That’s a nice little monstery ‘grrrrr’ by the way, not a cross one. I am being forced to watch ‘The Wizz’ (in case you’ve never seen it, the movie tagline is: ‘An adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz” that tries to capture the essence of the African American experience’ and it was filmed in the late 70’s and has Michael Jackson in it) for the umpteenth time so perhaps it’s even a cowardly lion kind of grrrrr, at least that’s what I think of whenever I see the monster purses.
When I often say I started something weeks ago, I wonder if you think I exaggerate? Well I really don’t. The below little stack of monster purses have been patiently sitting on their tray for many, many weeks, nearly complete but still without linings.
The linings have to be stitched by hand and it makes my poor fingers very sore, I quite often use a pair of pliers to pull the needle through (it has to be stitched through a number of layers, hence the difficulty) and I’ve tried using a leather thimble but alas it’s not meant to be, I need to spend some time retraining myself to use thimbles as it would make life a lot easier (I used to use them when stitching period clothing but have got out of the habit). I just get sore blistered fingers instead. I suffer for my art 😉
Finally, a couple of weeks ago, the little stack was complete – hurrah!
Something I’ve realised over past months is I really enjoy having products completely ready to send out (such as the flower brooches and little birds), and by that I mean with labels attached (where appropriate) and packaged so all I have to do is print off a delivery slip and pop them in the post box. All lavender bags are stuffed to order and many other things need to be packed up nicely, all little details that take time, something I don’t always have a lot of at the moment, especially in the mornings and I do like to get orders out as swiftly as possible.
So all the new batch of little monster purses have been tagged and bagged and stacked into boxes ready to go. The bagging is a great help as the cotton corduroy tends to pick up fluff very easily, it comes lovely and clean with the aid of sellotape but if left unbagged would need to be cleaned again before posting off, this solves the problem.
As far as those satisfying ‘project done’ moments go, this one really did make me feel happy. I took so many photos of the neat little stack of bagged and ready purses and also loads of them lined up on the bench before packaging,
as I figured I’m unlikely to make such a big batch in one go again, it was almost a bit much and I think is partly why they took me so long. I do enjoy my sewing, some parts of each process I find a bit tedious and some really fun but on the whole I really enjoy it or I wouldn’t do it, I do find I need to strike the balance between the two though or it get’s overwhelming. The reward of a final finished stack is always my favourite bit as most regular readers know.
The monster purses have always been popular, my boys love theirs and they got a new one each (C a green one and F a red – their favourite colours) to take to Berlin, attached to their messenger bags. I think these are just one of those things I’ll always be running out of and so need to keep a constant flow going, or simply accept they will often be out of stock and maybe a seasonal item. In fact I feel a bit guilty as it’s taken me a while to publish this post and quite a few of the purses have sold already (thanks everyone that’s bought one!).
I made a new purple version.
And much to F’s delight a red one that I think has a slight demonic tone to it! Purely accidental, I didn’t like the yellow eyes so I added a brown dot in the centre of each and it has given them a naughty devil (in a cute kind of way) look.
I have also taken some new photos of the purses being held so you can get an idea of the size. I have always photographed them with coins at the side, hoping this had the same result but I’m not sure the scale was obvious enough. As you can see, they are small coin purses, not big enough to hold a credit card (I have sold quite a lot to adults, so might make a bigger version with this is mind) but I aways imagined them to be the right size to be squished into a little boys pocket if needs be.
Right, enough. You can find them here.