Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Extra Big News!

I'm very excited to announce here that there will be a big Hot Butter Denver Made trunk show at Fancy Tiger Clothing in Denver this Friday.  Check out my interview on their blog here (Fancy Times!) and rsvp here.  If any of you are in the Denver area, I'd love it if you stop by and say hi.  It's going to be fun!

I have been working hard on a new line of vintage sheet messenger bags to show this weekend.  I did make a couple of these once upon a time many moons ago, and they well received.  I never made any more, and I think I know why.  They take both a long time to create and muchos fabric and interfacing.  I guess I'm more of an instant gratification sewer.  Anyway, I just finished a big stack of them, and I'm happy to say that they are awesome (sorry if that was a self horn toot, but I'm really happy with them!).

So far I only have photographs of one finished bag, which is technically the one I gave to my stepmom Kris.




I'll be taking pictures of the rest of them tomorrow.  They have some fun details!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Crafty Peep Swap

I made this glorious tote bag for Amber for the Crafty Peep Swap.


If that sounds like I'm tooting my own horn, it's because I am.  I had the idea for making a tote bag with this awesome crewel embroidered owl.  I even had the stuff sitting on the table.  Then I got Amber's email with the stuff that she loves, and I knew I must have been channeling my psychic powers.  I couldn't not make it for her.


The owl was embroidered onto a piece of linen.  I fused it to the bag, which didn't actually work that well because the back of the embroidery was so lumpy.  It did help hold it in place for me to double stitch it onto the bag.


I made the bag out of canvas and interlined it with flannel, and it felt so nice- soft and sturdy at the same time.  


It's lined with a vintage sheet.  There is a good chance that I used the last of my yellow and white sheet on the pocket and front decoration for this bag.  I originally planned to line it with that sheet but could only find a little bit.  I did send some of it out for the vintage sheet FQ swap, but I was both surprised and a little sad to discover that it was almost gone.  It was one of my favorites!

I love this bag so much that I included a note instructing Amber to let me know right away if she didn't love it with all her heart because I would have been happy to get it back and make her something else.  It turns out that she loves it, so I'm just happy that it found such a warm owl loving home.

In other AWESOME news, the Denver Post put a picture of a Hot Butter wallet in an article yesterday about the Horseshoe.  Check it out!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Meringue Porn

I took an unintentional break and have lots of things to share.  Please tide yourself over with this meringue porn courtesy of Grandma Donna's baking skills.




And a sneak peak at what I sent Amber for the Crafty Peep Swap.


Be back soon!