Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Let's Make A Deal!

I took all kinds of great pictures of a Boo Tote, Huffle Duffel, glasses cases and a key fob I made for Shelly.  Of course, that was pre-crash ... and the pix are gone forever.  Don't get me started.  Shelly was kind enough to shoot some pix of the items and sent them to me. 

I just HAD to make her some things from the Iowa Hawkeye Breast Cancer awareness fabric.  I HAD to!  :)  Not wanting to get into the whole "rule-breaking" thing again, we made a deal instead.  VERY fun!  You saw the Summi-sized Huffle Duffel at this link - remember?  I was happy to hear that when Shelly shot her pix, the Summi-sized HD was out in the car in use!  :)  Music to my ears!  Here are the rest of the items!

A Boo Tote, glasses case (I made two; she shared the other!), and a little key fob for fun.  Shelly, I thoroughly enjoyed working with those fabs and hope you continue to enjoy the items!  Thank you for sharing the photos with me!!!

In exchange, Shelly sent me a gift certificate to one of my most favorite on-line quilt shops!  MANY, many thanks!  I made the most of it.  :)  I bought some of this, to coordinate with some like-minded fabs I have on hand:

The color is a bit off, but it's fun and kicky!  And pink.  :)

I also got a couple more serious, almost "dressy" prints:

I had been looking at them for months.  And now they're mine.  :)  I have no idea what I'm doing with them, but I love them.  For now, gazing upon them is enough.

I also bought a cool novety print of Union Pacific things.  My Quality Control Expert really liked it.  

Care for a look without his snooter in the way?  Check it out:

Isn't that great?  I can't wait to play with it!

Thanks for a great "deal", Shelly!  And thank YOU for reading!

The Kapp Pack Mom's Deeve Bag

Remember this Deeve Bag?  It got to go to Aruba, where it's sunny and warm.

The Kapp Pack Mom and the Deeve Bag.  In Aruba.  Where it's sunny and warm.

Thanks for modeling your bag for us!  Great job - what a beautiful picture!!

Kellie's HTP! Bag

I posted a while ago on Bags by KZK that Santa had contacted me about making a Hold the Phone! Bag for a special young lady.  I'm pleased to report that not only was it a hit, but I've got pictures!  

Before I post them, let me say that I always knew there had to be something trickier than getting a Siberian Husky to pose with a HTP! Bag hanging from his or her snooter.  And now I know what that is.  Same trick, only with a horse.  Ha ha ha!  Please give a warm welcome to  Kellie, her new Hold the Phone! Bag, and Logan... the rather Siberian-esque horse.  :)

I think Logan has perfected the art of looking away from the camera.  :)  My eldest Sibe (Stormy) has taught classes over the internet to that effect.  I think she'd give Logan an "A".

The first time Kellie's mom tried to to do a photo shoot of Logan with the bag, he had just finished rolling in mud.  Way to go, Siber-horse!

He looks a bit sleepy-eyed here, doesn't he?

Apparently he had just gotten up from a power nap (more proof of his close ties to the Siberian Husky).  Why hadn't I thought about horses napping before?

And here's my FAVORITE shot of Kellie and Logan!


Thank you so much for taking time to do the photos - Kellie, Logan, and Andrea!  :)  Enjoy your HTP! Bag, Kellie!


Monday, December 29, 2008

Santa's Little Helper

I must be taking way too long to write this post; I had two comments come in before I thought I'd hit "publish".  Thanks, Blogger!  :/

Sooo... I thought I'd post pictures of a couple bags that were gifts this Christmas.  Santa contacted me and asked for a very special Deeve Bag for "Lisa the Mean", or as I call her "Lisa the not Mean at ALL"!  :)  Given that Lisa's mom emailed me about how happy Lisa is AND that everyone's favorite pirate pup - Maverick - commented on it, I figured it was safe to post about the bag now!   

Since Lisa shows Sibes and a couple other breeds, I knew I had the perfect fabric!  Here's an over-all look:

I did some fun decorative stitching along the placket using a "twisted tweed" thread, in brown and gold.  I also did all the quilting in it.  The button is sort of a squared-off, funky black one - I bought a bunch and think they're great.

Here's a closer look at the Hold the Phone! Bag:

I used the same black with gold stars and the gold "swirly" print as on the placket.  In keeping with the "dog" theme and Lisa's profession, I used a leash for a clasp.  I had the perfect charms to hang on the side:

One that reads, "I love dogs" and a "First Place" ribbon!  :)  I hope it brings her luck!

Here's a look inside the Deeve Bag:

Two nice, big pockets and a "freckled" print.  The HTP! Bag has the same lining.

Santa also thought Cecile should have a bag of her own, and asked for one of the Z Bags I had on hand.  It's out of one of my ALL TIME FAV fabs, the Laurel Burch dog print.  

The straps are from the dog faces fab and the body of the bag are two coordinating Laurel Burch dog prints.  Oh, how I hope those fabs will be reprinted one day!!!

The inside is luscious - green and purple.  Yeah, I know.  I love the combo.  And a certain reader who has already commented since Blogger published before I was ready will, too.  Or did.  Whatever.  Here it is:

Those fabs go up the length of the straps as the lining for them. Up at the top, a cute button:

Yes, blue.  It seemed right.  Even though the one that fastens the bag is purple.  Hey, it WORKS! 

On Cecile's HTP! Bag, a similar mix of charms:

A "First Place" ribbon for her, plus a cute dog house with a bone.  Is it me, or is that Black Lab eyeing the ribbon?  :)

Reports also came in that Bags by KZK Santa delivered in Georgia and Pennsylvania were quite well received, as well!  (Multiple bags in Macon - seen here and in these 1, 2, 3 posts!!)  That couldn't make me happier - I am always ready and willing to help Santa.  

Many thanks to Santa for letting me be a part of some very special Christmases!  And thank you to those of you who contacted me on his behalf!  :)

And, as always, thank you for reading!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Huffle Duffels!

As if the computer crash didn't throw a big enough wrench into the spokes, we've now switched from using PCs over to Macs.  Yes, Macs are really user-friendly, and once I figure out how to do something, I'm amazed at how easy it is.  That being said... it's figuring out that easy way that doesn't always come ... easily.  :)    Sorry again for the delay in posting!

Today, I'd like to show you a couple recent Huffle Duffels I've completed.  First up is a scrappy purple one, with a black interior!  Here's the front:

And the back:

I quilted in a variegated purple thread.  Here's a look inside:

It would appear that my Quality Control Expert has plans for this bag and has stashed something inside.  Hmm.  Here's the bag, drawn up:

I used a solid purple fab for the drawstrings, as I didn't really have the right cording or ribbon.  I think it worked out great.  

I tried a different technique on another Huffle Duffel - I did sort of a free-form appliqué onto denim and had fun with quilting thread.  Here's the result:

Kind of cute, don't you think?  Here's the reverse:

The red ribbon tied everything together ... pun intended.  :)  Here's a look inside:

The fabs are some fav prints I've had for quite a while now.  I love how they all came together!

Tune in SOON to see the latest Deeve Bag and a Z I sent out earlier in the week!

Thanks for reading,