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Space Case

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What a week! I have this pile of beautiful assorted constellation fabrics so I might as well make a few projects and release them as a collection! New Year, new fabric, new projects. Let's do it! Oh I also got some new hardware for my Open Wide Pouches from Emmaline Bags. Check out the zip ends on these bad boys! No more fabric tabs for this lady, no way!

 Open Wide Pouches, pattern by Noodlehead, hardware by Emmaline Bags

Open Wide Pouches, pattern by Noodlehead, hardware by Emmaline Bags

This was also the first week that I've used cork leather! Or cork fabric. Or just cork? People have all sorts of different things they're calling it but I'm going to roll with cork leather. It sounds the fanciest. And cork leather IS fancy. It's the same stuff you'd expect wine corks to be made out of, or cork boards, but instead of thick, it's thinner, and smoother, and comes in a variety of eye popping colors, or natural! It's fabric-backed for easy sewing and I'm in love. It's the red in the picture above and below.

 Tainted Love Clutch pattern by Little Moo Designs, Cork Leather from Sew Da Kine

Tainted Love Clutch pattern by Little Moo Designs, Cork Leather from Sew Da Kine

As for new patterns, I also gave Little Moo's Tainted Love Clutch a whirl! I am so in love! The foldover aspect is really new to me but I keep seeing them everywhere and I have to say I'm so pleased with the results! It gives the clutch something more to hold onto as well as giving you more storage space! Double win! Little Moo's also has interior pockets and card slots for even more Yes, Please!

 Swoon Dollie Mini Crossbody

Swoon Dollie Mini Crossbody

In the spirit of newness, I also gave Swoon's Dollie Mini Crossbody a whirl! This just might be the tiny purse that I've been chasing forever! If you know me, you'd know how obsessed I am with itty bitty round purses. They're so cute! Unfortunately I also need to carry around everything but the kitchen sink. Dollie is nice because the main area is big enough that I can carry essentials. Then I can fit a few extras in her back slip pocket! And I always have extras because I'm like a human Katamari,

Swoon Dollie Mini Crossbody

Hello 2017!

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Happy New Year, everyone! 

Ok, I realize that it is four days into 2017, but I celebrated longer since my husband was off, haha. 2016 was CRAZY. I got off to a great start with selling bags, and am already diving into custom orders for 2017! I've also been testing like a crazy lady, so watch out for those blog posts coming soon.

 Lola Domed Handbag in Cotton and Steel and reclaimed leather.

Lola Domed Handbag in Cotton and Steel and reclaimed leather.

2017 is going to be full of surprises here at S'more House! I'm expanding my custom options, coming up with a few new patterns for project bags, tweaking existing patterns, and revamping the store! Etsy is a wonderful platform, but a majority of my sales are custom orders which I end up billing through Paypal anyway so I might as well set things up here at this domain as well! It's mostly an organizational change but it'll probably be easier. We'll see.

 Card Holder in Fabulous Foxes

Card Holder in Fabulous Foxes

Mostly I'm looking forward to a productive New Year! My studio space is all clean and organized, I have a new lighting set up from Robert, so I'm extra excited about taking photos indoors this winter. My usual mode is take photos outside and that doesn't always work out so well once we hit the depths of winter.

 Pretty...but that's not going to work for product photos.

Pretty...but that's not going to work for product photos.

So Happy New Year, everyone! Stick around for some exciting news coming soon!

SewPro Chicago

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So I've just gotten back from SewPro in Chicago this past weekend and I have got to say that I am SO GLAD that I went! What is SewPro, you ask? This first meeting was a gathering of designers, quilters, bag makers, bloggers, and sewists of all kinds! There were classes run by the likes of Pat Sloan, Tula Pink, Allison Glass, Mimi G, Sara Lawson, and so many others. There were panels on surface design and pattern publishing. It was a forum for all of us to connect with each other and stew and pick at each other's brains for creative and business ideas! 

I'm not going to lie. I was nervous to go. I have a small Etsy shop and I take orders from Instagram, sure, but I don't consider myself a "serious business" lady. But like Alexander says in "Hamilton" there's a million things I haven't done.  I spend a lot of my days making things while living all inside my head. But being thrown into a convention of like minded individuals sounded like an appealing change so I stuffed all of my social anxiety into a sack and forged ahead!

And it was wonderful! I've made some fast friends, and handed out loads of business cards. I've learned some valuable lessons about my roadmap ahead.  I very much want to continue in my bagmaking adventures but I'd also like to get more involved with surface design.  I got to meet one of my idols, Tula Pink (and she's funny and accessible and so so smart! AND she liked my shoes!)! I'm still typing up all of my notes but I have to say that I'm so glad I jumped off of the edge of comfort and forged ahead! S'more House has a new arsenal of knowledge and a new cast of friends too and I'm excited to see what the future holds with my newly gained focus and motivation!

The Dash About Cross Body Bag

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Phew! Things have been BUSY. I've got a shop update coming tomorrow if I can get my butt in gear, I've been doing oodles of custom orders, I've got a new straight-stitch machine to break in, and I've been testing up a storm! And speaking of testing, here's a new pattern I can finally share! The Dash About Cross Body Bag by Emkie Designs!

I absolutely love the slim profile and shoulder strap of this cross body! The pattern comes in two sizes, small and large. The large is perfect for someone like me who WANTS a small bag but also doesn't want to give up anything (I myself have a giant wallet, four lipsticks, phone...two pairs of sunglasses...etc).

The sew up was a breeze! The instructions were clear and concise, which is always welcome in a pattern. The Dash About features a front pocket with tab closure, zip pockets on the inside and back, and an adjustable strap! Emma also gives instructions for right or left handed strap placement. 

Before this bag, I hadn't done too many Emkie Designs patterns yet but had been drooling over all the beautiful Hippo Hobo pictures I see everywhere on Instagram. The Dash About is just as beautiful and the perfect gateway drug to get me started on more of her lovely designs! 

Pattern available on both Etsy and Craftsy!

The Carry All Flexi Clutch by Two Pretty Poppets

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UPDATE August 2, 2016:

It's August and this beautiful clutch and all of its variations will be available as a wide release on Friday, August 5th! To celebrate the launch, Two Pretty Poppets is offering a special price throughout the weekend! Grab it up, it's soo worth it. There are four different pocket styles offering endless combinations!

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I may have mentioned before that I became a tester for Lisa over at Two Pretty Poppets. I'm so excited that one of my earlier tests can finally be revealed! The Carry All Flexi Clutch was so much fun that I did it two ways! And that's only two out of like a billion combinations! This clutch has four different choices for the outer pocket: straight, curved, skewed, or slanted. And depending on what fabrics you use you get completely different effects! It's so completely versatile!

 Carry All Flexi Clutch pattern by Two Pretty Poppets. Fabric by Cotton and Steel and Joann Fabrics.

Carry All Flexi Clutch pattern by Two Pretty Poppets. Fabric by Cotton and Steel and Joann Fabrics.

By using all quilting fabrics you can get a cute little clutch for a day out and about! I like the retro look that the skewed pocket lends itself to. I kind of want to get some cool vinyl or leather and try this version like that as well.

This version uses a stretchy mesh for the outside pocket. I'm already using this as a makeup bag. It's the perfect size to hold all of my ridiculous eye shadow palletes inside and I can tuck all my brushes in the outer pocket! And of course there's another pocket on the inside for smaller items!

This pattern is super flexible when it comes to skill level too! Do you suffer from zipper impatience? There's magnetic snap closure directions! Don't want to fuss with piping? Don't! I didn't for my first one. I know I seem to have a Two Pretty Poppets addiction, but with patterns like this that are so versatile and have so many combinations for so many different uses, it's really easy to!

The Two Pretty Poppets Carry All Flexi Clutch pattern will be exclusively available for Club Clobird members until August when it will be available for wide release at Two Pretty Poppets, Craftsy and Etsy!

 

Feature Me Everyday Tote

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Minor and easily guessable confession time: I've got a pretty massive fabric hoard. And there are fabrics in my hoard that for one reason or another I just unconsciously decided were off limits. Maybe the repeat is a little too cool, or large, or the colors are too amazing, or I only have a remnant so I must ration that fabric. It's probably irrational. But it's special fabric that must wait for the perfect project.

That's how I felt about the weird space-age pinup girl fabric in my stash. It's a larger scale print and it blends sassy retro style and sci-fi which is definitely up my alley. I even remember the day I bought it in a little quilt shop in Clearwater, FL. In 2006. Yes. Ten years ago. My half-yard didn't even have a readable selvage. But I loved it and have been saving it. I never thought about reverse image searching for it, or even asking around if anyone knew what it was, until testing time came around again for two pretty poppets

Lisa dreamed up the Feature Me Everyday tote and everyone in the testing group was sharing their amazing bags. I had figured I would do up some Tula Pink or Libs Elliot's new True Love collection when it hit me: my space girls. And I knew they were perfect! One of the girls in the testing group even ID'd them for me: Alexander Henry Futurella. Long out of print, but I have no regrets. My long and drawn out point is that this bag is PERFECT for those special statement fabrics that have been hiding away in my hoard.

The bag itself is a fun and quick sew up: it features a zippered inner pocket, magnetic snap closure and perfect tote-length shoulder strap. The outside is pieced together which gives tons of options for fabric customization. The center panel is the perfect place to let a special print shine! There are two sizes to choose from: Coffee Date and Shopaholic. Pictured here is the Coffee Date, which is the perfect size for all the essentials! I could probably also get a knitting project in there.

I guess the moral of the story is to not be afraid to use your stashed fabrics when the best project comes along! I'm so happy with how this Feature Me Everyday turned out, and I have plans to make a bunch more with other treasured fabrics. The pattern will be available on two pretty poppets website next week!

Shop Now Open!

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 Maisie Bowler Bags. Pattern by Swoon.

Maisie Bowler Bags. Pattern by Swoon.

Well it took longer than anticipated to get all my ducks in a row (and it turns out I have a lot of ducks) but it's the first day of summer and my shop is officially OPEN! Until now I've been taking custom orders through back channels but I think this will be a lot easier on everyone. Custom listings and premade bags are available through etsy. I have an Imgur album with available fabrics for easier fabric selection. There's more premade bags to come and more custom listings will be added as I price them! Hooray! Happy Summer!

Star Wars Treat Bag Toppers

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So I'm a huge nerdling. I like spooky things and scifi things and cartoon things. The list goes on. I don't have any little ones of my own to pass my intense passion of awesome things on to but I've realized recently that that's what my sister's kids are for!  As such, I was super pumped when my niece decided she wanteds her birthday this year to be Star Wars themed! I was even MORE pumped when my sister asked me to make up some treat bag toppers for her.

 So many treats!

So many treats!

I think I went overboard. But only a little. And okay, I know this isn't even slightly related to sewing, but it's my blog so it's my rules! Sorry! My sister's concept was sort of a paper cutout minimalist look. She's very into handmade everything, so even though these were printed, she wanted them to have a similar unique look! So I popped in A New Hope (actually I made it all the way through Attack of the Clones using Machete Order which says to watch 4 and 5, then 2 and 3, and finishing off with 6) and using the list of treats she gave me whipped up some different character icons and space and world scenes! 

It had been a few weeks since I had gotten any Illustrator drawings done so the fact that I did these all in a day made me pretty happy! I'm not going to lie, the sad AT-AT is my favorite. Although I'm also pretty happy with my Tattooine landscape! The party went off without a hitch. The kiddos all went to a local gymnastics center where they participated in "Jedi Master Training." Then they dined on chocolate dipped pretzels that looked just like light sabers and cupcakes that were frosted to look like mini Chewbaccas! I'm happy to have had a small part in some of the favors for the kids!

The story so far: Every bag I've ever made (ok not quite)

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So even though my background is in fashion design and I've sewn a LOT of garments, I had never really gotten into the whole make-your-own-bags scene until maybe six months ago.  My sister wanted me to use some of her prized Cotton and Steel fabric to make a bag that she had found on Robert Kaufman's site and I was like "Sure, it'll be totally easy" with basically no forethought at all. It probably could have been a disaster since bag making is a different animal than clothing but I plunged ahead. That bag was actually a success!

I was instantly hooked. I mean...who doesn't love bags to begin with? And I felt that pride at a job well done. (I call it a finish high). And it was FASTER than some other sewing projects I was doing. I needed more. To the internet I went! After some Craftsy searching, I happened upon the "Goin' Uptown Tote" pattern by Lisa Ratford from Two Pretty Poppets. I wanted it. It was more structured than my first bag, with more elements and hardware, but I used my same lack of forethought as before and cut into fabrics that had been in my stash for nearly 15 years. And....success! 

 Goin' Uptown Tote pattern by Lisa Ratford of Two Pretty Poppets. Fabric used is Cotton and Steel and an unknown jacquard from 2001.

Goin' Uptown Tote pattern by Lisa Ratford of Two Pretty Poppets. Fabric used is Cotton and Steel and an unknown jacquard from 2001.

And that was going to be it. I made two bags! I was happy with both of them! I could go back to all my regularly scheduled clothing sewing and pattern making and other crafty enterprises. That is, until Lisa herself found the Instagram post of my Goin Uptown and invited me to join her Facebook group. That's right, what happened next is Lisa's fault. I fell in love with more (ok, all) of her patterns. She also released the Stand Up and Tote Notice (easily my favorite tote bag) around this time. I've made close to a dozen. at this point. I even won her Tote Notice contest! As a prize, I received store credit at Handbag Hardware of Australia and Emmaline Bags of Canada (as well as a free pattern from Two Pretty Poppets). Those prizes fueled my bag making addiction further. I fell in love with handbag hardware, I trawled through blogs looking for the best interfacing options for different materials, I actually USED my Teflon foot and leather needles that had been sitting in storage since I bought my machine. I was hooked.

 The Stand Up & Tote Notice pattern by Lisa Ratford of Two Pretty Poppets in sparkle vinyl. Constellation fabric by Timeless Treasures.

The Stand Up & Tote Notice pattern by Lisa Ratford of Two Pretty Poppets in sparkle vinyl. Constellation fabric by Timeless Treasures.

On occasion, Lisa puts out a call for new pattern testers. The last round, I shot off an email expressing interest and I was over the moon when she accepted my application! Her patterns are so well written and easy to understand. Who wouldn't want to be part of that process? So far I've done two pattern tests, one is still super secret (and you will love it when it comes out) but the second was just released last week: The Stand Up Clutch. It's the perfect compliment to the Stand Up and Tote Notice!  And it's size means I can use up all the little scraps from my other bag endeavors!

 Stand Up & Tote Notice (left) and the Stand Up Clutch are both patterns by Lisa Ratford of Two Pretty Poppets. Fabrics by Cotton and Steel and Alexander Henry

Stand Up & Tote Notice (left) and the Stand Up Clutch are both patterns by Lisa Ratford of Two Pretty Poppets. Fabrics by Cotton and Steel and Alexander Henry

So that's how I got addicted to bags! A favor was the gateway drug in this instance, but I'm so glad to be on this wild ride! I'm looking forward to many many many more bags made!

S'more House

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The very first post of my incredibly new blog on my brand new website! Hooray! I guess I'll begin with "Why S'more House, Jane? That's a weird name for a website/business/whatever you're doing." The story basically is, my fella and I have always called this S'more House since we moved in together! He's the gameskeeper (of the cats) and I'm the janitor (of everything else). Seriously though, it's all honey-colored wood paneling, chocolate carpets, marshmallow walls, and we live on Graham St. If that's not enough, we have amazing bonfires in our crazy firepit every summer and s'mores are always the star of the show! And if THAT'S not enough, well tough. Home is where the heart is and my heart resides firmly in S'more House.

 

 

I seriously love this house. I moved here to freezing Michigan from sunny Florida, and this house is what's kept me from moving on. It's secluded and scenic and the perfect backdrop for all of my creative endeavors! It's even pretty in winter somehow. Since moving back here I've discovered and rediscovered my love of crafts, sewing, knitting, and painting. 

So for the first post things are pretty short and sweet. I expect further entries to be about bag making, knitting stuff up, and dressmaking! I'm hoping to finally post some stuff up in my shop too!