Wednesday, February 24, 2010

And a Bag for the Courier

My most faithful client, my sister Paula, ordered another Amazing Technicolor Dream Tote. It's just as efficient to make two, and Paula is buying the second one, too. One bag has a purple band and purple lining. The other one has a green band and a light green lining. (see last photo) But now, how to get them to St. Joe, MI? Ever since the USPO lost one of the bags I mailed to Paula, I get the heebie jeebies putting anything in the mail. So that's where Oralee comes in.

Like my sister, Oralee is married to a Thompson. Since the senior Thompson are in St Joe, Or and Dave go up there. So Oralee has agreed to take Paula the two bags which she doesn't need until April.

Yesterday I started on a new Amazing Technicolor Dream Tote for my physical therapist Chandra. I wanted to do something special for her. Good thing my math is bad - I wound up cutting enough strips for two bags. As I put the first one together, it seemed a bit big. And Chandra is a small person. Since I was lunching with Oralee today and since Or has agreed to deliver the two Amazing Technicolor Dream Totes, she seemed like a terrific candidate for this first tote, and I'll finish the other one for Chandra tomorrow.

Oralee's bag has a terrific batik lining, no black vertical strips, and an array of colors that go through the spectrum. I may have to do a mini-bag for Oralee's 18-month-old granddaughter Natalya...


Josie Ray said...

All of these totes are simply gorgeous. I'm especially partial to the first two, due to the way the fabrics blend into one another so well! From a distance, the first four or five fabrics almost, but not quite, seem to be one graduated fabric. Lovely work. (I wonder if I could get one of *my* sisters to start sewing. :-)

Your words about my painting were so encouraging! Thank you! Miss Piggy made me laugh out loud. So true. At least you *made* some stained glass; I only still have the book sitting on my craft shelf. And I won't tell you what musical instrument is gathering dust while I paint (not a piano, though).

And "of course William Morris" was the very kindest and most generous thing that you could have said. I was gleeful. :-) Truly.

I do see the value of focusing on one discipline, then at other times they all seem like the same art: branches on the same tree, rooted in color and design; dishes at the same banquet of li....oh, no!!! You see me, the Glutton! :-) And I love the crossovers, like quilts that look like stained glass, hooked rugs in quilt patterns...paintings that look like tapestry...

You asked if I was happy painting. Supremely. But I generally am, no matter what I'm creating, as long as I'm alone, there's a cup of tea nearby, and something ethereal like Enya playing. I really do enter another world. Painting was one more occasion for this, with greater freedom than my former pattern following, so, yes, I intend to do more.

Again, thank you for your kindness.

Donna said...

JR, the first two pictures in this post are the same bag - there's a total of 16 different Rog G Biv fabrics. The bottom picture is two more examples of the bags that I was mass producing before Christmas. Because I was on a budget (I charged $25/bag which wasn't nearly enough, even using some of my older fabrics), these bags are what there are. I am happiest using all batiks, but then that ups the ante, doesn't it? This bag at the top of the blog entry is exclusively from batiks, including the lining. And I think it's beautiful. Glad to have the reinforcement from you!

Josie Ray said...

Donna, I totally missed the "I'll finish the other bag tomorrow" part! And the "I cut enough strips for two bags" part sunk in. Well, imagine all that beauty in just one tote. Chances are that someone will be tempted to display it on the wall, rather than carry it! Art.