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Yo-Yo’s, Y’all…….. “Upcycled” Totes & Purses.

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The weekend has officially started! Just look at what you could create! All four projects are easy and fast! Check them out:  Below, I found my favorite color of green in a tote bag. The logo on the front had to go. I washed the bag (it was $1.00) and pulled out my favorite Kaffe Fassett green Millefiori  fabric.  I stitched up a pocket, whirrrr….. and topstitched it to the front of the outside pocket.  I have already filled it with a stuff for a new project. Yes!

Time out for a trip (early morning) to my little garden. YIKES! It has been sooooo hot for sooooo long! We are looking at 30+ days with 90+ weather. Very meager pickings as the plants are stressed. Except for my Basil and Thai Basil. This tiny bit of Basil, the fresh fragrance, filled the laundry room where I set the basket down. On to project #2. 

Apologies, the color is off (battery running really low). It’s time for the traveling Yo-Yo’s. Traveling because this is the perfect project to carry with you when you have to hurry up and wait. Cut the circles ahead of time and add scissors, threaded needles and your yo-yo maker (I use Clover).  Spoil yourself and purchase a pair of Karen Kay Baily scissors. 

Taaa Daaa!! It’s magic. I make them in four different sizes, out of solids, stripes, silks, whatever will snap into the disk. 

Finally, battery recharged, proper color. Another fabulous Kaffe Fassett fabric: “Roman Glass” color: sludge. I’m adding these yo-yo’s to my latest Coach purse. They will cover the sad, dirty (cleaned but still dirty looking) split leather. Check out that glue, it’s called Fabri-Tac. I LOVE, LOVE, this glue. It really holds, doesn’t run, and dries clear.  

I placed a loose yo-yo on the little Coach tag. This is going to be the cutest little thing. Hurry up and dry, I want to take you out on the town. 

Project #3: I found this large tote at Target. It was too plain for me. Using the stencil below with dark gray acrylic paint, I stenciled it onto the front of the tote bag. 

To keep the paint on it, I have brushed on some Mod Podge. Love this stuff. Did you know that they make an outdoor Mod Podge? Hm…NO! Heidi! Finish these projects first, then you can go outside and find more. 

Silly me, I am on “small” yo-yo mode, and have made a bunch of tiny ones. Well….I think they are too small for this large tote. No time left to make bigger ones, so I will just place these onto the tote so you get the idea. 

Larger Yo-Yo’s will be better don’t you think? But I like what’s going on here.

Project #4: I love the fuchsia color of this Coach bag, but not the sad, ugly, split leather bottom. I’ll fix that! 

Another great Kaffe Fassett fabric called Jungle Stripe is going to be used. I put some iron on fleece to the wrong side, stitched on the front following the striped pattern. Then stitched up a little “canoe” shaped piece. Snip, snip….trimming the excess away. 

I glued it on with that fabulous glue, Fabri-Tac. I smeared on the glue all over the split leather, let it set up for about 5 minutes, slipped the quilted piece over the leather and smoothed it down with my fingers. I put extra pressure on the top edges. I have used this purse without any of it coming apart for 2 summers now. So glad I could give some more good years to this pretty colored Coach bag. 

This is a recent view near Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe, the California side looking toward North Shore.  The lake is the fullest it has been in 11 years. Wow! Come and see it for yourself, come up and join our Artistic Alchemy retreat. My workshop is called “Pick a Pattern.” Let me help you custom fit, color and stylize your pick of patterns from the DesignsbyHeidi collection. Can’t wait. There’s still room. Click on the Artistic Alchemy logo below and learn more. You can always get in touch via my email: hmemmett@gmail.com

Stay cool. Thank you so much for stopping by. Hugs, Heidi

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In Honor of Sparky!

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Our sweet, sweet Sparky dog. We rescued you at age 4 and you were with us for 14 1/2 more years. We miss you! I’m naming my next pattern after you!!
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I took all these pictures a few years ago and Sparky was always there, our little “velcro” dog. “Whatcha doin? Does it involve treats? Let’s go on a walk, I need a new bone to chew on.” dsc_0543

Whisper Blouse, perfect for fall. I made it in all Kaffe Fassett cotton stripes. And I’m wearing a Kaffe Fassett sweater from Peruvian Connection. dsc_0541 dsc_0561 dsc_0563 dsc_0582

Hit the Craftsy icon above or below, and go to my patterns. They are under sewing/Designs by Heidi/Whisper Blouse. I’m up to 10+ patterns now. Having fun.dsc_0602 dsc_0604 dsc_0611 dsc_0618

Two more shots later on with brighter light, very true to color. And if you are having trouble finding Kaffe Stripes, this is my HOT TIP for the day, visit Flying Bulldogs at Ebay or Etsy. Amazing how many stripes (older yummy ones that are hard to find) they have now. Also, they have many, many, Kaffe prints. All at $8.00 per yard!!!!! Tell ’em that Heidi sent you. They were my secret for several years, but when I called last week, I was told that they have PALLETS of Kaffe’s stuff!!! Whaaaat? Go there NOW, I want all my Designs by Heidi friends to know, “FLYING BULLDOGS,” fun fabric. dsc_1233 dsc_1229

If you want a hard copy of Whisper Blouse, send me $15. includes shipping and I will send you one, all sizes included with actual tissue pieces. Send a check to Heidi Emmett, P.O. Box 208, Cedar Ridge, CA 95924 Talk to me at: hmemmett@gmail.com

Thank you all for visiting my Blog today. Fall is in the air. Let’s start sewing, quilting, Art on the Wall, Art to Wear!  Hugs, Heidi

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