Grab yourself a Halloween zipper pouch and use it all year like all things Halloween should be treated. Link to my website here: @bolsa_bonita www.bolsabonita.com where Halloween never ends! (Pssst- I'm setting up for the @originalaustinflea Oct 28th at @oskarbluesatx with my other biz, but I'll have all my wristlets and zipper pouches available too!
This is the 2nd time I've cooked the @veganricha recipe for Butter Tofu Paneer (restaurant style Tofu Butter Masala Recipe) and I'm in heaven! It is SO good!!! It takes awhile to make but it's so worth it. This time I got smart and made rice to go with it- extending the deliciousness. (That light colored drizzle is cashew cream!) It's crazy flavorful. Mmmmm mmmm mmmm!
I haven't even fully unpacked my car from the roadtrip- I'm havig too much fun going through the purse photos taken in West Texas! This holiday season I'll be part of a lot of the shows I've done with my @bolsa_bonita business but with my newest business @the.wonderful.adventure - the best news about all of this? Instead of having to close my Bolsa Bonita website during Dec to handle the crazy schedule, I'll have it open- so shop online for all your holiday purse giving!
Sometimes I get a purse request that happens to be something I had planned to do (eventually)- so it lights a fire under me and I get it done! Like a large, hipster style bag with a squirrel on vinyl! I'm sending him off today to his new home in Connecticut- I just shot some photos to add a listing to my site. Squirrels forever!
Are you ready for some BIG TOTES??! I finished the first batch- heavy on an October theme... this one is special- a one of a kind because I used a glitter vinyl appliqué sugar skull I sewed awhile back. I love the design of the appliqué, but honestly it's too much work to be sustainable as something I keep in stock. So I slapped it on this awesome tote. This one, and 4 others, are now listed on @bolsa_bonita ! bolsabonita.com
I'm burning the midnight oil. My current sewing schedule includes finishing 5 new totes! (This one is close to being finished- I need to add the magnetic snap and top stitch the edge)- then 4 more to finish up and post! Inspired by the upcoming month of October (AKA: the best month of the year)- there are lots of skeletons and sugar skulls - and some cats. Always cats.
Today's sale installment... I had this black glitter vinyl octopus appliqué that I accidentally scratched when I pulled it out from the sewing machine (needle wasn't up all the way!)- so I didn't want to use it for the style it was intended for. Now it's a one-of-a-kind sale bag- posted on @bolsa_bonita - all details are in the listing!
And... I took some stills (there's a video I just posted if you need action)- sale bags- made from pieces from a labor-intensive style I discontinued- I will not be making these again so don't hesltate if you like what you see. Posted on @bolsa_bonita (link)- all vinyl so you can jump in Barton Springs and the purse will be fine (not sure about your stuff, but the purse will survive!). Big back pocket velcros shut- zips closed at the top. Adjustable strap. Anyone going to ACL?- you'll be set with one of these. Order and note you saw this on Instagram and I'll toss in an oil cloth zipper pouch!
Here is a fancy video of one of my newly listed sale bags!! All the details are in the listing- (@bolsa_bonita ) I have ONE armadillo, ONE arrows (special price because of the lopsided pocket on the back!), and TWO anatomical hearts! Go get them- I am never making these bags again- the appliqué process is too much work for this style bag- and price. Perrrrfect festival bag! And if you're still reading: if you order one, let me know you saw this on Instagram and I'll make an oil cloth zipper pouch for you- bonus!
Saturday morning organizing... a little Henry, a little trip dreaming, a whole lot of purse plans- I busted out some special sale bags yesterday that will be posted on my website later today- I'll put it up on Instagram too. They're pretty darn cute! And they will never ever ever ever be made again, so once they're gone it's adios forever. I used parts of a discontinued style I made 2 years ago. (Unearthed during a studio archeological dig)
On the work bench: big totes! I made some for my other business, and it turned out to be a style a lot of people like, so I thought I'd make a Bolsa Bonita version! This is the first one- and honestly it's going to take a bit for me to get a small batch made to post for sale- but I couldn't resist showing you! I put a Topo Chico in a photo to help show the size- lined with cotton and 4, big, oil cloth pockets (2 zip shut!), a large 2-sided pocket on the back, and an inner lining of vinyl to help give it form and also function as a moisture barrier (for spills inside or out!) If you're interested in seeing my screen printed bandana totes visit them here: @the.wonderful.adventure
Y'all, seriously check out these bags! I love her designs so much! Holidays are approaching fast! PLUS, Liz is a fellow vegan entrepreneur! @Regrann from @bolsa_bonita - I received these two orders in the same week! It was my black glitter vinyl sea creatures week- one on its way to California, the other to Massachusetts! This is still one of my favorite style bags- large but not too large (those are coming! Secret project!). You know where to shop if you need a sea creature for yourself! bolsabonita.com @bolsa_bonita
#bolsabonita#octopus#mermaid#crossbodybag#vegan#veganleather#crueltyfree#austin#texas#atxvegan - #regrann
Another work in progress... I still have kinks to work out, but I hope to get some made for holiday shows (pssst... I'll be a East Austin Studio Tour participant! More on that later). I may try to post a few things for sale as a benefit for hurricane victims, including this skirt- but not till next week. ::::: Many, many friends are volunteering their time, and making donations though sales of their art- I know we're all feeling overwhelmed by this catastrophe---- I had a fund raising sale on @bolsa_bonita earlier in the week and sold nearly all of the benefit bags- but there are a few left: check them out on www.bolsabonita.com (link here @bolsa_bonita )- all profits will be donated next week. I originally wanted to split the donations between Austin Pets Alive and The American Red Cross, but some recent information has made me change my mind about Red Cross... I hope that doesn't stress people out, but I want the money to be used specifically for Harvey victims. I'm looking into the best food bank that will help all victims, not specific to a town or city. I've already raised quite a bit so I want to be smart about where it goes. (APA is still on my list- they're doing an incredible job helping animals who need shelter and helping Harvey victims through protection and care for their pets). #thewonderfuladventure#bolsabonita#wip#screenprinting#jackrabbit#sale#austin#texasstrong#texas
THANK YOU to everyone who has ordered from my hurricane relief sale section!! Your purchases will help me donate to help our neighbors in dire need. I chose the @americanredcross because they're first on the scene, but also @austinpetsalive because they're helping take in strays from the storm- lost pets, and helping shelters provide for people who need shelter for their pets as well. There is nothing that would make me leave Henry, and probably all the neighbor's pets (!!), so I understand the intense need to provide relief for entire families- thank you for the orders- funds will be donated early next week to the two organizations. There are still a few Hurricane sale bags left- check them out @bolsa_bonita in the "Hurricane Relief SALE" section. 100% profits will be donated (all I need is to use the shipping money to ship!)
@Regrann from @bolsa_bonita - I pulled a group of bags from my regular sale section, lowered the prices a bit more, and put them in a sale section that will be used solely as a fund raising sale to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey. I will use 100% of the profits from this section to split between @austinpetsalive and the @americanredcross - shop the "Hurricane Help SALE" section on www.bolsabonita.com link here: @bolsa_bonita
#bolsabonita#hurricaneharvey#americanredcross#austinpetsalive#sale - #regrann
My guests are eager to sneak their way inside. Looks like Austin should be rain-free for awhile so I'm going to take down the kitty shanty town soon.
It's a heavy time in Texas- so many people displaced, losing everything- I feel so much sadness knowing how the already vulnerable populations are even more affected- the elderly, homebound, hospitalized, and all the animals... I'm sorry for all who have suffered. I'm going to try to put something special together to sell online so the profits can be donated.
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It's time to start prepping for holiday sales, with a turn towards some bags I take a break from during the summer. Vintage trim!! Vinyl!! Tassels!! Many are listed on my website already- in the medium crossbody and small boxy crossbody sections. @bolsa_bonita There is finite lengths of the vintage trim I have on hand!
I'm sending this cute, retro-shaped bag to its new home in San Francisco today- it may seem like I'm full steam ahead with my new venture (I am!!)- but I will continue to make this style because it's so cute! Find all the vintage inspired bags on @bolsa_bonita! ::: I thought I'd share a photo of my neighbor's kitten, Monkey- sweetest little guy ever! I can tell he's well loved because he's social and lets me let him like I'm his long lost friend!
I'm sharing this current project from my other business (@the.wonderful.adventure ) because I'm so excited about the new screen printed vulture purses!! They're already posted on my other website/ follow the link on my other acct and find them in the "steppin' out bags" section. I made a screen from a block print I carved and printed- then screen printed the fabric and made some bags. These are wristlets - but some small crossbody bags are in the works. Most of my screen printed fabric bags will only be available on the new site, so if you like this sort of thing, follow me over there! @the.wonderful.adventure
It's never too early to enjoy Halloween! I'm sending off an order of FOUR Halloween bags to one customer in New Hampshire today! In a conversation we had about it, she told me she found a skirt out of the same fabric and ordered it too- I love this woman! I always keep Halloween bags available in my shop- check them out! Link here: @bolsa_bonita --(The structured bags shown are in the "tall retro" section- the crossbody are in the "flat crossbody" section).
I'm so happy with my screen printed versions of the block print designs!! Screen printing allows me to reproduce the images quicker and more consistently on fabric for purses. Look at this little cutie!! I think I'll get these posted first on Bolsa Bonita- the purse biz @bolsa_bonita - so I have the images and text to more easily add listings to my The Wonderful Adventure site... which I've been avoiding because progress making things goes so much faster and is so much more gratifying than the slo-mo website work! I probably shouldn't admit that.
This is the view from the floor of my sewing studio (now a sewing, block printing, and screen printing studio). This is as organized as I get (and this is the good wall). I always laugh when I see posts of people's "messy" studios. They always look like Martha Stewart stopped by- while mine looks like a crazy hoarder lives here.
I'm going to stop posting for today and go indulge in Game of Thrones!
Wait till you see what I'm cooking up for these freshly screen printed cactus!! I've posted some about it on the other IG acct (@the.wonderful.adventure ) since it's a project that goes along with the work there, but when I'm done with the purses they'll be on both sites. For awhile at least. I'm still working that all out. These will dry overnight and I can heat set them tomorrow and get going on the new bags!
Don't think just because I started a new business that I'll be leaving the squirrels behind. No no no! Squirrels forever! I just mailed one of these to Virginia, and another to San Francisco! Squirrel fever! Look at the super fluffy fake fur tail! This is available on my website bolsabonita.com or link here: @bolsa_bonita it's on the small boxy crossbody section. I'm working on a medium size!
This is another purse design I'll be adding to the collection! It's a lot like one I already make, but I wanted to make this version with a trapezoid shape to fit the screen printed designs better than the curved bottom of the original. I added an open pocket on the back to fit your big 'ole phone and an inside pocket out of oilcloth. The front zipper pocket is still lined with oilcloth to protect your stuff! The last photo shows this size in relation to the new wristlet design. I can't wait to make a tarantula one!
I just finished the first draft of the new wristlet design and I love it! I was so excited to finish it I accidentally put the strap on going straight out instead of angled up like I like it (next draft!)- this is based on the design for my small crossbody bag with a flat constriction. I'll be making that style with the screen printed designs as well. (They're a little taller but have the same curved bottom and an adjustable strap). The bag is made with vinyl, with an outside pocket lined with oil cloth (thinner vinyl), and the body of the bag is unlined. The fabrics are perfect for your crazy adventures because it's very easy to wash. Coming sooooooooon..... I have a lot to do to get a batch made, but I'm fired up!
Jackalope! I'm finishing an order for a jackalope purse and an additional one to bring to this Saturday's show @peachedsocialhouse 11-5 Aug 5th for the Austin Flea. It may seem insane that I've started a new business, but there is a big overlap- including the vinyl appliqué bags that originated on @bolsa_bonita . I made a chart. See? Totally makes sense. Ha ha! I am loving the freedom of this new biz because I like to do a lot of things- not just purses. Follow @originalaustinflea if you like to shop local in our loco town.
Hey Austin! Want to see all the goodies I've been creating for my new business (link to the developing website here: @the.wonderful.adventure ) mixed with a few things from my purse biz @bolsa_bonita ? I'm setting up for the Austin Flea this Saturday- August 5 at @peachedsocialhouse - vendors inside and out. Guess where I'll be??? A/C all the way.
This large bag- designed to be the perfect roadtrip bag- is now posted on both websites. More information about the weekend show will follow... @originalaustinflea
I'm putting the finishing touches on a couple rattlesnake bags to bring to the @originalaustinflea Saturday August 5th! I'm setting up under my other business (@the.wonderful.adventure) because I'll be selling block prints and WTX prayer flags- but will have a lot of appliqué bags like this one! If I did one of those bubble diagrams where one thing overlaps another, then Bolsa Bonita and @the.wonderful.adventure would overlap and form a middle section of block printed, screen printed, and appliqué purses. Both businesses currently share this Chihuahuan Desert-inspired work because I'm still developing that other business! Not confusing at all, right? Come see me Saturday at @peachedsocialhouse - indoors. I repeat: INDOORS! Hallelujah!
I'm working on some super sassy color and pattern combos for the cactus appliqué! I had this black and white gingham oil cloth on my list of "need to order"- but thanks to @austincreativereuse I scored a couple little bits to make a few bags without having to buy online! I love red, black, and white- and with sparkle vinyl blooms this one is going to be so cool!
Midnight cactus. Does anyone remember the Midnight Taco truck in Austin? Way before the food truck explosion there was the Midnight Taco bringing late night snacks to your neighborhood. I never actually partook of midnight tacos but I'd see the truck rambling down a dark, quiet neighborhood street at 2am and wonder where it was going! What a genius name. Austin used to be full of funny little things like this- it's getting harder and harder to be a quirky resident in Austin - you end up getting reported on Nextdoor! Hashtag keepaustinweird. Huh.
Oh boy. Excitement with a touch of fear is what I feel as I launch into a new business that could overshadow (but not replace) the one I've been running for so long. I've been working on holiday show applications tonight and applying with my new business name @the.wonderful.adventure - a business that will include a specific collection of bags that I already have on Bolsa Bonita- but also all the other things that are setting me on fire right now: photography, block printing, screen printing... making fabric that is uniquely my own to make things with... I always find more success when I follow the passion than when I try to follow the trend, so I'm off and running. Hope you stick with me for the ride!
Serious work in progress! If you run a creative small business you know how your brain is already focused on the holiday season! It's the last, mad dash of corralling all the ideas and figuring out what to make and apply for shows with. I pulled out this test purse I made last year and found that it's now relevant in my current plan! The plan: continue with commercial fabrics, but pull way back and add designs I eventually screen print. Like a big, hairy tarantula! Don't worry- there will be plenty of errr... "traditionally cute" critters. I just happen to have this fresh test print of the tarantula I carved yesterday - soon to be translated into a screen to print my own fabric. And make awesome little bags with!
I have tarantulas on the brain today... you know I'm juggling two businesses and have another Instagram account! @the.wonderful.adventure I try to post totally different things since my focus is different for each business. Today I'm carving a big tarantula to print- check out the progress over yonder. ::::: I used the same tarantula to reference for the stamp and this purse appliqué! I love this bag- the legs are made with black glitter vinyl- he has his party pants on. Available online @bolsa_bonita - and you can grab him now with a 10% discount. Use code FRIDA during check out!
A little bit of Texas is on its way to Minnesota! This is the small, boxy crossbody- a cute nugget of a bag that holds quite a bit. This design, and more, are available online. I'll be posting the large rattlesnake bag this afternoon- don't forget to take advantage of the 10% off sale going on till the end of July! Enter code FRIDA at check out: www.bolsabonita.com link here: @bolsa_bonita