I have to tell ya - I'm really, really tired. I've had sick kids. Not sick all at once. Just nice and evenly spaced so that somebody seems to be sick every week for going on 6 weeks or so now. And I just am not getting things done.
And no where near enough sleep.
If you've emailed me and I haven't responded yet, I'm sorry. I will.
If you called me, (my sister - mostly) and I haven't called you back, I love ya and I will, soon. I'm either running around or...too tired to talk. Sorry.
If you left a comment here on the blog and I didn't respond, I'm sorry. I will try to go back and visit everyone.
If you've asked me to do something and you are waiting, ask me again (Julia - I haven't forgotten you, I swear! I just reordered some fabric for your bag - I have an idea!). It may still be on "my schedule" but delayed because everyday, it seems like my entire days' plan gets tossed out the window for one reason or another. Mostly one tiny one - who I decided I would now refer to as "Sprout". (The "two peas" = twins, "sprout" - the baby).
Seems like my free time to "work" on the blog and sewing and all has become non-existent or only after 9pm. Bummer.
I don't like being behind or keeping people waiting or letting things fall. As I told my husband the other night - "I'm just trying to keep all the plates spinning" and I don't always make that happen. A few eventually fall. My apologies if your plate was one I've let drop.
Enough of that. Let's talk bags.
Let me re-introduce you to an old friend.
Madison has been around for quite awhile. All of my bags are "original" patterns. I use that term loosely because "original" and purses - is there really anything "new" you can do in bags anymore? It's all been done. But you get inspired, you twist and turn and create it into something unique to you. And it keeps evolving. Like Madison.
Up above, all decked out in Heather Bailey prints - she sports a little a pleat in the middle.
From there, a customer asked if I could add some front pockets just like a bag she saw from a famous maker whose initials are "VB" and whose bags adorn the shoulder of every college girl in america.
Well, here's Madison with that pocket request...minus her center pleat. (And I free hand draw all of my patterns - mostly on gift wrap. The kind with the grids on the back - helps me get things straight)
Well, from there, I decided I would make my Mom this bag. Only, I liked the little dart that my neighbor Barb found on a bag pattern which gives some depth to the bag. So, I tried it on Madison. And made my Mom this for Christmas.
Well, I was thinking. I'd like to try that bag but I like to have a flap or a zipper on mine. I've done lots of flaps - on my "Olivia" bags.
So I thought - Madison plus Olivia - a Madison bag with a flap. And I found a bunch of pins on sale after Christmas. I made little clutches for my family for the holidays and had used these pins. I have more left over and added one to this bag. Here's where the evolution of the Madison has landed at the moment...
I think I like her. The first "new" bag of 2010. I'm going to carry her around for a few days and see how she does before I offer her for sale at my trunk shows.
Before I bore you with all of this and leave YOU falling asleep...have you visited Craft Hope for Haiti yet over on etsy? They have been collecting all kinds of crafty donations and selling them with the proceeds to benefit Doctors without Borders.
Hope you'll take a moment to stop over there and shop. And if you must...come over to my shop and grab an owl clutch for yourself. (I'm loading a few this evening - morning now I guess. Sheezzz! This is why I'm tired. It's 2am!).
See you Friday for the Honeyrun Farms giveaway winner announcement AND a little something special for YOU!