Thursday, 6 September 2012

MADE BY MY CUSTOMER : How to make an Halloween bag by Carrol Swanson

Hi Carrol,
tell us about how you made this wonderful Halloween bag.

I usually make my bags from scratch but I ran across a great deal on these sturdy canvas bags so I snatched them up to save myself some time. I also bought the Frida Altered Homage digital file from For the reverse side I used a crow to tie in with the crows on Frida’s picture. Next I bought some Halloween fabric – crows of course, and gathered up some trims. Now we’re ready to sew.

Opening the top seam of the bag was simple and I pulled off the handles. We don’t want boring handles so I covered them with a strip of fabric which I’d gathered up the center. Then I made a lining for the bag – exactly the size of the purchased bag. Now comes the best part – the photos.

Digital art is wonderful. It’s inexpensive and once you buy the file you can use it again and again and again! 
The art Lucia makes for Take Your Pictures is truly incredible! And when you print your file you’ll be impressed with the quality of the pictures. Thank you Take Your Picture and darling Lucia!!

I printed my picture choices on canvas, cut them to the size I wanted, and sewed them to my bag with a decorative stitch. 

Next I added a few items to give it a little dimension – a leaf on Frida’s side and a feather for the crow. (Yes, that’s a real feather but the leaf is from a silk flower.)

Now stuff the liner in (be sure you have the right side facing out when you put it in the bag) and sew it to the top of the bag. Add the straps and your ready to trick-or-treat!

All photographs by © IrisEyes,2012.

Thanks to all
Happy Halloween !

Carrol Swanson

Thanks Carrol for sharing with us your project!

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September is here and Fall is in the air :welcome back from the holidays !!!

Hello to all
and welcome back from the holidays !!!

September is here and Fall is in the air !!!

A few days ago I had the great pleasure of meeting through my shop on Etsy Take Your Picture , a really fantastic person and also a great artist of sewing.

Her name is Carrol Swanson , owner of the shop IrisEyes on Etsy.
Please visit her shop , you can find many wonderful items like bags or purses sewn with love by Carroll.

The choice is wide and the colors of the fabrics are fabulous and the details that she uses to complete her projects are wonderful : vintage buttons , trims and unusual items for decoration.

But now let's see in detail one of the projects created by Carrol for Halloween using my digital file : digital Frida Altered Art Homage iron on transfer.

Good vision at all ;)


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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Great opportunity for all of you !!!

Hi everybody,
I decided to dedicate in my blog a new section "MADE BY MY CUSTOMERS OR BY THE FOLLOWERS OF MY BLOG" for your creations using the products that you bought in my shop TAKE YOUR PICTURE or your projects created with the freebies images  that I share with all of you in my blog.

So what are you waiting for ?
I aspect you in many to partecipate to this wonderful initiative.
I'll prepare a brief description of your project with a lovely graphic.

And the amazing thing is that this service is totally free of charge!!!

For more informations please contact me to the email below:


Monday, 28 May 2012

Free vintage image - Victorian basket flowers

This lovely Victorian basket of flowers is taken from an 1800's book.
A romantic illustration great for your Collage or Mixed Media projects.


Friday, 25 May 2012

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Free Vintage Romantics Banners

These are three versions of a wonderful banner taken  from a 1800's Vintage Book. 
These romantics banners  are embellished with two birds and from roses. 
Available in three different color options for you. 
These are fantastic for your handmade projects.


Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Free vintage Elf Clip Art

This is a sweet vintage image of an elf who plays the flute.
Next to him a little mushroom in the background.
It's wonderful for your handmade projects!!!


Friday, 11 May 2012

Vintage Clip Art - Anchor Silhouette

Longing for the sea and the desire to decorate in  marine style  corners of our homes.
Today I decided to publish this beautiful vintage anchor clip art.
I hope you like it.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Vintage clip art - Frame flower with bee

Today I'm posting a vintage image of a frame flowers with inside a bee taken from an 1800's book.
I hope you like it!
Perfect to create handmade projects like pillow cover !!!