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Yes, I’m showing my age.  I’m quoting from Soul II Soul’s song, but it seems entirely appropriate this week.

Chapel Lane Market
Chapel Lane Market

Chapel Lane Market in Ennis has opened it’s doors for the 2016 season! Whoop Whoop! The Community Hall was alive with chatter and buzz as people arrived with their carriers full to the brim with new designs, ideas, fabrics, beads, glass and yarns. And in spite of the rain, people came in to see us all, and many commented on how pleased they were to see Chapel Lane Market was back. It is great to know that we are beginning to make a name for ourselves in Ennis and County Clare, and that people appreciate having a source of locally made crafts and baking in the town.

After a wobbly start to the week, involving the rather urgent repair of one sewing machine and the purchase of a back up machine from the genius that is John O’Donnell of Sewing Machines Ireland, I was straight onto the task in hand – working on a new design and some new fabrics.

Vosges Collection - Elegant Flower
Vosges Collection – Elegant Flower

First off the sewing machine were the bags made out of fabrics I’ve sourced from France.  They are gorgeous, elegant, high quality coated fabrics produces in the Vosges mountains in France.  I have called them the Vosges Collection after the source of the fabrics.  I have to say, I am delighted with the way they have turned out.  Always you think you can see how a fabric will translate into a bag, but until you actually have the bag in front of you, there is a lingering doubt.As well as the Vosges fabrics, I have managed to source a favourite fabric, Funky Red, in another colourway, which I call Funky Slate.

Small messenger bags, funky fabrics
Small messenger bags, funky fabrics

As soon as I saw the Funky Slate, I knew I had to make small messenger bags straightaway, because the flaps look so brilliant in this fabric.  There was a whole lot of admiration for this fabric on Saturday, which was great.

Once I’d done playing with my new fabrics, I had my new design to work on.  I’ve called it the Bag Buddy.  As I have mentioned in a previous blog, I have taken delivery of some clips.  I’m sewing these into all new bags, so that you can clip your keys or purse to the inside of your bag, for security (and ease of finding them in the bag).  The Bag Buddy is a small wristlet design which has credit card slots and enough room to take a set of keys, a phone and some change.  It will work as an evening clutch bag, and it has a useful wrist strap.  At the end of the wrist strap is a clip, so you can fasten this into your Sallyann Bag.  The Bag Buddy means that you can have the essential bits you need in one small bag, which can then be moved seamlessly from handbag to handbag, for those of you with more than one handbag (I know you’re out there).

The Bag Buddy - a wristlet with a clip
The Bag Buddy – a wristlet with a clip

Feedback on Saturday was very positive about both clips and the Bag Buddy, so my task this week is to make a few more in a greater range of fabric designs, so people can choose to have either matching or contrasting fabrics if they buy a bag and bag buddy together. I also need to upload the pictures and details to the online shop part of this site so those of you who prefer to shop online, or who aren’t near Ennis, can purchase these little beauties.

Online Shopping!
Online Shopping!

And whilst we’re on the subject of online shopping, don’t forget that it is Mother’s Day on March 6th, so if you have a certain someone who you’d like to treat with a bag, let me know and I can send it out.  I will wrap the bag and can include a personalised message if you include that in the instructions. I’m back to Chapel Lane Market on Saturday 20th – see you there if not online!

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