curses them coin purses

If I were to jot down notes about our bazaar participation experiences, one of the sentences that you will likely see is this:

People like to buy tiny and affordable things.

Vague? Well, in my experience as both buyer and seller, items that are small and cost less than a hundred pesos are often bestsellers. Think trinkets and cutesy stationery and other somesuch merchandise.

Which leads me to the recent additions to the line of products we often sell at bazaars. Coin purses!


These are roughly 2 by 3 inches. The designs above showcase the skull coffin logo of Black Bile. Below are some of the newer ones I’m making for the Soak Music & Arts Festival this Saturday.

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The designs, by the way, are stamped. This means, of course, that not only do I love the fact that these coin purses sell well, they’are also incredibly fun to make. I enjoy every process, from stamping the design to the actual sewing. I may have mentioned here in the past that I do not like sewing small things but those that involve zippers are the exception.

So to recap: Small and affordable things sell well at bazaars. Sewing small things isn’t so bad when there is zipper involved.

 Also: The content of this post is in no way implied in the title. I just needed a word that would rhyme with purse and also be alliterative with coin. 

UPDATE: Here are the finished coin purses:

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little miss

Something that I thought our family of four would never experience happened last February: we have an addition in the form of a baby human!

Yes, I said NEVER. I knew that having kids is not for me even at the age of fifteen. Somehow, I influenced my sister and she and her boyfriend went for more than a decade child-free. But plans change and now we have a Little Miss (who looks a lot like me *aherm aherm*).


So far, I have not been working hard at keeping my promise to make things for her. I have made her several blankets, this roly-poly dress (not this super cute gingham she’s wearing, sadly), and a mobile.



But now that she’s old enough for visits to little old Aunty Meream’s house, we can go ahead and start sewing/making cutesy things together. She even comes ready with her very own pin cushion, look!

mayaI kid, that’s not a pin cushion around her left wrist. That’s a plushie that makes sounds. But in my head, it’s a pin cushion and it’s a sign of things to come. We are sure to have many crafty adventures together, I am sure. I apologize for the blurry photo. She’s very good at that “shake limbs constantly” thing that babies do.


so this is april

April started with a bazaar and shall end with one. The middle bit is currently drenched with rain, which is making me miss the place I grew up in. Homesickness is quite a lonely companion but thankfully, sewing is keeping me from inviting melancholia in and making full friends with it. I do have a bazaar to prepare for, as I mentioned three sentences ago. I find sadness to be an unwilling match for the sound of scissors snipping thread, the smell of interfacing fusing to fabric under high temperatures, and the comforting whirring the bobbin makes when winding.

Somewhat related to both bazaars and the rainy summer we’ve been having are the following new bags I made:

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I call these April Showers bags, because of course.

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The sling bag version is my favorite. The flap serves as the cloud. The interior is unzipped but this bag comes with dual closure. The flap has a magnetic lock while the inside is secured with Velcro.

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The world isn’t so dreary when rain comes in lovely patterns and colors. I have a tutorial for the April Showers tote bag HERE, by the way.

I shall post more info about my next bazaar in the coming days.

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