Peacock Feathers, Flamingos, and Purple Batik!

After the last fabric sneak preview I posted a while back,  I added some new pouches to my online shops and also ran an ad through IndieMe in something called the Spring 2017 Vertical Marketing Guide- Jewelry and Wearable Art. I did receive several new orders for my original anti-tarnish lined zipper pouches. Many jewelry stores and boutiques carry the anti-tarnish lined zipper pouches as a great jewelry accessory.

How about this fun flamingo fabric- love the spindly little black legs!

Tiny Pink Flamingo zipper pouch

I am also very fond of fabrics with metallic accents for a bit of sparkle without being over the top, like this vibrant peacock plume fabric:

Peacock Plume Metallic zipper pouch

I offer any bag fabrics with  both 100% cotton or anti-tarnish silver cloth linings, so if you see something you like, and it is not listed in the lining you want, please contact me!

Orchid purple and gold leafy batik, anyone?

Orchid and Gold Leafy Batik Print

If you are new to Bags of a Feather, here is a post explaining what anti-tarnish silver cloth is, and why it makes such a great way to store silver jewelry. It comes in a variety of colors, including ivory, silver gray, blue, maroon, black, lime and hunter green, and red. It is fairly easy to find an anti-tarnish lining color to go with almost any fabric.

Getting exactly what you want is well worth it- don’t you agree?

-until next time

Wendy

200 Bulbs- 6 Months Later

Spring Flowers 2017

Last fall, I planted a whopping 200 spring flower bulbs, by hand, with my trusty trowel. It took a while, and I was sore afterwards, but it was definitely worth it!

Now, in Mid-April, the hyacinths are blooming, and the daffodils are just starting to come out. It smells absolutely heavenly when I step out the door!

Happy Spring!

-Wendy

New Fabric Preview- Spring 2017

I swore I wasn’t going to buy any new fabric for a while,, and although it was hard,  I managed to hold out for about 2 months. I had to re-order one of my bestselling batik fabrics, and made the mistake of looking at new things. At least I only ordered a few half yards and kept the grand total at a fairly reasonable level. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Here are few pictures of the new fabrics, which will be magically transformed to new zipper pouches in the near future. Sometimes, it is nice to admire the fabric for awhile before cutting it up with the rotary cutter.

A great new peacock plume metallic fabric:

Peacock plume fabric with golden metallic accents

Love this fun new flamingo fabric:

Tiny pink flamingo fabric

Also, a lovely new purple and gold leafy batik and green leaves print:

Purple and gold batik and green leaves fabrics

Ready for cutting:

Ready for cutting

Wednesday Wings from Bags of a Feather- Dragonflies

Another post in my series called Wednesday Wings from Bags of a Feather– this time featuring dragonflies!

Dragonflies are very interesting creatures, and I look forward to seeing them zip around the garden in the middle of the summer. Here are some fun facts from a site called dragonfly-site.com.

  • A bee flaps its wings about 300 times per second, but a dragonfly flaps its wings at only about 30 beats per second. (fact, dragonflies have two sets of wings so they don’t have to beat them as much to fly.)
  •  A dragonfly is a very strong and good flyer, and can fly at speeds of up to 36 miles per hour. (fact, but not all dragonflies are that fast – one was clocked at this speed in Australia)
  • Dragonflies are known as snake doctors because they can bring dead snakes back to life. (myth)
  • There were huge dinosaur dragonflies that lived 300 million years ago. (fact – the largest fossil found had a 2 ½ foot wingspan, and currently there are dragonflies in Costa Rica that measure 7 ½ inches across the wings.)

– See more at: http://www.dragonfly-site.com/dragonfly-facts.html#sthash.HPNqG2p2.dpuf

I really like dragonfly fabrics, and many of them have finely detailed designs with metallic accents. Here are a few of my favorites:

Until next time- think spring  and dragonflies!
–Wendy

What’s in YOUR Zipper Pouch ?- Part 8

This is one post in a series entitled “What’s In YOUR Zipper Pouch ?”- Part……..

Thought I would have some fun and offer some ideas of what you can put in a zipper pouch- some traditional, like jewelry, and some a little different (more to come on that.)

  1. Calculator, pen, and paper- sometimes you just need to write stuff down:

Calculator pen and paper in Lovebird pouch

 

2. Nail essentials- clippers, files, nail polish- everything you need for quick touch-ups on the go:

Nail stuff in Cardinal Nest Egg pouch

 

Lots more ideas to come- stay tuned!

–Wendy

Wednesday Wings from Bags of a Feather- Goldfinches!

Another installment in the Wednesday Wings from Bags of a Feather- Goldfinches!

They are some of my favorite birds, with their cheerful songs and joyful flight. A sure sign of spring is the sight of the males molting out their duller winter colors into the vibrant yellow summer plumage. During the transition, there are some interesting patches of dull and bright feathers.

Facts about goldfinches from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

  • Adult males in spring and early summer are bright yellow with black forehead, black wings with white markings, and white patches both above and beneath the tail. Adult females are duller yellow beneath, olive above. Winter birds are drab, unstreaked brown, with blackish wings and two pale wingbars.
  • Behavior

    These are active and acrobatic little finches that cling to weeds and seed socks, and sometimes mill about in large numbers at feeders or on the ground beneath them. Goldfinches fly with a bouncy, undulating pattern and often call in flight, drawing attention to themselves.

 

This is a picture of me holding a goldfinch that had crashed into a window and was a bit stunned. I picked it up until it was fully recovered and ready to fly away.

Goldfinch fabric can be hard to find, and is often included in fabric designs with mixed flocks of birds. Some of the goldfinch fabrics currently available in my online shops:

Birdseed Goldfinch fabric pouch

Goldfinch Cherry Blossom Print Anti-tarnish lined jewelry pouch

What’s in YOUR Zipper Pouch ?- Part 7

This is one post in a series entitled “What’s In YOUR Zipper Pouch ?”- Part……..

Thought I would have some fun and offer some ideas of what you can put in a zipper pouch- some traditional, like jewelry, and some a little different (more to come on that.)

1.  Something for the guys (for a change), or anyone- measuring tape, flashlight,   Swiss Army knife:

Swiss Army knife, flashlight, and Measuring tape in Owls of Wonder Pouch

 

2. Utensils, salt, pepper, napkins- for those times when you’re eating on the run:

Eating utensils, salt and pepper in Paris Butterfly pouch

 

Lots more ideas to come- stay tuned!

–Wendy

Wednesday Wings from Bags of a Feather- A Parliament of Owls!

One in a series called Wednesday Wings from Bags of a Feather. (This latest one is an updated version of a post originally posted in 2013.)

This week’s featured bird is the owl.

We live on the edge of 12,000 acres of undeveloped watershed property, and there are a lot of owls in the woods. We can hear them calling to each other on warm summer nights and winter afternoons, and if we are lucky, actually catch a glimpse of one once in a while.

This barred owl was a regular visitor a couple of years ago, and would perch above the bird feeders and observe the activity below. I never saw it chase any birds, but did watch a fascinating chase of a red squirrel through the woods. I think the squirrel manged to escape!

Barred Owl visitor

Owl Facts From Wikipedia:

 

Owls are a group of birds that belong to the order Strigiformes, constituting 200 extant bird of prey species. Most are solitary and nocturnal, with some exceptions (e.g., the Northern Hawk Owl). Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica, most of Greenland and some remote islands. Though owls are typically solitary, the literary collective noun for a group of owls is a parliament. Owls are characterized by their small beaks and wide faces, and are divided into two families: the typical owls, Strigidae; and the barn-owls, Tytonidae.

Most owls share an innate ability to fly almost silently and also more slowly in comparison to other birds of prey. Most owls live a mainly nocturnal lifestyle and being able to fly without making any noise gives them a strong advantage over their prey that are listening for any sign of noise in the dark night.”

Yawning Owl

Yawning Owl

Owl fabric creations from Bags of a Feather:

Enchanted Owls Zipper Pouch

Autumn Metallic Owls zipper pouch

Whoos There Owls zipper pouch

Owls of Wonder zipper pouch

Owls of Wonder zipper pouch

Personal Sewing Projects- Place Mats and Potholders

Once in a while, I sew up something for myself (very rarely), or for the house (more likely). This time it was some new potholders, as my old ones were getting very grungy. These are interlined with one layer of Insul-bright and one layer of cotton quilt batting, which keeps your hands from getting burned and are lightweight and completely washable.

New potholders

New potholders

I also sewed up a couple of reversible place mats, with some colorful new lovebird fabric on one side, and tiny scarlet macaws on the other side.

New place mats- lovebird side

New place mats- lovebird and macaw sides

It was fun to sew something other than a zipper pouch. Maybe I will try a new project next time- who knows?

—Wendy

 

New Cardinal Fabric Preview

OK, I admit it- I am unable to stop buying new fabrics! I keep telling myself that here are worse vices in life besides buying fabric, and then the whopping credit card bill arrives…..

Cardinal fabric is one of my favorites, and there seems to be a lot of great new cardinal fabrics out there. As a result, I go through tons of red lining fabrics and red zippers.

Here are a couple of new ones on the way:

Nest Eggs Summer Cardinals by Timeless Treasures

Birch Perch Summer Cardinals by Timeless Treasures

 

Stay tuned- there is more to come!

–Wendy