What a fun find! Lorie English recently posted this on Instagram, you can find her @recreated_now. Lorie makes fabulous upcycled handbags. She uses feed sacks, cargo pants, and colorful fabrics. For this one she found my 70’s Fab Floral in Avocado! How groovy! I love the simplicity, and the clean lines.
Looking through her Etsy site, LoriesBags, I was reminded of a favorite bag I had when I was about nine. It was 1976. The bag was navy blue, with red, white and blue stars on the wide fabric strap. The top flap closed with a metal twist clasp, and had a large “’76” on the front. It was about 8 x 8 inches, and “U” shaped, much like this one. I loved that bag. I’m pretty sure I wore it like a crossbody bag. And I vaguely remember collecting rocks with it that summer.
I love the pockets on the inside!
Be sure to visit Lorie’s links for more. Share with friends, daughters and granddaughters! Follow LoriesBags, & @recreated_now.
Nature abhors waste. And so should we.
Hendrith Vanlon Smith Jr, CEO of Mayflower-Plymouth
There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.
Annie Leonard, Proponent of Sustainability
We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.
Spoonflower challenged designers to celebrate Chinese New Year with “Year of the Rabbit”. With this design, the color came first. Deep Shiraz. Or wine. Or burgundy. Take your pick.
With a dark base, the design elements were sure to pop. I started with a linen texture, and carried it through on the lanterns and hexagrams. The hexagrams are, “Prospering” and Radiance”.
For the rabbits, I added a subtle brushed gold effect. I need to check the swatch, the brushed effect might need to be increased. I was inspired by the silky, vibrant Chinese Qipao dresses.
The linen effect is hard to see here, you can check out the post on Spoonflower to better see it. Voting is now open, until the 24th. Prospering Radiance is off to a good start. I am grateful, and hopeful. 🙏😊🙏
Numb Tongue placed at 1127 of 1345 entries with 12 votes. You can see the top 73, here. They are gorgeous! I am grateful for your votes! Thank you! I know this is ghastly, haha. But I am grateful for the learning! I have started reworking this design, and I will share it soon. 🙂
Can you believe it! February is almost here, and that means it is time for our 30 Days of Creative Gathering. I for one am excited. As you know, I have not been very productive artistically. These past few months I have been busy with behind the scenes admin tasks.
I am still undecided on a theme. As always. Haha. Landscapes? Collage? Abstracts? Well, you know me, I will probably do a little of each. Haha.
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Can you believe it? We are starting our 5th year! Woo Who!
We already have two new members! Will you be able to join us? My fingers are crossed!
The Spoonflower challenge this round was for poisonous plants. Hmm. It had me wishing, once again, that I was better at drawing. I decided to go semi-abstract. Semi-mod. I don’t think I was successful. But I had a working, repeating pattern.
Dieffenbachia is also known as dumb cane. Dumb cane gets its name from the temporary speechlessness that can occur after chewing a piece of the stem. The cells of the plant are armed with stinging crystals, raphides, that are composed of calcium oxalate. If chewed or ingested, the raphides and sap of the plant can irritate the mucous membranes and cause swelling and inflammation of the tongue and throat. The plant is considered to be toxic to cats and children, though ingestion is not usually deadly.
The design name came to me after reading the plant description. It comes from a funny scene in one of the Star Trek movies. Captain Kirk has numb tongue and no one can understand what he is saying. Obscure, I know. But the movie made me giggle.
There is texture through out. I mixed a wonky plaid with a linen for the background. And I mimicked the variations of color in the leaves.
I don’t feel confident to ask for votes on this one. Voting is open now until January 17th.
Bee Decree placed at 535 of 811 entries with 26 votes. You can see the top 63, here. Thanks so much everyone, for taking the time to vote.
You are bee-nomenal! 😊😊😊
I do feel a sense of accomplishment for the learning in this process. Adding that to my little pink book of techniques. Haha. 🙂
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sometimes a year has been so disastrous and so terrible that entering a new year will automatically mean entering a wonderful year! Mehmet Murat Ildan
Kindness, kindness, kindness. I want to make a New year’s prayer, not a resolution. I’m praying for courage. Susan Sontag