I could spend HOURS on Etsy.
This gal has LOTS of pretties!
Really lovely art PLUS ephmera.
This little sweetie tote is on it's way to Daphne's Cottage. You'll have to bug Elizabeth if you want it right away. If you reach her too late (she just has one... and every one has slight differences ... I bore easily), you can order one like this or in other fabric combos by clicking here.
As Featured: Emily Tote. To order select chocolate brown cord then select raspberry applique. (Pink plaid contrast...request your contrast fabric at checkout in the comment window.)
As soon as I steal some time to make a bunch, I'll be either putting these on my website or Etsy.
And, for those of you who are into it, I'll be posting a tutorial soon as well. It's really very easy. And, I have to admit, I have long been afraid of ruffles (and zippers which is a story for another day, as my incredibly talented friend, Janis, will soon be teaching me the easy-peasy way... right Janis??? Right????).
Regarding ruffles: I had learned to baste stitch along the top and then pull it all together. Yesterday, however, I learned a new route to beautiful ruffles (thank you Janis).
For those of you who, like me, chose to teach yourself (ie: do it the hard way): two rows of basting (one at 1/8" and one at 1/4") works a lot better. Not so bumpy. Also, in order not to break the thread it is easier if you sew just to the middle of the piece once from each end and then pull. That way you have less opportunity for breakage. Which, if you have made this mistake (and btw, I've made every mistake that you can make, trust me) you know it is very frustrating. You have the whole cutie all pulled except the last little bit and then, whammo! Thread breaks.
P.S. It's also wise to use an upholstery thread or quiting weight thread.
"I believe we can inspire change in each other, and in the world. I believe that we can help those around us to become happier people, even in the little things, like how we enjoy our clothes or our homes. These things give us confidence, and help us define our place. After all, if we can't find creative fire, love, passion, excitement and pure joy in the little everyday things, where will we find it?
~Amy Butler, Midwest Modern
There are so many reasons to read, look and love this book. We all know the incredible impact Amy has made in the world of quilting, fashion, and art. We all know the eye-candy that is her fabric, her papers, her patterns.
I had a pretty good idea, but I didn't totally realize the heart and wisdom that comes along with the world that Amy Butler brings to us.
I purchased this book earlier today. Sitting in a coffee shop with my kids, I started looking through it, and then I went back and started reading. Tears started rolling down my cheeks. This was a great surprise to me, as I was expecting the aesthetic beauty. I received that and more.
What I want to say is, "thank you". Thank you, Amy. Your inspiration is immeasurable.
My favorite fabric store has just been published. I not only love Quilter's Inn for it's fabulous array of products, but also because it's where I started my journey with Bari J. The wonderful women there helped me find fabrics, fix up patterns, and taught me techniques. They promoted and supported me for these three wonderful years!!! Thank you and congratulations! XO,
Stuff around the studio today is totally out of hand. Cuts everywhere, a whole flock of birds (!), bags galore & scraps coming out of my ears! Things change fast around here. One moment it's neat as a pin... next moment it looks like a fabric shop up and exploded in this little room. Here's a first in what I hope to remember to make a series of studio shots each Thursday. But with the ADD and all... who knows.
According to The Bag Snob, I am the new "It Bag".
OK, not MY bags. A bag named for me.
Well, not named for ME.
Named, "Bari"... by none other than Jimmy Choo.
This gives me a good giggle because my name was the source of a lot of playground fodder.
As I wrote the other day, there is also a boot named Bari. Not by Jimmy Choo. By Miz Mooz.
It's a cute name after all, and apparently it means "Home" in Bengali. Who knew? It's also a town in Italy. Maybe that's the connection.
Anyways, thank you to Jimmy Choo who has gotten me a lot of web traffic. Fashionistas everywhere are busy Googling "Bari". If you are one of those fashionistas, you've found it. Bari by Bari J, that is.
Ooooh, I am going to have to name a bag "Bari". I never thought about naming one for myself.
Note to self... Design the new "It Bag". Name it "Bari".
Bari J.... Jimmy Choo. What's the difference???
EDIT: Oh GOOF! I wrote earlier that Jimmy Choo isn't a man, that's it's really designer, Tamara Mellon. Guess I wasn't paying too much attention to the Oprah show I saw her on because apparently Jimmy Choo was there too. They are actually a team. Oh my goodness! My apologies. See! I so have ADD!
The incredible Heather Bullard came up with this idea... And I just love it! Pieces I used: vintage frame, velvet ribbon, millinery, a nest and enamel pin.
BTW, I did not put any nails in the door. Those nifty removable double stick hangers are all you need. And to keep the frame from bouncing up and down on the door every time you open and close it, use double stick foam tape. Hurray for 3M. I've used these products on my door before and they really don't leave a mark.
Well, it's just wrong. Just wrong wrong wrong. You should be having an intervention for me. Instead, you are offering excuses in co-dependence.
To make the situation even worse, they don't have these left in my size. Now I am on an obsessive quest to find them... today. I NEED them.
Need Shoooooes. Need Shoooooooes.
PS If you happen to find these, I wear a 37.
I am really not kidding when I say that I never win anything. I don't. I told my mom this and she said, "Well, you can't win unless you enter, Bari." Pause for some thought... Oh. She's probably right... Again.
So, last week, just to test her theory (and because I really wanted to win this) I entered a contest over at Apples on a Stick who was giving away a cutie-cutie tea towel on her blog. And wouldn't you know it! I go ahead and win! The losing streak is over, baby! And I LOVE my new tea towel!
A while ago, I told you I'd be participating in a fashion show in Santa Cruz. It was last night actually, and it was so much fun. I didn't get home until really, really late, and ended up eating In and Out Burger at midnight (never a good idea) because I realized on my way home much to my dismay that I hadn't eaten anything but a banana and some almonds all day. None the less, it was great to see my bags coming down the runway on some really gorgeous models.
There were professional photographers there who I will be getting photos from. But I did get a couple of shots off myself. However...
It is very clear that I am not a photographer. See? This is my one and only decent shot. I kept just missing when the models were actually facing me, and I was quite a distance away too.
This model is wearing a Lori Tote and clothing from Donna Lou in the Donna Lou runway show. I'm pretty certain that this photo doesn't do either of us any justice, but none the less, I'm kind of impressed with myself seeing my bags up there.
I also got to see some pretty cool shows. My absolute favorite was Amour San Anguish, which means "Love without Anguish". Designers Julie and Tawny have a style that is near and dear to me. They use recycled fabrics and findings (angels sing) to create the most incredible pieces for both women and children. Love without Anguish is in reference to their belief in making clothing without the use of sweatshops.
The detail on their pieces is undeniably original and intricate. And the layering of fabrics just blew me away. I found myself imagining the process of creating these incredible pieces. Did it all come together in an organic way? Did the designers have a grand plan before the piece was created?
Their runway show was bird themed (which you know I love). There were feathers in the model's hair (which was styled somewhat nesty), bird cages as imagined handbags, and an ending vignette of all the models posing together in what I interpreted as birds on a wire. I was in complete awe.
This piece was featured in their trunk show, and I just couldn't keep my eyes off it. I'm telling you... these are two designers to look out for. Incredible!!!
I don't need a real vase full today. These orange-colored pieces practically threw themselves on this bag. It's going to be another Stephanie mag bag for Daphnes Cottage. That girl has more Bari J.'s than you can shake a stick at! Loverly fun!
Check out this cute painting that I won in auction from Leticia. There's more for auction too.
Oddly/Ironically or something like that, it turns out she lives just a town over! Hmmm. The world works in mysterious ways. I mean, let's face it, ebay is a gianormous place. You never know who you'll meet.
P.S. I have my eye on this one too... Something about the shapes of the faces and the colors really appeal to me. I also really like the mixed media aspect of the work. Definitely something for all ya all to check out, don't-cha think? BTW, Leticia does have a new blog too, and unfortunately I can't find the link back to it. So, Leticia, if you are reading this, please send it along and I'll post it.
Tagged back by Shannon of Miss Ficklemedia. Stinker. I now must tell you Eight Weird Unknown Facts about myself...
1. When I'm feeling particularly hormonal, I impulsively rearrange whole rooms of furniture & then usually put it all back where it was.
(Approximately the 12th configuration of this room)
2. I'm addicted to chocolate covered graham crackers from Starbuck's. I'm not kidding. I'm addicted. My husband once ate the last one and I threw an absolute hissy fit.
3. I talk in my sleep... almost every night apparently. Every once and a while I'll wake myself up as I'm talking, but usually I have no idea I was talking until my husband complains about it.
4. My first pet was a dacshund named Rat-fink. He was named so because when my parents brought him home he got right in the trash. That's the story I was told anyways.
5. During the last week of pregnacy with my first child I went out to Pier One and bought teacup and teapot drawer pulls and cabinet knobs. Big belly and all, I changed every single one in my kitchen while my husband was at work. I think there were over 30. The cabinets were bright white and the teacups were large and brown, and I was super-proud of my work. I thought they looked fantastic. No one told me any different ... In fact, when I went into labor, my grandmother and mother came by to sit with me while counting the minutes between contractions, and they both told me they looked great. Let's just say, I had some serious pregnancy goggles. I made my husband remove them immediately when we got home with the baby. Apparently, he and the rest of my family were thanking their lucky stars that I realized this before they were forced to fill me in. I can be a really headstrong case even when I'm not pregnant. But watch out when I am 9 months along!
6. I started college as a Theatre major and finished with Women's Studies and Psychology. With this degree I became a direct marketing copy writer. Then became a mom, and 8 years later I started Bari J. Everything I know about design and starting a business, I taught myself. Thank goodness for seam rippers!
7. In high school my favorite item of clothing was a neon pink and green get-up that I got at Express. It was the Eighties, so I'm forgiven.
8. I was the Statue of Liberty for Halloween 1976. (My brother was Uncle Sam, my sister "The Little Drummer Girl".) My mom is very clever, don't you think? I believe we all won best costumes at school.
This adorable cabinet spent 11 years in Anna's room. But now Anna is 11 and is Middle School and has opinions of her own. I was not counting on that when this cabinet was purchased. Or the wrought iron bunny bed that I saw in Better Homes and Gardens three years before she was born and dreamed about until she was big enough to be in a bed. Or what about that super adorable vintage bunny baby blanket that I had at the end of her bed until this year?
As alarming as this growing up thing is, the truth is that this was always really my cabinet. I'm the one who picked it and loved it. So if Anna wants hot pink and green magnetic boards in it's place, well so be it. It will always have a home in my studio. Today I finally got Kevin to hang it (it had been sitting in the upstairs hallway since May when we painted Anna's room.)
Now it proudly contains all my goodies and chatckies. And when Anna decides that I was right and vintage is cool, she simply can not have it back. No matter how much she begs.
Here's a little gift and card I sent out today. I actually took out my curling iron and curled the leaves. Tee hee. I was pretty worried that I'd burn them right up. Sizzle... But I didn't. I'm not going to try this on rayon or satin or any poly-blends though.
BTW, I also want to inform you that if you decide to put really fragile vintage wallpaper through your sewing machine be aware that your machine will likely jam. Oops. The sewing machine repair man is going to be very upset with me this time.
Tagged for the middle name game. Don't laugh, you're next. And it's not real easy. My middle name is Jill. That's where the J in Bari J comes from in case you didn't guess that. Here goes best effort:
J: I love Jewelry... especially the good old stuff.
I: Instant association... Igloos. But that's no good is it? Iguana? Island? Tsk Tsk. Hmmmm. Hmmm. I'll get back to this one... Ick.
Darn it! Two L's!
L: Linen. Antique Linen. Love it!
L: Lace. Antique Lace. Love that too. I collect pieces here and there.
Goof! That pesty I.
I: Independent Design!!!!! Can you get any better than that???
Ooooh, baby! Sparkly things!
I got a little crazy over at The Button Lady's house today. I visit the most wonderful lady who has been collecting buttons all her life to get buttons for my bags. Did she have the goodies out for me today! I came rolling home with all of these. I'll not have to go button shopping for a long, long time.
The bird turned into birdies before I was all finished... they're pretty neat. They're made of wool with an overlay of vintage lace. The little heart is done the same way. That ended up there to balance the whole thing out. I tend not to use hearts in my work, but I like this one. There's also a brooch hiding in the leaves. Now it's off to the contractor to be made into a Stephanie mag bag... BTW, Elizabeth, you are going to have to pry this from me.
Edit: I just looked back at my original inspiration for this piece. It's a logo from a place called the Weeping Willow Inn that I got from Google images. I used it to get an idea of how to shape the tree. But look! Two birds and hearts! I hadn't looked back at that in weeks. I intended to put one bird up there after I saw this picture...never a heart. I totally forgot that those hearts were there. Funny how the brain works, huh? The creative process is an interesting thing.
More leaves have filled in on that weeping willow. Another 2 hours or more. Another 50 or so leaves give or take.
Edit: I failed to mention... this particular piece is an exclusive handbag for Daphnes Cottage. Who, by the by is getting over 50 bags this month. Each one is different from the next as owner, Elizabeth, asked for different appliques on each pocket, extra incredible brooches and more. When they ship, I will post a mosaic of all of her pieces. You'll need to contact her to get hold of the goodies.
No, I didn't say "crappy". I said scrappy. An unfinished scrappy, that is.
I've been thinking about this piece for a long time and haven't been sure how to make it work. Loosely interpreted, it's a weeping willow. When it's finished there will be leaves all over and a bird flying across. It's taking forever though. I think just this much took 2 hours. There's about 20 leaves right there. Maybe more. Oy. I'm off to bed, and I'm leaving this room a big fat mess, mess, mess.
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