Eyeglass Cases

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My friend L. asked me to make her some eyeglass cases for her booth Magrini Girlz, at Boomers Marketplace in Oklahoma City.  You can see more about her booth and the Marketplace here.

I made some and sent them to her – they were similar to these, although not exactly the same because I make every one different, somehow, some way.



But guess what I forgot?  Padding!  They still work fine, but I made some with padding at her request and they turned out so much cuter, substantial feeling and… well just more professional looking!

Here they are as they are being assembled:



Sitting in a jumble on my cabinet waiting to be boxed and shipped out…


And here they are with the padding inside them!  Can you tell a difference?  I’ve posted these on my Etsy site, and they are available for purchase, as well as the ones above without padding.

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As you can see, I love a challenge, and to figure out how to make something not only good, but better than what’s out there – that’s what I do!

Using items that are already in circulation rather than buying new is also a great way to help our environment as well!

If you have any ideas of items I can make using scraps of fabric – please let me know!

Bohemian Tote Bag

IMG_4230The town of Williamsburg boasts it’s share of resale shops like Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, CHKD, the DAV, along with numerous other stores that specialize in authentic Colonial Williamsburg antiques, Auctions and Estate Sales, and Middle to Higher End Furniture Consignment stores.

I love it.  There are some stores that I will hit at least once a week, if not twice.  When I need to get out of the house because I feel like the fabric, thread, sewing machines and notions are going to topple on top of me, I make a trip to a couple resale shops.

My main ones are Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity.  There are so many reasons why to shop at these places rather than at the typical places one thinks of when an item is needed — Everything that is bought at these stores keeps it from being thrown into a dump somewhere.  The money that is used goes for a good purpose – Habitat builds houses, and although I will research Goodwill more and post it in a later post, I DO know that they offer FREE classes on Office products, which you can check out here.

This Bohemian Tote Bag that I am selling on Etsy is made from items that I have found on my ventures out, along with new materials.  It is a HUGE, Sturdy Tote Bag or Diaper Bag which boasts tons of different textures and colors.  At Goodwill, I found this 80’s / 90’s style southwest jacket – Green, Rose Pink, Butter Yellow, and it was trimmed in like a hunter green twill all the way around.


The front of the bag has two huge pockets that are made from the southwest jacket (of course, I did wash it first!) and used that same southwest jacket to make the flaps on the side pockets.  The side pockets are from an vintage wool sweater from Scotland (also found at goodwill).

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The blue Ikat fabric on the sides is from some cushions I made – for my swing in my back yard, as well as some cushions for my sister – in – laws kitchen.  The yellow background on the front is fabric from my Parisian Buttercup line, and the purple on the bottom is from my old Plum Crazy line of handbags / accessories.

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Catalog Pictures Spring ’09

RuthMichael Carrier(r), Pink Green Prepster

RuthMichael Carrier(r), Pink Green Prepster

The Carrier, One of our best sellers.  Load this versitile bag up with all your essentials for the day and stick it in the car and go.

RuthMichael Carrier(r), Tropical Bohemian

 Spring ’09 is all about bright colors!  Get ahead of the game with this eye-popping combination!  RuthMichael Carrier(r), Tropical Bohemian

RuthMichael Backpacks!

New Items for Spring, these Backpacks are amazing– there’s even a padded compartment for your laptop– Not to mention all those pockets! RuthMichael Backpacks!

My daughter draped in RuthMichael gear!

My daughter draped in RuthMichael gear!




It’s a Keychain jumble!  New for Spring– RuthMichael is rolling out ID pouch Key rings as well as Cuff Key Rings!  Take your pick and carry your keys in style.

Check back for more pictures and more descriptions on new RuthMichael items!

All of us at RuthMichael hope that you had a great Holiday Season and that 2009 is just plain Amazin’!