After 10 exciting years of running a craft business (8 years full time) sometimes i need a little extra inspiration after a break like Christmas. So while i have been tidying my studio, thinking up new designs, sourcing new fabrics, doing photoshoots & preparing for a massive year of stock production for new ventures . . . i just found it really difficult to get back behind my sewing machine. What better than to make something for a friend, a gift, something not ordered, or expected but will be appreciated & well received.
So knowing my gorgeous friend Rachel (Little Angel Little Devil) quite well & having a swimming date planned at her place today, i made this bag from two of her favourite fabrics which i stock . . . Australian screen printing designers PippiJoe & Kristen Doran - worthy of showing off the selvages don't you think?? I wanted a simple design, something Lotta Jansdotter would whip up between making a shopping list & heading out to do the shopping. With quadruple stitched handles, an internal floating pocket edged with bias & gussetted base, this is what i ended up with. Quite pleased.
On the way to Rachel's i swung by the supermarket for a bread stick & some snacks for her children. Such a bag MUST have a crusty French loaf poking out the top, i stopped short of celery!! 'twas a lovely day, lots of hugs, talking, laughing, munching on homemade Greek dips & vegetables. Rachel is a fabulous host & her children, delightful. Rachel said it's going to be her year - less than 2 weeks into 2010, she already knows it's going to be an amazing year!! Love her confidence & determination. Well didn't she turn out to be the best muse of inspiration ever??
Hope you all love your work as much as i do!! I feel very lucky to be able to run a business from home, be a housewife & raise 4 children, this lifestyle is not wasted on me. I pinch myself every day that i could switch from a career in science (oil industry) to one of sewing. I'm never going back to a lab coat, not even one made from Amy Butler florals!! Well, no, i couldn't!! Love Posie