Re-organizing, rethinking, retrying.

I thought I’d check in with an little update on some of the new stuff I have been working on.

 Tuesdays are my day to work on nothing but sewing, and my Etsy shop, my future business, and creating new designs and what not. They are my favorite days!  So, here in this post you get a peek at what last Tuesday looked like for me! I was extremely productive all day, and am really proud of what’s coming out.

I am really excited to get these bags finished, but I have limited time nowadays, since I have taken on quite a few other things. I am working on another great line of bags with an old friend form high school for a really exciting project that should be revealed soon! As well, as starting a part time job. So, I’m still figuring out how to organise my time so that I do maximize sewing and creating new things!

 I’ll be sure to share more, very soon.

Weekend!

I had a really great weekend. Pretty sad to see it end.

I went on a few bike rides! Ate pancakes, got a tan!!!! Saw a scary movie, and hung out with some friends. Damn near perfect. I am so looking forward to more Summer and Summer-like weekends like this.

All of the STRIPES!

I recently did a bit of treasure hunting and collecting and have compiled a bit of spread of some GORGEOUS and stylish bloggers rockin’ their striped zipper clutches! It’s definitely my most popular bag, and my favorite. It goes with everything! Check out these lovelies and how they have styled theirs…

Juley of Swank Heights.

 I Love Juley’s outfit photos. I feel like I’m looking at my bag in an ACTUAL fashion spread.

Home girl has some serious style.

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See more herehere, and here!

 

Stephanie of Mrs. Stephanie T., Mandy of Harper’s Happenings, and Elsie of A Beautiful Mess.

 

Such an honor to see these ladies carrying my bag. A couple of my favorite and inspired by bloggers.

See more of Stephanie looking adorable (red jeans and stripes? prefect) here.

See more of Mandy sporting her bag in one of  her Steppin’ Out Saturday post here!

See more of Elsie with her bag in her Daily outfit post titled Red Velvet (!) here.

I so hope I get to do more posts like this. I Love stumbling upon outfit posts that happen to feature a pretty little bag that I remember putting together. I get all warm and fuzzy.

If you have any pics of you carrying your itsKrust bags, please send them my way! itskrust@gmail.com

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I copied this outfit from Pinterest.

So, I started a new job on Monday. I needed to find something and I’m glad I did. Probably just in the nick of time, too. While I would love to continue to work on my bags full-time, I am not yet profitable enough yet to do so. Obviously, there are bills to be paid, and I like heat, showers, food, and a roof. Oh, and my gym membership! The job I took is fairly part time, so I am OF COURSE, keeping the shop going. Full steam ahead, in fact.

I hope to really ramp things up this year with my shop, even with the job. I’d like to continue to work toward making my passion for sewing and creating my career. I’m more motivated than ever now, actually.  Especially since I had started working on new bags in the last couple months. I am redesigning things and adding new materials and hardware in this larger line. There are more diverse styles (clutches, hobo bags, shoulder bags, and weekenders!) Something for everyone, I hope.

As of now I only have 4 out 16 bags fully completed. With a good amount of prep work done for the next batch of 6. So, I am shooting for a mid-April launch, but maybe I’ll shoot for April 1st, and just release the line gradually… I might go with that. Because, really it’s hard to have the ones done sitting here looking pretty. I really just want to show them off! I’ll share a little peek this weekend.

Back to work. Back to actual outfits everyday. I think I missed having somewhere to really get dressed for.

Shoulder bag by me! My new favorite EVERYTHING bag.

If you haven’t yet, you should check out the SHOP.

I’m quite pleased with how it is looking. Still more to work on, though!

Mini face lift.

I replaced some of the photos in the shop with some new, shiny, updated photos I have started taking here at the new house. I have a great wall to work with and some lovely daylight. This house get great light! Check out the shop, everything looks so much prettier… At least, I think so.

AND I have a special for everyone!

I want to get pictures of a few more bags that I do not currently have in my inventory. I am going to mark down one of each of the styles I want to re photograph. So, I can snap a photo before I send it it out to you! So, get to the shop to what’s on sale quick and snag up a discounted bag…

Shop NOW!

I’m still here.

On January 2nd, I embarked on a bit of a shaping up expedition. As of yesterday morning, I am down 15 pounds since January 2nd! Party. I have been having a lot of fun with my best friends, sweating it out to get in shape physically and working together to eat healthier. That’s it, no fancy diets. Just plain eating better and regular work outs with my pals. Shit works. Who knew? 😉 I Love my gym, and the classes it offers. I have a lot of motivators right now (including a forbidden gym crush) and I’m just trying to ride it out as long as it takes me.  And hope that the motivation continues long enough to just become the lifestyle change I’ve needed for a while. I am really proud of myself for getting to where I am so quickly.

At the beginning of this year, I also started to work on new bag designs for my Etsy shop. It’s taken longer than I would have hoped, but I’m really happy with whats coming out of the design process this time. Things are evolving really nicely I feel like. I can see my skills growing. I have even decided to sort of fully revamp the whole Etsy shop, and eventually the blog here a bit too. It’s exciting to work on new things. I can’t wait to get all the work needed to be done so I can share everything I want to for Spring!

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My sew space, today.

Just a quick post to show you all my current work space, because I haven’t shared it since the move.

I have a great work area in our downstairs family room. My sister in law both have our desks along the main wall, and separating our 2 desks is a filing cabinet with our TV on it. It’s a pretty great set up. This is just my half of the wall. I’m really happy with my desk. The only thing that would make my work space better… it a counter height, kitchen island of sorts. Something with a heat resistant surface. I really miss my Granite kitchen bar from the apartment. It was an amazing work table, and I could iron right on it!