Monday, May 23, 2011

On-the-Go Art Satchels for sale!!!!

Get yours now!
Available on-line from my Etsy shop

or, if you're in Sydney, from
Shorties at Newtown
Molly & Jack at Oatley
 my messy room at Summer Hill.
I'm so excited about this!!!

 It's been eighteen months since I designed and made my first
On-the-Go Art Satchel as a Christmas present for Miss A.

I loved it, she loved it and lot's of you loved it too. 
I've had such supportive, encouraging feedback about the Art Satchels I've made, not only from you guys via my blog, but whenever we're out and about and people notice the one's I made for my girls. 

Over the past eighteen months I've made at least half a dozen more as gifts for both boys and girls and I have been assured that each and every one is treasured, loved and most importantly, put to good use!

After making the first few, the idea of making and selling
On-the-Go Art Satchels did occur to me, but there was something holding me back.  Self doubt most likely. 
Would anyone really want to buy something I made????

Then a couple of months ago I was at the parents and kids yoga class I regularly attend with my girls.  Miss B has not yet got the stamina to do a whole class so we took her Art Satchel along. 
After the class, our most wonderful Yoga teacher Eleni noticed Miss B's Art Satchel. 
She was completely and utterly taken with it!  And totally blown away when my girls told her I had made it.  She asked me then and there to make some for her to sell through her Yoga Studio and she wanted a couple for her nieces too.
So I decided if I was going to do this I might as well go the whole hog as they say and try selling them via other outlets as well.
I approached my messy room and was super excited when the lovely owner Stav said she would take some.

The past six weeks or so have been taken up by choosing and buying fabric.  Making the Art Satchels and most time consuming of all, deciding on what kind of labelling I wanted.

Once I decided on that, I had some swing tags printed and
ordered a lovely little sweetpeas business stamp.  Oh the excitement of it all!

Last week I finally delivered four On-the-Go Art Satchel's to my messy room,

see them there, hanging in the front window.
I also delivered six to Eleni's Yoga and Movement Studio.

So that's ten Art Satchels I've now sold!
In addition to selling hand made On-the-Go Art Satchels through actual shops I'm also going to open an etsy shop - stay tuned for that one.

As a by-product of all this I've decided to remove the free tutorial for the
On-the-Go Art Satchels from my blog. 

Sorry if this puts you out at all.
But I am also in the process of updating the tutorial with a couple of minor modifications and alternate options I have developed after making so many of them, which improve the overall finish and make the whole process quicker and easier then before. 

This new and improved tutorial will also be available for sale as a downloadable pattern once I get it finished. 
Did I mention yet how exciting this is?

So once again, I've written a long winded post - but that seems to be my style.  Short and sweet just ain't in my vocabulary.........


  1. Fran! I just saw them in the window!! Well done, I'm sure they'll be snapped up. Good for you for getting it going, they look absolutely fantastic.

  2. I am looking forward to you setting up your etsy shop - as I will be a buying at LEAST one. Congratulations, I really love the swing label too, it is so perfect for you. It is so exciting setting yourself up to sell something you have made - you get all warm and fuzzy inside.

  3. yay Fran! they are just gorgeous and such a fabulous idea. I am sure you will be a great success!

  4. Wow Fran, what great news! I so rarely get out of my reader to comment on blogs these days, but this seems a momentous occassion! How much will they be selling for?

  5. Oh, WELL DONE you. As an enthusiastic admirer of your On The Go's (as are my smalls after that fabulous giveaway win) I reckon you have done everything right. You should be mighty chuffed with yourself!

  6. Good on you Fran! I am so impressed and just a little bit envious that are successfully selling stuff that you have created and made - what a delight. It couldn't happen to a nicer person though, it's been so lovely getting to know you through craft room, your mothering has always impressed me and now your business does too!! Let us know how it goes!!

  7. Hope your art satchels are a huge success! Love the fabrics you have use and your labelling. Well done for pursuing your dream.

  8. Congratulations Fran! What will you spend all your new play money on?? Yay!


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