Thursday, August 21, 2014

So long, Vera

This past Saturday, the 17th, was the village-wide yard sale in the rural town I live in. I always set up a table since we live on the main street through town. Last year I sold tie dye shirts and made more than $200 in just a few hours. This year I didn't have any tie dye done up or even all that much junk to put out. I actually ended up selling almost all of the Vera Bradley that I've collected since college. I really had quite a bit; wallets, duffle bags, lunch name it. I haven't bought any Vera in about a year because I've gotten more and more interested in making my own stuff. I ended up selling everything I put out on Saturday! To celebrate I made myself a few things (it was nice to sew for myself for a change!), so I'm saying "so long, Vera...hello, Francesca!"

I used a couple 1/2 yard cuts that I have had lying around forever! I know I've had the bottom print at least 2 years. I also broke into some very pretty hot pink aurifil (:

I made myself this roll up case for cosmetic brushes first. I made up the pattern myself (woot!) and actually had the foresight to put some fusible fleece in it to give it some nice structure. It fits all 4 brushes that I use, my mascara, eyeliner and tweezers! It has a sweet pink ribbon to secure it closed.

Then I made this over-sized, quilted zipper bag to hold the brush roll up and all my cosmetics including my giant (6"x7") mary kay compact that contains 20 shades of eyeshadow, 2 blushes and a bronzer. I can also fit my hairbrush and a bunch of other stuff in here...very spacious!

Again, no pattern...and I'm really pleased with the finished product. I love the saturated colors and the customization! 



  1. Such a nice coordinated set, and unique! Well done parting with your old treasures, I hope you made some money on them.

  2. Your new accessories are just gorgeous! Lovely work and very creative!

  3. What a terrific pair for travelling. I'm always looking for beautiful cosmetic holders and yours are great

  4. well done for making up the patterns yourself, it's such a liberating feeling knowing that you can figure out how to make something.


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