In my prior life, I was a full time seamstress. I was fortunate enough to be able to be my own boss, work from my home, and raise my children myself without daycare. Most of that time I was a single Mom….so needless to say I worked a lot.
A little over 5 years ago I remarried and semi-retired. It was actually very difficult at first. I was used to being constantly busy…..always having deadlines managing my life. At the same time, my children were, all of a sudden, older, and I became an empty nester…. it seemed like an overnight occurrence.
I tried various things to keep myself busy and instead of making myself happier just made life complicated. Have you ever done that? Well, I had to reexamine, reevaluate, recoup, and revisit what it was that made me happy. I closed the brick and mortar store I had opened and cut back on all the various sewing I was doing….clothing alterations and my handmade items.
I still do some of each….but generally at my pace, without the previous deadline pressures that I thought I thrived on. I know I am fortunate to be able to make this choice…
With that said, as I have enjoyed posting on my blog and reading the blogs of others, I have begun to wonder whether it might be time to put a few of my creations online before I take them into the one store I still maintain my handbag line in ….. just for fun ….. and to continue sharing with others that which I enjoy doing. For winter I make upholstery bags and in the summer, they are cotton canvas.
Somehow, I feel more vulnerable sharing these things than pictures of my home and garden. Well, here goes……
Edit 10/16/06 These bags are gone. I’ll list more on my Handbags Page by the end of the week.
Here are three bags that will be going out next week. If anyone likes them and are interested in them before they go, you can email me at RosiesWhimsy [at] yahoo.com. I will sell them to my online friends for $37 each (that includes shipping). I will invoice through PayPal. They sell for considerably more once in store. Otherwise, it is fun to share my creations with you. Individual pictures of the purses are below with detail shots. Please click on each picture for larger views.
Shades of brown and green upholstery with green cording trim.
11″ Tall, 15″ Wide, 4″ Deep
Black and Cream upholstery material with Black cording trim.
12″ Wide, 8″ Tall, 4″ Deep
Gold velour upholstery with tapestry band and corded trim.
12″ Wide, 8″ Tall, 4″ Deep
These bags have a center zippered pocket, one open pocket on side of lining and a fabric covered cardboard bottom for sturdiness. All seams are double stitched, and fabric is fully interfaced.
Thanks for wading through this long post………..Rosie