I don't know about you, but I absolutely love zippered bags! I love 'em big, I love 'em small, any size at all, that are always useful for something! It's been so much fun making these bags in all sorts of fun Christmas fabric. The fabric is kind of "recycled" or, more accurately, saved from the trash bin. These is a small fabric store that has little ends of bolts and other small scraps from their own projects that would otherwise be thrown away. I love to search through and pick up some of these pieces and give them new life. So, that's recycled but new fabric, right?
Oh, and that tassel! Do you love tassels as much as I do? The tassels on the new bags can be used to decorate any bag or purse or on your keychain for a little extra something!
Anyway, go here if you want to check out the bags. I'll be adding more bags each day so come back & see what's new!
A couple of months ago, I picked up this popular book called "Joyful". It was fun to read - a lot of info about what research tells us makes people feel joy. I have forgotten some of the other things, but one thing that stuck with me was the idea of color as a joyful things. The author talks about how we have been taught (or we have just absorbed the idea) that black and other "neutral" colors are more "elegant" and refined and that using or wearing bright colors is somehow garish and "inappropriate".
I am a person who LOVES color. All colors. My closet is full of bright hues of green, blue, pink. Often my favorite clothes are a combination of lots of different colors - a "riot" of color is really what I love. One of the rooms in my house is painted green with purple accents.
But, for years, my jewelry display has been black and white. Oh, sure, I said I used a little red but really it was just a hint of red and only in my logo.
So, this week, I let my inner color lover out. I chose a couple of dramatic colors to use with my jewelry - a wonderful purple-y mauve color and a medium lime green. It is so much warmer, friendly, livier, happier and, yes, more joyful!
That joyful necklace is coming very soon to the website - click below to join my email list to be the first to know when new jewelry designs hit the website!
I am Laura Teague, a metal smith, knitter and sewist living and working in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and traveling the western US whenever I can!