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Bag of Instructions


Sliced Instructions Bag

I realized I had not shown you the completed bag Sliced Instructions. Here it is! Available in my Etsy Shop here.



Polka Dot Sun Pouch

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Available here in my Etsy Shop (sold)

Purple Sun Pouch


Stenciled pouch of upcycled denim

Available here in my Etsy Shop

Abacus Bag


abacus7This bag has traveled a creative journey from a beginning nearly opposite in appearance. Pulled from my completed projects it seemed gawky and unacceptable to my present eye.


Cut apart and laid flat, its makeover has begun….


Paint applied – I used fabric to absorb excess on the tape – nothing wasted!


First mask removed







Brush handle as paint applicator. (A sheet of glass is laid over neutral fabric on my work surface.)


Big mistake! Slapping paint without much thought. I sensed it immediately, but I finished all the way across knowing that mistakes can lead to good things. Later, after a little masking, I hid the yellow with more paint.


I had recently carved a flower stamp so I grabbed that and laid it on using black.


A day or so later I sanded lightly to expose hints of the yellow, bring it out as texture and soften the colors a bit. I added more black to the design.


Available here in my Etsy shop.

Burst Out!





The Start


Machine stitching




Side 2 of Black Burst Bag

In my Etsy shop here


Choosing Fabric for the Black Burst Bag


Sliced Instructions

Old instructions (printed on fabric) for an electrical installation sliced and sewn, then a diagonal strip introduced. I plan on it being a bag of some sort………..It’s not finished because I switched to working on an oil painting and so it goes………..so THIS was last week…………exciting, right? It might turn out interesting. But it will be useful, also. IMG_1744


Find the Flower Bag


Bag of Hope

Letting my thoughts meander while clutching a coffee cup in a still-dark morning, I thought with a silent sigh: I haven’t gotten back into posting on my blog much. Then with a bit of glum: I suppose there’s always hope.


That’s how a Bag of Hope appeared above me like one of those bubbles in a cartoon.

The two sides could be a reminder that Hope is not always found as we expect. Sometimes hope hides like a  Continue reading

Tall Gray Pouch


Utility Pouch of Upcycled Work Pants


Unplanned embroidery


Under Construction

I’m not certain what I thought I was showing you here, but you might as well look. (I did add another small pocket inside the outer pocket.) Raw pieces of used trousers that I clean my paint rollers on. I just hate to waste anything. The orange and red are from working at my mixed-media table, again just ‘using up’. Then one evening I picked it up and started stitching the red lines because I had nothing else in my mind to do. The fingers need to do something, even when void of inspiration.

Painted and hand embroidered pouch is here in My Etsy Shop.

This small chunk of fabric is visible in an earlier post – not too far back, just a few scrolls or clicks will probably get you there. See that circle one? It is completed too. I’ll post photos of that another day.