A while back my friend Dana asked me if I'd make another purse like one she saw on my Flickr page. We arranged a swap, and I think I came out on the better end of the deal ;)
Dana majored in studio art in college and made completely awesome things that I always meant to buy at the bi-annual student art auctions, but always forgot to. Doh! I still kick myself that I didn't get one of the wood block prints she made of a little girl on a pier. *sigh* Anywho, in exchange for a purse, I asked her to make something for the wall behind my dining table because it's white, naked and sad. Last week she emailed me a picture of my future painting...
Meet Monsieur L'oiseau, the little finch that will be "watching me eat my cereal" (as she put it) every morning!
Isn't he precious? He's such a proud little birdie with his chest all puffed out :)
And below is the purse I made in return. I used Amy Butler's Frenchy Bag pattern but made a few modifications because the pocket situation for that purse really stinks. The pockets inside are too big and, well, kinda useless. Plus I always hate not having an easily accessible area for my keys and cell phone since they're the items I pull out most (and always seem to sink to the very bottom). I wanted to make a special pocket for frequently used items, and I really liked the look of this purse, so I created a big pocket panel on the front.
The back is pretty boring, but I thought I'd throw in a picture anyway. Side Note: Don't you just love the Wall Flowers in Apricot? I'm down to just 1 yard and this fabric is next to impossible to find now, so I'm gonna hoard it like a thieving magpie.
And just for good measure...