In the Shop: Spring Sale

Oh, yes. It’s SALE time! I’m ready to see a bunch of items go to a new home and finally get my shop to it’s newly curated state. It’s taken four years to discover more of what works & what doesn’t and it feels darn good to find my focus. Of course I’m happy that all of my lovely customers get to benefit from my need to clear things out.

Sooooo… starting today, there will quite a big CLEARANCE section in my shop. The items that are on sale, are clearly marked and price already reduced, by 40%!!! These are all one-of-a-kind items, so once, they’re sold, that’s it. The sale even includes some of my Upcycled Cuff Bracelets.

Bit by bit, my Etsy shop has been climbing up to 100 sales and I would be thrilled if I reached that during the sale. Would you help me out? DO take a peek at the sale, DO keep in mind upcoming birthdays, and DO pass along the sale info to any of your friends that might be interested. Thank you! Also, keep in mind, that if you’re in Calgary & would rather arrange a pickup time (and avoid shipping costs), just pop me a message before you place your order and I will give you a coupon to take off the shipping. Happy shopping!

Button-spiration: Sassy Things

Thought we’d do a little bit of a different Button-spiration this week. I usually end up sharing a tutorial or project of interest by a fellow blogger, but instead I’d like to offer a peek at some of the items I finished up for the Boutique Wedding Market. There’s plenty of button goodness in all of it, of course.

Button magnets (loving my new display for them... a metal waste basket turned upside down)
Button magnets (loving my new display for them… a metal waste basket turned upside down)
"You Are Loved" upcycled cuff bracelets with hand stamped labels.
“You Are Loved” upcycled cuff bracelets with hand stamped labels.
Upcycled cuff bracelets with lots of lace & doilies.
Upcycled cuff bracelets with lots of lace & doilies.
Button hair clips and combs (which were lovingly placed on cute cards by my hubby)
Button hair clips and combs (which were lovingly placed on cute cards by my hubby)
Folks were tickled with my "Love Catchers". I can't wait to get some more made up & listed in the Etsy shop. They may also be for sale soon at a local shop... pretty excited about that! First and foremost, though, I think my little Sammy could use one in his room (perhaps in turquoise & yellow or something).
Folks were tickled with my “Love Catchers”. I can’t wait to get some more made up & listed in the Etsy shop. They may also be for sale soon at a local shop… pretty excited about that! First and foremost, though, I think my little Sammy could use one in his room (perhaps in turquoise & yellow or something).

What’s your style? (pt.2)

Here’s some more of the styles that the cuff bracelets are available in. If you missed yesterday’s part two post, make sure to check it out. These are the Gothic cuffs, with lots of black, silk, & lace. The perfect accessory for your little black dress.

Gothic Upcycled Cuff Bracelets by Bubblegum Sass
Gothic Upcycled Cuff Bracelet by Bubblegum Sass, Charcoal
Gothic Upcycled Cuff Bracelet by Bubblegum Sass, All Black

Here are the Glam Rock cuffs. It’s all about glittery sequin fabric, metal buttons, & faux leather with these. You’ll be set for New Year’s Eve!

Glam Rock Upcycled Cuff Bracelets by Bubblegum Sass
Glam Rock Upcycled Cuff Bracelet by Bubblegum Sass, Red
Glam Rock Upcycled Cuff Bracelet by Bubblegum Sass, Blue

How about a throwback to the 80’s? I’ve got you covered with these punchy cuffs! Bright colours on black, stripes, & big chunky buttons.

Glam Rock Upcycled Cuff Bracelets by Bubblegum Sass
Glam Rock Upcycled Cuff Bracelet by Bubblegum Sass, Aqua
Glam Rock Upcycled Cuff Bracelet by Bubblegum Sass, Magenta

Check out the full collection in person at Make It in Edmonton starting tomorrow!!! Eeek! Wish me luck!

What’s your style? (pt.1)

Did you know that the Upcycled Cuffs come in a variety of styles? Thought I would share some with you as the craziness of Make It approaches. Here’s Victorian Romance… Love the muted colours and all the vintage lace & doilies.

Victorian Upcyced Cuff Bracelets by Bubblegum Sass
Victorian Upcyced Cuff Bracelet by Bubblegum Sass, Gold
Victorian Upcyced Cuff Bracelet by Bubblegum Sass, Olive

These are the Funky Tribal cuffs, with lots of wooden & handmade leather buttons and faux leather.

Tribal Upcycled Cuff Bracelets by Bubblegum Sass
Tribal Upcycled Cuff Bracelet by Bubblegum Sass, blue
Tribal Upcycled Cuff Bracelet by Bubblegum Sass, Red

These are the Shabby Chic cuffs, available in a whole range of wonderful colours! Lots of vintage doilies, and pretty scrap fabrics. Plus, buttons, buttons, & more buttons!

Shabby Chic Upcycled Cuff Bracelets by Bubblegum Sass
Shabby Chic Upcycled Cuff Bracelet by Bubblegum Sass, Blue
Shabby Chic Upcycled Cuff Bracelet by Bubblegum Sass, Pink

Check out the collection in person at Make It starting on Thursday!

A shirt story

Upcycled Tribal Cuff Bracelet by Bubblegum SassVictorian Upcycled Cuff Bracelet by Bubblegum Sass

I thought it was time to share my inspiration for the current collection of accessories that I’ve been making (and making, and making). The full unveiling is coming up at Make It on Thursday. Some of the items have been for sale in the Etsy shop this past year, but other designs, like the Upcycled Collar, will be on sale for the first time. I’m actually a little nervous, but hopeful, in how they will be received.

I started sewing the Upcycled Cuff Bracelets over a year ago, but my inspiration actually came a little over two years ago. I was facing the saddest moment in my entire life, the sudden loss of my oldest brother Blake. Through the course of that sadness, one of the tasks we took on was cleaning out some of his personal items from his house, to make room for a friend to live there until we could bring ourselves to sell it. My mom and I found ourselves cleaning out Blake’s big walk-in closet, folding up each shirt & pair of pants. My big bro loved clothes. He loved being fashionable and as such, he had an amazing collection of outfits. There were several items that we couldn’t bare to let of. My mom and I each kept a pile of things. My pile mostly consisted of dress shirts, some of my brother’s favourites & some that I simply adored. At the time, I kept thinking that I would make my soon-to-be-born baby a teddy bear out of various shirts, in memory of the uncle he would never get to meet.

Months past, and the pile of dress shirts remained untouched in my sewing room. They sat partly because I wasn’t ready to deal with them, partly because I didn’t have the time to sew (hello, newborn baby), but mainly because I couldn’t decide on the perfect project. Then one day, out of the blue, I found myself standing in the sewing room unfolding & re-folding the dress shirts. The next day, I took a pair of scissors and cut a off a cuff from one of the shirts. Then I just started grabbing bits & pieces of things from around my table, made a small pile and began to “play”. Before I knew it, I had a colour theme going and sat down in front of the sewing machine with that cuff and a handful of scrap odds & ends. I hadn’t felt that creative in a long time! I was so satisfied with the end result & eager to make more. Of course, it would be a while before I could really sit down to sew much, but gradually, as I gained more “mama time”, the designs started to flow.

Shabby Chic Upcycled Collar by Bubblegum Sass, Sea Foam GreenShabby Chic Upcycled Collar by Bubblegum Sass, Sea Green

Shabby Chic Upcycled Collar by Bubblegum Sass, RaspberryShabby Chic Upcycled Collar by Bubblegum Sass, Olive Green

When I first saved my brother’s shirts, I was keen to make something crafty in memory of him. Hence the teddy bear idea. But the more time the shirts spent sitting there in the sewing room & in the back of my mind, I had this nagging desire to make something funky out of them that I could wear. Something to capture my brother’s fashionable style, but with my own twist. I’m not too sure where the idea of using the cuffs & collars came from. It just sort of popped into my head. In the end, they have become the perfect way to pay homage to the shirt they were cut from, and an interesting canvas to design on. I love being able to use lots of scrap fabrics & notions & buttons! I try my best to use supplies I have on hand, since, let’s face it, I have a LOT of crafty odds & ends that have accumulated over my many years of sewing, but sometimes I see an interesting notion at the fabric store that I can’t resist. My fave find is coming across vintage doilies at the thrift store. All of these things get incorporated bit by bit into various cuffs & collars.

Some shirts get donated to me by friends, but most I pick up at the thrift store. There is one cuff sitting unmade from my brother’s shirts, the rest were used up long ago. I like the idea of being able to wear something of his, keeping him close to me. I often find myself wondering about the person who previously owned a shirt, when I’m making a cuff or collar. Did they give the shirt away because they were tired of it, did it no longer fit right or was it donated by their family after they passed away? I like to think that I’m giving new life to these shirts, but often wish I knew their story.

Shabby Chic Upcycled Collar by Bubblegum Sass, AquaShabby Chic Upcycled Collar by Bubblegum Sass, Plum Purple

Shabby Chic Upcycled Collar by Bubblegum Sass, Dusty PurpleShabby Chic Upcycled Collar by Bubblegum Sass, Dusty Pink

Making, making, making

There has been a lot of making going on in the past several months. I’m finally starting to feel like I *might* have enough inventory for Make It. It’s a good thing too because we’re down to only a few weeks before the show. Eeek! Also, did I mention that we’re leaving for a two week road trip to Colorado, today. Super eeek!!

I did manage to list some new cuff bracelets in the shop a while ago. Plus, a shipment of new items made their way to Treehouse Boutique in North Bay last month. Busy making indeed. Here’s a little look at some of the upcycled cuff bracelets that have come out of the sewing room. Getting really excited to see them all on display at Make It! If you’re thinking about checking out the show, you definitely want to grab your discounted early bird admission tickets.

Red Tribal Upcycled Cuff Bracelet by Bubblegum Sass

Sea Green Upcycled Cuff Bracelet by Bubblegum Sass

Brown Corduroy Upcycled Cuff Bracelet by Bubblegum Sass

Sea Foam Upcycled Cuff Bracelet by Bubblegum Sass

Button-spiration

It’s been a while since I did one of these Button-spiration posts. Sorry about that. You know my button passion hasn’t waned at all, but I haven’t been on Pinterest a lot these days, so I’m lacking some fresh button craft ideas. That is, until I came across these leather button cuffs. You can find the full tutorial on Delia Creates. They are super simple to make & I like the funky look. If you’re not sure where to track down some leather to make these, you can get some at Tandy Leather (you can order online or they have a store in Calgary just off Macleod Trail near the Kingsland Farmer’s Market.)

Happy crafting!

Leather button cuff

Button-spiration

Today’s post is a little glimpse at all the creating that is going on in the sewing room this week. And of course, lots of buttons are getting sewn onto everything. Here are 10 new upcycled cuff bracelets that are awaiting some finishing touches. I really like several of these beauties and it will be hard to ship them off. But go, they must. This sewing blitz is being done in preparation for my first batch of items to be sold at a new boutique in Ontario!! Yep, you read that right! Some of my product will be available at a brick and mortar store for the first time ever! The shop is call Treehouse Boutique, and the line up of artisans is quite lovely. I feel very lucky to be included in such a talented group! Now that I’ve shared that bit of good news with you, I should get right back to it and start work on some new button hair combs.

In progress upcycled cuff bracelets

Detail of in progress cuff bracelets

One Moment

(One moment in a busy week, captured in a photograph. Time to slow down, reflect, give thanks, and enjoy.)

Red and Black Cuff BraceletCuff bracelet
Fashion
Trendy
Hipster
Individuality
Hand on leg
White
Black
Red
One person
Woman
Neck down
Posing
Cropped
Studio shot
White background
*Two hours alone to spend photographing some new creations*