Wednesday, June 13, 2012

When Summer Comes


I’ve always loved this bag style.  It’s simple, and unpretentious, and equally at home whether you are browsing for dusty gold at a flea market, or refortifying yourself with tea and cakes at a quaint little cafe.  When I first started making my bags more than four years ago, this was one of my favorite designs to sew.  Though my business has evolved over the last few years, I still love this bag-especially when summer comes. 

broken anchor

Last weekend, as I was taking some pictures, disaster struck-and my little vintage red anchor that I use as a photo prop fell to the floor and broke in half!  What would summer be without my little red anchor!


With lower temperatures, and lots of rain, summer here has been off to a slow start.  My Blaze rose couldn't be happier, and has more blooms this year than ever before.  I’ve written about my Blaze before, and how it reminds me of my grandmothers, and aunts and my mom.  In the memories from my childhood, I imagine I can see the Blaze roses that grew happily in the gardens of  these wonderful ladies, and I am happy to carry on the tradition with my own Blaze-which was actually given to me by my mom! 

anchor and fortune

Yesterday, I bought some super glue at the local hardware store-a business that has been a downtown fixture  for around 100 years. With Amy’s help, my little red anchor is whole again!

And last week, Amy and I split a fortune cookie.  Our message? 

Decide what you want and go for it.

Very fitting.  Amy has dreams of becoming an archeologist some day.  And as for myself, I just want to keep on making bags.  All year round.


  1. Glad you fixed your anchor!

    Your bag really is cute!

  2. Thanks Lisa! And thank goodness for Gorilla glue!

  3. I love your bags, Valerie. They are more than beautiful. The bark cloth is an art in itself, and your design is so absolutely elegant, fun and lovely. You complement your fabrics with just the right loving care and attention to detail.

    I'm so happy I found your blog.

  4. What gorgeous roses! I'm glad you were able to fix the anchor - you can't even tell it was broken. :)

  5. Thank you so much Dawn! I appreciate that, and I as well am glad to have found you and your wonderful blog:)

    Melissa-Gorilla glue is wonderful stuff! And those roses smell heavenly too:)

  6. When the royalties come in? I am so commissioning a fleet of bags.

    Just saying.

  7. Thanks Cam! And I think you'll be absolutely swimming in those royalties too, my talented friend:)

  8. Love the bag .. it does look like summer .. with a touch of whimsy :)

    Anchor looks good as new!

  9. I have an old fortune cookie message stashed somewhere around here...

    Don't you love it when that happens?

    And cheers to your dreams. I hope you find them all.

  10. Thanks Lisa! I am ready for some summer weather now to go with it:)

    Tina-I do! Thanks so much-and the same to you!

  11. I love the way you stage your bags. The polka dot background, scattered seashells, and floral postcards add such a special touch and are truly magazine-worthy. Your roses are beautiful, too. I always look forward to your photography :)

  12. I just love your bags and your artistic soul. You are a one of a kind person.