Friday, November 6, 2009

New Clutch Design

I volunteer weekly for a classroom of first graders. The girls always gather around to see what fun bag or wristlet I'm carrying to school that week.

Zipper bags and wristlets are perfect for holding my wallet, cell phone, lipstick and car keys while at school and special bonus - they easily fit in the school cubbies, so I can set my bag down while I'm elbow deep in paints or glue.

For two weeks I carried a Skulls & Crossbone flat bottm wristlet. The one below is listed in my shop. It's similar to the one I carry, but with a curved bottom.

The girls are clamoring to see a new bag and I've been craving a cute clutch with a winter theme. It's been so hot here, that carrying a little winter on my wrist would be refreshing.

My new clutch design will feature a curvy flap to resemble snow drifts. I'm measuring and sketching.

I have a bolt of beautiful blue denim which would go well with this design. The color is rich; denim wears well and can be dressed up or down.

I also pulled from my stash some Cranston Village cotton fabric that has the same rich blue as the denim and beautiful berry reds and bright white snow. It's a nature print with animals surrounded by winter woods. I'm drawn to the berry reds and cardinals.

Watch in the next week as this clutch takes shape. Happy Friday to all!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

My First!

Welcome to my first blog entry!

I love to create! I have been painting, designing and sewing since I was a child and my life has always been filled with art.

I create in a beautiful design studio in sunny Florida - look for photos coming soon. I love to create bags, clutches, handbags and wristlets.

I'm always working on lots of creative projects. I have more ideas than time. I love to sew, paint, make jewelry, work with textiles and mixed's a never ending list.

The Crafty Panda enables me to do what I love and to share that passion with wonderful people around the world.

Watch me work in my studio, check out my projects from sketching to completion, look for some favorite tips and share in the creative journey.

I look forward to meeting you!

Great view of the Pampas Grass from my studio window. Love the colors!