the collar of the purse are silk and the other was torn/cut in half to approximate the size of the others. They are stitched to the sides of the bag and tied through the very vintage French shoe clip on the front.


Second Tote Front Embellishment

Second Tote Front Embellishment

I needed some balance between the pink bark-cloth, vintage pink millinary flower and the antique lace collar with sewn pearls, so I used a cream and black ribbon given to me by my fond friend Diane. I like using elements such as these for the sentimental value as much as the design aspect. Can be tricky sometimes.


Second Tote Front Close-Up

Second Tote Front Close-Up

I absolutely love the lush material that this tote presents with. I folded this collar down as opposed to the other that I left standing and embellished. The stitching on this collar was all the embellishment it needed. I adore my little antique cream buttons and was so glad that I could use them here for the tote loops.


Second Tote Front

Second Tote Front

The body material is late forties floral, but I used cream colored canvas like that used in director's chairs for the collar. This floral is a heavy material and I felt that it had to be paired with something equally heavy, but plain, so that the roses would shine. The handle is brought through those loops and sewn very securely, but I had to add the larger of my antique cream buttons collection to balance using tone on tone.


Full Front View

Full Front View

I designed these mostly for those who carry journals or sketchbooks. The length of the body is perfect for stashing something with some size, the flat bottom and rounded corners don't loose stuff when you're digging and the neck is narrowed to that every time you put it down, everything does not come rolling out. Of course, the pocket is for the quick find...cell phone, keys, etc.


Purse Front Embellishment Close-up

Purse Front Embellishment Close-up

I absolutely love that French buckle and vasilated so many times on using it that I was really never sure it would make it until I tied all the ribbons through it.


Second Tote Back View

Second Tote Back View

This side seemed so lush that it didn't need any help from me at all.


Second Tote Inside

Second Tote Inside

This is a contemporary print, but it was so soft and so light, I knew that I had to use it to line this tote. The back of the pocket is lined in it too, which means a soft pocket for things.