Monday, September 29, 2014

Show Updates!

Hi Friends! A wonderful fall to you all! One of my favorite times of the year because it's closer to Christmas, which means it's crunch time for me -  it's Fall showtime!

I will be at the following shows next month, so mark you calendars friends:

November 8, 2014
9am to 4pm
Piecemakers County Store, Costa Mesa, CA

Behind the Picket Fence is a 1-day boutique filled with lovely vendors selling vintage, shabby chic, antiques, and romantic handmade items. Super excited to showcase here!  For more detailed information, check them out here.

I'll be there selling my new line of handmade bags, accessories, and vintage items! 

November 14 from 4pm to 9pm
November 15 from 9am to 3pm
QLN Conference Center, Oceanside, CA

The Queen Bee Market is a lovely handmade market ran by two neat sisters who love handmade! I found out about this event from my pal, Jessica over at Earth Cookie Creations and I'm super excited to showcase here! There will be a wide range of handmade items, vintage, and more! For more detailed and up to date information, you can find it here.

So, if you're looking for some cute gifts for Christmas, or are just a serial shopper like me, mark you're calendars and check out these great events! Hope to see you there!

Your friend,


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Haute Handbags Fall 2014 Feature!

Hi Friends!

Great news! I did my weekly routine of stopping into Barnes and Nobles yesterday and what did I find in the craft magazine section ~ Haute Handbags newest fall issue! And guess what, I'm featured again! Yay!

Haute handbags is a lovely magazine published by Stampington & Company. They showcase talented artists and makers' lovely handbag creations. Included are wonderful articles, instructions, and major eye candy photos! So, if you're either in Barnes & Noble, Joanns, Michaels, or a fine bookstore near you, please check it out or pick one up!!! You can also find current and back issues on their website here.

I couldn't be more happy with the current issue and feature! The photos are so pretty....

Haute Handbags Fall 2014 Issue

Haute Handbags Fall 2014 - Floral Bags by Karen Pratt
Haute Handbags Fall 2014 pages 82-83

Haute Handbags Fall 2014 pages 84 - 85

Haute Handbags Fall 2014 pages 86 - 87

My favorite part - shot out to the "hubs" and best friend "Fred"
My article includes instructions for all bags featured. If you have any questions on them, please feel free to email me!
On another note, I'll be attending four handmade/vintage shows in the November. So, if you're looking for some cute Christmas gifts for your friends or yourself, stay tuned for more details!

Happy Fall to you all!

Your friend,

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cute New Bags, Tea Breaks, and a Daiso Haul!

Hi Friends!

I posted some new bags in my Etsy shop! My goal is to make three new bags per week for the remainder of the year for upcoming shows and my shop. I have loads and loads of fabric from my last trip to Japan, and although I cringe to cut them all up for bags, that is the reason why I purchased it all in the first place! I have an addiction to fabric and it must be stopped!!!

I've been working on some new designs. Here is the latest:

Cute small shoulder bag - linen, floral printed fabric, lace, leather details and zipper

Here are some additional bags posted in the shop:

French Bulldog Cross Body Bag

Sewing Bucket Bag


Angel and Lace Bucket Bag


Teacups and Flowers Bucket Bag

In between bag making, I take lavish tea breaks....

Early Grey Chocolate Teatime

Chocolate and Strawberry Teatime

Okay, so I didn't bake the cookies, it's all just cute styling! I do normally make scones and my own cookies, but I haven't had the time to get my bake on. I love Lupicia Tea. I mean, where can you find Earl Grey Chocolate or Chocolate and Strawberry Tea? They have stores inside of Mitsuwa Marketplace in Costa Mesa and Torrance, CA or you can find these yummy teas here. I have loads and loads of this high quality, cute flavored teas. They also have green and herbal teas, but they shine in the flavored teas. Try it, you won't be disappointed!

Last but not least, my recent purchases from Daiso! If you don't know what Daiso is, you need to! It's a Japanese $1.50 store that is opening all over Southern California. It's quite addicting - rose printed sandwich bags, bathroom items, socks, craft supplies, I mean this place has anything you can think of and you end up leaving with things you don't need but you do because it's so cute!

Here is my recent haul:

Top to Bottom: Cute Italia Cup (made in Italy, sold in Daiso!), Paris Plate, Tomato Jar, Cute Cottage Gift Box

So, your assignment this weekend: drink cute tea and go to Daiso (if you have one near by)! Next up, more new bags and accessories posting.

Your Friend,