Monday, October 2, 2017

More on Amazima...more bags....more beads!


A happy October autumn day to you!

Up in the north country, we had been experiencing a bit of warmer weather as a second summer, but now we're back down to cooler temperatures and winds that chill - all the while wishing there was a roaring fire in the hearth to cozy up to. The leaves are getting crispy and touches of autumn colors are beginning to show. The above photo was taken a year ago when my mom was here. This is a trail in the National Park.

Since my last post, I've been working on more bags - for myself this time - as I am going on a trip! The need for new bags for my trip to South Carolina is not a necessity, but it gives me joy and happiness to have new things when I travel, especially when it involves a beautiful bag. I'm looking forward to seeing my mom and sister, Cindy, and other family members. Leaving on the 4th and returning on the 14th.

What kinds of bags do you like to use? What colors and fabrics make your heart sing?

I wanted a new backpack/tote for when I travel through the airports. Something I can sling over my shoulder, but also sling on my back when my hands are busy pulling suitcases through the airport hallways. The fur totes you see in my Etsy shop were the perfect size and shape for the backpack/tote I was envisioning in my head.

I used the same fur tote pattern, added a large front flap with swivel hook, added two inside zippered pockets, and added two straps - for shoulder and backpack use - as you can see in the photos below. It is very roomy for stowing an envelope purse, magazines, book, water bottle, and snacks!  Plus, I can use it for church to carry my envelope purse, Bible and notebook!

And yes - it's made with my most favorite fabric! The flap is adorned with a piece of black corduroy with tiny white polka dots (used for the lining as well), a piece of lace left over from my daughter's wedding gown, black lace and black and pink covered buttons. The pink buttons are from my pink velvet Victorian couch that I reupholstered some years ago with the help of my dear friend, Janie. That antique sofa is now wearing black microsuede.
Here is a close-up of the flap.
Here is the back side and the backpack straps.
Here are photos of the inside. My shop label is attached to one of the inside pockets.
Another peek of the inside.
And a close-up of the backside where I added loops for the backpack strap to fit through.
And the bottom of the bag is made with a sturdy black textured velveteen that I've also used to make one of my Victorian carpet bags sold in my Etsy shop.
And an envelope purse stitched in the same ivory textured velvet as seen in my Etsy shop. I have one and you can have one, too!
A look at the inside of the envelope purse. It has a small pocket. The folds inside can be used to hold an assortment of essential items. The strap can be stowed inside when used as a clutch or pulled out as a shoulder strap for when hands-free shopping sprees are called for.
I finished a blue suede beaded necklace last week to wear while on my trip. If this style suits your fancy, and you'd like something similar, drop me a line! It comes with matching earrings.
 Here's a close-up of the necklace and earring set.
Last time I introduced you to Amazima Ministries - about Katie Davis and her work among the Ugandan women and children. (You can read that post here.) In a small way, we all can help this ministry and these women provide for their families. In addition to praying, I purchased a paper bead necklace and bracelet. Here they are! Amazima Ministries packages them very sweetly as you can see in the following photos. I've photographed the pamphlet that came with my order so you can see - in more detail - what this ministry is doing.


I'll be packing this jewelry for my trip to South Carolina and reading again Katie's story and the beginnings of Amazima Ministries. This book will be stashed in my new backpack. As I mentioned in my previous post, her second book is coming out on October 3rd!

My next post will be published after I return from my trip. Any purchases from my Etsy shop during my vacation will be shipped out after October 15th. If you have any questions about any of the items in my shop or would like a custom piece of jewelry or special bag made, drop me a line. I will be checking my email during my stay in the States.

Have a great week! Until next time....

Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.
Psalm 92:13



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