Monday, November 14, 2011

Vintage Grace Kelly Inspired Bracelet for Someone Very Special

One of my very best friends called me several months ago.  She had just watched The movie, "Rear Window" and absolutely fell in love with Grace Kelly's pearl bracelet.  I recreated it for her, with my own touch of course.

Champagne pearls are mixed with 2 matte gold plated leaves, a gray gem wrapped in gold, and a matte gold plated branch.  Classic beauty with a twist, a lot like my best friend Kelly.  

Wishing Kelly a happy happy birthday!!!  You are so precious to me!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Now Available - Dangle Earrings!!

I've been wanting to add dangle earrings to my shop for years now, and recently had a custom request which gave me that extra push I needed to just do it!  I have to admit, I love them and wish I'd done it sooner!
The backs are silver plated leverback earrings and can be ordered for any normal size earring on my site (just not the mini's or those of you who love the huge ones).
Thank you for reading!  I hope you're having a fabulous day!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Save the Date!

I am thrilled to announce that I will be a vendor at the Cowtown Indie Bazaar in Fort Worth on October 15th and again on November 19th at the Jingle Bash!  Come join us and find fabulous handmade gifts, perfect for Christmas gifts!

I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

DIY Baby Shoes

I spent hours searching for the perfect baby gift to welcome a very special little girl into the world, and finally came across this baby shoe pattern from sewingwithme7 on Etsy.  I love personalized handmade gifts, so this was just perfect!  

I used Anna Maria Horner's "Square Dance" fabric, which is 100% cotton voile and gives these little booties an asian flare. They are extremely soft and flexible, I may just have to make myself a pair! 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Waterlily Clutch

The waterlily is my newest clutch style!  I finished it yesterday and am getting ready to package it up to ship to the fabulous Summer Studio in Avalon, NJ where it will be available for purchase.  Before I boxed it up, of course I had to snap a few pictures to share!

These petals were carefully cut and hand sewn, then secured with a bit of liquid stitch just to be sure they stay where they should.

I got to use my very first label in this bag, it makes me feel so official!

I love how sweet and simple this clutch is, and also that it will go with anything.  I think it would make the perfect wedding day clutch!
If you would like to purchase this clutch or one like it, please convo me here or message me on my facebook page.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Ruffled Kiss Clutches and Irresistable Fabrics

Part of me wishes that I was a bargain shopper when it comes to fabrics (I am with everything else)...but I fall in love with these designs and I just can't help myself, it's a weakness. 

This clutch was made with a 100% cotton gauze designed by Naomi Ito and imported from Japan.  I am absolutely obsessed with every one of her fabrics and can't wait to use more of them! 

Ruffles cascade from the left corner and add to the feminine design of this stunning fabric.

Bright avocado green interior

Antique brass ball kiss clutch frame from American Purse Supplies

This bright and cheery clutch was created using a cotton and linen blend floral fabric, purchased from Purl Soho in New York City.  I saw it and couldn't resist.  My husband says I'm a fabric hoarder.

I'm loving the interior fabric, a sweet little surprise when you open it up!

Again, sweet corner ruffles that I just can't get enough of!

Here's a sneak peek at my newest fabric purchase from Matatabi.  Another beautiful Naomi Ito fabric that I can't wait to create with!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fabric Label Tutorial

As a small business owner, I've found that ordering custom labels to sew into purses or clothes that I make costs a fortune.  Since I can't afford to have them professionally made, I thought why not make them myself?!  Here is a very easy and short tutorial that I hope you find helpful!

First things first, you'll need the proper materials.  Here are my suggestions:

1.  A custom stamp with your name or business name.  I ordered mine from doodlebugdesign on Etsy.  She was extremely pleasant  to work with and I'm so pleased with my new stamp!

2. Twill tape or fabric scraps (the size will depend on the size of your stamp)

3.  Fabric paint!  There are tons of different types and colors!

4. Paper plate
5. felt scraps

Now you're ready to make some labels!

I started by pouring a small amount of fabric paint on my plate, in a line the same length as my stamp.  I then placed a piece of scrap felt over the paint.  Dab your stamp on top of the felt until the paint begins to seep through. (I tested the stamp on my plate to be sure there were no paint globs).

Now stamp away on your twill tape or fabric scraps!  I've taken two pictures here to show you what my first stamp looked like and what the second one looks like (if you don't re-dip it in the paint).

Now sew them into your next project! 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Falling Leaves Linen Clutch

Just sharing my newest clutch!  No surprise it's made from linen, with muslin and linen leaves handsewn to the front.  (Notice that little ball of white fur in the upper right hand corner?  That's my sheltie, who I honestly had to crop out of every single picture...he has a slight camera obsession).
It's slouchy and wrinkly and I love it!

Brushed antique bronze frame purchased from AmericanPurse on Etsy.

Mustard linen on the inside (one of my favorite colors).
Hand cut leaves, each are slightly different and hand sewn on to the front of the clutch.  You can purchase this clutch here.

If you're looking to create a clutch of your own, I found this tutorial very helpful at U-Handbag , and if you'd rather just buy one from me :), please email me at or visit my Etsy shop Northern Roots.

Have a wonderful day!!