Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Birthday bag, Chocolate joy, First Website sale!!!

It was my friend's 40th birthday on sunday and we all popped over with presents and champagne. It was only about 4pm but who cares. I decided months back to make her a bag using a great tutorial by jcaroline creative, and here it is...

I made it out of medium weight soft furnishing fabric and used medium interfacing to give it a bit of strength and I used plastic canvas in the base to give it shape. This was stitched to the lining. I added a fabric flower with a cover button in the centre. I used a magnetic fastening from U-Handbag. I have only been using these recently and I really love them!

I particularly like the handle detail and I am going to make more of this feature when I make the next one which will go either in my Etsy shop or my website.

Guess what? This matches one of the Laura Ashley scarves that her husband bought for her, how lucky is that!! The best buy for this bag was the rings which were a perfect colour match, very strong and they arrrrreeee....metal curtain rings! I kid you not, and I have two more for the next bag! They are ace and perfect for the job.

I did make some Chocolate Malteser Bake as well and found a pretty little box to put it in and stuffed it as much as I could.

Late last night I decided to have a quick look at my emails and noticed a payment into my paypal account and it turned out to be my very first offical sale on my website!! Yipppeeee!! I have also had a big increase in the number of hits too. I must get my rear in gear and list the numerous bags that I have on the website. It is just that time is so tight at the moment due to work, but I have taken all of the photos, and down loaded most of them too. I have added a few things to Etsy. One frustrating evening I had sat and typed it all up for a keyring on Etsy and then discovered that I could not track down the photo! I decided to go to bed at this point!

I would like to say a big thank you to those of you who have visited and commented over the last few months, it is exciting to click on them and read them.

My exam satus= 100 papers marked......325 to go!!!!!
Take care to all.
XX

14 comments:

Kitty said...

I've bookmarked that hobo bag tutorial - I really, really, really want to have a go at a bag, but just don't know where to start. Thanks for that - yours is gorgeous.

x

picciolo said...

what a lovely present, and I love the curtain rings! ood luck with the ret of your exam papers
: )

Purple and Paisley said...

beautiful bag...and congrats on your first website sale! way to go!

Jacquie said...

Congratulations on the sale! I'm sure there will be many more. Nice bag too!

jcaroline said...

The bag is darling and I'm so glad you liked the tutorial. The curtain rings was a genius idea and I like the addition of the flower!

Put that picture in my flickr group in your "spare" time!
http://www.flickr.com/groups/jcarolinetutorials/

jo said...

Love the bag, the flower embelishment looks great.
So glad you got your first website sale, I'm sure it's the first of many.

M.Kate said...

Beautiful bag and how lucky is your friend :)

JuicyFig said...

Lovely bag!

And well done on the sale - I have yet to pluck up the courage to start selling!

Kath
x

ursy87 said...

I really like your bag - the strap detail is lovely - what a lucky friend
x

CalicoDaisy said...

Nice bag. I've done some shopping at J-Caroline and have received some nice fabrics. I saw you like Maeve Binchy books. Me, too! Especially the books on tape version. I love hearing them read with the individual accents.
-- Michele

Nan said...

Oh... lovely bag, lucky friend, jealous nannybird... LOL!

Congrats on your sale! Thanks for posting the link to the pattern, good luck on the rest of the grading, hope it goes quickly and smoothly for you so you can start really enjoying your summer!

SummerSadie said...

Great bag, and I love that bit on the strap too. That makes it. Great gift.

LOUISE said...

Hurray for the first website sale. Mr Site is really playing up today, I think his server is broken. Sounds painful! x

Jodz said...

What a gorgeous bag. I bet your friend thought it was fabulous (I know I would).

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