Monday, November 29, 2010

Cherry Red Satchels


Today until midnight all items in the Pesky Cat Designs shop are 10% OFF including sale items. Use coupon code "HOLIDAYS" during checkout. I recently added new Satchels to my shop with bird and flower appliques. They all have adjustable straps, two interior pockets and a swivel key clip. In case you miss this sale stay tuned to my blog for other promotions in the near future. 

The Boot Camp update: Three more items to go!

And in case you missed it, Thea and Sami did a feature on me and my work. Thanks again Thea!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sale in the Shop!


The Pesky Cat Designs shop is having a weekend holiday sale! To claim your discount use  the code "HOLIDAYS" during Etsy checkout for 10% OFF everything in the shop from now until midnight Cyber Monday, 11/29/10. 

Shop update: I'll be adding a couple of Satchels, including the one posted above,  to the shop in the next hour or so. More Satchels coming soon! 

Below is a shoot of Anni this morning. She spent the past 8 years in a NYC apartment on the 10th floor. She was never fond of the front door since it only lead to a hallway with two noisy elevators. Since we moved to Florida the front door is her best friend. It leads to a patch of grass that she loves to eat, butterflies, little lizards, birds, squirrels and lots more!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Friday Follower Feature


If you head over to Thea and Sami's blog you can catch the latest Friday Follower post featuring me and my handmade bags! Thanks so much Thea for putting together such a lovely feature. Thea is a textile designer and fabric printer who lives and works in Brisbane, Australia. I've been following her blog for quite some time and her creativity and energy always gives me so much inspiration. Thea and Sami design and hand screen-print natural fabrics for home and body. Their growing range of products includes a boutique of eco-friendly homewares. You can check out her gorgeous fabric and products at the Thea and Sami store.

Shop notice: I should have some new bags in the Pesky Cat Designs shop tomorrow just in time for Black Friday. I also have a selection of bags on sale to celebrate the upcoming holiday season. 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Semi-Circles and More


I'll be adding a few Harris Tweed purses to the Pesky Cat Designs shop in the next hour or so. I've got two Semi-Circle Purses and one Wayfarer Purse to list. Later today I'll be cutting and preparing fabric for new bags. And of course I will take some time off to relax and enjoy this beautiful day here in St. Augustine, Florida. Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend. Enjoy!

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Interface Update


Yesterday I posted a glimpse into my studio with my recent work in progress. I needed interface in order to complete the work and was waiting for my supply to be shipped. Later that day it arrived! And today my second backup shipment arrived so I am well stocked for the next month. I completed three new corduroy purses and should be able to finish a few more today. The purses pictured above will be listed in my shop today. Wishing everyone a wonderful Friday and weekend ahead. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Glimpse into the Studio


Below is a glimpse into the Pesky Cat Designs studio this morning. It's my favorite time to work since I love the sunlight that streams in and it always puts me in a good mood. I don't like to work with artificial light so I need to get up early to get a days work in. 


Lots of new bags are currently in production at the studio. I'm waiting for a shipment of heavy weight sew-in interface to arrive before I can complete them. It's on backorder from my current vendor so I purchased some from another source hoping that one of my orders will arrive soon. All my bags are made with a heavy sew-in interface to give them shape and durability. Also, my interior fabric and exterior fabric is interfaced with fusible stabilizer. So the bags all have three layers of interface.  I'll keep you posted on when the new batch of bags are completed!



Sunday, November 14, 2010

Holiday Boot Camp Update


In case you missed my original post, the Holiday Boot Camp Challenge is to have 100 items in the shop by December 1st. That goal was set on October 2nd at which time there were 40 bags in the Pesky Cat Designs shop so 60 more needed to be created. The idea came from the very talented Damjana of Loddelina bags. This challenge is not a competition, just a way to push ourselves to work towards a goal. During the holiday season it is good to have as much inventory as possible in your shop and this challenge has really helped me focus and work toward my goal. There are 16 more days left until December 1st and I still need to create 22 more items. In the next couple of weeks I'll have to find the perfect stride to gallop to the finish line! 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sneak Preview: The Woodland Collection



Here's a little sneak preview of the new Woodland Collection of Harris Tweed wristlets that will be available at the Pesky Cat Designs shop soon. The appliques were handcut from a free hand drawing so no two are exactly alike. Each wristlet is fully lined with a floral cotton print fabric and has one interior slip pocket large enough for credit cards or cash. The strap is lined with the same fabric as the interior so it's soft against your wrist. These wristlets will be available in corduroy as well. They are the perfect size to store all your essentials so you can leave your purse behind!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Perfect Neutral


I think gray is a perfect neutral that will go with just about any color outfit. I can picture it paired with shades of fuschia, black, red, dark navy and mustard to name a few. The purse above is made from Harris Tweed wool in a medium gray with a light gray wool felt applique and a wood button. I recently purchased some wool felt and it is perfect for making appliques with.  I ordered quite a few colors so I can experiment with different shades. 
Yesterday I added a couple of bags to the Pesky Cat Designs shop including the purse shown above. More bags will be added this afternoon. For anyone that is interested I am now taking custom orders. See my shop policies for more information. This week I will be working on a new collection of Harris Tweed wristlets. Stay tuned!