A big thank you to everyone who attended yesterday’s annual show and made it such a huge success again this year!
Owen updated the blog and it’s still a bit under construction. I am slowly (well I have hardly started, but I will, promise) putting the photos back in the photoblog. Having the rugs and bags that I have finished as a resource is something I think is valuable. It is a reference for you and for me. So it will be back before long with more information attached. Also, I am hearing from some of you that you are having trouble leaving comments. It was that issue that caused us to do the update in the first place–so if it is still occurring, that is if you get an error screen when you try to leave a comment, please let me know–send an email by hitting the contact button on the right under navigation.
A positive thing that is happening is that the bags are selling, sometimes before they get in the on-line store. This is not a problem–but it does encourage me to encourage you that if you see something you like, go for it. And be sure to send me an email if there is something you want or an idea you have. I am always looking for inspiration.
Below is the new Sage Delta–just in the preliminary stage. I am loving working with this very beautiful leather. As you can see it has a zipper pocket on the one side and will have a patch pocket on the other. I make my bags with features that I think are essential. Birdbrain bags have outside pockets and inside pockets, as many as I can make work. The large travel bags have two sets of straps, both shoulder and handles. The linings are interesting and playful–and always reinforced. The zippers are heavy duty and the seams are double stitched. I think that when you buy handmade you expect the personal touches–the special edition, not the run of the mill. And that is what I try to do. I don’t work in production–my joy comes from creating something new, from having a conversation with the leather and including handprinted graphics or cultural references–and from seeing you enjoy something that I have made. So thank you all for your support, stay in touch, and I will keep sewing.
Pictured below the Delta is some new leather just waiting..maybe another triad! I love colour blocks and I’d like to try a colour block bag…but first I will finish the Sage Delta. This one has a deadline–a trip to England on July 1st!
It feels like I have been away a long time. Back home now in the studio and ready for an update. But first, here is a beautiful shot of my older son, Colin, doing what he loves the most. This was taken on the St. Lawrence River at dawn last week.
I was in Toronto to see the Chagall exhibit (amazing), hear the Tallis Scholars (also amazing) and connect with old friends. I also managed to get some new leather–but that is for a surprise which will have to wait until post Christmas. Today I have been back at the machines filling orders for Bird in a Hurry totes. Here are a couple that are complete.
It has been easy to buy handmade in the south of France. Yesterday we visited a wonderful pottery studio where four potters had their wares. I found this:
A bird wearing red boots! Perfect.
Today in the local market an artisan finished a red leather strap for me–it is destined for a new bag.
For now Fireworks resides at the cottage. We spent a few wonderful days there this past week and I managed to finish one side of the border. It is a BIG rug. However, sitting by an open window with a view of the water is the best.
There was also time for other activities including picking blueberries which are amazingly abundant this year. While we do eat them now (best with Kawartha Dairy ice cream) I love to freeze them for a taste of summer warmth in the darkness of winter.