Artwalk Galveston was awesome! Purses were sold and I was privileged to meet the clients who purchase and enjoy my wares! Since the show I’ve been loosey goosey on sewing. Both Gracie and Madison visited independently and Gracie made some colorful clothes for her treasured pet collection. Madison and I took a class in Burlap Flower Making and created all these and more:
I could attach these to headbands, purses, picture frames, etc. Speaking of picture frames, I also managed a frame transformation in a furniture restoration class using Amy Howard paint. I plan to take the follow-up class where you actually bring a small piece of furniture and transform it. (You know I salvage from the alley when appropriate.) 🙂
Madison and I also visited thrift shops. I wish I had taken a before/after pic of the t-shirt that Maddie upcycled! So cool! We both bought place mats to turn into clutches. Hers worked really well. Here is an exterior and interior shot. She sewed the interior with several pockets and partitions with velcro closures.
My place mat purse was made from straw and was so stiff it will be used as a file folder. 🙂 Besides researching purse patterns and fabrics, I upholstered a chair and accomplished some mending. Not my favorite thing! But thinking ahead to fall, I have sewn one bag that I call Wild Child. The exterior is a soft yet sturdy floral velveteen that has a sixties vibe, with an interior of aqua moire.
On the travel front, I managed to visit my favorite city in the world one more time–NYC! If you’re a fan of Tim Gunn’s Project Runway, you’ll appreciate the following:
Other than a visit to Mood Fabrics, I tried to incorporate new adventures. Tender Buttons is a little shop on the Upper East Side that is top to bottom just buttons, and I will let the pictures speak for themselves.
Two tours of New York City that I would highly recommend:
1) If you are a fan of Law and Order (and who isn’t), please take the Law and Order Walking Tour of Manhattan. It is led by a real, retired NYPD detective who has written a book of true crime stories and a guide to true crime sites. OH!! And while he was showing us Central Booking, a town car pulls up and two detectives lead a real handcuffed suspect into the door where every arrested person must enter–from petty thieves to terrorists! Trust me–you will enjoy this tour!
2) If you love awesome food (and who doesn’t) you’ll be so glad you booked the NOLITA/NOHO Food and Culture Tour through Foods of New York tours. We were led to the most scrumptious food sites imaginable and given samples at each one!
As you can tell, this tour started with dessert and ended with dessert–my kind of tour! 🙂 Both of these tours incorporated history through real life stories to keep it even more interesting.
I’ve been a little behind on blogging for the following reasons:
Oh, let’s face it–I’ve just been having fun! More to come, with reports on Colorado, Italy, and the fabric I might find there!
I used to love making placemat purses as you may recall in my @ParadeMagazine post, I think I’ll start again as I still have a lot of placements in storage. Love pasta and pizza, thanks for making me hungry before bedtime!
Sorry about the bedtime pizza pic! Lol. I do remember your awesome placemat article and think I’m going to re-read it. Thanks!