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(Video link HERE.)?For years, I have been obsessed with designing the perfect bag, one that could travel with me throughout my busy day, and morph from backpack to tote to shoulder bag. For a whilepersonalized toys, I entertained...


(Video link HERE.)?For years, I have been obsessed with designing the perfect bag, one that could travel with me throughout my busy day, and morph from backpack to tote to shoulder bag. For a whilepersonalized toys, I entertained the idea of making bags to sell, and researched what it would involve. There is A LOT a lot to know in making a bag, from how to select skins, to prototyping, to buying hardware to actually making them (what sewing machine?).

We were riveted by David Munson, CEO of Saddleback Leather’;s video in which he deconstructs his famously-well-made bags and tells the logic involved.?It’;s a TROVE of info and also a brilliant reverse-ad for Saddleback Products, showing just how carefully they’;re made and why they’;re worth every penny.

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For those bag obsessed folks out there that dream of making your own, this info for you.?I’;m also a big fan of Natasha Durham of Rough and Tumble Bags Convertible bag designs, and am hatching plots to devise my own less-chunky bag using similar principles.

To quote Jim Jarmusch:?Steal ideas from everywhere and make them your own!

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Every since we saw the video Andrew Carmellini, mastermind of the great Locanda Verde, ?made to build buzz in his soon-to-open NYC restaurant, Dutch, we’ve been FEELING the restaurant as it comes together in the crazed couple of weeks before opening. Maybe that’s because Sally actually worked nearby at the old Soho Charcuterie on Sullivan Street; she made pates and terrines all day in the basement prep kitchen and would take breaks in the bocce court next door (now long gone, along with the neighborhood’s Italians). Restaurant memories live in the bones.

Good morning, my Cutting Edge Stencils fans. The blog is going on a bit of hiatus until 2016 so that we can spend a little extra time with our family and friends.? Before we kick back and pass around the eggnog, we thought we’d take a stroll down memory lane to revisit some of our favorite stencil projects of 2015.? It was a fabulous year that included the launch of several NEW stencil collections, hosted fun Paint-A-Pillow parties, and some impressive stencil sightings in major home decor magazines.? We owe it all to you, our fabulous and loyal fans, who continue to support us.? We can’t begin to thank you enough and we look forward to a stencil-filled 2015!

Gypsy Travels continue as?Monica Taylor takes us with her on a trip round Italy… fasten your seatbelts and enjoy!

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