Saturday, 30 July 2011

Summer holidays are for:

:: daydreaming in the grass (no four leaf shamrocks found, better luck next time)

:: trying on a new look (these are the glasses frames I chose in the end)

:: having coffee at the streetside cafe (while your children attend a pavement workshop)

:: enjoying all the different colours of Ljubljana (even if the weather is way too chilly for this time of year)

:: buying some pretty jewellery (I fell in love with this gorgeous labradorite stone set in silver)

:: and adding a shiny kitchen appliance to my mental wish list (I had no idea KitchenAid mixer come in all the colours of the rainbow!)...

:: :: ::   Have a nice weekend!   :: :: :: 

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Blogger on vacation

I am spending my summer vacation in Slovenia; plenty of rest, catching up with old friends and sightseeing around Ljubljana, my hometown. A lot has changed since I moved away and it is always fun to discover new things as I visit my favourite spots.

Loddelina is taking a break at the moment, buying supplies, making some sketches and looking for fresh ideas. I plan to add some zippered pouches to my shop as soon as I catch my breath :)

It has cooled down a bit in the last few days with rain showers painting the skies dark blue and beautiful clouds scattered all over the horizon. Here are some impressions from the past week:

 Walking up to the Ljubljana castle ...

... as big stormy clouds gather above.

Street musician on a coffee break.

New art installations in old town's cobble street.

 Lunch at the market place (mmmmmm).

And later that day street lights slowly light up.

:: :: ::   Have a nice weekend!   :: :: :: 

Friday, 15 July 2011

A real challenge

I finished another custom work yesterday, a fabric compendium that can hold a standard A4 note pad, two BlackBerry devices, some pens and business cards.
To even make this stiff structured item that would hold all the contents safely inside, I had to purchase some super strong double sided fusible that Lisa, the amazing writer of U-handbag blog suggested to me.

The colours, materials and embroidery followed this Loddelina zippered pouch, the only thing I had to figure out was the right dimensions for all the pockets and how to sew everything together including the strong interfacing and magnetic clasps closing the folded compendium.

Making this item was quite a challenge for my handbag oriented mind, but like any challenge it gave me new ideas for future projects and, hopefully, taught me new skills to bring them to life.

::  ::  ::   have a great weekend   ::  ::  ::  

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Work in progress

Very slow progress, but still...

In between nursing my son's broken elbow (hopefully it is not really broken but it has to rest in a cast for a whole week) and entertaining Gaston, who can't ride a bike, draw, climb outside in the playground, or sleep very well at night (due to the same annoying cast, stretching from shoulder to thumb), I am working on a custom order. It is a larger version of my Pippa blue corduroy bag and so far I have finished the front embroidery, all I have left is deciding where to sew the buttons.

I should have more news from my studio next week; if you want a closer update, follow me on Twitter - I have finally opened my account, find me HERE or click on the little blue bird in the sidebar...

Tweet you soon!

Sunday, 3 July 2011

New city tote

I listed another tote today, this time a city version - a bit taller, able to comfortably hold a A4 size folder, school boooks or work papers - whenever you want to take it.

Made from delicious cherry red cotton canvas and decorated with a patch of striped Basque cloth in rainbow colours, interfaced and lined with contrasting dark khaki canvas. Inside are two pockets, a smaller slip pocket for your phone and a larger, zippered one plus a D ring for attaching keys. Many colourful details make this tote really unique and if somebody doesn't grab it quickly (my 15% sale is still going on), I might keep it for myself!

Today I was busy all afternoon, working on a custom order Pippa Grande shoulder bag. I will have some pictures tomorrow...

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