It feels like Fall. August greets us with chilly mornings, crisp air and wet evenings. Summers always go too fast. The boys start school this week and let me tell you…they might not be ready, but I am! I am crazy for some quietude here and I really hope this will be a good school year for my oldest son.

We’ve stayed at home all this time and I think this has been the most boring Summer ever for the kids. There’s no much to do in this tiny town. Every year we have the same events, same people, same weather. I personally don’t mind as I keep myself busy in the home. I am always up to something. Cleaning, cooking, sewing…thinking. I’ve been thinking what’s next for me and my humble work.

My shop is 25 days old and it had 3 sales so far. It’s great. I wasn’t expecting that, because people always say it takes sometime to build up visibility on Etsy. It’s all right. Wow, 3 sales! Thanks for those who appreciate handcrafted works. I am happy and grateful.

I think it’s time for a bit of organization and planning. I have decided that most handbags must be made to order only, so that I can save time and money. This week I am reviewing some patterns and current materials. A batch of waxed canvas will arrive soon as well as some small hardware and hemp textiles. Oh, I love the texture of natural hemp canvas as you can see below, it’s strong and it gives this bag a rustic style…it’s a keeper!

clutch with strap

leather cross body clutch with strap

This is leather and Liberty of London floral fabric cross body clutch with removable strap is in the shop now!

I have not used the macro lens for ages! It’s a Canon 60mm f/2.8 which I use with my Canon 7D. I thought to share some images I made last Friday. I like this lens a lot although it demands great light for handheld shots, even if it’s bright outside. You’ll notice the grain as I pumped ISO to 800 or so for the flower photo.

I was picking raspberries in the backyard when I noticed this handsome guy looking at me! He was sunbathing on a raspberry leaf! Such strange creature!

And Cashew Caju grows exploring our home…

We are totally in love with him!

Excuse my absence. It was for a good cause! My shop has opened last week and it wasn’t an easy task to build everything from scratch. I am using Etsy as a venue and even though I don’t really love all the recent changes to the site, I will give it a shot. It might be a good thing for me as I am restarting this tiny business!

Many of the items listed are remains from the defunct CONSUERE. Some of my friends did not understand why I closed it. I could come back with the same brand name, but I want and I need to keep things small for a while. I have no help to produce large quantities of products and no money for big investments. I am 24/7 with two kids and they need my support. School has been a huge issue to my oldest boy and that takes tons of my time and energy. I will keep CONSUERE quiet and use Thistle & Fern as a prototype for ideas that might pop here and there. I do want to grow, but first I need to learn how to manage my time wisely. Time is great deal for me.

Below, some of my newest designs. I’ve used leather, hemp and Liberty of London fabrics to create these handbags.

boho leather tote bag
handmade clutch with strap
handmade leather tote

  • Oh my goodness Zee! They are so
    beautiful! You’ve definitely been
    keeping busy!!ReplyCancel

    • Zilá

      Yes, I do keep myself so busy..my to do list is endless, I hope I can get this right and keep moving forward..ReplyCancel

Today is raining a lot and I love it, because rain is really scarce in this corner of the world. It’s monsoon season in Arizona. My home is dark and all is quiet. I’ve snapped some photos in my backyard last week. Summertime inspires me. The light is so beautiful late afternoon, it’s usually overcast and moody.

I wish I could travel this Summer, not sure where though. Maybe I’d like to see England’s country side and its gorgeous farmlands, lonely beaches and old cottages. Money doesn’t grow in my veggie garden and we will stay close to home this year. It’s ok, we have a new cat and he is so sassy! He doesn’t like being held, and loves wrestling with anything, including my arms! Seems he found a favorite place to sleep…right by my pillow. One more cat to share the bed with and I am glad it is a big California king bed  for me, my husband and 4 cats!

These past days I have not sewed anything. I took a break to work in the backyard. We ended up contracting some guys to finish the garden pebble pathway I started sometime ago, because it was just too much work for us. These landscapers stopped by early morning and finished the job in just a few hours. I couldn’t be happier. I will show some pictures later.

My boys love sleeping in. They will sleep past 10 if I let them..my oldest came by while I was checking my messages to ask for breakfast and then stared at the birds outside the window when I shot his picture. He’s growing so fast…clichè, I know. They all do, hu? But I still can’t believe he turned 12 last month.

Very soon school year starts again and I just hate so much that it will start the first week of August! How crazy is that? My husband told me that when he was a kid, first day of school was after Labor Day. Seriously…time goes so fast and I wish we had one more month to enjoy Summer.

I wish I could be far away photographing gorgeous landscapes, seascapes and flower fields, but all I can do now is to find beauty in my backyard…

Shylo enjoys a lazy Summer morning.

The first blossoms of my veggie garden (onion flowers).

Cashew Caju explores every single place in my studio…look at those curious eyes!

Helping dad with the cleaning.

  • Whenever I see new photos you post of
    the boys, my mind is BLOWN! They have
    grown up so much!! And your wonderful
    little world there in AZ looks so serene.
    Could I come with you when you decide
    to hop over to the other side of the “pond”?

    xoReplyCancel

    • Zilá

      Hi Kat! How are you my friend?
      Hopefully one day I will visit you guys!
      Thanks so much for stopping by..ReplyCancel