Wednesday, June 10, 2009

new clock and diy pyramid pouch

I was just looking at an Etsy shop that said something like, "we only use the finest quality cow skin. You'll never want to stop touching it!" I'm not sure if I found it gross because I'm a vegetarian or because it is actually gross. I'm suddenly really uninterested in leather now, even vintage/sustainable leather. Almost all of my shoes are leather, but I'm not going to replace them all. I guess I'm used to them and I'll try not to think about it. But I won't be buying anything leather any time soon, new or second-hand. This makes it even more difficult to find a backpack, because the ones on Etsy that I did like were in leather, and the sellers aren't interested in making them in anything else. Back to the drawing board...

Here is my first attempt at making something bag-like. (Baby-steps.)

It's squashed from being at the bottom of my bag and because I forgot to put interfacing in it, but let's just ignore that. I'm vaguely happy with the sewing, despite the fact that my machine is completely uninterested in sewing zippers (I broke two needles in the process). Looking for a decent second-hand Bernina. Also not so impressed with the colours I chose. I looked at it as a test piece and didn't want to waste especially cool fabric if I buggered it up. I found the tutorial here at, which is such a great site. They have a bunch more quality DIY tutorials there.

I'm going to use it for Heidi & Seek petty cash and receipts, because I'm currently horrendous at keeping my money and business money separate.

By the way, I adore my new upcycled clock from pretty green. I used to have to keep my mobile phone in this corner to check the time and I still sometimes forget that I can just look at the wall now!


Anonymous said...

I love to read your blog! and I agree, leather freaks me out as well. I have heaps of trouble finding bags I like that aren't leather. This girl makes really nice bags, I suggest you check it out if you haven't already!

or vegan wares on smith street in Melbourne custom make pretty much anything for you but they are a bit crazy expensive.

hope any of that helps :)

Clare said...

Ah it's so nice to see the clock in its new home! Thank you for sharing.
Thanks for sharing the living creatively link as well. Looks like a great website.

Heidi and Seek said...

Lydia - I really like that Etsy shop, thanks for pointing it out!

I hadn't heard of vegan wares either, so thank you for that, too! I'll definitely keep them in mind when I next need shoes.

Clare - You're very welcome, I love it!