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March 27, 2011

Milk Chocolate & Cream

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A new French Lace Tote*, coming to my Etsy shop soon.

*100% handmade: This tote is built from scratch using a pattern I constructed myself using a graph ruler, pencil and good ole kraft paper. You won't find any embellished, mass-manufactured bags here.

Posted on March 27, 2011 | Permalink

January 19, 2011

I meant it when I said that zippers are nice.

Because I added one to an inside pocket of another French Lace Bag.

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I took these photos today. The second one was taken by the window of my apartment. It was cold and windy, but look how the sun is shining! We need more winter days like this. (Well, without the wind, which gave me a bird's nest hairdo when I went out without a hat this morning.)

Posted on January 19, 2011 | Permalink

January 18, 2011

Zippers are nice.

So I decided to add one on an inside pocket of my Soft Gray Lace Bag. (With a nice little lace detail right above it. Because we like lace.)

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{It's still here, in my Etsy shop.}

Posted on January 18, 2011 | Permalink

June 8, 2010

The "Big City" Linen Bag is baaaaaaack

A TortillaGirl favorite, this year's version is "upgraded" with the addition of an inside zippered pocket, swivel hook for keys and a bit more structure. But if you prefer last year's "downgraded" version, well, I can do that, too. Just convo me for details.

In the meantime, the Summer 2010 version is now in my Etsy shop. (I can't promise that I'll have this available next year, so don't wait too long if you have your eye on it.)

xo,
TortillaGirl
Posted on June 8, 2010 | Permalink

May 24, 2010

Soft French Lace Bag

Just relisted this little number back in my Etsy shop! I added a bronze [European made] magnetic snap closure that matches nicely with the bronze-tone metal teeth of the zipper 'cause I like coordinating things like that. To be honest, I really don't know how many more of these I'll be able to make because both the canvas used for the shell and the hand-dyed lace are running out. And that makes this bag extra special.

Know what else? Elephant gray looks great on everybody.

xo,
TortillaGirl

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Posted on May 24, 2010 | Permalink

April 9, 2010

You want your lace bags? I got your lace bags right here.

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Don't they look like candy? I think so.

All are made in cotton or 60% cotton/40% poly blends with pure cotton linings. The pink lace on beige, elephant gray lace (hand-dyed by moi, by the way, so you probably will not see this color anywhere else) on pinstripe and the beige lace on gray/brown pinstripe all have separating zippers enclosed in flaps. Which is pretty cool, because if you feel like using the bags as open totes you can open the zipper and the zipper lays flat on the inside top of the tote. The elephant gray lace (again, hand-dyed by moi) on blue does not have a zipper closure, but it has a nifty interior pocket with metal zipper closure. I also added some lace detail to the top inside of that bag so that it looks purdy even though it's always open.

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Limited editions. Fresh in my Etsy shop. Go take a look. And then have yourself a lovely weekend.

xo,
TortillaGirl

Posted on April 9, 2010 | Permalink

March 31, 2010

The new lace bag, she is here.

Here's the first of my lace* bags for spring and summer 2010: A French lace bag in a gray stripe on white cotton/poly blend that says "take me out in the fresh air on a sunny day". I'm theeeeeeere. Throw in a picnic while you're at it. And a bike ride. And a fistful of flowers.

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This particular number is very limited edition. The ones you see here may be the only ones I'll make available in my shop - that makes your bag even more exclusive. Oh la la.

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The first of them has been listed in my etsy shop. Yay.

*It's true: I just can't get enough of lace, stripes and crisp cotton. Even when I was in design school lace would sneak its way into a lot of my of my textile creations. Yep, French Lace + Me = BFF.

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July 13, 2009

Ice Cream, You Scream,

We all scream for ice cream colors! Especially in summer.

Summer always brings back childhood memories of selling lemonade, bike rides, reading Beverly Cleary books, and the ice cream truck coming through my sunny SoCal neighborhood (at which point I would run into the house like I had a jet pack strapped to my back while screeching at about 200 decibels "MOOOOOOOM! The ice cream man is coming!!! We need moneeeeeeeey!!!"). No summer was ever complete without pastel colored ice cream and - if there was money left over - a pack of Charlie's Angels bubble gum cards.

And now that I'm all grown up, I'm making clothes and bags in ice cream colors for the summer.

Pink and white striped sundress with frilly straps and belt in super lightweight cotton seersucker. Lined in light-as-air cotton, above the knee and partly smocked in the back so it's fitted on top. Handmade to order in sizes XS to M. Very limited edition (in other words, when my limited quantity of striped pink and white seersucker runs out!).

Another Soft French Lace Tote, because I can't get enough of these and if you look through my past collections you'll see that I've always added lace embellishments to the things I make. I love the tote in this particular color. It reminds me of key lime pie, or lime sherbet. The lining is a different shade but similar in color. Together they look like a pastel-colored bonbon.

Posted on July 13, 2009 | Permalink

June 22, 2009

Gray Goes with Everything


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Yep! It's another one of my French lace totes! I had my French lace bags in gray for my winter collection and decided to make the summer version in a softer, pearly shade. Gray calls to me all year round with its neutral fabulousness. Sly little minx.

The soft tote in pearly gray is now in my shop, ready made and ready to ship. After this one goes I'll list a few more but they'll be handmade to order so if you don't want to wait too long for one better snatch this one up.

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Posted on June 22, 2009 | Permalink

April 30, 2009

Dear Big City Linen Bag,

Ah, the bag that traveled with me overseas during the summer. How I love thee! You got stuck with me in the rain at the top of the Pyramids in Teotihuacan outside of Mexico City and held all the funky purchases I made at Uncommon Objects in Austin without complaining once. How can I not share you with the world? Indeed, it would be cruel on my part not to do so. So here you are, in my TortillaGirl shop and in my Etsy shop again, and this time I lined you with cotton canvas for super extra stability and strength. Know why? 'Cause you're worth it. Thanks for your never-ending loyalty. Love ya!

xo, TortillaGirl

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Posted on April 30, 2009 | Permalink

April 23, 2009

What's that?

Like casual French chic? Want something for your open markets and other outdoor activities? Oh, alright. Here's a warm weather version of my French lace bags which, btw, I've been wanting to blog ever since I made the first one and put it in my shop but it sold out really quickly. So now that I've just put it back in the shop I'm blogging about it right away because it's so purdy it deserves a wee little blog post all to itself.

Go on! Look at it in my shop, or at etsy.
Posted on April 23, 2009 | Permalink

April 7, 2009

You know what?

I love spring. I really, really do. At the risk of sounding all poetic and whimsical instead of the "I need ADSL-caffeine-bookstore with huge selection of books in English on the corner" city dweller I've been all my life, when I look at the bright green trees right outside my window I feel like wearing a pinafore with puffy skirt and standing on top of a mountain in the Alps while I sing "the hills are aliiiiiiiive, with the sound of muuusiiiic". Just like Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music! Only tone-deaf. And I'd probably be popping allergy pills.

Oh, and I'd definitely be carrying this lovely green bag with its French lace appliqué. softlace_vert3
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Posted on April 7, 2009 | Permalink

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