Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Introducing Melody: The Expandable Tote

For anyone who has followed or read my blog, you know I have a thing for Swoon Sewing Patterns! Okay, maybe more than a thing, maybe a borderline obsession! ;) LOL I have had the privilege of testing Swoon patterns for over a year now, and you might think that eventually the patterns would become routine or you know, less surprising and impressive. After all, how many amazing designs can one person continue to create? Wouldn't they run out of ideas eventually??? Perhaps, this is true for some pattern designers, but it definitely isn't the case with Swoon!

Once again, the lovely Alicia has wowed me! It is my privilege to present to you Miss Melody: The Expandable Tote!


Isn't Miss Melody a classy, sweet girl? She has definitely won the affections of her Swoon testers! (Pssstt a little bird told me there are some lovely pictures at the end of this post of some other Swoon testers' Melody's!)













And why not!?!?! This girl has some special features that make her unique, beautiful, and functional. As said above, Melody is an expandable tote, which explains the need for her side magnetic snaps! Not only do they allow the bag to expand or close with a simple, quick snap, but when closed, I think they had an extra special dimensional touch! Also take note of her side seam stripes! Love this feature! Talk about adding a fun pop of color!


Another special touch: The SNAP TAB! Love this functional touch!


As you can tell, Melody also has her own unique style of handles, which I loved making! Vinyl tubing is an optional touch for the handles, which will give them more dimension. I didn't have any on hand, but the beautiful thing is that I can still add them! :) I also love the o-rings! Hardware just adds a special touch to any bag I think.

 
Melody also has a mediumish size interior pocket, perfect for holding your phone, keys, lip gloss, and some cash or a small wallet. (Please excuse her wrinkles! She is still a little rumpled from her turning!)

So my final verdict??? PERFECTLY SWEET! Melody is an easy sew for experienced baggers and a safe project for even the inexperienced bagger to approach! Regardless, it is a project with beautiful results! She is just the right size for toting around the essentials and adding some jazz to your style! :) Stylish, functional, and perfect like all things Swoon! Make sure to be watching for her release on the Swoon website! I think I heard a rumor that she will be released sometime this week, like maybe FRIDAY! Just in time to whip out say one or two or ten for Christmas presents!!! :) While you eagerly await her release, check out these other beautiful Melody's by some very talented Swoon testers! They are sure to inspire you!

This Blue-Eyed Beauty was made by Sincerely Jen!


This Alice Wonder was made by Heather of Squatch!

 

This Featherlicious Delight was made by Sandra of Sew Sandra!


This Pop of Elegance was made by Trish of Lemon Drop Creations



This Budding Blossom was made by Amy of Silly Sea Turtle!


This Suave Suede was made by Sheri of Sassypants Satchels!


And last, but definitely not least, is this Floral Gem made by Amanda of In Stitches!


If these lovely Melodies don't inspire you, then I am afraid nothing will! ;) But I know that won't be the case! :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bracelets Are In The Shop and Giveaway Announcement

Bracelets hit the shop Wednesday, and to celebrate, I am hosting a giveaway on the facebook page. Two lucky winners will receive a free bracelet of their choice from the shop! Enter here today! Just look at these pretties!!! You know you want one. :)


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Long Time No Blog

Oh boy! I have been so negligent with you my dear blog! It was one crazy long and busy summer, as my husband and I bought our first house and completely remodeled it ourselves (pictures to come one of these days)! There are still some things to finish but the inside is practically brand new and we are loving it. We have been living there for almost two months; however, as soon as we moved in, I started my final two grad courses for my program, so I have done little organizing and unpacking....simply the essentials. Currently, I am in the final week of school and as soon as I am done, I will be tackling one box at a time. Of course, my first priority will be getting my sewing room completely unpacked. :)

Also, with the completion of our big summer project and the end of grad school for me, I am looking forward to devoting more time to sewing, blogging, and my little shop. I am in the process of creating a new addition to the shop: BRACELETS!!! :) I shared these pics on my facebook page over a week ago, but I will share them here as well.



Don't you love the simple, sweet look?




I am so into the nautical theme!



If all goes well (meaning I put the pedal to the metal and get my final assignments finished and submitted), I hope to have these lovely ladies up and listed in the shop this coming weekend. So be on the look out! :)

Well time to get back to writing my final grad paper! Happy Sewing all!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Secret Mess of Bags and Life

Today, I was thinking about sewing, as I often do, but instead of my normal sewing thoughts (what project can I make next? which fabric should I choose? when can I justify my next Girl Charlee order?), I was thinking about the sewing process, particularly the inside of the bags I have sewn. Don't ask me how I got on that thought! I have no idea. But this led me to thinking about how hidden between the beautiful finished lining and exterior of a bag is a mess.....a mess of white interfacing, thread pieces, seam allowances,



stitching lines, zipper tape, and the wrong side of a zipper pocket.


No one but the sewer usually sees this concealed mess. Mostly everyone else just sees the finished product, all neat and tidy, picture perfect!


But this unseen, unsung mess is what gives the outward picture its perfect form and beauty. Without it, the final product would not be there. This is kind of like people and life. So many people just see the outward, put-together person, and not the inner, tangled threads that have shaped and formed that visible persona. Often times, we don't take the time, think about, or even care to know what lies behind the surface, but perhaps if we could see, we would appreciate the outer all the more.

Who would have guessed that thoughts of sewing and bags could be so philosophical!?!? ;)

*Bag pictured is the Stella Weekender by Swoon Sewing Patterns (affiliate link)!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Celebrating 150 Likes!

Today, I am celebrating 150+ fans on Accents by MeMe Mae's facebook page! Yippee! Thank you all for your support!

Anyways, I promised a giveaway for 150 likes and here it is. Two winners will each receive one of these Golden Summer Hair Tie Sets. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter the giveaway. You can earn up to three entries. Be sure to sign in so your entries count. Giveaway ends June 24 and I will announce the winners the following day. Good luck everyone! :)




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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Review and Giveaway hosted by Ali Cat & Co.

Ali Cat & Co. wrote a wonderful review of several MeMe Mae products and in celebration, she is hosting a giveaway on her blog. Three winners will receive one of my handmade items currently listed in my shop. Trust me, you don't want to miss out on this giveaway (or the adorable pictures of Ali Cat & Co. sporting some MeMe Mae accents)! Good luck to everyone! :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Introducing Sophia: The Beach Tote

Hello again blogging world! I know it has been forever! But at last, I am back with my latest project to share. And of course, it is only fitting that it is a Swoon bag! Let me introduce to you the soon to be released Sophia Beach Tote!


Isn't she a beauty??? I am in love already!



One of the coolest things about Sophia is her handles. I have never made handles like this, but today I became a huge fan of them. The handles are one long piece that wrap around the bag and are held in place with loops and button holes. So guess what that means???



They adjust to fit and hold your beach towel! Isn't that the coolest thing????


Of course, Sophia has enough room to hold your towel on the inside as well, along with everything else you might need on a beach trip or day at the lake.




Make sure you bring some hydration, a good book (or your nook/kindle/e-reader), sun glasses, sandals, and of course, sunscreen. Oh and maybe even a hat or a MeMe Mae cinched turban to keep that hair in place if the ocean breeze gets a little crazy. ;)


So let's get down to the specs of Sophia. As already mentioned, she has adjustable handles, which can hold a towel or even two. Sophia is massive, so she does require a rather generous amount of fabric. She has tons of room for everything you could possibly need for a day in the sun. She is even big enough for a weekend getaway! Honestly, Sophia is very versatile and should not be restricted to a beach tote alone! She has two pockets. The interior zipper pocket is perfect for keeping those valuables secure.


The exterior patch pocket is perfect for those things you want quick access to, such as your cell phone or sunglasses. This pocket has a magnetic snap closure.


The whole bag is also kept closed with a magnetic snap. Oh, and I spy one of my new labels. This is the second time I have gotten to use them.


As usual, the pattern is clear and easy to follow, with excellent instructions and visuals. I would rate this as an intermediate pattern, perfect for someone who has some bag making skills and experience with buttonholes, which really are easier than they sound. If you are a daring beginner, then I think you would be able to tackle Sophia because the directions really are so detailed.


Isn't she lovely??? Don't be jealous! Sophia is set to be released Friday, and then you can make one for yourself. If you need some inspiration, go to Swoon's facebook page and check out some of the other versions of Sophia made by some very talented Swoon testers. Or if you don't sew, Diedelbug Handmade makes beautiful Swoon bags and I am sure Sophia will be available in her shop soon.

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