Patchwork and Lace fabric by Anna Griffin (from her Carolina Collection). One thing I enjoy about collecting fabric is picking out patterns for people with different tastes than me. This is something I can get confused about - do I only make products in patterns that I would choose or do I include fabrics that I wouldn't choose, but that are lovely and that I know somebody else would want. I choose the latter.
This weekend I made this custom tote (center photo) for my sister-in-law. I don't make these very often because they are very time consuming - it took me 7 straight hours to complete it. exhausting! It's kinda sad to see the stores stocked with mass produced purses selling for so low. I know that a lot of time went into those purses, though the price tag would suggest the opposite. I know that often a lot of corners are cut in making those purses quickly and efficiently, and a lot of special machinery is available in the factories to enable the workers to pump out bags quicker. Hey, I wouldn't mind owning some of those special machines myself.
I am so thankful for my customers who are willing to pay a little extra to own my products. I am taking steps to try selling on Amazon, a decision that is very nerve-racking to me. I am not sure if the people on Amazon will understand the artisan-made nature of my products and I am afraid to get negative feedback. But, can't let fear stop me - we'll see how it goes!
(tote bag is not available for sale, auto trash is available for sale here)