Monday, December 31, 2012

Beverly Hills What A Thrill....or Goodbye 2012.

One of my favorite movies to put on in the background while sewing is "Troop Beverly Hills."

Looks-wise this film may be a time capsule, but the message is still can be the person you want to be as long as you believe in yourself. And look fabulous while trying.

I still can't believe that there are people out there who like my creations enough to purchase one or two at a craft show, or to commission me for special items via my Etsy store. These small acts justify my fabric buying obsession and make me feel like the cool crafters on the blogs I follow. I craft for fun and I create as an outlet of my everyday "real world" life.

The support from this community and from my Courtastic Creations "basket heads," as one affectionately refers to herself, means the world to me. I just love making creations that make people happy. Searching for the right fabric that represents what YOU are looking for and then crafting it into an item, such as a fabric basket or a tote bag.

You all make me feel fabulous and in turn you let me make you fabulous things.

Thank you for a wonderful 2012 and I'm looking forward to 2013.

A Bag That [Not] Only A Jersey Girl Could Love

I live next to this town. True story.
In keeping with last minute 2012 posts, as I spent most of December keeping up with last minute orders and playing catch up on my quilting bees and sewing swaps, I'd be remiss if I didn't post about this particular tote bag.

Especially considering the fact that I am a bonafide, New Jersey Clam Digger, meaning I was born and raised at the Jersey Shore.

Ever hear of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band? Well, the E Street they speak of is in Belmar, NJ, which was the town next to the town where I grew up. I spent a good chunk of my time at the Belmar Boardwalk, at the Belmar Marina, and on Main Street as cool places like Nostalgic Nonsense.

This area was hit very, very, very hard by Sandy. The boardwalk I grew up on is gone and while I still only live about 20 minutes from Belmar, I haven't been down to see the actual devastation. That will make it real. I want to remember how it was with the old McDonalds and Playland (yes, that disappeared long ago, but for nostalgia's sake, I have to mention).

Just a few towns north of Belmar, along Ocean Avenue, is Asbury Park, NJ. Asbury Park is a town that has been having a recovery since I can remember. A champion of Asbury Park is Bruce Springsteen. Yes, while they practiced on E Street, Bruce used to play his guitar on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. I now live one town over from Asbury Park.

This is the stuff of Jersey Shore legend.

Understanding this will help you realize how excited I was when I was asked if I could make a Bruce Springsteen bag. No easy feat and not one I wanted to take lightly. While I'm not as die hard of a Bruce fan as many of my fellow New Jerseyans, I still respect what he has accomplished and what he means to the Jersey Shore.

Therefore, this Jersey Girl is proud to show you the Bruce Springsteen inspired Totes Reversible Tote. A tribute to Bruce and the Big Man, with a nod to the Jersey Shore.

Tramps like us may have been born to run, but bags like this were made to be worn. 

Wear Some Sugar On Your Shoulder...

What better way to send off 2012 than with a little bit of rock 'n roll!

I have friends who like to rock. They were made for the Sunset Strip in the '80s and while that strip may have seen some changes over the decades, these friends still know how to rip it up and pay tribute to that decadent time of sex, drugs, and hair.

One such friend asked if I could make a Def Leppard Totes Reversible Tote. How could I say no to a request like that?!

Off to Ebay I went, searching for the right concert t-shirt to use as the main fabric. I came up with two shirts, one for a group picture side and the other to be used on more reserved days.

Sometimes you feel like a groupie...

...sometimes you need to recover from the night before.
To complete the bag, we took a look at some rock 'n roll inspired fabrics. Ultimately we decided on this classic tattoo style hearts and roses fabric.

Hot and sweet, minus the sticky.
A pretty great bag that can easily be made with any shirt. I believe this is what the kids call "upcycling."

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Basket Bonanza!

After prepping for the last month, and actually doing work over the holiday weekend, I finally showed at my first craft show of the season. I made 16 new baskets between Black Friday and Pre-Work Sunday. I'm pleased that many of the new baskets sold today and I look forward to taking those that didn't to my work's craft show on Friday. After that, the baskets will head to my Etsy Shop!