Friday, November 13, 2009

Happy Friday & Sneak Peek at New Design for Teacher Wristlet

Happy Friday! It's school festival this weekend, so everyone at our house is busy.

This morning, I'm taking photos of my new wristlet bag design. Piping (or cording depending on where you're from) adds a nice touch of bright color and roomy square shape with rounded bottom holds all the necessities.

My children are giving their teachers wristlet bags this year filled with a few favorite pens, pencils and snacks for a great holiday gift.

Just the right size (7" x 7") to carry to school and has a handy interior pocket for holding ID card, credit card and cash.

You get the first peek!!

Look for this cute wristlet on Etsy at tonight or tomorrow for your favorite teacher!

I'm off to bake brownies. I mix in Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Chips and add chopped pecans sprinkled on top. Brownies are fast to make and always delicious. The Crafty Panda Cubs will be so excited to see that Mom stopped sewing long enough to make after school treats!

Next week look for information on making a light box and more sneak peeks of my new designs. Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Design for Gift Card Holders

I stopped work on the new clutch I'm designing because I had this brainstorm for creating cute gift card holders Monday night.

A friend mentioned that she was buying gift cards to a local grocery store for a few families that need a little help and could use food more than something to sit on a shelf this year. What a great idea!

I thought this gift could use a little fun too and instead of being stuck to a cardboard hanger or put in a store envelope, I designed a holder that can be used for a variety of things after the gift card has been redeemed. It's a gift that keeps on giving!

I listed a set of four on Etsy and am working on thirty more for the holidays, friends, craft fairs and more!

These are the ones listed on Etsy!

Hang these holders from the Christmas tree for a cute and functional decoration. Add Lottery Tickets, Gift Cards, Jewelry for the holidays or use as business card holder or wallet and add your keys to the loop for when you're on the go!

I'm back to working on the denim clutch and on a new design for a handbag. Sneak peeks to come!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Publications for Inspiration

I love the family of magazines published by Stampington & Company. If you are creative in some form, there are 32 magazines designed to inspire, celebrate and challenge your skills.

One of my favorites is Where Women Create. It takes you for a behind the scenes tour of studios where artistic women in all sorts of media work. There are some awe inspiring home studios, unique workspaces and cozy nooks. Lots of fun and great ideas for organizing your studio space or adding to your wish list. I think it's fun to see where other women create.

Another favorite featuring handbags, clutch, totes and more is Haute Handbags. Artists share their talent and designs. Many of these great artists are from Etsy!

One of my goals is to be featured in this publication! I'll keep you posted.

If you create jewelry, handcrafted items, sew, blog, paper-craft and more there are publications for you. A bit more pricey than your average magazine at $14.99 USD, they are also more substantial and of better quality.

Interested in being published? Look for guidelines, calls and challenges at

Let me know your favorite publications for inspiration!