I promised there would be a blog about all the stuff that has taken over my dining room table.  Everything is just sitting there, waiting for me to get busy and get creative.  Wanted to show you what fun things came along in the past week to incorporate into some fun bags, totes, clutches and WHO KNOWS WHAT?  :)
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Giorgio Armani vinyl banner......
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Kenneth Cole (two of these) vinyl banner
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DKNY fabric banner (way cool)
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GoodWill findings - nothing like brand new fabric and some FUN accents for tote bags.
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Small assortment of adorable little girl's clothing - SO perfect for trendy and fun clutches.
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A 5" X 7" oil painting on canvas just sitting there waiting to get put on the front of a purse. Adore the colors and whimsy of this one.
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Perfect heart closure clutch frames from China - SO CUTE!
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Jewelry findings and charms on SALE at Michaels! Yeah, and ceramic buttons - very cool.
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Since when does Swarovski crystal charms end up in a CLEARANCE bin????
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eBay finds - a much needed base pattern for a messenger/laptop bag. Amy Butler to boot!
And this treasure also came this week..........
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Bill's brother and sister-in-law were SO generous to bring the Dale Nichols history and art book that we'd special ordered to Lincoln the other day.  I just noticed this morning that the author even signed it for us!  Dale Nichols is Bill's great uncle - Google him sometime and you'll be able to see some incredible art.  This is a huge book, and will definitely make time to sit and really read this bit of family history.

There, that's all I have for you and it's time to get on with things around here.  So YOU go do something fun, creative, and exciting!  Never know where it will lead.
 
 
There hasn't been much to report or update this week.  Not sure what's going on in my head, but maybe after the work week is over and a Saturday morning packed with some 'me' things I'll get back on track in the work room.  I'm not a real fan of tax day either and that's probably part of it all.  So now that I've laid that out on the table, I thought I'd show you a couple of things that should be arriving this week for a special order and another idea of mine.
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I found these on Etsy at a price that could not be passed up.  Yes, they are coming from China with very inexpensive shipping.  Now why can't I ship something to Canada which is closer for that same kind of money?  I can't figure it out and I HAVE to get something up there, somehow someway.  Very frustrated with our local USPS office as they were no help whatsoever.  But anyway, enough grumbling.  I found a large swatch of my own knitting while cleaning out a bin and that's what this particular closure will be used for.  I'm rather excited to try this method of purse making out and hope the tutorials on YouTube will stick in my brain.  :)

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I also found this fabulous and elegant strand of pale lavender pearls on Etsy.  There is a gal at work that has such talent in making bracelets and I just want to encourage her to keep on keepin' on.  There is a charm I found to go with these pearls and thing it will make a dynomite bracelet for someone I love very much as a gift (sometime).  

Gorgeous or WHAT?

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And finally, this is the fabric that is on order and should be here tomorrow for a special request large notebook/portfolio from my Etsy store.  It's an Amy Butler fabric and should work up wonderfully.

So hopefully it will come when UPS says it will and I can get this made up this weekend for the buyer's approval.

There are three crocheted hats that are nearly complete for a special order from a co-worker.  I should probably tie up those lose ends this morning and get these to her as they are for a friend going through chemotherapy out-of-state.  

PLUS I still have that bountiful box of goodies from Marcy that need to be made up into interesting items for her.  

And then there's Bill's leather notebook - it's still daunting me as 'unforgiving' materials, no matter HOW gorgeous, still scare the poo out of me.  

So there's a lot on my plate, or should I say PLATES!  Ha Ha!  

Now get on with your day, and get CREATIVE!
 
 
So after eye-balling a certain style of purse for years, I got the guts up to watch a tutorial on YouTube this morning just to see if it's something possible for the old dog to learn.   Yeah, I'm that dog.  tee hee  This was exactly what I'd been looking for.  So pumped to give this a shot - now keep a watch out for some fun cable knit purses with clutch closures.  PERFECT!  You give it a try, too!
Oriental silks and embroidered fabrics are screaming at me for linings.........  Think I suffer from texture-itis.  Ha!
 
 
Yes, at noon today, the arduous work of redesigning that Pendleton vest into a tote bag is complete - AND listed.  I have signed off on it.
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Day two isn't going to bring a lot of news yet this morning.  This is Wednesday, which always follows Tuesday - my long day at work.  Not a lot of creative juices are working when coming home on a Tuesday evening.  

But that doesn't stop the mind from running in overdrive the minute I wake up on Wednesday morning!  
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I keep seeing this golf sweater in my head.  It's sitting in there getting mulled over.  This has to be tackled next.  Spring will be here soon, and this will be perfect for those gals who not only love to golf, but like to carry something a little different and off the beaten path.  And an $84 dollar vest just HAS to come out functional, different and with a little flair, don't ya think?

So keep watching as the GOLF VEST gets a major overhaul this week.