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Jasons Got A Brand New Bag

June 18, 2010

Recently my friend, and talented Graphic Designer, Jason enlisted my help stitching together a pattern he had come up with for a laptop back. He’s pretty creative and while he doesn’t sew that much, this was the fifth evolution of the laptop bag he’s created since headed off to college.

He’s just graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology by the way and is leaving New York for his new job and exciting new life in San Francisco. Yay for Jason!

Every time he constructs the bag he incorporates lessons learned from his last creation. I think this fifth round bag will last him a while. To see the history of bag designs check out his blog here.

Jasons Got a Brand New Bag

Jasons Got a Brand New Bag

The bag has two front pockets with a handy little flap over it to keep things from falling out. Inside there are two compartments for laptop and books. On the side there is a pocket for pens. One major change to this bag was running the loops and D-rings for the strap through the interior of the bottom of the bag. That adds a lot of support and I think he’ll be able to stuff this bag and not worry about weight.

I made a minor change in the pattern to give him some sharp clean corners and sturdy pockets, but for someone that doesn’t sew he came to me with a very well thought out plan.

Jason is also a talented screen printer and plans to embellish the bag with an original design. I’ll let you all know when he does.

Good luck in San Francisco Jason! And thanks for including me in on the project!

Happy Easter!

April 2, 2010

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter Everyone!

I am off to Connecticut to visit family. Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Megnificent Design

March 14, 2010

You may have noticed a new link in the side bar. I have decided to link up my online portfolio to the blog here with the Design icon to the right.

By night I am an avid crafter, but by day I make my living as a Graphic Designer, photographer and Illustrator. I have worked for many years as an in-house graphic designer for a cafe, as well as for t-shirt design companies, and printers. I am currently working freelance in New York as I await my residency in Australia.

This portfolio has a small sampling of the work I have done over the years and you can expect it to change regularly. There is plenty more to come in the way of photographs and new projects.

Take a look around at my work and consider that I can put my skills to work for you!

Excuses Excuses

February 19, 2010

I don’t mean to be making excuses for my not-so-regular posting but lately I have been busy. I started this blog with not much going on and I wasn’t really sure how many people would follow, what kind of a commitment I should make, or what topics in general I should cover. I am surprised how many of you read, how much I actually enjoy blogging, and the things I discover while looking for topics. For the most part I have been pretty regular but the last few weeks haven’t been as blogful as I would like. I promise to change that!

One of the things that has been keeping me busy is a new job I have picked up two days a week while I am in New York. I am happily soaking up knowledge at Dixon Schwabl Integrated Marketing firm in Victor, New York. It is nice to be around creative people and in a very creative environment. They have a slide! They have also just this week started the massive job of re-painting the office with more bright and beautiful colors and patterns.

You can follow along on their blog here. It is mostly written by employees but also features an occasional guest blogger.

Another thing keeping me busy, as I have mentioned before, is all of my sewing. I have really gotten into making clothes and I do promise to photograph more this weekend. I have recently started to stray from patterns which is exciting and scary. It really makes me think more carefully before I start to cut. You can see in my last blog a purse I made that was completely pattern free. So brave of me!

I have also made a clutch version of the needle felted leather bag that I will be posting in the shop hopefully this weekend. I hesitate to photograph lately because I prefer to use natural light and we seem to be short on that here this time of year.

Speaking of posting to the shop, I added another camera wristlet to the Megnificent Made Etsy store!

Black and White Floral Camera Wristlet by Megnificent Made

Black and White Floral Camera Wristlet by Megnificent Made

Other things going on in my life…

I have been some what busy, and thankfully so, with some freelance design work. One of them I would like to share with you when it is appropriate is a set of greeting cards for a non-profit agency. I’m very proud of them!

I am also working on my residency application for Australia. Theres an awful lot of work involved. Yesterday I had my fingerprints taken as well as new passport photos to send with the application. I reeeeealllly wish this new photo could be my passport photo! It’s so much better than the horrible one I have now. But of corse, the photo that is going to sit in a folder somewhere tucked away would be the good one.

I promise to take some photos this weekend and hope the light is good.

Birthday Treats

February 11, 2010

Today is my birthday but we combined my celebration with Superbowl festivities on Sunday. Everyone made it a delicious day.

The whole family was treated to BBQ ribs, fried pickles and onion rings, Clams Casino, taco dip, buffalo chicken crustini, egg rolls, shrimp and loads of snacks. On top of that my mom made a trifle with six layers of fresh fruit, vanilla pudding, pound cake and whipped cream.

Thanks everyone for making my 25th special!

Pig Guts

January 29, 2010

A week or two ago I had a post with guinea pig inspired etsy creations in honor of my sick guinea pig Hamish. You’ll all be happy to know he is feeling much better!

While he was sick we had an x-ray taken and the Doctor had just sent them through to us today. I thought it was so interesting I had to share 🙂

I feel like I need to get this framed in some kind of funky way…

He has long curly hair and you can see it faintly all round his body. It’s amazing how much smaller he is without his hair. He’s also super relaxed in this photo and has his legs kicked out to the side. That massive fat belly is apparently quite normal for a guinea pig, although it looks uncomfortable to me! And that cute little Phantom tail 🙂

I know, it’s not craft related, but how often do you see inside a guinea pig?

Sybarit Board Game!

December 8, 2009

After complaining about how behind I’ve felt on everything…I did very little yesterday. I blame my mom, she brought home a board game called Sybarit.

New word for me! Sybarit apparently means someone who is all for the finer things in life. The game has 2400 trivia questions that refer to food, drink, dining, and etiquette.

Players draw from a special deck of cards that have similar face and number cards to regular playing cards but the suits correspond to Food, etiquette, Drink and a Question Mark which has random and interesting facts. Pulling one of these cards tells you what category your question comes to, and the number or face on the card corresponds to points.
I watch a LOT of food network and my mom and I are pretty well versed in random bits of information, but this game was tough! The questions were difficult but also yielded some really interesting facts. I recommend it even though it was hard. It’s a good adult party game to serve up with your cocktails and in the end despite all of my negative points…I won! 🙂
Which thistle can be eaten and enjoyed with butter?

The Show Experience

December 6, 2009

My First Show!Friday was my first craft show experience. My brother’s girlfriend Jen got me in last minute (with 4 days notice) to a craft show held in her office building for employees.

As you might be able to tell from my absence, I was frantic and busy for the last few days to prepare for the show. I didn’t want to look like the first timer I was so in addition to bulking up my stock, I put a lot of effort into my display. I think it turned out alright and I’m proud of how thrifty I was in pulling it off.

My banner was made from a sale-item pack of scrap booking sheets that I cut into pendants and linked with black duck tape. (So easy!) I wish I had known the size of my table because it was much much too big for it and I ended up cutting it into two pieces and awkwardly draping “megnificent” to fit it on the table.

I designed all of my signage and put them into plastic stands I got on the cheap for $1 each.

The table cloth was just a black disposable plastic one from the party store but it worked well in hiding all of the black duct tape used to hang the banner.

My First Show!I really wanted to make sure I had different levels on the table so I picked up black crates at the dollar tree (the dollar store where things actually cost a dollar). The crates held my coloring books which to my delight sold quite well. My niece colored a sample of her book and that helped me show people what a great gift it makes. There were a lot of people requesting business cards as well so I was glad I took the time to make more before the show.

My First Show!My camera wristlets got some height on the other side of the table by using $6 locker shelves that are available at Staples. They were bright pink, stackable, and folded flat to fit in my wheely bag. Very convenient! I made lots of extra bags and i sold a few, but unfortunately I was positioned in the room with all of the designer bag knock offs which is hard to compete with. It was surprising how much of the craft show was not actual craft. Although I am happy with the result of the day, I felt like I might do better in a sale with a more craft oriented customer base. I think a lot of the people coming down from their offices to shop around were not the type to be buying hand made.

My First Show!People really loved the swag t-shirt necklaces. Its not something I’ve sold before but I wanted a third and different item on my table and these were something I could make quickly for the show. I wore one to the show and ended up selling it off my neck. I replaced it with another table and sold that one too…the trend continued for the rest of the day! I sold plenty of these and was glad I added them to the table. I have quite a few left over so I think I’ll be adding them to the store shortly if they aren’t given as gifts.

Another fun display item I made for the show you can see in this photo. While the entire table had a black plastic table cloth, I tried to make it look less cheap by adding a piece of cotton that I had stamped with my hand-carved logo stamp that I made in my blog tutorial. The piece was stamped mostly in black but with a rainbow colored stamp scattered at random. I really enjoyed printing on fabric like this and I’ll be trying it again soon for sure.

All in all, I really enjoyed the experience. I’d call it a success! I’d love to try another show and I’m going to look into finding what’s going on in the Rochester area. If you know of any upcoming shows let me know!

Keep an eye out this week for another How-To from me. I really tried hard to keep costs down on the show but had trouble finding inexpensive paper bags to stamp with my logo for the show. I ended up buying a $5 roll of shipping paper and machine sewing it into bags with bright thread and stamping it with a rainbow logo. They turned out really pretty with tissue paper stuffing for the show. Customers thought they were beautiful! For just $5 I was able to get 70 bags of different sizes. Compare that to 13 bags for $6! I’ll be sharing this tutorial this week…complete with pictures as always!

Craft Show Virgin!

December 3, 2009

I have my first craft show this week!

It’s a small one being held in the offices of Blue Cross Blue Shield (a major insurance company here) and I have my brother’s girlfriend Jen to thank for getting me a last-minute table!

It’s short notice (a few days to prepare!) but this small craft show is perfect for a first timer like me. I still want to do it right though and I’ve been frantic.

First things first I’ve had to unpack from my move (Australia to New York). I’ve dug out my mom’s sewing machine and a folding table to set up a space in my room. I’ll have to find a way to organize all of my sewing things while I’m here or I’ll never have any table space!

Craft Show Prep

Sewing with my mom’s machine is so intimidating. It’s much more powerful than mine and pounds away like a jack hammer. My machine in Sydney feels so delicate compared to this, although it has made sewing through all the layers of the purses a breeze!

Speaking of purses, they will be one of my main items for the show on friday. I’ve made an extra 15 to take with me (minus one I destroyed) and managed to pull them all out in just two days.

Craft Show Prep

As far as I know, Jo Ann’s is the only fabric store around here. I managed to find some fabrics I liked, in addition to some I brought from Sydney. The children’s fabrics and quilting cottons are plentiful but their fancy fabrics are a bit lacking. They seem to range from Halloween costume to asian inspired silk patterns. I’ll have to look around on the web for another store in the area to try, there must be one!

Craft Show Prep

In addition to the purses I’ll be selling these swag t-shirt necklaces. They were really easy to pull off in a hurry and I’ve already got a stash of 15 from one afternoon. I’ve got more fabric to make some more before friday. If they go well at the show…or at all…I might add them to my etsy shop!

The third item I will be selling will be my custom coloring books! I plan on having my niece’s book on display, and the fabric books on hand to sell with crayons and blank paper. I will give along with the book a coupon for their 12 photo coloring pages that they can redeem online. I think that might be the best way to work it out.

I’ve put a lot of thought, and work, into my table display. I don’t want it clear that it is my first show! I’ve made a swag of pendants out of craft paper and black tape to hang across my table that says Megnificent Made. I also used the stamp I made in my blog tutorial of my logo to print heaps of fabric to put on parts of the table (I also have a plain black table-cloth). I made sure I have different heights to my table and that there will be good signs for everything as well as new business cards made up… which means I still have plenty of work to do.

Please excuse me from the blog tomorrow and I can promise some news on Friday after the show. Wish me luck!

ps…My brother shared with me today that my sweet little niece Riley, my inspiration and recipient of the first custom coloring book, is taking it to school with her tomorrow for her first show and tell. I’m so honored! Would it be tacky of me to send along some business cards? :p

You Ought to Give me Wedding Rings

November 30, 2009

you ought to give me wedding rings

My beautiful best friend Teale Kelly married the wonderful Greg Fox on the 27th this week. I couldn’t be happier for them both! There wedding was beautiful and I was so glad to be able to be in Rochester for it. I loved that the wedding was a perfect representation of themselves. They did everything very non-traditional and pulled off an easy, comfortable, casual wedding that still had plenty of glam.

you ought to give me wedding rings

She wore a beautiful and simple off-white gown that matched her mother’s train perfectly. It was great that she was able to tie in a piece of her mother’s wedding with her beautifully apliqued train. She wore feather’s in her hair and thrift store find earrings (perfect!) as well as the big statement piece…designer red Louboutin shoes! Our good friend Sue from Surface Hair salon in the South Wedge in Rochester, NY did her hair 🙂 Greg wore a three-piece suit with a pocket watch (swanky!) and a red tie to match her shoes. Sue did Greg’s hair too. They looked so great!

you ought to give me wedding rings

The wedding and reception was held at Artisan Works, an art gallery and Co-Op In Rochester. It was a really funky, unique place to hold a wedding and provided something to do for the guests that don’t dance. It was so much fun to tool around the place with the happy couple to take photos. Just outside those doors is the bar where canapes and drinks were served while the room was transformed from ceremony to reception.

you ought to give me wedding rings

Teale and Greg had one of their first dates and Phillips European, a restaurant in Rochester, where they went for dessert. They decided to go with Phillip European’s beautiful desserts instead of a wedding cake which I thought was a more sentimental…and delicious…idea. They displayed so beautifully and really beat out the wedding cake idea for me!

you ought to give me wedding rings

The Reception went until 10 and a second after-party was hosted at local restaurant and cocktail bar Good Luck. Teale changed out of her wedding gown into this beautiful party dress that was made by her good friend Kate. Kate is a seamstress and Etsy seller that makes beautiful fashion creations. This dress was made out of a vintage sequined skirt that she shortened into a dress. The extra fabric was sewn on as cap sleeves and it was all synched off at the waist with a gold ribbon. It was so beautiful with her red shoes! Beautiful work Kate!

Kate did some work on her own dress too! She’s great with re-working vintage clothes.

Kate has made dresses for Teale and I before. The first time I met Kate she had made a faux wedding dress for Teale to wear and destroy as I took photos. We took her creation to Stoney Brook Park and wrecked it under water falls in the name of art. Kate was a good sport for creating it, Teale was a good sport for wearing it in cold cold water. 🙂 You’ll be hearing more about Kate around here soon!

Hot Flash

I made my own dress for the wedding too, unfortunately since I took the photos…I dont have any of the dress! I’ll make sure I find some soon to share with you. Its made entirely of recycled neckties in black, white and gray.

Congrats to the happy couple again, and now that this busy holiday weekend/moving is through, I hope to get head first back into the shop and the blog. Remember to take advantage of Cyber Monday free shipping at my Etsy store!