Sunday, 28 April 2013


I am back with a special preview!  Yes.  I have reopened my Folksy shop after a lovely three month break.  I tried to relax, but I kept on making lots of lovely new items and today I am going to give you a special preview of what you will soon find in my Folksy shop during the coming weeks.

 I have created lots of new handmade journals and notebooks.  I can’t seem to stop making them!  I am always looking for unusual or ‘different’ fabric to use for the covers and I am really pleased with what I have found.

Music Journal

I love Paris Notebook

The "I love Paris" fabric was very popular when I used it to make 2013 diary covers, so I decided a notebook would be ideal made in the same fabric. I searched high and low to find the music fabric and was delighted with this find!  

I have also had a purse making ‘bonanza’ where I have been exploring new ideas and techniques.  I think I will write more about that in a later post.  

Primarily today I want to give you a preview of my special occasion purses – they are ideal for weddings, proms or that special event or evening out.  I have really enjoyed making these purses and still have lots of ideas for future ones.

My favourite fabric/material has to be LACE so I was determined to dive into my huge stash and see what beauties I could come up with!

Special Occasion Purses

Special Occasion purse three flowers motif
Firstly, the heart shaped purse was quite a challenge.  Where was I going to place the opening?  I think it works, but I’ll you to decide that.  All my purses have zip closures because I no longer make or sell bags.  Even though you might consider these small bags – I really prefer to call them purses.

Special Occasion purse - heart shaped

The remainder of my stock of bags has been given/donated to a local group who raise funds for “Save the Children”.  They will sell them, or raffle them or whatever, in order to raise funds for the charity.  I am really pleased that they agreed to take them.  I no longer wish to make or sell bags but concentrate my time and creative efforts on handmade books and purses.

My favourite special occasion purse is the one I made with vintage lace and new lace for the bow with pearl beads.  Mind you, it was the last one that I made so I guess it will remain my favourite until I make the next one!

What I would like to offer potential customers is the option of making customised versions of the purses – in different colours, or with a variation of design.  For example, if a customer likes the shape of a particular purse but also likes the idea of having a bow, then no problem – I can easily adapt and combine, making another unique purse. I have a huge stash of lace that I have collected over the years and not just white - lots of different colours!

If anyone is interested in the items I have shown or the special occasion purses please contact me via my Folksy shop.

I think I have rambled on enough.  Who knew that I had so much to say?!