Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Chalkboard Cloth Lunch Bag, Blackboard cloth

Due to overwhelming response, I'm looking to fund this project and make it a reality. Take a look at this fun video I made for more details.

I’ve always loved blackboard paint, so I was thrilled to discover blackboard chalk cloth. Have you heard of it? It’s an easy-to-clean, versatile fabric, and you can use chalk to write on it! So, obviously, I thought it’d be great for a lunch bag for back-to-school (it just makes sense: blackboard, lunch bags, right?) This easy-to-sew bag is a great spot to chalk an important note to your kid, remind them of an upcoming test, let them know what’s for lunch or just tell them how special they are. It easily wipes clean with a damp paper towel. Patent Pending
Here’s how to make it:

  • Scissors
  • Black-board chalk cloth (I got mine at Bell’occhio)
  • Straight pins
  • Pinking shears
  • Sewing machine
  • Velcro sticker
  • Chalk
Step 1: Cut two 9 1/2 x 13 pieces of black-board chalk cloth:

Step 2: Pin right sides together and sew 3 sides, leaving a short side open. I cut the “open side” with pinking shears (not shown). Make sure to reinforce the corners by backstitching at the beginning and end of the seam:

Step 3: Pull the bag at its sides so a diamond shape is formed on top. Mark 2 inches from point of diamond to middle of diamond and sew across. Reinforce seams:

Step 4: Cut off the corners about 1/4-inch from seam:

Step 5: Turn the bag right side out. For closure, attach one half of a Velcro sticker to the top portion of one side, roll down and attach the other half to the other side:

Step 6: Write a sweet note to your kids!
Step 7: And just wipe away at the end of the day with a damp cloth:

Monday, August 22, 2011

My Birthday Gift to Myself

I usually treat myself to something nice on my birthday...a massage, a facial, a new pair of shoes. This year I went all out...even though the big "50" is next year. Introducing my brand new, Rosa Red, 2012 Fiat 500! LOVE!
Me and my sales rep, Adam.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Wedding Invitations

I design wedding invitations and more for Here are some of my designs.
I illustrated these cherry blossoms.

These beautiful red roses were painted by my sister, Dianna Facci.

Here are some vintage lilacs

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I turned them into a bag!

While rearranging my closet, I came across one of my favorite pair of pants. I put them on … well … they almost fit. I guess working for a bakery has its downfalls! I’ve always loved the color and pattern of these pants, so I couldn’t throw them away or even give them away (they were a bit worn). So, I held on to them for the fabric.

Hmmm … what could I make with them? A couple of throw pillows would be nice, but I have so many. I searched around a bit and found this simple tote bag tutorial – yup, this fabric would be perfect as a bag!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Just Peachy

Click here to see the photos I took of our amazing peach desserts.  Not bad for an amateur photographer...