The one that was sent away…

It starts off innocently enough.  I’m making a piece for a client, and then it happens.  I’m cutting the pattern out of the fabric, like any other project, and the butterflies start.  I rush to the sewing machine, eager to see it become what I see in my mind.  I begin to grow attached, find myself staring at it as it comes together, unable to go to bed until it’s *at least* almost finished.  I won’t finish it that night, because I know that the sooner it is done, the sooner it will leave my possession.  I accept it. I’ve fallen in love with the piece, and I want to stretch my time out with it for as long as possible.

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Don’t get me wrong-I put my heart, and all the skill I can muster, into every piece I create! But sometimes, something about a certain item, or maybe the person it is going to when it is a gift, creates a different energy.  Last week this very thing happened again.  My friend Heather had asked me to create a backpack for her, and it was her turn in my sewing queue. Her first choice of fabric was unavailable, but we found this black and white version of it, and I convinced her to let me play with the coordinating medallion pattern.  I based it off my “Essentials”pattern, with a few modifications per her request.  I also added resin snaps to the sides, so that the side gussets can be snapped flat when the bag is less full, but opened up when it needs to hold more. It has 1.5” wide woven cotton straps, and silver sliding buckles to adjust the length. I hope I have some free time in the fall, because I certainly want one for myself!  in the meantime, I’d love to make one for you!

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So, check it out…here is the one that got away! 🙂  If you would like one of your own, please email me at susie@freerosestudio.com to place a custom order.  The Essentials Backpack is $85, and can be made in this combination of fabrics, or from another pattern in my current stock (email to see current availability).

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Purse Week 2011

I’m so excited! i just entered my first blog contest!

How did this happen, you ask? Well, I’m here at home, cruising the internet and holding down the homestead, when I find this beautiful blog: A Lemon Squeezy Home.  I’m looking through the wonderful posts, when I read about Purse Week 2011!  I thought “What the heck?! I’ll take a chance!”

Submissions are being accepted until Sept 30, should anyone else wish to enter their own creations.  Then-the voting will begin!  The bags that have been submitted thus far are beautiful and inspiring, lots of creative ideas and there’s still 3 more weeks to go. You can view them here.

In other news, I had some goooooorgeous fabric arrive today.  Some Alexander Henry prints that are to DIE for! Did you get my hint? 😉  Look for some pics in the next week or two.  Enjoy the weekend, Friends!

Down memory lane…

Yesterday, during our seemingly endless drive into the the Big Easy, I was going through some of the older pics in iPhoto.  It was so fun to look at pictures of some things I have created in the past! I thought I would share some of them here, in case they might inspire others of something they would like to have custom made for them, or maybe even an idea they could make for themselves!

Today I will focus just on bags I have made.  While I don’t like to remake anything exactly the same (because I want your Free Rose creation to always be one of a kind), I can happily remake any of these with some variations if you see something you would like!  Feel free to email susie@freerosestudio.com with any questions!

 

Destination Katy

Another brand new design rolled out of the Free Rose Studio this week.  I’d like to take a quick moment to introduce you to the “Destination Katy” handbag! Handmade by me, just for you.

Features soft velvet trim in chocolate brown and a textured slouchy cotton. Interior fabric is your choice of various vintage dress fabrics (selection will be provided at checkout). Silver purse feet, rings, and studs pop against the soft brown. Front flap is held in place with a magnetic snap closure.

Decorative hand stitching finishes the edges, while silver hardware and studs add glamour.

Interior is crafted from your choice of vintage brocade fabrics.  It features double pouch pockets, cell phone pocket, and snapping key loop.

Soft and luxurious padded velvet shoulder straps coordinate with the velvet trim. This bag measures approx. 11″ high by 14″ wide, with an approx 12″ drop on the straps.

I use high quality fabrics, threads, and notions to create a unique piece of art you can wear everyday.  Complete your look and leave the house knowing you are carrying something few others have, and for the affordable price of $95.

This bag is made to order.   Please use the box below to contact me.  I will send you choices for the lining fabric; once I have received your selection you will receive your one of a kind, custom handbag in 3-4 weeks.

Mother’s Day is just around the bend…

…and wouldn’t a custom bag be a thoughtful gift? Give the special mom in your life a gift card to receive her own hand-made-just-for-her-because-she’s-awesome bag!

How does it work? Simply purchase the “Custom Oversized Bag” listing in my Etsy store, and  I will send a handmade card to the recipient (or to the giver if they would like to present it themselves), letting them know to contact me to choose the fabric for their bag. After they have notified me of their choice, I will create their gift and mail it to them (gift wrapped, of course) within 2-3 weeks.  Imagine the delight Mom will experience knowing it was created just for her! And imagine how easy this amazing gift will be for you-just an email and a few clicks and you’re a hero.  If you would like to send a smaller gift, gift cards for custom pouch slings and ring slings are also available. Smaller bags of the same excellent quality are available at a lower price, please email or contact me to discuss! There’s a way to meet most any budget.

Still not sold? Then let me share with you what your gift could look like…

I just finished up this beautiful bag today, and can I say I am in L-O-V-E  LOVE?! This one is going to be hard to part with!!

The floral pattern is complimented with a whimsical leaf pattern on the side pockets-notice the tiny squirrels and foxes. I just couldn’t resist using that print somewhere.

A zip-top option was added to this order, as shown below.

The top can be unzipped completely to allow full access to the interior. Inside you’ll find the standard pockets included on the base bag: 2 Large cloth diaper/blanket/change of clothes pockets, one cosmetics/”Mommy” pocket, a divided pocket, and also a snapping key/toy loop. The slings (laying inside) are not included but can be added to coordinate with any order.

If you need to know one thing about me, it’s that I adore rick rack.  You’ll find it popping up every once in awhile…ok, maybe more than just once in awhile!  It’s going to be a recurring trend here, you’ll see. 🙂

And of course, the back….I would love to make another similar to this for a special someone because I just can’t wait to sew with this floral print again.  Is it wrong to love a pattern?

Until next time…Happy Sewing! And Shopping! 😉

Oversized Daycare Diaper Bag

Parents with children in daycare know that the list of things you need to take with you-besides the baby-can seem endless.  Make your mornings a little easier with this oversized diaper bag, it will help keep you organized with a place for everything.

Made with your choice of fun cotton print and lining, a hidden inner layer of water resistant canvas give the bag it’s shape and adds durability. Measuring 17″ tall 15″ wide, and 7.5″ deep, it’s roomy but easy to carry.  The outside features a large zippered pocket (optional embroidered name), and two side pockets, each of which can easily carry 2 bottles or sippy cups.

The interior of the bag has a sturdy divider, perfect for dividing blankets and sheets from extra clothes and bibs.  Two extra large side by side pockets are large enough to hold cloth diapers, or to store changes of clothes, disposable diapers, burp rags, etc.  2 more pockets add extra storage space, perfect for snacks, pacis, or your wallet.  A snapping loop is perfect for keeping your keys handy, or keeping track of small toys.  Contrast trim edges the tops of the pockets, adding a beautiful contrast and making them easy to find.

Soft and sturdy cotton straps wrap around the bag to distribute the weight and keep it comfortable on your shoulder during long trips.

Not just for daycare, this oversized diaper bag is perfect for the beach, long trips, flying, and moms with more than one child.  Adult prints are available, this would be a great overnight  or carry one bag as well.

If you would like one of your own, please click on any of the pictures to view the etsy listing, choose the “Shop” tab above or email me at Susie@freerosestudio.com!  I will provide you with many beautiful choices of exterior fabrics, which I will then beautifully match with two contrasting fabrics for the interior and trim.

If you have other pocket needs, I will be happy to accommodate them, available options include a cell phone pocket, waterproof water bottle pocket, insulated bottle pockets. This bag can also be made as a messenger style bag, with a single adjustable strap.  This one-of-a-kind bag will be made to your specifications, you’ll receive a bag hand patterned and crafted just for you, with one line of professionally embroidered text, for $72 plus shipping.  Please contact me for more information or to start the order process, this beautiful and functional bag is perfect for upcoming summer travels!