Slow Design {my new mantra}

The time I’ve given myself to create has been diminishing lately so instead of rushing through a project when I have the chance, I’m taking on #SlowDesign like it’s my new mantra.

Being more intention with my creations means I just taught myself a new skill (my version of a zigzag appliqué – which was the slowest I think I’ve ever stitch anything with my machine 🙂 ). The blue scrap heart is from my one of my Dad’s old shirts and was originally intended for my sister’s wedding dress. I found it while cleaning out my craft room on Friday (and boy did that cleaning give me the boost I needed to get back in here!). The textured polka dotted fabric is from a vintage table cloth I got my hands on.

That cute little heart will serve as a reminder every time I open my new clutch/crossbody/wristlet to be intentional {in all things}.

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{Click the photo for a link to this picture on Instagram // @jordslice11}

{I’ll post the final product on @reslicedsc’s Instagram account when I *hopefully* finish soon! Be sure to follow so we can be IG friends!}

#CraftParty Recap

I hope you saw my plug for the #CraftParty on my What I’m Lovin’ in May post last week! I wanted to give you an update of how it went!

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Two sweet gals and I emptied out our craft closets, made many emergency runs to all the craft stores in town stocking up on supplies and obnoxiously posted on social media about the event – and, alas, it all came together and was a perfect evening!

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Search the global Etsy hashtag #CraftParty and our local tag #GatherAndCraft on Instagram for photos from the event! {Photo credit: @makemeovereb on Instagram}

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The night’s theme was “Recapture: Bring new meaning to your photographs” which our participants took to heart with embroidery, stickers, stamps and other mediums!

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I even got a little time to color some stamped postcards! {Photo credit: @MASWDesigns on Instagram}

Keep up with Columbia’s Etsy Market Team on Facebook to stay in the loop for future craft parties and where to find your favorite local Etsy shops popping up around town!

Coming in July, one of our Craft Party hostesses – Shanika of Life is Pichey – will be hosting crafting workshops! Keep up with her page – Gather and Craft on Facebook – for updates on upcoming classes!

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#CraftParty hostesses in the Photo Booth!

Here’s a full list of vendors & sponsors for Columbia’s Etsy Market Team’s Craft Party – be sure to keep up with them on social media and support them by shopping local and handmade!

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  • January Jewelry – Melissa donated a beautiful pair of earrings for one of our giveaways!

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MaryAnn of MASW Designs [pictured here with yours truly!] made all the photobooth props – like this cute pipe & mustache!

  • Nana by Sally – donated a zipper wallet for one of the giveaways
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{Photo credit: @makemeovereb on Instagram who won the wallet!}

  • No One Alike – a father + daughter team who donated a marbled scarf for one of the giveaways

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  • Owlette – lovely handmade goods for the little ones (really beautiful bibs!)

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  • resliced – I donated this coral and gold bird nest ring for one of the giveaways!

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Thank you to everyone (especially my super supportive friends!) who came out and participated in the #CraftParty! I’m really looking forward to many more of these in the future!

Happy crafting! ❤

 

Noodlehead Super Tote

Last week I fell in love with the functionality of Noodlehead’s Super Tote pattern & bought it. Best purchase of the week!

My sister has been asking me to make her a “teacher bag” for the longest time. I knew a “teacher bag” meant lots of space and lots of pockets so I’d been putting it off…until Sew Caroline’s Super Tote in progress on Instagram caught my eye. Now that looked like a bag big enough to function as a teacher bag, travel bag, conference tote, beach bag, diaper bag, cat carrier–oh, the possibilities!

So, I did what any trained researcher (#DataDiva) does and started stalking Noodlehead on all social media platforms (including browsing the #SuperTote hashtag on Instagram to see how other people’s version of the bag turned out). Upon my research I discovered this pattern would be well worth the $8 and moved forward with making this my next project.

It was nice to give my brain a rest from designing and just follow someone else’s pattern. I have been struggling with zippers and I really liked this bag’s recessed zipper — it might be my new solution to zipper-top bags!

I’m a very slow, methodical artist (but I heard that “Slow Design” is a real thing now so I’m in luck) so this bag took me two weekends to complete. I was also being very diligent about following the pattern (and taking breaks to reheat my coffee).

I started with cutting the pattern pieces and taping them together while watching TV with my Mom on Mother’s Day (I can’t sit still for very long so this was my best compromise to “relaxing together”).

Tip: Pin the paper pattern pieces to the cut fabric pieces to keep track of which pieces are what. This will save you time later when you’re shuffling around fabric pieces trying to figure out which one is the back exterior vs the front pocket.

I have a fabric hoarding problem that worked in my favor for this — I had enough fabric lying around to make a pairing that made me swoon!

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The floral pattern fabric on the left is a vintage scrap from Butterfly Vintage. It matched perfectly with some mint upholstery fabric I picked up at Fabric 101‘s warehouse sale this past winter (I think I got a flat of almost 3 yards for $5! If you’re local to Columbia, keep up with them on Facebook so you’ll know when their next sale will be so you can stock up). The brown pattern fabric on the right is also from Fabric 101. I had intended to make curtains out of it for my kitchen, but as most of my fabric does, it became a bag instead.

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Have you seen my new labels?! I’m slightly obsessed. A friend (and local machinist) makes them by etching my logo into metal scraps. Since the labels are metal now (instead of cloth), I have to hand stitch each one. They’re well worth the effort because they’re so chic!

Also obsessed with how perfect the mint accented the floral pattern! I decided to buy brown piping instead of attempting to make my own. Perhaps next time I’ll give it a try, but the store bought stuff gave the top of the front pocket a professional feel 🙂 I also used a magnetic clasp to hold the front pocket shut. The magnetic clasp and lining of the front pocket were optional, but I recommend both.

I had a hard time capturing pictures of the inside of my bag so you may want to refer back to Noodlehead’s post for better interior pictures of the pattern.

Here’s a shot of the inside of my Super Tote:

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I used some light-weight pink cotton scraps for the interior pockets.

One thing that wasn’t clear in the pattern was whether top of the pocket fabric (over the elastic) should be laying flat or if it should be cinched. I stitched mine flat at first and went back and cinched it. I think the cinching was supposed to be implied, but I’m not great at reading between the lines 😉

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See the pleats on the side? I love the feminine touch it gives the bag!

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Until my dogs evolve to having opposable thumbs, I settle for the Hubs as my informal photographer. That being said, my photographer made sure to include my wolf shirt… (yes, I am way too old to own a wolf shirt from a tween clothing shop, but whatever. Sometimes you just need a wolf shirt).

super tote1I hope you like the bag! This pattern would make the perfect summer project! If sewing isn’t your thing, I am planning to make more to add to resliced’s shop on Etsy. If you’re interested in placing a custom order, you can do so on this page – we can work together to pick out colors and patterns for your Super Tote.