Archive for the ‘purse’ Category

This little purse is kind of cute — at least in person. But for some reason, it’s not photographing very well.

It’s knit from recycled silk sari yarn, which I love to use, since it means income for women in remote areas of Nepal, who otherwise don’t have many options for earning money. Plus, it’s reversible!

The fuzzy pink material is from an old top I found at a thrift store.  It’s a nice little everyday purse, very eco-friendly and all.  But for some reason, it does not photograph well. I should probably fire my photographer, but since I am my photographer,  that’s not a really good solution. Halp!!

That’s not something I say very often — at least about my own images. But this one came out very nicely. Unfortunately, I have no idea why or what I did, so it may never happen again.

That title’s supposed to be sung to the tune of the Temptations’ “My Girl,” by the way. And, yes, I do looooooove my bag. Here she is:

This might be one of those offspring that only a mother can love. I don’t know for certain, because I can’t be objective about it at all. Here’s why:

This is the first bag I ever made out of an old sweater. It took months of trying to figure out what should go where and how … all that stuff that now seems like a no-brainer.

But it did get finished. And it’s totally impractical — the interior is lined in lime green silk (what was I thinking??) and there are no pockets at all. The drawstring doesn’t function all that well, either. But I really learned a LOT by making this bag — plus I was emboldened by this “success” to continue tearing apart sweaters and making other things out of them. Go figure …

The bottom line is this odd little bag will always have a place in my heart and on my shoulder. Plus, I prevented another person from ever having to wear a sweater that made it look like you had curlicues of blond hair growing on your chest. (Yes, those little golden curls were part of the original sweater — ewwwwww!!)

My Next Victim …

Posted: March 8, 2009 in makeover, purse, recycle, upcycle

A sweet little purse. But a) there’s a very faint but visible grayish mark across the front (you can’t see it in the photo but it’s there) and b) it’s kinda boring, in that predicable, “seen this at least a hundred times, nothing new here” kind of way.

That’s why I have plans to turn into something … um, different! Really, really different. Stay tuned …

New bag in the works, one of those ideas that just appears out of nowhere — a triangle purse cut from two felted Jones New York sweaters. I love the shape!! All that’s missing is a really great lining, which means a shopping trip to International Silks and Woolens on Beverly Drive.

For me, going to ISW is like taking a drug addict on a tour of the evidence lockers at the police station — I’m just dumbfounded by all the amazing fabric. Not to mention an entire separate room with notions!! It’s sort of like getting a preview of what it would be like to die and go to heaven (which in real life is pretty much a long shot).

Now for the health news: Check out this piece, via Yahoo News and Time magazine, explaining why produce is probably not as healthful today as it was in our grandparents’ day. The money info is toward the end (last couple of paragraphs). Basically, experts tend to agree that the pesticides and other chemicals used to grow conventional fruits and veggies rob them of nutrients. So go organic!! And don’t make me tell you twice, okay — just do it. More on organic benefits later …

Yes I Can!!

Posted: November 19, 2008 in eco-wear, purse, t-shirt, Tee Bag, tote


Finally work a digital camera, that is. Some proof — at long last, a photograph of the very first “Tee Bag.” (Tee Bag — get it? Like “tea bag,” only … ummm, a t-shirt … okay, just wanted to make sure I’m not wasting my last few remaining brain cells being clever for nothing.)

In a former life, this little tote was a most unattractive tee-shirt, a god-awful XXL number promoting some local radio station. So the scissors were recruited. The Tee was deconstructed and then reconstructed. A little reverse applique, some cotton flannel lining and a self pocket, plus the red corduroy handles and behold! A whole new life as a tote — or something. It’s now destined for etsy, as soon as the real photographer does it justice.