Monday, July 01, 2013

Handmade Zipper Purse!

Today's Lesson From The Craft Room:  Your Creativity, Like A Garden, Needs Tending To
I walk by a beautiful garden on my morning walk with Buddy.  Over time, the beautiful iris garden is beginning to turn into a field of long grass and weeds.  The woman who used to tend the garden has passed and her children have been unable to maintain the garden.  It is difficult to watch.  Today though, I realized that the garden, like our creativity, needs tending to or it will become overgrown with other things.  I have felt that way this past month - with so many days on the road for work.  My creative garden was definitely missing me!  This weekend was all about tending to my creative garden!  At times I was working on 4 projects at once!!!!  I was sewing, art journaling, painting and playing with clay!  It felt WONDERFUL!!! :)  How can you tend to your garden????
Today I wanted to share with you a project I created a few weeks ago.  I finally was motivated to take some of the fabric I had made when I took a marbling class with Jo Fitsell.  I wasn't sure how I was going to use my unique fabrics, but when I came across instructions for a small zippered purse in the book Sew Wild by Alisa Burke, I knew what I would do!!!!  After a lot of cutting, sewing, ironing...and my first ever zipper...I had a purse that I could use! :)  What am amazing sense of accomplishment!  I'm already excited for the next one!  Here are a few more photos...I even did some journaling on the lining of the bag - just a permanent marker and the flow of my thoughts.  I hope you like it!!!!


TiaraHelen said...

How gorgeous - and a zipper, I'm very impressed. Great, Great, Great idea to journal your own fabric, so personal and bold. The ink doesn't seem to have "seeped" into the fabric at all, how did you manage that?

Lorraine said...

I agree - gorgeous. And your handwriting is so pretty. What a wonderful way to use that fabric, and so personally.

Anonymous said...

Your creative garden is flourishing! So glad you were able to tend it this weekend. What a gorgeous purse. I'm impressed with your sewing abilities. I put a zipper in a skirt way back in Junior High, but I wouldn't know how to begin tackling one today! I love how you used your beautiful, unique fabric along with your personal journalling. That purse is all you!! --Doris