Category Archives: Custom Orders

A Special Order For A Special Grandchild

This fairy-themed bag was made with  up-cycled placemats.

fairy front
This bag is a little larger than the other similarly styled ones. I used store-bought wooden handles, a hint of silver colored metal chain, and added the spring hook keychain with my logo.
fairy back
The back is exactly the same as the front; I used a magnetic snap on an interior tab so the image is fully visible.
interior back pocket fairy
I made the back pocket a little larger and gave them more depth. I intentionally turned the eyelets so the rims were inside the bag to keep the focus on the main character depicted on the outside front & back.
fairy side view
A white shiny, textured vinyl on the sides and bottom detracted the least from the design. (Hmm perhaps traditionalists would consider this a spring/summer bag)

New Up-cycled Comics & Black Garment Grade Leather Bag I Carry

 

Well, the faux crox purple and black bag was not as fun to carry as expected, but  a grand opportunity to determine flaws.  Perhaps I will re-visit the design and try again in the future.

I made this little ditty instead and am carrying it now – a good way to advertise…comments while shopping – even men stop to read the comics, but no orders yet!

front
Front view with logo tag.
back side
Back view – this time I used black chain for repetition with the black leather napa sides and bottom.
interior back pocket
I changed up the back interior pocket to a split pleated pocket in that grand shade of green for a “pop” of color. The interior tabbed closure has a magnetic snap so the outside comics are fully visible.
profile
This side view shows the bag can open to a 4″ depth. 

A Special Order for Classic Monster Movie Lover

I made this bag with art the client provided.

The front and back of this bag are the same image with a matt plastic coating; magnetic snap closure inside the bag.
The front and back of this bag are the same image with a matt plastic coating; magnetic snap closure inside the bag.
As with the majority of my designs, I used up-cycled leather for the sides and bottom of this bag. This leather has a rougher texture to complement the monster theme.
As with the majority of my designs, I used up-cycled leather for the sides and bottom of this bag. This leather has a rougher texture to complement the monster theme.
Not sure if you can really see the texture in this shot...
Not sure if you can really see the texture in this shot…
Hot pink vinyl for the interior.
Per the client’s request, hot pink vinyl for the interior.
Most people don't notice little details, but I use a little finishing touch on the top edge of my pockets.
Most people don’t notice little details, but I use a little finishing touch on the top edge of my pockets.
I finish the top edges of my bags too.
I finish the top edges of my bags too.

Another commissioned bag :)

This is a variation of the ostrich vinyl tote for a friend’s client.  After I finished this bag, I went shopping (read as researching) at a local mall.  While cruising through the bag displays in a big box store, I overheard a woman say to her friend how much she really liked a certain designer’s bag but really disliked the gaudy logo/trinket…it was sooo tempting to offer to make her a bag that she could design and put her OWN initials on.  Then there was a man looking for a bag for his mother.  Again, I resisted temptation – besides I didn’t have a worthy sample on me or any business cards.

front view
No feet, single patch pocket on front. I changed up the straps a bit and cut them to points.

 

inside back pocket
The zipper opens up so you can get into the full interior of the bag. The back inside pocket has a zipper.
inside front pocket
Front interior open topped pocket.

 

The Mrs. J; handmade paper & leather

This was a custom order for a colleague’s mother.

front
Front view. Approximately 8.5″ high and 11″ wide.
back
Back view; silver colored metal hardware with bonded leather handle.
side
Black up-cycled leather sides and bottom.
inside
Hot pink vinyl interior with split open top flap pocket; perfect for a cell phone, compact and lipstick!
the paper
Store-bought handmade purple and black paper.

 

 

The New Mommy Tote

This is a variation of the other ostrich vinyl totes.  The father-to-be wanted functional picture-holder pockets for the kids’ art, hand and foot prints, and more.

front empty photo holder pockets
Empty pockets (the front & back are the same)
front photo holder pockets full
Front view with full pockets.
back with pics full pocket
Back view with full pockets.
top view closed 2
Extended top zip closure allows easy access to the full interior.
inside w bottle key hook n pockets
Roomy light colored interior with 2 bottle holder loops, a key hook, back zip-top pocket and front open top pocket.
side view
Side seams are top stitched for a finished look.
bottom w feet
Reinforced bottom with silver colored metal feet helps protect the bottom.

 

Last minute addition was a changing pad to match!

pad open
Two layers of the bag interior vinyl with a layer of quilt batting in between.

 

My First Commissioned Handbag

This was a special request for a friend’s daughter; she was to have something custom that none of her friends could or would have.

dilbert bag front
Bag front with red tab and metal button closure and clear plastic handles.

 

dilbert bag back
Bag back with more recycled funnies.

 

 

dilbert bag back inside 2 send
A peek inside reveals an open top pocket and recycled drapery lining.

 

Specially Designed For Dog Lovers

A colleague wanted something special for his wife; this was our creation.

6 dogs front hanging
Front view-three of six Shih tzus; a clear tabbed closure allows you to see all their faces.
6 dogs back hanging
Back view-three other Shih tzus; the faux inked paw prints add whimsy.
6 dogs side angle
Bone shaped handle is black bonded leather to match the leather sides and bottom.

 

6 dogs inside
Pink shiny vinyl interior with a open top pocket.