A while back I discovered a great adjustable strap tutorial on a blog called "You sew, girl!". It was clearly written and has great photos so I was able to make an adjustable strap in no time. The blog is about the goings-on of the Nicole Mallalieu Design Studio based in Brunswick, in Melbourne, Australia. Nicole Mallalieu, an experienced fashion designer and bag maker, owns and operates the studio. You can find lots of useful tips and tutorials about bag making on her blog. She also sells great bag making supplies, her own patterns and gives workshops. Check out the blog for inspiration and much more. Thanks Nicole for such a wonderful blog!
Katzenhohle by Dornroeschen Filzunikate I recently came across this incredible cat bed made by German artist Dornroeschen Filzunikate. This beautiful piece of functional art called a Katzenhohle , cat cave, is handmade of felted wool. It's definitely the most unique cat bed I have ever seen. It would bring a bit of nature into my urban NYC home. I think my Anni would love a cat cave although her favorite spots right now are the pillow behind my head in bed, a straw basket that was meant to store magazines and a storage box made from fabric that becomes a hammock when she sleeps in it. My sweet Anni FOX 5 Update : A while back I wrote a post about a story that Fox 5 news was doing on Etsy and the handmade market. I was interviewed in my studio as part of the feature. An Etsy press agent recently informed me that the story aired April 15th and he also missed it. He said he is trying to get a copy of it from the studio. I'll be sure to post a link to it when it becomes ava