Well, that’s the preverbal “we”… really it’s just me… or just Dixie Mango, really.
My family isn’t moving… unfortunately. Sad. My house has been on the market FOREVER and yet, here we are, but enough of that.
Dixie Mango is movin on up… or out… or on… what is it? Anywho, because I have the most wonderful, handsome, smartest, most generous hubbies ever, you can now find me at
Yep, yep. Change your RS feeds and subscriptions… or subscribe for the first time, because you rock! Things might keep changing for some time, but we are going to work with it! See you on the other side, my friends.
And because a post without a picture is… well… just that, I post without pictures, here’s one of my two favorite guys.
So, we’ve talked before about how I’m not always the BEST blogger in the world… you’re shocked, I know! Well, I’ve struck again. I promised you another messenger bag in my last post and now I can’t seem to find the pictures. I know they were taken… I even saw them… they were my BEST pictures EVER, but you are just going to have to trust me because they are gone. Maybe the beloved customer will see this post and share some pictures she takes with the whole class.
Until then, here’s what I have been up to for the past couple o months…
Making some of these (small sample show here…)
After using this gal for hours at a time…
Bless her heart… she’s been working overtime for me (don’t worry, I am aware that my glue gun doesn’t have a real heart, but you know… I’d bless it if it did)!
I get some of these…
I think these are just so cute. I’m going to have to make some for my little one. I’m also turning some of the flowers into magnets because they pretty up refrigerators nicely.
I also have a pile of these…
Those are just too fun!
A pile of these are starting to form with more in progress as we speak…
Oh, and I almost forgot these pretties hiding in the closet…
So, I guess I am making progress. I still feel like my booth is going to look pretty empty, but I’m just going to keep sewing until the day comes and see what I have at the end. My mom has been helping me lately (I call her my sous-seamstress) which has help things more along way quicker. She’s been ironing, cutting circles, pressing, and just being there with me. She’s awesome!
I am planning on doing bags for the month of October… ones like these. Not sure how many I will actually get to, but I’ll try!
This may be my first and last craft fair. I mean, I’m going to give it the good college try, but production sewing is for the birds! Whew… it gives me too much time to think. Think about this and that and what if all this stuff doesn’t sell, and what if my booth looks empty, and what if my kids grow up and think my mama didn’t play with me, and what if world peace really doesn’t ever come, and what if Jesus came back right now and caught me sewing and yelling at my kids instead of adopting all the orphans in Haiti and feeding all the neighbors cookies…. seriously, ya’ll, I shouldn’t do this much thinking!
But, I’ll let you know. I may have to open an online store after this show if nothing sells… be ready to buy lots of stuff, okay!
Ta for now!
I got another order for a messenger bag. They really are fun to make… totally you should try it!
I am also finding that I am enjoying making bags from outdoor fabric. I find myself going back to that section in the fabric store time and time again. I love the durability it adds to a bag. As a mama, it’s nice to know that I can put my bag down just about anywhere and have no worries about it getting wet or staining too much. You know that dreaded, “what was that!!” we do as moms. I can stress less with this sort of fabric.
PS. I totally want to recover that chair… really really really bad. But, I’m more than a little scared. There, I said it.
Back to the bag! So, it’s not for a mom, but it’s for a teenager and I’m pretty sure all of the above reasons to use outdoor fabric for a mom apply to a teenager too. I’m just sayin. I also might be having a teeny tiny love affair with stripes too… maybe…
I always love doing something a little different with the pockets. It really makes them stand out when you are looking for something and it adds a little happy when you open your bag. I fell in double heart LOVE with that pocket fabric when I saw it at… the store that must not be named. Again with that store… she keeps surprising me. But, I still affirm that my little quilt shops are my fav and have my loyalty. They are my BFFSs (Best Friend Fabric Shop) for ever!
I made another one of these with a bit of a different shape… I’ll share when she get it in the customer’s hands. That one was fun too.
Ta for now, my loves!
I got a custom order recently from a friend for her daughter who was going back to school soon… follow that?
She wanted a messenger bag with stripes, maybe polka dots, brown and teal… definitely green (my kinda girl right there) and at least one pocket for the girly unmentionables. No one wants those falling out when the bag drops, so we decided a zipper pocket was in order.
This is what I came up with.
Cute, huh? I L-O-V-E the strip. I also love that I had enough of it to make it all matchy matchy.
Matchy matchy, in this case, makes for a more professional looking bag. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.
Plenty o pockets! No embarrassing spills here… no ma’am. I love the little pop the pocket fabric adds.
Just a fun bag for a fun girl.
It is based loosely off of this bag if you want to make one for yourself or someone you love. I changed quite a bit of it and if I make it again, I will change some more of it. The pattern as is was really easy to follow. My measurements didn’t quite fit what she did, but I made it work with a few changes. I also, changed the pockets, the size of the strap, the closure (it has a magnetic closure) and the size of the overall bag… see… practically the same. Sorry! The tutorial was really great… I just needed a starting point and then I made it fit what I needed. That’s the great thing about sewing… you can make it your very own with just some adjustments. Don’t be afraid to try it. If you are interested in more details of my changes, just drop me a line!
I took a little break for my birthday yesterday, but I will have a few fun things to show you coming up… including my very first business cards that my hubby designed for me. So FUN!
Ta for now!