Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Polka dots… you know I love you!

I have gone super-crazy, stark raving bonkers and wild with passion over red and white polka dots! (As some might say… I don’t get out much! Ha!)



The love affair began a few months ago when I started collecting kitchenware items for the gorgeous Deb in NZ. Deb is doing up her kitchen (hence the theme) and I wanted to surprise her with a special package because she’s such a sweet friend. A friend who has really made a difference and has put a smile on my dial more times than I can shake a stick at! :-)



(There you go Deb – some wonderful mental imagery for you – me looking in the mirror and shaking a stick while I smile!!!)



Debs gifties



Egg cups, tea bag saucer, apron, mushroom decorations, buttons, chocolates and a very special item designed especially for Deb – that I am yet to be able to show you – so there’s just a sneak peek in the photo.


Deb also won the Christmas-themed photo album cover that I gave away after designing it for ‘Simply Christmas’ over at the Shabby Art Boutique (talking of which – have you seen Kerryanne’s recent sneak peeks? GAWJUS!!)


Back to the polka dots! The love affair has been in full swing, and I recently succumbed again when making a bag for my friends’ birthday…



Bella bag 1


I created this bag using the Bella bag pattern by Moonshine Designs, and the pattern is absolutely fabulous! :-) Easy to follow with great instructions to get that professional finish.



Bella bag 2




Bella bag inside


I added a key fob to the inside of the bag so that keys or a mobile phone holder (in this instance) could be attached. To the inside pocket I added a love-heart shaped zipper pull manufactured by Birch. Very easy to do with only a couple of minor ‘naughty’ words uttered during the installation process!



I then put together a mobile phone holder and in true Vikki fashion, I was still sewing half an hour before I left for the party. Due to my panic, I wound up making it too small. Mr SUDs very helpfully contributed: “You should have got the dimensions for the phone!”…



…to which I replied, “I DID!”



We both had a good giggle, with Mr SUDs obviously thinking that he should have seen that one coming!!!



Bella bag mobile phone holder


But hey – I bet no-one else has a lipstick holder attached to a key fob in their hand bag????!!!! Ah yes – that’s what it was intended for all along!!!! <cheeky grin> :-)



Bella bag bangle



My friend really loves to coordinate her attire, and I love to make coordinating ‘everything’, so I purchased a wooden bangle and covered it in strips of fabric, adhering them to the inside edge of the bangle using a hot glue gun. It was quick and easy to make… and as a dear friend of mine in England would say, “Yeah – it looks it n’all!!” LOL



Well that’s enough spotty dotty news for one day… but I’m sure there will be future instalments!



Till next time – don’t forget to have some fun!



Hugs! Vikki :-)

14 comments:

Stephanie said...

My favorite post of the morning. LOVE all things dots!!!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love all the polka dotted goodness here today!!

KaHolly said...

First post I've read this morning and I enjoyed the chuckle. To be honest, you are all so talented and make such wonderful things, I was glad to hear you 'mess up' once in awhile, too!! Not surprised to see that Stephanie, Princess of Polka Dots, was the first to comment! ~karen

Deb said...

The bag looks fabulous Vikki. I bet your friend adored it as much as I adored my bundle of dottiness and I love, love, loved all mine

Kerryanne English said...

How sweet you are Vik to treat Deb to all that dotty goreousness. I have to admit I had red and white polka dots fever last Christmas... now I've moved on to blue and white polka dots - LOL.
BTW, love the bag you made for your friend. A beautiful gift.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Fiona said...

The bag has turned out beautifully Vik and the bangle is a fantastic idea.

Love and Hugs - Fee XX

Jo in TAS said...

Gorgeous gifties Vikki! Luv the polka dots!

Cheryl said...

Hi gorgeous! and what a gorgeous bundle of dots today :)
Your Bella bag is perfect.. I've also made this one and agree with you totally!
Have a crazy dotty day sweet girl,
lotsa hugs
Penny GG xxxxxxxxxx

Chris H said...

Well done on all you have made... even down to the bangle.. that was clever!

Wickedly Divine Creations said...

Gorgeous Vikki. All wonderful. Nice to hear I'm not the only one who leaves things till the last minute...I've been know to put the finishing stitches in on the car ride over haha..seriously!

Handmade by Mai said...

I looooove your bag. Hihihi lipstick holder with keyfob (great idea).

Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Vikki! I'm with you on the red and white spotty dotties!! I'm a spotty dotty kind of gal ... or perhaps just dotty! :0) When we did our kitchen, we went with white cupboards, apple green walls and lots of red accessories ... including red and white dotty curtains and coffee mugs! They make me smile and often get comments from visitors! Love your spotty bag too ... bet your friend does as well. And of COURSE it needed a matching lipstick case! Tee! Hee! Hee! Have spotty dotty fun this weekend!! Bear Hugs! KRIS

Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

What a cute set. Polka dots are a total addiction for me too.LURVE 'em!
XO,
Sarah
handbagsnpigtails.blogspot.com

Sharon (Stitches on Mars) said...

Hi Vikki,

Can see why you love the polka dots...saw some lovely ones yesterday :)
Just love that big red flower...great.
Hugs, Sharon

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