Okay so this is a really bad video of my booth at @crafthermarket , but I can't seem to get a photo so... This is it! The show is hoppin! Loaded with local talent! Come get your holiday shopping done early! I'm at the back, facing the back wall.
Who is having a heart attack? I AM HAVING A HEART ATTACK! My Peruvian pillows were noticed on Etsy... The sale pillows I made to get rid of the pillow forms! Ha ha! So.. In January one will be in the Jan/Feb issue of HGTV Magazine. I will have pillow covers (no inserts so I don't have to be a pillow form warehouse) available in the shop in January. Until then, it's all purses all the time!
I did a little shopping this morning at @theclothpocket !! I realize the KI⚡️⚡️ print will be for a limited audience, but no WAY was I not getting some! Prepare yourself for KISS purses! 2017 is going to rock!
Progress- a big, juicy, neon pink, Peruvian striped pillow! I'll just be selling the covers, not the pillow inserts. Amazon can handle that part of it. I've sold pillows with the inserts before but simply do not have the room to store pillow forms in bulk! Besides- people may want to choose the type of insert they'd like. Coming soon to bolsabonita.com!
Rattlesnakes get a bad rap. They try to warn us- rattling, hissing... They can't help it if they're stepped on or surprised! According to my google education, every time they shed their skin, a new rattle is added to the tail. So cool! They can also live up to 40 years. Whoa. I just got this vinyl snakeskin, so I drew up a pattern and I'm playing around with it- it's metallic! Can't wait to put it on a lighter color background!
Behold my stash of vintage trim. I'm so glad I never used it for whatever project I had intended to use (waste!) them on! I have an idea... I need to see how it actualizes. Stay tuned!
Last night I worked on sizing for the wrap skirts. I figured out that I need 3 variations- SM/M, L, and XL: roughly size 2-12, 14-20, and 22-26. Waist sizes 26-33, 34-40, and 42-48 (for waist sizes outside of these measurements I'll have to deal directly with the customer so I make the right fit). I'm making sample skirts in two styles (flat front and pleats) for each variation. I've made 2 of the 6 I need. I keep reminding myself this is a huge step towards being able to list them for sale, and once I've finished sewing skirts only to be used for guides, I can charge ahead with the fun stuff! Being able to show the range of sizes on my wire forms is going to help you- trust me. Please be patient- I know I've been teasing! I'm working as fast as I can!
Testing my lettering skills. Um. I think I'll call this "folk art". Ha ha! A little rough, but you know, I'm never drawn to sterile designs. I have the strange ability to write backwards. I can write a letter that you have to read in the mirror. Such a useful talent.
Midnight baking always pays off the next day. I was eating far too much toast yesterday so I decided around 1am that I needed some nutrition. Blueberry muffins count, right? Hey, they’re mainly made with almond flour, oat flour, maple syrup, and coconut milk- and they have blueberries- that sounds like nutrition to me! These are the best blueberry muffins EVER- @thevegan8 recipe- you will never use another recipe. And it comes together super fast!
SWIPE to see all the fab sale bags I have listed on @bolsa_bonita and ready to ship! Go to the SALE tab to see the whole lot! All sale bags will be shipped ASAP- but please understand any purse outside the sale section has to be cut and sewn and will not be mailed in time to reach you by Christmas. Hey locals: Wed Dec 20th I’ll be set up for a Solstice Shindig at @countercultureaustin from 6-9pm – a small booth crammed with great deals and stocking stuffers! Come out for some hearty vegan food and handmade holiday shopping! (Sale bags shown range from $48 to $42// regularly $56-54)
UPDATE: pillows flew off my website and are sold out!! but there are tons and tons of sale bags! ::: Do you need a quick gift? One that packs some color pow? Go to my other website (link in profile: @bolsabonita) where I just put a ton of things on sale- all ready to ship, arriving before the holidays! Buy handmade and feel good about yourself. Ha ha! I have a batch of large Peruvian textile pillows with pom poms that I’m selling with the inserts I bought for display purposes. They’re really pretty- and soft. There’s a bunch of other sale stuff too... bolsabonita.com
They’re baaaaack... the dang Peruvian pillows I made to sell last year, then got so frustrated I took them down... now not only are they on sale, I’m selling them WITH the quality inserts I bought to use for display purposes (ie: I’m not making much of a profit on these at all- I just want them to go and be beautiful in someone’s home!) go to the SALE page for all the ready-to-ship sale items! Link in profile @bolsa_bonita // bolsabonita.com
Breakfast of champions. Around 1am I baked a batch of @thevegan8 perfect vegan crispy chocolate chip cookies! They’re soooo good- chewy and rich with a crunch on the outside! This is the time of the year when I often don’t eat at normal times (or eat normal food) because my life is all work and absolutely no play. To have a couple chocolate chip cookies with coffee is a nice treat!
Last night I had time to either cook dinner or bake muffins. Guess what I chose. This is one of my go-to, super easy, super filling, super delicious muffin recipes! Recipe here >>>>>@thevegan8 gluten free pumpkin spice latte cupcakes (okay- she calls them cupcakes, but muffin sounds more acceptable as a meal, right?)- and hello slo-mo with the (totally unnecessary) maple syrup dump! The muffin is dark because i sprinkled coconut sugar on top before baking! Ha ha! “Too sweet” is not a description I ever use.
Some of you already know I have two businesses... this holiday season I’m promoting my newest one (@the.wonderful.adventure for my website!)- but there are hints of @bolsa_bonita here and there! Like the little zipper pouches I just dropped off to @bluegenieartbazaar - made from fabrics from my excellent fabric stash. You’ll see them tucked in my display below my latest work with the custom fabric. These little pouches make excellent stocking stuffers, a purse for a child, or as an extra bag to use inside your larger purse. Go get ‘em! Not online- only at the Blue Genie show! 10am-10pm daily till Dec 24th. 6100 Airport Blvd- Austin TX.
Big squirrel bag on its way to Wisconsin! Bolsa Bonita is still open for online holiday shopping! (Link here: @bolsa_bonita ) In a week or so, I’ll be hiding all listings of bags I would have to make from scratch and only show purses available to send off ASAP. That helps me, that helps you (you: the late shoppers! No shame- I’m one of them!!) I’ll post here when it happens- and believe me, it’s going to be really good because I need to add about a dozen bags I never took photos of! So it’ll be a bunch of fresh listings!
If there’s any excuse to bake, I use it— I had to miss Thanksgiving with my family due to the insane work load I’ve given myself this season, so tomorrow I make a sprint to the Texas hill country to say hi, eat some pie, foist vegan food on my parents, and then get back to Austin to keep cranking stuff out! Shown: the makings of a 2nd attempt pecan pie. The recipe is from the “hell yeah its vegan” blog. I baked one for Thanksgiving (for me! That’s right!) and it had baker-error issues that I tried to resolve in this one. The filling tastes like pecan praline. It is SO GOOD! I used coconut sugar and maple syrup instead of white sugar and corn syrup. It might be goopy. And I so do not care!
Bolsa Tote "Blocks" disponível na @Colab55 e na @Redbubble.
When I'm really busy, sometimes I forget to eat or eat random things at weird times- like needing to cook dinner but making these amazing cookies instead! These are a special treat - baked when I need a special treat. Recipe: @thevegan8 old fashioned iced oatmeal cookies! I never even make it to the icing part- they are delicious in their nakedness!!! And with some hot chai tea? Oh yes! Dinner! (If I can stop eating the cookie dough!)
Pssst.... I'll have a selection of this style from Bolsa Bonita in my @bluegenieartbazaar booth this year! I applied under my other business name- @the.wonderful.adventure and will have a ton of new, exciting work, but wanted to offer these again since they're the perfect gift for all ages! Slim design, cute fabrics, two zipper pockets, and an adjustable strap... also available online @bolsa_bonita (link on profile)- this is the small flat crossbody bag!
I had to take a photo of this chutney!! It's beauuutiful! Tonight I made samosa potato cakes (recipe for the cakes and chutney @minimalistbaker ) and this delicious, bright, garlicky cilantro chutney. I added about 2 Tbs of canned chickpeas to the chutney blend and then smashed a few on top of the potato cakes to give the meal some protein. This was so easy and the flavors are incredible together. So happy I have left overs for tomorrow!