Happy Easter everyone! I had to show you this Easter (or Yeaster, as the Marmite people would have it) Egg. I am a Marmite lover, but I am finding the idea of Marmite and chocolate a bit challenging. Recent “innovations” by confectionary companies such as milk chocolate and cheese and onion Tayto crisps have left me feeling somewhat nauseated, and the Cadbury’s Caramel and Vegemite bar brought back from Australia by some friends was an an acquired taste I wasn’t rushing to acquire.
This is necessarily a short post, for which I apologise, although you may be relieved. Bag Making HQ is very busy at the moment, preparing for 2 markets this week, Chapel Lane Market in Ennis on Saturday from 10-5, and the very gorgeous Vandeleur Walled Gardens Easter Egg Hunt, Craft and Plant Sale on Sunday from 12-5. New bags are being sewn, especially box bags and bag buddies, both of which are proving popular amongst my lovely discerning customers.
Did you meet the box bags?
The box bags are made out of oilcloths and coated cottons, and lined with denim. They are perfect for use as wash bags, for shaving gear or make up, but have also found use as a holder for yarn and crochet hooks, and in my particular case I use one for the yarn and small needles I am using to knit a tiger. They came into existence when I decided that I wanted to see if I could sew a cuboid shape. Having proved that I could, and that they looked rather handsome, the box bag was born. They retail for €30 each, and come in most of the colours of the fabrics I use.
The bag buddies too are acquiring their fans. They are handy little fellows. Small enough to be held in one hand or to hang off the wrist join its soft denim wrist strap, the bag buddy can act as wallet, handbag and travel bag all rolled into one. Inside are card slots for credit/debit cards, and enough room for a phone, keys, cash and a passport. At the end of the wrist strap is a clip, and this clip can be used to fasten the bag buddy inside any one of my bags which also have clips sewn into their side seams now. If you’re on holidays and want a little extra security for your purse, these are your solution. But equally if you’re going out in the evening and don’t want to carry a full handbag, they can step up and be your evening bag with aplomb!
All of these will be available at both markets I’ll be attending this weekend, along with some old favourites like the zip top totes, and even the odd reversible open top tote, making a trip back to the Vandeleur Walled Gardens where it made its first ever appearance on the public stage.
Have a very happy Easter to you all, happy Spring Break to those of you in the States, and I hope that I will get the chance to meet with many of you in the coming weeks.