Friday, September 10, 2010

Amy Butler Design - Amy Butler's Style Stitches

Oh Joy! I'm in heaven and drooling like crazy over  the images from Amy Butler's new book! Seriously – did you hear that squealing noise – that was me!

Amy Butler Design - Amy Butler's Style Stitches

Here's what Amy has to say about her new book:

Because every girl loves a great bag, and I love designing them...

I'm proud to introduce my brand new sewing book - Style Stitches! My book includes 12 easy ways to 26 wonderful bags with instructions for customizing and tweaking each bag to let your own style shine. There's a wide range of great projects, from chic clutches, coin purses and wristlets to modern hobo bags and cool reversible totes.

Style Stitches is designed like my previous books with a pocket of full sized pattern sheets and a spiral binding to lay flat. It's loaded with tons of great photographs to keep readers inspired and excited. It's available now from Amy's web store.  Check out Amy’s video about the new book!



Thank you Amy for all the great designs you create – You always inspire me and well … you already know I'm your #1 Fan!

I hope to have the book available on my website soon too! And I'll definitely be doing reviews of the designs included. I can't wait to make some of these up for friends and family for holiday gifts!  ~ Dianne

Monday, September 6, 2010

Your Perfect Pocketbook

How many times have I heard women say they wish they could find their perfect purse? Do you have a blueprint in your mind of what would be the perfect handbag, tote, pocketbook, purse  - or whatever label you want to give it?

HOW ABOUT A CONTEST? I love a good contest, and for me a good contest is one that is pretty simple to enter and win. But I know there’s also some competitive girls out there who like to increase their chances, so on the simple side, to enter just leave a comment here telling me all about “Your Perfect Pocketbook!”
To increase your chances to win you will get one additional entry for each of the following actions (please be sure to let me know in your comment which ones you did so I can count in your extra entries):
  • Post about my contest on your blog (let me know where to look!)
  • Post on Twitter
  • Post on Facebook
  • Add to any other blog’s contest list
  • Join my newsletter or tell me in your comment if you are already on my mailing list
  • Follow my blog or tell me you already do (thanks Pat for the reminder on that!)
Just a few of my own designs
I will select three winners on Sept. 30th (which just happens to be my 7th year wedding anniversary to the love of my life!)

Grand Prize Winner will receive one custom made pocketbook based on the details included in her winning entry! The winning Pocketbook will be handcrafted by me (Dianne Hadaway) in fabrics, trims and hardware agreed upon by myself and the winner, and will be constructed and delivered within 4 weeks of the announcement of the Grand Prize winner! On Sept. 30th I will announce the names of the top 3 pocketbook designs as described in the comments submitted. Then we’ll let our blog readers vote on the most Perfect Pocketbook design. Voting will be open for one week only. Whoever gets the most votes wins. I and my daughter will personally decide any tie-breaker and we will announce the winner on Oct. 7th. The winner will agree to allow copyright for the design to be owned by Mama’s Pocketbook and the design will be named after the winner! Mama’s Pocketbook may recreate the design for sale, however each pocketbook will be made as a one of a kind original utilizing various fabrics and trims. No two will ever be alike! Please note that my creations are rendered from fabric, I do not sew with leather. It’s possible to use pre-made leather accents like straps, handles or hardware, but I do not construct full leather bags. Thanks!!

First Place Winner will be selected by random drawing through the list generator at and will receive a purse organizing package included a Pouchee Organizer and Three (3) of my Fabric Card Cases in fabric selected by the winner from the available fabrics on the product pages for these items.

Second Place Winner will be selected by random drawing through the list generator at and will receive a purse organizing package including Three (3)of my Fabric Card Cases in fabric selected by the winner from the available fabrics on the card cases product page.
Contest begins NOW (9/6/2010)– Only one detailed entry per person please – Describe your ultimate Perfect Pocketbook! Include such details as size, shape, what kind of pockets and organizational features you’d have. Would you mix fabrics? What kind of trim? What kind of closure? Does it stand on it’s own? Crossover the body hobo style? Is it large, medium, small? Is it colorful or neutral? Does it do double duty (diaper bag/ personal bag or business tote/laptop bag)?  Use your imagination and be detailed!
I think I’ve thought of everything, but if something’s missing, I’ll add it when it becomes apparent!