I was up into the wee hours last night working on site updates and typelists. As you can see, I did finally add some blog links and it took forever and that was only one-third of my list. I don't know if I have the heart to keep going. My poor brain did not explode, but my ears were ringing when I finally flopped into bed, and I woke up, still thinking about it this morning even though I clearly have more important things to do today than to mess around with how this blog looks. But I'm still compelled to work on it, and as with so many creative urges, I've found it's best to just let it lead the way and see what happens. Otherwise, I could end up spending an insane amount of time just thinking about it and doing nothing. Overall, I'm pretty happy with it. I may tweek it a few times before all is said and done. So, just as the wizard told Dorothy..."pay no attention to the
man woman behind the curtain", you can picture me frantically pulling levers and turning dials behind the scenes as images come and go. I guess you could say that this bag was responsible for my blog make-over. I just finished it, and I'm really loving these color combinations. The style is exactly like a vintage summer beach tote I used to have. Looking at it makes me think of golden sunshine, and riding to the beach in my sporty convertible with the top down. Just a passing memory that makes me smile, remembering.
Here's a peek inside. I used buckram instead of a synthetic interlining, and covered a little cardboard piece to fit in the bottom to give it stability. I've been thinking about these woven handles for ages, and finally tried it with some raffia. Ginger held the ends while I braided it together. They came out surprisingly sturdy. Love the organic element as well. The finishing touch was my favorite vintage button, one I'd been saving for just the right piece and this was it.