• PPC11: Cats are for Cuddling

    So… I felt pretty good about our new design by the time I finished our last post because even though there were a few adjustments that still needed to be made, they were mostly minor details… Things like nudging a notch a bit here and there, or changing the construction details a bit for better […]

  • How to Improve Your Sewing

    So… There’s lots of reasons why people sew. For me, I enjoy the actual process of sewing. It’s almost  therapeutic. When I’m working on a project it’s one of the few times that I can totally tune out my surroundings. It so engrosses me that I lose track of time, kinda like a form of […]

  • What Makes YOU Lose Interest in a Blog?

    So… Not long ago I read an article online that indicated that it’s growing more and more difficult to maintain a following on a Blog. It included a poll in an attempt to find out why folks were abandoning Blogs that at one time were incredibly popular. Thankfully, I really haven’t noticed a drop-off in […]

  • PPC11: Buckles & Dots!

        So… We made a lot of changes to the last sample we worked up and we detailed those changes for you in our last post, but you know what? Even though we were pretty pleased with how that last sample looked AND functioned… there were still some areas of concern and our intent […]

  • Ask Kat: How Difficult are Your Patterns?

     So… Here’s a question we get asked on a regular basis, particularly at shows, and it goes something like this. People come into our booth because they want their chance to check out our bags in person. They open them up, see all the zippers and storage areas and in general how different they are […]

  • 9 Reasons to Learn How to Sew

    So…. when did YOU learn how to sew? I find that my typical customer learned to sew at a very young age, either in school, or in a home situation either by their Mom or another family member. But you know as well as I do that sometime in the 80’s the school policy makers […]

  • PPC11: The Gorilla Response

    So… in our last post in this series, I showed you what turned out to be our 2nd “Samsonite Gorilla” sample for this design round and I can’t reiterate enough how glad I am that I took this bag on our trip because as it turns out, there were SO many things that needed tweeking […]

  • July 2015 Handbag of the Month

    Congratulations to Celia Oliver of Nottingham, UK! She and her “luminous” Bellagio Bag won our June 2015 “Handbag of the Month” contest in a close finish over Cara of South Africa. Her prize? … a $25 virtual gift certificate and a permanent place of honor in our “Handbag of the Month Archive“! To see her […]

  • Three Steps to Better Project Pictures!

    So… over the past 10 years we’ve received LOTS of handbag photos from our customers and we LOVE looking at each and every one of them… many of which are ultimately entered in our monthly “Handbag of the Month” contest. But you know what? Even though almost all of the bags pictured in the photos […]

  • PPC11: Test Drive TWO

    So… in the last post in this series I showed you the “Samsonite Gorilla” sample of our new design. But you might recall that based on that sample, there was a boat-load of things that needed my attention! So many in fact that I felt the need to make up yet another “Samsonite Gorilla” sample. […]