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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Get A Cup Of Tea......

because I have alot to share with you today! Oh, and not only was there frost on the pumpkins this morning, here in northern Illinois but now there's snow on the pumpkins too! Ewwww....What's up with that?

Anyway, I want to share with you first, the last of my Thanksgiving Doorknocker designs. I completed this last night and plan to sew all 3 of them up over the weekend:

Thanksgiving 3 Complete

My next small projects will be a set of 3 Christmas Doorknockers. I'll start working on this one later today:

Christmas Doorhanger 1

After working with Autumn colors for the past week, I'm thrilled to be able to work with blue now!

I mentioned yesterday that I made another handbag over this past weekend. Well, here it is:

New Handbag

The actual bag is one of those plain wicker handbags. I bought it on sale at WalMart a few weeks back for only $3.00! I knew I would never carry it the way it was so I bought some fancy fabrics and some tassle fringe and set out first thing Saturday morning to turn it into a one-of-a-kind eye-catching handbag!

The first thing I did was make a sleeve out of muslin so I had a foundation to work with. I ruffled the layers and sewed them onto the sleeve. Then I sewed the tassle fringe to the bottom edge of the sleeve. Once that was complete, I hand-sewed the sleeve onto the top edge of the bag. I took what was left of the fabric and made gathered flowers and leaves, sewed them on, added some big pearl beads for flower centers, added the cording and strung some smaller pearl beads and I have a really cool new handbag! I told you I like the Victorian Gypsy look! I did add just a bit of fabric glue behind the flowers to keep them in place. It's decorated the same on both sides.

While I was taking photos this morning, I remembered that I never showed you the beautiful beaded purse that I bought back when we were in Galena over Labor Day weekend. Here it is:

Galena Purse

This is so beautiful! It's very heavy from the weight of all the beads and it works with almost every outfit I have!

You're probably wondering what I do with these beautiful purses. I use them. I use a different purse everyday and I don't care what anyone thinks! I am well beyond caring what anyone thinks about me. Quite honestly, where I live, it is not the fashion mecca of the US! But I love beautiful clothes and purses and I feel great when I use them so I do.

Last but not least, this little beauty is now available for purchase in my Etsy shop:

Pink Purse Complete

So those are today's photos! I have to work now. I'd rather be stitching but the sooner I get my work completed, the sooner I can start on that Christmas Doorknocker!


Kim said...

WOW!!! They're all gorgeous!!! I envy you. I can never carry a small purse. Mine is always huge, and weighs a ton.

How about I live vicariously through you!

Thanks for sharing.


Allison said...

Great pics, as always, Pam. I do love that beaded purse you bought...yum!

Ribbonwiz said...

Wow! love the beaded purse Pam and what you did with the plain wicker handbag...looks great!
I wish I had the courage to go out with the purses I've made...good for you!

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