Under the sea

"Undersea Garden Bag", upcycled clutch/cosmetic/brush bag for my friend

Day 283: Undersea Garden Bag

As I’ve mentioned before, my friends and loved ones tend to get homemade gifts. I hail from a long line of creative females, so I’m of the mindset that handmade tends to be better. When I make something for someone it’s unique, customized for their color and style preferences, and chocked full of my loving energy. Today’s a special day- 10/10/10, so I decided to work on something special for a special person. This is a belated birthday gift for my friend Jennan.

Lined with dark gray cotton (to hide smudges) :), closes with velcro

She moved out to Hawaii and is also an artist- we painted murals together for many years- and she’s been taking some college courses lately. Sadly, these include some basic painting classes she could certainly do without (you know how it is when you try to transfer credits) which include excruciatingly dull exercises like still life setups… really bad ones too, and lots of them. Knowing how easy it can be to murder paintbrushes, especially when you are filled with rage about your lukewarm rendition of a skull/fruit display, I decided to make her a brush bag, but a pretty one that would hopefully cheer her up the next time she walks in to find a massively uninspiring pile of flotsam heaped upon a hideous tablecloth.

Fun with buttons

This is an upcycled bag, made from scrap fabrics, thread, ribbon, yarn, basting tape, vintage buttons, batting, Velcro and interfacing I had lying around (to be fair, I have a lot of this stuff lying around). It’s quilted with some varied stitches. The combo of interfacing for stiffness plus padding gives it a little added protection and makes it suitable for cosmetics or use as a straight-up clutch as it strikes her fancy. Jen likes blue/greens and pretty-but-not-overly-girly stuff, so I’m hoping this will be just the thing to make her smile.

In other news, my mini paintings are going like hotcakes at the gallery! 7 woodblocks and 6 mini canvases are already off the wall, leaving it somewhat sparse. I’m planning a trip into the city mid-week to refill my space and see my new nephew! Woohoo!