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I had one of those moments, where it felt like I had been sewing for so long without a pattern, that I completely forgot how to sew from a pattern! This is my first make from Flora (Making Magazine), a sweet little Petal Pouch 💕 ..that curved zip kicked my buns (TWICE!) note my wonky top stitches. I made the large clutch size, but considering blowing it up even bigger to house my knitting, so in love with this check! 

If you’re curious how I make my labels, it’s totally a recycle reuse hack, I take old  Tyvek envelopes and cut them into little rectangles (or whatever size/shape I need) then stamp or draw on them with waterproof ink (I like using Micron pens for drawing and StazOn for stamping) and then you can just stitch them in the seams or right on the front of your project! Sometimes I use images, sometimes just words, there are also loads of places to get custom logo stamps made, so you can have them be very professional too. They have the feel of commercial clothing, mattress or pillow tags, but unlike those, these little tags are so industrial strong, you can’t rip them off without seam ripping first (that’s a plus and a minus, because they are slippery little buggers, so watch they don’t shift during sewing!) They also have a minimal simplicity that I love. The one above was a white envelope that I colored with fabric markers to a perfect shade of pink ♥ oh they also don’t like the iron, never iron them!

After the humbling curved zipper incident, I decided to make a little zip pouch out of a candy wrapper, just to remind myself that I really can do anything. Sometimes there doesn’t have to be rules and you don’t have to use things as intended. Oh and I also designed another stitch marker strap ♥

I prefer to make my firsts out of unbleached organic cotton, which is weird because I have a HUGE calico and print fabric stash, I think it’s because I can see and understand the little details without being distracted or romanced by a beautiful print and I can honestly tell if I love or hate something with out being all “awwww I love that print .. gush gush” (talkin to you petal pouch!)

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Ok, now I’m gonna gush ..THIS FRICKIN BAG..  I think I’m in love ♥ you can totally tell the Stowe Bag pattern was a collaborative effort between Fringe Supply Co. & Grainline Studio, it has a lot the details I love about my Fringe Field bag (roomy interior, pockets and more pockets!) but this one has handles and I can make it myself!! It is unlined, so I chose to work french seams on the sides and bottom (I flat felled the side ones), they are a little bulky, but they do help with the internal structure of the bag (it’s built like a flat folding grocery shopper with side gussets, so those thick seams help it standup when opened), you could easily zigzag, serge or bias tape them as well. I think the next one will be mid-weight canvas, I’ve come to terms with the bulky guts and now kind of love them ♥

.. more unbleached organic cotton and some candy colored socks ..

.. more minimal simplicity and not using things as intended, the best thing about this Row Counter  by Coco Knits is that it has a metal back and if you have a nice big magnet you can literally stick it anywhere! ..


collector maker may be as simple as a shape, a color or a memory, nothing expensive, but sometimes just as priceless and irreplaceable ..a once in a life time sorta thing ya know ♥ Constantly evolving collections, things come in and things go away. Living with smashers, so often things end up broken and anything I bring in, I do so fully knowing that it may have a very short stay with me, so I love the guts out of it while I can and when I can’t anymore, I thank it for bring me joy, rip it apart and make it into something equally as beautiful but completely different.

AMANDA OCHOCKI my vintage crystal knobby bits
..I’m a collector of old bits of glass and crystal ..not fancy vases, bowls or goblets, more like chandelier shards, perfume stops and doorknobs ♥ when my sister moved out of her last house, I asked if I could change out all of her glass knobs before she left, she looked at me like I was typical weird me, “why would you want them?” ..she smiled and gave me two that had been left behind on a shelf in her linen closet and were going to be re-abandoned by her! WHAT WHY WOULD YOU LEAVE THESE BEHIND!? ..two is good enough though, what would I have done with some 20 odd glass knobs? My little 1900’s farmhouse with its (sometimes rachet) brass knobs getting all fancy ..nah ♥

..I’m a maker of granny neckwear and brooches,  I’m gonna rock this or try to, in a Miss Marple kind of way ♥

..I’m a lover of every kind of grey (days included ♥)

AMANDA OCHOCKI hey im amanda
..I’m Amanda ♥