Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New HeyAllday Handmade Goodies!

Friends! I am so excited to share with a sneak peek of my latest HeyAllday Handmade creations. I must say, I feel like I'm in "the zone." For the past two weeks I've kicked my crafting into high gear, filling out a collection to sell at this Saturday's In God We Trust Backyard Bazaar. The bazaar will feature handmade and vintage goodies from 15 vendors, with food, music, drinks, sunshine, unicorns, you name it. I had a good bit of stock ready to sell at the event, but I REALLY wanted to create a batch of springtime turbans to sell. So I set myself a personal challenge two weeks ago, and I have been sew-sew-sewing just about every spare moment since then. The result? 13 turbans, 12 new stuff bags (the grocery bags that stuff down into smaller bags that you can carry in your purse), and a couple of giant beach bags.

(I would also like to note that in the photo above, my original intent was to hold my turbans just like PeeWee does in PeeWee's Big Adventure when he rescues the snakes from the flaming pet store. Unfortunately, the photos of me doing that are far more insane than the photo of PeeWee shown here, so I didn't post them. Just imagine, k?) 

As insane as it has been to work at this speed, I feel like I do some of my best work under pressure. I become completely immersed in the collection. Fabrics start to go together, and I just lay everything out on the floor for days and wander around wondering what this or that will become. (Robb REALLY loves it when I'm inspired...nothing says "home" like a living room strewn with fabrics, right?)

One of my favorite inspired moments was finally figuring out what the hell to do with the giant embroidered seahorse I've been sitting on for years. Tara, Robb's cousin, gave me a pair of pants about two years ago that featured this giant seahorse embroidered along one leg. I've always figured that I would turn it into something, but I had no idea what. (My best idea so far had been to iron it onto the back of a denim jacket and start a seahorse gang.) Then, at the end of a day-long frenzy of sewing last Saturday, I figured out what the seahorse should become: a beach bag, of course! Shown above is the finished product, matched with a cheerful beachy flower print.

So here's the deal. I recognize that this bag is sort of insane. And, in fact, I'm beginning to understand that my whole collection is sort of insane. But I'm okay with that. The HeyAllday Handmade brand is not geared toward your typical neutral-shades girl. It's about color, whimsy, fun, glamour. Almost everything I make is an accent piece, something to bring your outfit to life. Something to wear on a rainy day that will make you feel a little less blah. And I like that. With each bag I make or turban I assemble, I feel like I'm further defining my mission statement.

So if anyone knows where I can find more pants with embroidered creatures, just let know, ok?

And most importantly, hope to see you this Saturday, May 21, in the backyard of In God We Trust:

Saturday, May 21 ·  12:00pm - 8:00pm
In God We Trust
70 Greenpoint Ave
Brooklyn, New York

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe you're spending Judgment Day at a craft fair. (OK, actually, that seems highly appropriate. At least you'll look cute for the rapture.)

    I wish I could go! I want turbans! And a seahorse bag!