Feature Friday! Desiree Bowman!

I have Desiree over today! I met her on Twitter and she is just such fun to “hang out with”. I thought I let you know a bit about what she does with the time she doesn’t spend driving the kids to all kinds of activities, or running her household, or renovating the house, or reading, or spinning, or knitting…

I best let her tell you:

In 2007 I needed a birthday gift for my very bohemian sister.  Being an avid quilter and lover of color, I had a bunch of batik fabric scraps lying around and I got the idea to piece them into a simple tote-all style bag.  It was such a big hit I began making them by request and listing them in my etsy shop: Hamncheezr. 

My inner hippy wants this bag so bad!!!!!

After a while I began to make and list bags at random; sometimes a certain fabric would catch my eye and I’d make a bag just to be able to use it as a lining, or sometimes certain scraps looked good to me.  Making my batik bags is very freeing as no real planning goes into each bag, just a desire to have a well made, beautiful and unique finished product.  No two bags are ever absolutely alike.  Each bag is hand made by me and is machine pieced and quilted on the outside, then it is lined with cotton quilt-quality fabric.  The straps or handles are all different as well, and a lot of times I will create a closure for the bag with a tab and vintage button.

 

This one is hilarious! 🙂


Over the years I’ve branched out from just tote bags to small lap or wall quilts and “Busy Bags” as I call them.  Another brain child of a needed birthday gift, the Busy Bag is a small, educational accessory designed for little girls ages 2-6.  The various button, zipper, tie, Velcro and snap features help hone fine motor skills and the cuteness of each bag just can’t be beat!  Everything is very securely sewn on and attached, making these little bags absolutely machine washable.

CUUUUTE!

My family is very crafty, my Mom is an artist and she taught all my brothers and sisters and myself to quilt, sew and knit at an early age.  I craft as a hobby and stress reliever (because as a stay at home Mom sometimes you just have to do something for yourself) but I love that I’m able to share a little bit of my creativity with others and I love when I hear from people who have used and enjoyed my items.

I so love this one!!!

 

Here are a few more pictures of Desiree’s items! All of them are just so pretty and you can tell they are made with love and care! The fabrics are just to die for!!! I love her use of colour as well! If you want to keep up with Desiree and her busy needles, you should definitely follow her blog!

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If you are an artists, or know of an artist you think deserves to be featured, please do let me know with an email, or a comment here. (You can also send me a message on FB if you like, or that is easier for you)
My featured artists will go on to be featured on three more blogs this month. First on  Louise’s blog, then on  Karen’s blog, and then on the Indie Mosaic blog! So you get maximum exposure! Since we all do different things you will reach different readers on each of our blogs and you really get your name out there! It’s really great. And best of all: It’s free! If you enjoyed reading this and want to be featured yourself, or know of someone that you think should be featured, please let me know through an email, or a comment on this post, or send me a message on FB. I would also recommend that you check out the upcoming artists in the calendar in the Indie Mosaic board!
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6 thoughts on “Feature Friday! Desiree Bowman!

  1. Desiree its a pleasure to meet you. Im a friend of BridgetRamblingdesigns, she is gifted in so many area’s. I love quilting /self taught, do lap tops purses a few, any small item. Your lucky to have been raised around it & to meet designers. See you again soon I hope

  2. Love your quilted items! I no longer make full sized quilts, but still enjoy the creative opportunity of making smaller items, like yourself. My etsy shop is Hijinx Handmades, where I feature my knitted and crocheted items. I would like to suggest my daughter, Amber Smith (Katya LaRoche) as a featured artist. Some of her web marketing names are http://www.LostLogoDesign, Lost Kat Photography, and Native Tongue Jewelry on Etsy. She writes at least 3 blogs each week and works from home as she and her boyfriend travel and hike the US, as a Web Site Designer and Graphic Artist.
    I enjoy your blog and just became a subscriber. Thank you for considering my
    “featured artist” submission.
    My wordpress blog is http://www.dreamworksphoto.net. It is a new venture to me compared to the length of time I’ve been sewing, quilting, knitting and crocheting. My daughter just recently set up my shopping cart for my photography.

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