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These are some of the products I have been working on lately. I also made an adorable purple and white tutu with a ribbon waistband and embellished with flowers, but forgot to take a picture before it left. Hopefully I will get one after Christmas, once the little girl has received it – if her Mommy can wait that long!

Mummy and me apron set

Mid-size 'holds just about everything' bag

This one was for my lovely neighbour, who needed something light and pretty to take away on a trip to warmer climes. The interior is a lilac cotton and there are multiple lined pockets, a key clip and magnetic closure.

Hockey-themed Grab 'n' Go placemat

This is made in a cotton hockey print with a coordinating flannel and is interlined with Armo fleece for structure and durability. The pocket has 3 sections for cutlery and secure with hook and loop tape so nothing falls out. There is a pocket for a cloth napkin. The placemat rolls up and ties with the 2 straps and is perfect for taking to school, picnics, fast food lunches and more. Keeps food off the table and reduces use of disposable products.

3-pocket, lined Christmas apron

Umm….this one was for me!

Super twirly gold skirt for 6 year old

Mummy and me apron set

Custom messenger bag

Pockets under the flap of messenger bag

I love this bag and it was really hard to give it up! Messenger style bag in five coordinating fabrics, with applique embellishment on the flap, multiple lined pockets inside and out, a key clip, swish metal clip and an adjustable strap.

These are just a few of the things I have been working on lately, so you can see why I haven’t been posting much! I have one more interesting project to work on, then I have a few ideas for Christmas gifts for my own children. Little M. loves to bake, so I am going to try to make a chef’s hat for her. Not sure about P. yet……

Market update

Apologies, again, for not writing more often. I have been very focused on sewing lately and not had much opportunity to use the computer. I have also been in substantial pain with my back and leg, so have had to limit sitting time. I have new medication to help, but it makes me feel nauseous and very fuzzy in the head, so not a good combination!

Anyway, the market went well. It was good to be doing it on a relatively small scale with a select group of people. We had a really great turnout and saw lots of new faces, as well as some very good friends who came along to support us.

First market set up

I worked really hard to make enough stock to fill the table and offer a variety of items, from aprons, deluxe baby bibs, handbags, crayon rolls, colouring sets (lined book bag and coordinating crayon roll), reversible coffee cozies, tutus, zippered pouches, Grab ‘n’ Go placemats and felt crowns. If we do any markets in the future, we will definitely work on some better display structures!

Just one more sleep until the big day – the EllaBella Designs’ 1st Annual Christmas Market. This will be my first market and I have been sewing every night to make enough to fill a table. Normally I make items to order, so I don’t usually have much stock on hand. Well, now I do! I will have aprons for children and women, tutus, one of a kind handbags, reversible coffee cup cozies, cosmetic pouches, Grab ‘n’ Go placemats and crayon rolls. I will also be taking orders for custom pieces for Christmas.

If you are in the Nanimo area and are interested in locally made, handmade, high quality pieces, please stop by. Here’s a link to the map. Hope to see you there!

Aprons

Getting ready for Market

I know that Halloween is just around the corner and many people will be focused on that, but Christmas is also fast approaching and now is the time to start thinking about gift ideas for your friends and family. Over the next few weeks I will be hunting down some great gift ideas and posting about them here.

This year I will be participating in the first Christmas Gift Market at the EllaBella Designs Studio. The market will feature the work of several local businesswomen. There will be more information available soon about the other vendors, but I know it will be a great event. The Market is being held on Sunday 22nd November, from 1-5pm. This is a perfect opportunity to choose unique, handcrafted gifts for your family and loved ones – perhaps even a special treat for yourself! I am anticipating a great, fun-filled afternoon in a cozy environment with some very talented ladies.

I will be selling a variety of items, including children’s aprons, deluxe food-catcher baby bibs, coffee cup cozies, crayon rolls, colouring bags, tutus, zippered cosmetic pouches, handbags and Grab ‘n’ Go Placemats.

If you are in the Nanaimo area, please stop in and show your support! You’ll be glad you did!

If you are interested in checking out our pumpkin carvings for this year, please hop on over to The Winking Frog! Love to see you there!

I mentioned a little while ago that I had an exciting retail opportunity coming up. I met with one of the owners of Side Street Studio yesterday and am exceedingly happy to report that some of my work will soon be available at their boutiques in Oak Bay and on Humboldt Street in downtown Victoria.

I have to go sew now!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in Canada, so Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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