#1. How did you decide on your shop name?
Although purses are my most requested items, I also wanted to encompass the other articles I sew. The name needed to include purses but not be limited to purses only. Hmmm. Many names were considered and many were discarded. My precious son-in-law actually came up with the name, Purses, Bags & Sew Much More.
#2. When did you start crafting?
My mother always sewed and I was always fascinated by it. I got a toy sewing machine when I was about six. That was around the time disposable diapers were coming into use. I remember raiding my mother’s kitchen for plastic wrap and paper towels to create disposable diapers for my baby dolls. My mother taught me how to use her machine and clothes for Barbie soon followed. When I was thirteen, I checked the classifieds for garage sales, found a sewing machine and rode my bike over to test it out. My Dad drove me back later that day to transact the deal and get the machine home. I loved having my own machine in my bedroom. Over the years, I’ve experimented with all types of crafts and needlework—some attempts more successful and enjoyable than others. One thing has remained central: Fabric speaks to me. I love the way it feels, smells, drapes, looks and I love the possibilities it brings.
#3. What or who inspires you?
I am drawn to fabrics in their many incarnations. Quilts, pillows, apparel, accessories, stuffed toys—you name it. Most recently, I have begun to be tempted with fibers, too. When I see a fresh piece of fabric, I start envisioning what it will look like in the finished project. While not everything turns out exactly as I planned, I’m getting better at turning visions into the creations I’d hoped for. Practicality and function also inspire me. If I need a new pillowcase for the travel pillows, I think of which fabric I’d like to use rather than which store I’ll visit to purchase one.
#4. Do you have a day job?
My day job is my three children and their Dad. As any Mom knows, that can mean anything at anytime and you’re pretty much on call 24/7. I have two teenagers--one son, one daughter--and an adult daughter.
#5. What is the item in your shop you enjoyed making the most and why?
Probably the Butterfly Bag. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12948209. At the time it was a new bag design and the butterflies and colors made me think of my oldest daughter. I also knew she’d like the function of a large bag. While I was creating it, I thought about how much she would like it. I’ve made several others in that same style and I think it may be my new favorite. Well, my favorite for now, anyway.
Ever since having to carry a diaper bag when the boys were little, I've hated purses. But Susan has changed my mind!! I'm not a flashy person but these purses are so full of color & amazing fabrics that you have to love them. The butterfly purse that Susan mentions is a must see! It's call a "slouch" bag - wasn't sure why - so I asked.
Slouch bag: Bags made of flexible, soft material which are typically large, with long shoulder straps. They tend to slump, or "slouch" when set down.
Well - I love butterflies and these are so colorful that I'm going to make it my favorite!
If you prefer a BIG bag, this one is for you! This oversized, soft bag is roomy, very functional and stylish. This print of gorgeous, colorful butterflies on lush black decorator-weight fabric is perfect for this style. The butterflies are turquoise, fuchsia, green, orange and yellow. It is lined in solid turquoise cotton and has a large pocket. It closes with a magnetic snap. Measures (not including handles) 15” across x 11” high at band. Handles are 22” long with a 10” drop. All measurements approximate.