Friday, July 3, 2015

Christmas in July

I know I know it is 113* out but its nice and cold inside.


People like to get their decor in order early and I like to get out of the studio by October and spend the season with my family.

I usually sell out by the beginning of October and then I get a ton of requests to make things once November hits.  Sorry folks, I make it early and when it is gone it is gone. 

Therefore my Christmas in July kick-off.

Crochet Home for the Holiday tea light jars,



Ornaments,  woodland dress up animals so cute to adorn your tree or packages

Garlands to hang by the mantel, staircase or around the tree,

and Dear Santa advent pockets for the 12 days of Christmas.

I will be making kits this year to buy as sets for all in one decor.

Have a safe and happy 4th,  after the fireworks go off, its on to Christmas....

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Summer Boho Bags



I have finally received my gypsy pouches back from the publisher and it got me motivated to get them listed along with the NEW backpack style I made.

Dream Catchers and Boho Bunnies

I am excited by the little boho Bunnies...A line for little tots to tote around their most precious treasures in.

These are all one of a kind bags.  I pour my heart and all my spare time into making these bags something that someone will love to carry.

They are little tiny quilts in your hands. 

I have listed them all in my Etsy shop and if you see any you have to have please contact me.

Happy Summer

Monday, June 22, 2015

Dog Days of Summer


Meet our new family memeber
Tucker!!!

We have been playing around with getting a dog for the boy for a long time.  I just couldn't commit.  With my allergies and never owning a dog, I knew it would be a lot to fall on me.
But when we met Tucker it all changed.
He is the sweetest boy ever.
He doesn't bark, he doesn't nip or drool.  He is super calm and super smart.

We are training him to become a companion dog for the boy.

The boy still has some issues with showing affection and recognizing an animal is even in the room.  I am hoping it will all start to sink in that he needs to feed him, love him and play with him and become BFFs

Never say never.  I can't wait for him to be a companion so we can take him with us every where we go.

So this is keeping us super busy this summer and we are still finding time to swim everyday and the visit new things.

  Like the Las Vegas Comic Con.
The boy was in absolute heaven meeting his heroes and super villains to attack.  

The goal of summer fun is happening, except for that stinkin' cold thing that hit us last week.  That I could have done without.  I am still trying to recover some energy...


Monday, June 15, 2015

Summer of Fun


It is HOT here already 111* coming this week.

To live and get through summer we are focusing on doing new things and finding fun.

The boy attended his first "CAMP" last week.  Art Camp.  It was a full week of learning about artists and doing their own versions of the famous works.
It was a learning experience for me and my boy.  While all the other moms got the freedom of kissing and dropping their kids off for 3 hrs, I was the only mom that had to stay and hover. When you have a child with special needs, no matter how much you want them to be part of the crowd, it becomes so apparent when you are in a camp full of typicals that your child is definitely not typical.  Let me tell ya, those feelings of jealousy for the other families come roaring in and it takes ya down a rabbit hole.  We had our ups and downs and it was a long week.  But overall I am so glad we did it and that he really did learn some things, Like he can't stop talking about Andy Warhol.  A big thank you to Mary Beth and Dave for having us to Art Camp.  

With this learning experience for the both of us, we are trying hard to get him into more and more activities to learn to be around others and how to socialize with others properly.  And hopefully get him back to where he was a year ago before the public school system let us down.  My boy used to be the first one in a room to say hello and make a friend.  Now, it is hard to even get him in the room.  Bullying and being treated differently by his old classmates and staff really took a toll.

So I am always happy to find a new place for him to explore and find a bit of happiness.  Yesterday we stumbled on to CAMP MACYS.  We had to run to the mall to fix my hubbys watch and it was at just the time that Macys was hosting a "CAMP" for kids.  Storytime around the campfire, arts and crafts, dance party, photo booth and prizes! all for free.  He had a great time.  And I loved the slogan  ALL ARE WELCOME.  It really made him feel he could be himself and fit in.

With the slogan of our summer "SUMMER OF FUN"  we will be traveling to Cali this July to take an art class with one of our all time fav Artists Paul Frank.  I cannot wait to participate in this fun day of arts with my boy.  It is a dream come true. 

My goal is to make summer go by fast and be one of the most memorable for him.

Oh we are also into the Summer Reading program at our library.   It is very disappointing this year.  Sad to see they are really cutting corners and not doing any great activities or story related days.  We always look forward to the summer reading program.  I guess we will just make it fun for ourselves and set our own goals and activities.




As for me I am still crocheting the evenings away.



 
I am done making cacti for now and have moved on to making floral garlands.  I have a huge stash of yarn from a previous project last year.  It is yarn I don't usually work with and would not have a use for it in a typical project of mine.  But it works great for brightly colored layered floral garlands.  I should have this stash thinned in just a few days if I keep this up.  I am thinking of bundling them and selling them in my etsy shop...totally fun bohemian summer decor.

Well, this is the kick off to our summer and we have a big surprise coming later today.  I have to get off this computer and get ready.

More to come, summer of fun!!!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Gypsy Backpack


We are all dreamers, some of us have bigger dreams than others.  The dreams stay with us all day, everyday.

I dreamed of this design the other night and couldn't get it out of my head til I made it.  I forced myself into the studio and didn't come out until it was finished.

Dream catcher backpack.

Made with all super soft vintage cotton fabrics. Lush velvet pink ribbon straps and streams of gorgeous fabrics flowing as you walk.

A one of a kind design that would make any boho gypsy girl swoon.

This one will be in my Etsy shop this week. Vintagemarketplace.etsy.com

Next up is the follow your dreams bag.  Its still in the process of being made but I love how it is taking shape.  Another great boho bag.  I have used parts of a 1940s kimono with amazing pink feathered arrows on it for the main focus.  I should have this one finished today. 

I think your bag should be a reflection of the person carrying it.  What does your bag say about you?

Monday, June 1, 2015

Gypsy Pouch and A giveaway

I am so excited about my Gypsy Pouch being included in Sew Somerset Magazine's June Issue.

I have had so many dreams come true since dedicating my art to making these bags.  I am in boutiques, had high fashion shoot editorials and now in a respected craft magazine.  There really has been some pinch me I must be dreaming moments in the past year.   For that I am grateful.  Hard work really does come back 10 fold.

To celebrate all my success with these one of kind, vintage fabrics and reclaimed fabrics bags.  I am launching the Rock n Roll line today in my Vintagemarketplace.etsy.com shop.  

I am also giving one Custom made gyspy pouch backpack away for those that help spread the word.  

I feel it is so important to reuse and give new life to things that have we already have or have been given in life.  Less waste, make some thing new out of something that was once loved and discarded. 

I call my bags Gypsy Pouches because of the materials I use have traveled for years around the country and have lived for decades with others gathering age and stories that we may not know but love them and give them a new story to tell and purpose.  

They are like carrying an old pieced quilt in your hands.  Soft, durable and made with love.

Help me spread the word and win your OWN gypsy pouch backpack.

Tell a friend, share it on facebook, Find me at Amy Elizabeth on Facebook.
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Follow me on any of these sites share and tag a friend then tag me. And you could win your own backpack.  A winner will be chosen On FRIDAY

Thanks to all of you that have supported my dream

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Gypsy Pouch and Sew Somerset Magazine


I am honored and thrilled to have been published in the June issue of Sew Somerset

Receiving that email made my day last winter.  It is such a long wait to hear and then to see it on the pages...but so worth it.

The good thing is that it gave me months to sew and prepare new bags to coincide with the magazine release date.



These are just a few, from my rock n roll line,  that will be in my Vintage
marketplace.etsy.com shop on Monday.

All my bags are handmade and hand embroidered from upcycled and reclaimed fabrics.  Vintage denim jeans, vintage hankies, faux fur zipper pulls.  I try to use only what I have or have been given.

The bags are heavy duty with vintage brass zippers, lined, interfacing for shaping and inside pockets.  

They measure anywhere from 14 to 16 inches wide and 10 to 12 inches deep and can carry a full lifes worth of stuff.

I sit and piece each one together like I am working a puzzle.  Lots of love and thought go into each one.

I am planning a lot more for summer, festivals and fleamarkets, concerts and hiking.
Hands free pouches are coming.

Stay tuned and follow me on Instagram for dibs on the new products.
Follow me at @vintagemarketp

If you are interested in a custom bag, made with your own pieces and memories sewn in, just let me know.  I am working on a custom piece now for a vet from Detroit, to give his girlfriend of his Airforce memories and how it brought them together.


Now I better get back in the studio and sew, sew, sew.