I just added a new Wayfarer Purse in a soft gray corduroy to the Pesky Cat Designs shop. It's fully lined in a lovely black and white cotton floral print fabric. I plan to create more purses in this fabric and color soon. I'm also working on a new applique design, a branch of dogwood flowers and one that will be a surprise. Hint- An animal that lives in the forest. Check out the shop for my latest equestrian addition as well. The perfect gift for a horse lover!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Last week I won Thea & Sami's blog giveaway! Thea & Sami specialize in designing and hand-printing organic and natural fabrics using only water-based, non-toxic inks. Thea, of Thea & Sami, designs and creates the most beautiful screen-printed fabrics from her textile-design studio located in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. I've been a big fan of both her blog and textiles for quite some time. I won a 1/2 metre of fabric from her new Cottage Garden Collection. I'm so excited to receive my fabric and already know what I plan to create with it. I'll definitely post a pic when I do!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Yesterday I walked over to the Garment District in search of corduroy fabric and ending up finding exactly what I was looking for at New York Elegant Fabrics, located on 40th street between 7th and 8th Ave. I've shopped there many times before and can always count on finding a great selection of good quality corduroy in every color I can dream of. Although you will not find bargain basement prices here you will find a very helpful and friendly staff and an incredible selection of fabric. The shop is around 20,000 square feet with two levels and carries everything from cotton shirting to brocade. The first time I came across this shop I was a little intimidated by the "elegant" in the name. I'm glad I was brave enough to venture in because I was pleasantly surprised to find everything I could ever want under one roof with the friendliest owners and staff. As always my experience yesterday left me leaving the store very content. This Thursday I should have some new corduroy purses available in the Pesky Cat Designs shop. Stay tuned!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Two new bag designs are now in the Pesky Cat Designs shop! The Carryall posted above is made from a Harris Tweed wool in one of my favorite plaid weaves. It has a total of four pockets that includes a handy exterior back pocket for things such as a cell phone. I also created a smaller shoulder bag in a similar design with a rounded flap closure. The photo shoot took place in Stuyvesant Square, NYC, located only a few blocks away from where I live. On warmers days I like to get a cup of tea or coffee and sit in the park watching the squirrels and birds. Today it was just photo taking and back to the studio!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
This is the view from my window early this morning. Forecasts call for about 8 to 13 inches of snow across the New York metropolitan region today. Schools are closed and many people are staying home as you can see from the photo. I plan to venture out soon to get some groceries and some kitty food. I have several grocery stores within walking distance , less than one city block (264 feet), so all I need to do is put on my boots and trudge throw the snow. I do plan to spend most of my time in my studio today finishing up some new designs. I was sick with a cold this past week so I was not able work in my studio for several days. I have a few new bag designs in progress that I plan to introduce to the Pesky Cat Designs shop this Thursday if all goes as scheduled. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Yesterday I decided it was time to take some model shoots of my Harris Tweed Messenger/Shoulder Bag so I threw on my warm faux suede coat and some comfortable boots and headed over to the Gramercy neighborhood of NYC. That's me standing on the corner of 19th street and Irving Place.
I also took a photo of my Offbeat Messenger being worn as a shoulder bag in front of Gramercy Park, a small fenced-in private park located in the Gramercy neighborhood of NYC. It is privately owned by the owners of the surrounding structures and residents living in these buildings that face the park may buy a key to the park. It's obvious that I did not have a key but managed to get a nice shoot nontheless.
And last but certainly not least, this morning my Harris Tweed Messenger Bag was featured on Etsy's front page! Thank you GloriaKirk for creating such a lovely treasury. Check out her shop for beautiful one-of-a-kind scarves and wrist cuffs made from natural fibers. The colors and textures in her work are absolutely gorgeous.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Yesterday I found myself in front of the computer just as a treasury was opening up. I already had my selections ready in postersketch so all I had to to is copy and paste. Blushing Birds, was inspired by GollyBard's gorgeous watercolor painting of two cardinals. There are so many lovely shops on Etsy. Every time I curate a treasury my search for new items leads me to many more gorgeous discoveries.
On another note, this past week it's been a little quiet at the Pesky Cat Designs studio. I've been busy with lots of outside activities so my trusty Juki and I have gotten a little rest. This week I hope to finish up drafting a new purse design that I will be introducing to the shop very soon. First a pattern is drafted onto paper, fabric cut and a new purse sewn up. If I like the final piece I'll trace my pattern onto sturdier paper stock. Creating a new design is always challenging and exciting. I'll keep you posted on my progress so stay tuned. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!