Do You Call It a Tote or a Bag?

By all appearances or lack of , it seems I’ve abandoned my blog; but not completely.  Life just happens.  So much going on it’s hard to keep up.  Well enough of that!

I’m in a quandary.   I’ve got three new items in my ArtFire Studio.   What to call them.  Hmm…… Are they totes or are they bags?  Or, are they just Totebags?  Awe, who cares?  They are there.  Go ahead, check them out here.  Let me know what you think.

The Charcoal Bag has a special graphic on it.  This is a picture my daughter took of a kitten at a local shelter, Another Chance Animal Welfare League.  She volunteers there photographing the animals.  She then puts the pics up on her Facebook page letting folks know these animals need homes.  She also designs a calendar with her pictures that the Shelter sells to help in their efforts to raise money to support the many animals being cared for there.  A good number of animals have found homes through her efforts.

Reviewing my daughter’s latest photos inspired me to have a couple images printed by Spoonflower (Durham North Carolina) onto swatches that I could sew onto items.  This little black kitten is the first of more images that I will attach to other totes, pillow covers, etc.KittyYarnTote2handmade_purse_country_chic_check_design_w_zipper_pocket_magnetic_snap_f6f00d9a blue_paisley_tote_versatile_bag_dance_shoes_electronics_books_shopping_4426992b in a marketing effort to raise money for my daughter to assist her with her college debt.

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My Tablecloth Featured in a Curated Collection on ArtFire

I would like to thank Margaret at Bohowirewrapped on ArtFire for including my tablecloth today in her Classic Red and White Curated Collection.   Here is the post below.  Check out  the entire collection with my tablecloth click here.


It’s Here; The New Item

I have now completed the new item I wrote about recently.  Here it is:

Kates Gift

This handmade bag has a circumference of 48″ and height of 33″.  The radius across the bottom is 14″.  The bag is made of sturdy 100% cotton and lined with the same.  The bottom panel is triple layer for strength.  I’ve double stitched the seams.  There is a drawstring in the top to allow closure which you cannot see from this photo.  There is a strap over the top you can just barely see at the top of the photo.  The 25″ long strap is 2″ wide.

My thought was this bag could be used as an organizer/attractive container for things around the home; perhaps items used regularly but that might otherwise be piled in a corner.  It could be a beach tote, or college student’s laundry bag.

My original thought was to put this one up for sale on my site and make another as the gift I previously wrote about.  After consideration of the final product, I’ve decided to give this one as the gift it was inspired and intended; then re-design the product for my studio.

In this view, I have it filled with a number of bath towels to position it to photograph.  I have ideas for additional bags that will be more generic in style rather than definitely female as this one is.  My thought is: this bag is too tall to be a practical, desirable item that will be marketable.   Anyone else agree or have any thought about this design you might share with me?


Got a New Item in the Works

I’m half way finished with a new item, one of which, will be included in my handmade product offerings at my ArtFire studio.

I can’t say just yet how my inspiration for making this item came about because it will spoil a surprise for someone.  At this point, the person for whom this item was originally destined, hasn’t seen the item and doesn’t have a clue.  I think it will be very much admired because the design is so that person.  Until one is given as a gift, I have to keep the inspiration story under wraps!

I will post it when it’s completed but I’m in a quandry as to what this item should be called.  Is it a tote, a laundry bag, Grammies Toy Bag, a duffle, a carryall, a beach bag?  Just not sure which will best describe it for the best search engine results.  I wish it were finished so I could post a picture, but it’s not.  As you can tell I’m a little anxious to reveal the item.  When finished and posted, I would appreciate any thoughts about the best name for this item.

Here is a sneak peek at the emerald green polka dotted fabric:


Browse all the items at my Artfire Studio by clicking on the link at the top right of this page.

Teal or Jade New Square Linen Tablecloth

Jade or Teal Square Tablecloth 75x75

Jade or Teal Square Tablecloth 75×75

This is a new tablecloth available now in my ArtFire studio. The color is a teal green/jade with a crème floral design. This handmade square linen tablecloth is designed for a 5′ table. Obviously and unfortunately, it is not being displayed on such a table since I don’t have that style of table. To give a visual of how much the drape is, I have positioned it on the corner of my standard height table as if it were actually placed on a 5′ square table.

This tablecloth is heirloom quality and something you would be proud to use and hand down to a daughter or granddaughter. The fabric is from the former Summer Hill Ltd collection of fine drapery and upholstery fabrics. These fabrics were not available in their day to the public but sold to high end designers, architects and upholsterers.

There are four yards of linen fabric in this tablecloth. The original wholesale price of this fabric was $45 per yard. The fabric could be considered vintage by some. Just depends on whose determination of what vintage is. Some say 20 years some say 25. This fabric was manufactured and printed in 1992, that would be 21 years ago. It was new still on the bolt when I purchased it. I have maybe 15 yards left and I will gladly consider making accessories to match this tablecloth if one so desires. Contact me through Artfire if interested. Use my link to Artfire on the top right of this page to contact me there.

You can see more about this tablecloth and other things in my Artfire studio by clicking here


Micro Fiber Car Wash Towel


A Car Wash Towel  The newest item in my ArtFire studio is a car wash towel.  Odd right?  Yeah, I thought so too.

It all came about because I decided to wash my car this morning.  Now, I don’t use the fancy brushes or the drive throughs.  I’m of the opinion that the best car wash is a hand wash.   My husband always has those spendy suds on hand to wash his sports car so I put some in a bucket with warm water and went out to begin.  Hmmm… “What to use to wash with?”  I usually use a worn out small bath towel cut in half.  All those seem to have disappeared from our place so I began to think of what else I might have that would do the job.  Then, it came to me.   I have this fuzzy wool and cotton blend fabric.  Yeah, that should work fine.  I cut off a strip of it from the bolt and off I was to wash.

To my surprise it worked better than fine.  It worked fabulously.  I was done in record time and the car was clean; no streaks of missed road grime.  Done!  My thought was, “If I like this so well surely with a little effort in the design department, others might like this as well.”  So I conned my sister in law into washing her ride so I could take some pictures.  And, I talked my son into washing his ride to get a couple more.  They both liked the cloth.  My son used his with some polishing compound to clean his rims.  He was quite happy with the result.   I was amazed at how easily the road grime washed from his cloth when he was finished.  Just a little dish detergent and gently scrubbing and it rinsed away cleanly.

Take a look at my studio on ArtFire to check out this new handmade product.  Click on the link at the top right of this post to see my studio on ArtFire.

Looking for the Red White and Blue?

Having a family get together this 27th day of May, Memorial Day?

Wikipedia has some interesting facts about how this day of honor for lives lost has come about.  Read about it here .

If you are looking to jazz up your home for the Memorial Day and, or upcoming Fourth of July, how about some red, white, and blue? Maybe a new handmade tablecloth and a spiffy new kitchen valance can brighten the atmosphere to a patriotic level.   Or, perhaps a new set of handcrafted placemats and a kitchen valance.

placemat redwhiteblue

You have to be super careful not to burn your fingers pressing the handmade bias tape for the placemat set.

kitchen valance redwhiteblue

The woven plaid design fabric is upholstery grade 100% cotton. These items are machine washable; tumble dry; no bleach.

tablecloth redwhiteblue

The fringing of the tablecloth is time consuming but I love that “homespun, Grandma’s house”  look.

All these products I have designed and created in a clean environment where no cigarette fumes of any kind exist.   I do not use formal patterns in my home decor designs.  When an idea strikes me for a valance, pillow cover or sham, tablecloth or curtain, my tape measure and scissors are valuable tools that get alot of use.  I get out the fabric, roll it onto my cutting sheet over the table, measure and start cutting.  Then it’s off to the sewing machine to put the pieces together.   Pressing every seam is the key to professional looking products whether they be home decor items or garments.  (I use commercial patterns for modern day garments.)

I have these products and more in other colors and fabrics at my studio on Artfire.  Click the link at the top left to browse all the products there.  Comments are welcome.

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