Wednesday, March 5, 2014

From my Studio

Life has taken precedence over blogging the past few weeks. Things have settled down a little bit so I thought I'd better post while I have a chance.

I received my earrings that I won from Beti's Stringingfool Grow Your Blog giveaway this week and they are beautiful. I love getting fun things in the mail.

I've been having fun in my studio. I finished two purses today.

The first one I started yesterday after I found a pattern at my LQS. I finished it today.

I used one side of a vest I bought for $1.50 at a thrift store for the front of the purse.

The back and the handles are from a pair of old jeans I had in my stash.

In the picture below you can almost see some of the beading that was on the vest.


 I kept trying to get a good picture but it just wasn't happening. Everything I used in making this purse was either upcycled--vest, jeans, button or I had used in another project--lining.

This next little purse has been waiting for a strap.

I had pieced and embellished it a few weeks ago but didn't have a strap until I found a chain at a yard sale for 75 cents.

Finally I made the next purse a few weeks ago using a pair of black corduroy pants I bought at a thrift store. I liked that the back pocket of the pants were embellished so I could put it together quickly.

I added some fringe I had on hand and a bright pink with black dot lining. The lining is a lot brighter than the picture shows.

I'm going to take Kathy's free beginning Crazy Quilting class. Kathy's blog is Shawkl. (click on her blogs name to visit it and learn more about the class). Last day to sign up for this free class is tomorrow Thursday, March 6th. I've done a little bit of crazy quilting but still consider myself a beginner. Being self taught I'm sure I'll learn a lot.
Til next time, Ronda



  1. What a fantastic, creative sister I have! I really like the purse you made out of a vest and jeans. The white purse is also very pretty. Are you going to keep them, give them away or sell them? Love you, your bother

    1. Hi Keith, I'll probably keep these but may make others to sell.

  2. Your purses are great Ronda !
    I like how you are recycling items to create something new and fresh ;)

    1. Thanks Rose. I didn't have a clue what I was going to do with the vest but I just couldn't pass it up, especially at $1.50. I have to stay away from thrift stores there are too many things that I want to buy and give new life.

  3. You have been very busy! I've been saving old clothing to repurpose into project bags, but so far...all I've "created" is a big box of old clothing!

    1. Quinn, I wrote a long and very eleoquant reply (ha) but for some reason it didn't post. Hope you and your critters are doing well.

  4. oh wow! I love your purses-especially the first two

  5. Very pretty bags Ronda. Clever lady.

  6. Such beautiful bags!! These will last forever too!!


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