Since the planning world domination handbag pattern seemed to be liked, I made three more bags from the same pattern: Mailman, the Urban Fairy and Retronia. Mailman is a roomy handbag in tones of tan, brown and dark blue with an oversized stamped postcard print. It’s lined in cotton and closes with a zipper. The Urban Fairy handbag is made of soft vintage looking tapestry canvas printed with leaf-like shapes, handwriting and fairy faces. The bag has tones of blue, light blue and grey-blue. And last, but not least, The Retronia handbag is made of tapestry canvas printed with baroque-style…

I loved making this vest from the latest Burda easy. It took me only half a day from cutting the pattern to choosing the fabric to the final piece. The instructions were good, but a bit misleading and it is actually much much easier to sew than it sounds. Actually, I’m pretty sure I can make the second one faster. It was pretty straightforward, I cut the back pieces, the two sides and the lining of the front pieces from bleu-marine jersey knit and the front-pieces from deep blue cotton printed with white seagulls (love this fabric!). Then it was…

The second Martin’s sewing machine performance video ended I wanted to write him, ask him a million of questions and say how cool the stuff he’s doing is. And I did. And he replied! So here’s a very exclusive (sic!) mini-interview with the awesome Martin Messier. Me: Who is Martin and what does he do?:) Martin: I am a composer, and in the last few years I have been focusing on performing on stage by manipulating objects (old alarm clocks, pencils, machines, sewing machines, appliances). Appliances, really? I worked on a project with Jacques Poulin-Denis, we were making music with…

I bought this fabric medium for acrylics and decided to try it out on a tshirt. I used a cardboard to keep the tshirt flat and masking tape to keep everything in place. I then traced the design with a white pencil and painted on, mixing the acrylic paint with the medium. I then let it dry overnight. I didn’t heat set it, as I want to see how the paint behaves when washed. Since the design is pretty transparent (not because that’s what I intended, but rather because the medium seems to sort of eat the pigment – does…

Just for the sake of it. And because it felt like a waste using those nice colors just for painting the Easter eggs. My hopes for this project are not to high, but sure it was fun to play with it (not so fun to lose the zombie-like hands afterwards The shirt you see is a future project in which I take a man’s shirt and remake it. I tried to do a bit of tie-dye but it doesn’t seem to have worked very well. And these are the colors before washing, I believe I’m going to get pastel colors…

Remember those patchwork-like squares? Wasn’t sure if I should make a duvet or pillowcases or something else. And I went for pillowcases. I didn’t use any zippers or buttons, just made them envelope style – just like in this pillowcase tutorial I made some time ago.

I found a new type of world map fabric – with more blue in it and immediately proceeded in making a new bag for Camille. Hope she likes it The bag is made of tapestry canvas printed in Spain. (I really like this print!) I lined it in green sateen and gave it two inner pockets. The strap is adjustable, just like the previous bags and the bag closes with zipper. It can be machine washed and ironed if necessary, which makes it low maintenance. I almost made a new one for myself (not that I have a million already…

Living in the city must affect us somehow. Maybe more than we imagine or we’d like to think. We might love to go away, but we feel safe when we see the sky-scrapers and the wet grey of the streets after a rainy day. So instead of fighting it, why don’t we celebrate it? Here’s my latest experiment, a baby blue tiny bag shaped like a tetris piece. Or a building. Or lego. I’ll tell you more about the synthetic leather strap in the next post. Happy Sunday

My sister makes the most amazing things from clay. This Easter she send me these: a set of Easter Egg-stands made of elastic fimo. (Even when fully baked this polymer clay stays elastic and soft.) I will show you these with Easter painted eggs modeling them later They have the tiniest of details, like this white chubby hen with her baby chick. Or this orange and yellow tour with little blue-purple beads. Or this m&m donut thing :> Aren’t’ they really cute? Hope you’re having a nice Easter mini-holiday!