Monday, August 25, 2014

BECAUSE THE CRACKER JACK LION "KICKED ASS"...

Actually, it was because I needed a camera strap makeover - the lion was an afterthought.
My well-worn Nikon camera strap got a makeover this weekend.  A "challenge", of sorts, from a friend - a challenge to make a new camera strap for myself, after we did hers last week.  I took the easy way out and actually made a padded, quilted cover for mine, and slipped the original inside.
Handmade linen roses, antique buttons, and a Cracker Jack celluloid lion charm (saved for just the right project) later, I had myself a strap.  THEN I needed a bag...
The bag was actually born of necessity (I needed to experiment with pattern changes for a fabric I'm afraid to cut), and the fact that I am tired of dragging not only my camera bag along, but my hobo/shoulder bag as well - leaving me weighted down on both shoulders and looking like the quintessential tourist wherever I went.
A sturdy Home Dec fabric for the outside - filled with batting and custom quilting.  Large Bakelite button and grommets with leather ties - bohemian fun, this one.
Large enough (but not TOO large - the perfect shoulder bag size) to house my small DSLR camera case and my everyday essentials at the same time (I love me a good wallet with someone else's name on it - and I have SEVERAL).  This will be fabulous for travel, consolidating my two essential bags into one.  And the pattern "kinks"/changes worked out perfect enough to for me to gather the nerve to cut that next project.  Here's to a little creative fun in your week ahead...

10 comments:

Mary Ann Potter said...

This is simply, totally COOL! And even Bakelite. Double COOL!

My Garden Diaries said...

Man friend....did you ever rock these projects in the most brilliant of ways! The camera strap is beautiful with all of those stunning details and the bag! Holy goodness....just exquisite!!! You seriously need to keep sharing what you make because it really is a gift!! Wishing you a week of creativity as well!! Nicole xoxo

Maywyn Studio said...

I love them You have a good eye for putting things together.
I like the shape of your bag, easy to get out a bulky camera from. Have you tried adding an extender on the strap? I'm wondering how that would work out.

creations.1 said...

Totally AWESOME!!!

Jackie said...

Oh I love this, I am thinking how wonderful of a birthday gift that would make for someone special, wink, wink....she will be turning the big 50 next year!
bawhahahaha! You are so gifted, you should be making millions with your talent!

Dorthe said...

My dear Tanya, I totally love both your new rose strap, and your new back. They are both examples of wonderful art pieces ,from your clever hands. The colours are so warm and the fabric gorgeous. Also all you create looks so proffecional alwayes, sweetie.
I think I have done roses almost similar to yours years ago, in old curtain fabric, I will try to seek :-)
Sending you much love,Tanya- and wishes for happy dayes.
Dorthe, xx

Izzybeads by Laney said...

Now I want a camera strap and bag like yours!!

Quinn said...

You are amazingly creative! Two delightful projects, both useful and happy-making. Got to love that combo!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

That is a fun camera strap and a great bag. I toted my Canon to the States and didn't use it once. So bulky and when we were hiking, I just wanted to carry a little crossbody bag with only the essentials. Was so much easier to take pictures with my iPhone everywhere we went. Have a great weekend. Tammy

Createology said...

Isn't it wonderful when we can create the perfect piece we need and want?!! Your bag and camera strap are F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S.!!! Great job on both. Creative Camera Bliss...