Owl Purse

I’ve been obsessed with this owl purse by Kate Spade since it came out about 5 years ago. I think it was around 400-500 dollars back then. I searched for it on eBay and it came up every now again but at the same price range. There is just no way that I’ll pay that much for a purse even if I save up my money. I just can’t see myself on the Parisian metro with a bag that costs that much, pretending  I’m someone who can afford these kinds of things. I hate it when people pretend to be posh, don’t you?

 

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So I found a leather purse with a similar shape at the fleamarket in Stuttgart. I paid 15 euro. Then I went about sketching some possible designs.

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Here is a photo of the tracing paper I used to transfer the design to the purse.

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I found some good leather paint on etsy.

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Some color sketches before I decided which way I was going to follow.

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Et voilĂ ! the result is so chic! I love my owl bag. I hope this inspires you to reclaim and recycle when you see fashion you like but is out of your price range.

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Circus Box

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I found this old box at a Paris garage sale. I painted the exterior with Oneshot sign-painters enamel and I collaged the interior with 1930’s Sunday paper comics bought on eBay.

Funny story is, I found a tiny photo of a children’s store display with a similar carousel box. I was obsessed, so I created my own. Now to fill it up with treasures!

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Still working on this box. Does it look finished? It’s not, stay tuned for the tour.

Crafty Summer

Some of the stuff I made this summer. Hair accessories:

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Broaches, barrettes, bows:

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Floppy hat. I copied one I have from the 60’s:

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Napkins. What to do when you find fabric in Japan but only one color example in a 16 x 16 square. Make checker board napkins!

 

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