15 Dec 2012

On Nine New bags


It does indeed give me great pleasure to present the nine NEW bags in my summer release.


 I might also just mention in case you did not know that you can purchase any of my bags in one of three ways:  madeinza, my “website” and now also on HelloPretty.  If you’re reading this and don’t know about my Facebook page, you can find it over here.


Dorcas and Tabitha are two names of the same person in the Bible, we find her in Acts 9, and she seems to have made clothes!  These two ladies were made from the same piece of African wax print, but on two ends of the print, so they turn out looking quite different.  Yet they are the same.  

Dorcas has only a little bit of beading and sequins added on the front to complement the beautiful print.  


Tabitha is a bit more sultry with her darker look and line of hand-sewn sequins all around.



Anna was a difficult one.  I had this gorgeous piece of extreeemly expensive designer white-on-black print, and was very hesitant to cut into it.  I had asked permission form the incomparable Ms Emma Brennan to use some of her handbag patterns to make bags for sale.  She kindly granted it, but I was at a loss as to what to use on her vintage-style patterns.  I was really worried about making a hash out of her patterns with anything but perfect fabric.  Well then, the two conundrums called to each other and thus Anna was born.  I adore the way the print and the bag-design just complete this whole look.  I hope Ms Brennan will like it too!


Iscah is one of those “I’m not sure I like it” ones.  I like the fabric, which is an upholstery fabric which looks like a loose-weave hemp, but is soft and smooth to the touch. 

I like the handles – they are quite hard to find now.  I like the pink chiffon ribbon around the top edge, giving an almost tutu effect and I like the little ribbon rose that completes the look….oh, look at that…I do like Iscah after all!



Keziah and Jemima were two of Job’s daughters – lovely names!  These two sisters just might be my favourite bags ever.  All summery,  breezy,  happy and lazy.  The straps on both are slightly rouched (or ruffled) and they came out looking brilliant! 

Keziah’s outer layer is a lime green printed chiffon and 

Jemima’s is a polka-dot crêpe georgette with a slight self-pleat in the fabric.  These girls are all about lazing around – they’re soft-soft and won’t stand on their own.  I can just see a girl with white linen pants and white cotton shirt walking down a sunny sidewalk with either one over her shoulder. 


Salome, Salome, Salome.  Did she ever give me headaches!  I found this piece of black-on-white print (I’m pretty sure it’s cotton canvas) on the off-cuts table.  I nearly had a heart-attack when told what it costs, but I HAD to have it.  Only to discover at home that the piece was exactly 1cm too narrow for what I wanted to do.  So I changed a bit here, changed a lot there; rearranged, rearranged and rearranged again, and there I had the sly girl!  Hence her name, see?  I don’t think this is the most original pattern ever, but it works!  Although, I must admit, I suspect the strap ended op a tad too wide….but it sure looks good!


Abigail might look very familiar to you.  Yes, she’s the sister to Ruth and Esther.  I hadn’t quite finished her when we released Ruth and Esther, so I kept her over until now.  

She’s a practical girl.  She looks nice, but she doesn’t take flak from anyone, she’s efficient, but fun!


Basemeth is made from another off-cut of upholstery/curtaining fabric.  The damask-style weave is totally enchanting.  I’m not all that big on shiny-shiny, so for me this muted gold-colour is ideal.  I think Basemeth is one of those staples that you’ll always be able to grab at a moment’s notice if you can’t decide what goes with your outfit, but you don’t feel like a boring black bag.  Gold - like black and white, goes with almost everything.

So that’s the summer release.  Let me also take this moment to wish anybody good enough to read here a very blessed celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ and may 2013 bring you all the things that make your heart happy!


Much love
Cecilia

16 Nov 2012

Five things Friday number 42









I will share every Friday five things.  I will place them in no order of importance, just five things.   I will try not to over-explain.  In fact, I will attempt to explain nothing at all…..



Five jobs I would like to have had

1. Writer.




2. Ballet dancer.


ballet dancer


3. Journalist.


Journalist A Record 70 journalist deaths in 2009: Thats a lot.  journalism school BBC

4. Architect




5. Kirstie Allsop's job


The Official Website of Kirstie Allsopp


What job would you like to have had?


9 Nov 2012

Five things Friday number 41


I will share every Friday five things.  I will place them in no order of importance, just five things.   I will try not to over-explain.  In fact, I will attempt to explain nothing at all…..


Five things I would change about my appearance

1. My hair.  I started greying when I was sixteen. At 43 my head is whiter than your grandma's

2. My fat knees.

3. My ugly ballet-toes.

4. My terribly skew teeth - well, the bottom ones...

5. My way too narrow shoulders.  In comparison to my wide hips, yes, a classic pear shape, thank you very much


What would you change about your looks?  Are you happy with the way you are?


19 Oct 2012

Five things Friday number 40

I will share every Friday five things.  I will place them in no order of importance, just five things.   I will try not to over-explain.  In fact, I will attempt to explain nothing at all…..

Five things I like to say

1.  If you can't do the time, don't do the crime....'cause it's true

2. If you lie, you're stealing the truth from me.  You're not only a liar, but a thief too.

3. Good manners doesn't cost money.

4. If there's a shorter way, I'll find it....

5. If there's one person in the world who can do something, I can learn how to do that thing too....'cause I can!


Well?  What wisdoms come out of your mouth on a regular basis? ;-)



12 Oct 2012

Five Things Friday number 34


I will share every Friday five things.  I will place them in no order of importance, just five things.   I will try not to over-explain.  In fact, I will attempt to explain nothing at all…..

Five things I hate doing:

1.      Ironing

ironing

2.      Shaving my legs


3.      Sitting in a car on a long drive

A bored girl rides in the back of a car.

4.      Camping


5.      Scrubbing toilets

Royalty-Free (RF) Clipart Illustration of a Home Maker Scrubbing A Toilet by BNP Design Studio


What are the things you hate to do so much you avoid it at all cost?



5 Oct 2012

Five things Friday number 33


I will share every Friday five things.  I will place them in no order of importance, just five things.   I will try not to over-explain.  In fact, I will attempt to explain nothing at all…..

Five things I find comforting:

1.      Jesus  (my belief in Him has saved me many times out of desperate situations)

cross god
2.      A cup of tea


3.      A big plate of macaroni and cheese makes any dismal day seem brighter



4.      Doing something with my hands like making something


5.      The love I have in my home.



When things are going badly for you, what is there that gives you some form of comfort?



4 Oct 2012

On being fashionable


I was agreeing with a twitter friend (@cyrilnaicker) on how lovely the fashions, hairstyles, architecture and dances (Charleston, anyone?) of the 1920’s are, when I thought to myself:  “Mmmm… but I’m glad I’m living now too.”

1926 Fashions for Women
Squidoo


There is such a wide choice available to us when it comes to fashion and other trends.  

Geometrics are in.  

Louis Vuitton on Vogue

But so are florals.

Vogue


Colour blocking 



Vuitton on Vogue
and ombres


Picture from idoityourself


Neon colours are in, 

From: The Frock Report

but so are pastels.

From Vogue

Your hair can be long, or short, or just somewhere in between.





Charlize Theron Updo Hair
Charlize Theron Wavy Hair
Charlize Theron Blonde Hair



Glamour and glitter is in, 

Valentino on Vogue
but so is hand-made.

Source
Modernistic is in.  

Interior Design Modern Xh4anld0dx Green Designs  Wallpaper
Source


But so is Scandinavian (has it ever been out of style?) 

Scandinavian Interior Design
Interior design world
and vintage.

Vintage Kitchen with Brick Hearth
From Better Homes and Gardens
And lifestyle?  Where in the 20’s a married woman had no choice but to be a wife and mother, we now have a choice.  If you can afford to stay at home with your children, you can, but if you don’t want to, nobody’s going to make a fuss over it.
I like that I can choose what to wear every day.  In the 20’s the dresses were rather shapeless – and though I do love it so much, frankly on my body it would not have looked well.  Believe me, I’ve tried on those long-line low-waisted dresses.  


1920s Fashion Trends 1920s Fashion Trends
Source

I like that I can wear pants today, a dress tomorrow, a skirt, high heels, low heels, flat shoes, bright colours, muted colours.  I like that I can be….well, me!


21 Sep 2012

Five things Friday number 32







I will share every Friday five things.  I will place them in no order of importance, just five things.   I will try not to over-explain.  In fact, I will attempt to explain nothing at all…..

Five favourite people:

1.      My best friend, Tina.  We’ve been best friends for 30 years now.



2.      My husband and my girls, of course



3.      My cousin Otto – I rarely see him anymore, but he’s still one of my favouritest people

Cousins are connected heart to heart distance and time cant keep them apart

4.      My sisters and my brother


5.      Both my parents and my husband’s parents - although my husband's father has passed away

Grandparents and grandchildren on patio with cake and gift smiling Stock Photo - 3488237


Yes, I cheated a bit, but hey, do you only have five favourite people?