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IMG_9736IMG_9742IMG_9744IMG_9745IMG_9739IMG_9741Happy birthday to Julia, my awesome sister-in-law! She is celebrating her 40th today! For the occasion I made her a tote bag with a sweet little Dutch girl embroidery on it. Julia is Dutch so I was happy I had something meaningful to incorporate into this tote for her. The rose barkcloth was found at Nolt’s Bargain Barn in Martinsburg, PA. I actually think Julia was with me when I found this fabric a few summers ago. Happy Birthday Julia! I am so glad you are my sister! xoxo K.

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IMG_9771IMG_9770IMG_9768IMG_9772My friend Dawn found this tea towel at a thrift store almost two years ago. She gave it to me and I have been meaning to make her a tote out of it for about that long. She is my thrift store hero. She can find the *Best* stuff. In fact, she was visiting me last weekend and found a pair of Kate Spade leather sandals that were maybe worn once or twice. I think the price was something crazy like $7.99. She has a way sniffing out the really good expensive stuff and buying it for a song. I got inspired to get this tote done this week and it really turned out nicely. I have been collecting these tea towels and plan to make a one of a map of Royal Britain next.

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IMG_9583IMG_9584IMG_9585My Aunt Jackie ordered this tote for my cousin’s wife for Christmas. Jackie wanted a peace themed tote so I knew I wanted to add a bit of embroidery to give it that 60’s feel. The Stitchery Book from my previous post had these lazy daisy flowers which were perfect for it. This fabric has been one of my all time favorites to work with. It use to be several pairs of curtains in it’s past life. The denim was a pair of repurposed jeans I just sent this off last night and it should arrive in Pennsylvania by Friday. Nothing like last minute sewing to keep life exciting…

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Now that San Francisco and San Jose have gone plastic bag-less there is a need for re-usable alternatives. While examining my fabric stash a few weeks ago, I realized that I had a pretty nice thrifted collection of Hawaiian mu-mu type fabric. It is all light weight but has a bit of heft to it (kind of like a light weight barkcloth). I thought these prints would be just right for some shoppers. I took a plastic bag apart and used it for my pattern. I lined the handles for some stability but left the interior unlined so I could make these bags quickly. I sent a picture of them to Samba in Sac and she declared they be called “Happy Bags” because how could you be bummed looking at all those outrageous colors and prints?

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Yes, I do admit I do love this tote. Just the right amount of funk factor plus lots of room inside (including 6 pockets). This one is for Lindsey, my hairdresser. I was in to get a haircut last week and we decided to barter. I make a tote bag for her, she gives me a fabulous cut. DEAL! I am off to deliver it this afternoon so had to snap some pictures before I say goodbye to my 1970’s inspired owl tote. At least I know it is going to a good home!

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This summer we spent a few fun days at my aunt and uncle’s house in Pennsylvania. They live on a large piece of property (compared to California standards) and have an amazing garden and quite a few animals including eight or nine chickens (which by the way provide the most delicious eggs). As a thank you for my aunt Jackie’s hospitality, my mom commissioned me to make her a tote bag. I knew exactly which embroidery I was going to use for this one! I got this piece at the Oakland White Elephant Sale in January. I loved the mid-century look of the design and the odd color combination. I had the corduroy in my stash as well as the unlikely floral fabric. Somehow they all went together in a fun way.

p.s. Here are Jackie’s chickens and the breakfast she made for me!

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I have been very busy at the sewing machine. All of these totes were made using needlepoint and crewel work embroideries that I found at flea markets or antique fairs. The coordinating fabrics all came from my stash so all I had to buy to complete these was some thread and some fusible interfacing!

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