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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Friday, April 18, 2014

Blanche the Barrel Bag

Yay for the newest Swoon Pattern release: Blanche, the Barrel Bag! She is bold and beautiful and I can't wait to make her. Head on over to Swoon today and purchase her! :)

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Monday, April 14, 2014

The Restful Reader Book Sling by Diedelbug Handmade

So before I got all crazy busy with opening up the etsy shop, I had the privilege of testing Diedelbug's second pattern, the Restful Reader Book Sling! Take a look at the finished product:

Adorable, isn't it??? If you couldn't tell, the Restful Reader is a book holder that is actually designed to go on a headboard/foot board of a crib or bed. Makes nighttime reading a piece of cake, since you won't have to spend time trying to find those missing books. Even older kids would enjoy having one of these on their beds. It would be a great place to store a diary, ear phones, mp3 player, remote control, flashlight, and the list goes on.

You can either use snaps or Velcro for the straps. I used Velcro, as you can see in this closeup. Also, piping is optional but it does add such a nice touch. :)

As I said, this was designed to hang on beds, but as you can see, mine is hanging from a gate (the gate that goes around Nana and Papa's stove when the little nieces are there). It gets lots of use and my nieces just love the pink frog print. I thought it fitting for two princesses.

Anyways, the pattern is great! Well-written, super easy to follow! And just seriously, the coolest idea ever!

Be sure to visit Diedelbug Handmade's facebook page. Also, you can purchase this pattern at craftsy.com, along with Diedelbug's other two patterns. Oh yes, she even has a backpack pattern that I can't wait to make!!! :)

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Swoon Pattern Sale: Don't miss out!

Swoon Patterns is having an amazing sale on their already amazingly low priced patterns! Obviously, I am a big Swoon fan, so maybe I am biased! ;) No I am not! They are the best bag patterns around! If you disagree, I challenge you to show me better. :) Anyways, hurry on over to Swoon Patterns and get 30% off your entire order!

Happy Sewing/Shopping!

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