Monday, August 31, 2015

Hot Mess Bloggin'

Hey there! 
Bet you thought this blog was DEAD!  Well, I have been neglectful in feeding it .. it needs nourishment, some TLC ... maybe even total resussitation!

I truly am a hot mess when it comes to blogging. But I keep coming back so I hope you will too! While I have been letting the blog linger, I've been breathing new life into Mama's Pocketbook and I'm finally good with the way the website is shaping up. It's not perfect, but then again it never will be. That's ok, those of us who love the pretty things, the creative souls, the sweetness of life don't really want perfectionism. We just want to love what we love and love what we do. Right? 

SO... I have some very pretty new Cross Body Bags and Sienna Handbags to share, as well as some NEWS about our forward progress here at Mama's Pocketbook.

I announced it on my Mama's Pocketbook Facebook Page that my fiance, Kim Long, is joining me as co-owner of our business and bringing us his wealth of knowledge in sales and marketing, and taking control of the business side of things to give me more time for the creative side of things. This is a dream come true for me as a fabric artist who prefers the creative side to the business side. Kim will be updating the website, newsletter and yes, this blog will get new life under his care. He will wear many hats here ... writing content, shipping orders, bringing me frappacinos (made on my new Nutra Ninja Plus!), and other duties as assigned. (Yes, I'm still Queen here). 

In other News - I'm literally on pins and needles to roll out a new line of LINEN bags for Fall/Winter. There will be options for customizing these bags to your liking or buying the OOAK designs I am making.  So excited about these. They will incorporate my beloved floral fabrics  - subtle and fairly neutral on the outside and bursting with color on the inside. I may just stay up all night to finish one of these so I can get some photos out here. I tried for the past hour to add some photos, but Blogger does not want to behave ... So Meanwhile.... here's the current offerings of

Cross Body Bags
Amy Butler Ready Made Bags
New Fabric Choices for Design Your Own Tote Kits
New Fabric Choices for Custom Card Cases
Swoon Patterns

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Happy Spring Everyone! I'm Back!

Happy Spring Everyone!

Finally Spring has sprung here in Georgia. And I feel as if finally Spring has sprung in my life and heart. I am happily creative again after a very long healing and rebuilding period in my life. I am so grateful to all of you who have patiently waited and stayed supportive of me as I focused on more personal life events. By God's immense Grace I am here today, feeling very strong, loved, capable, excited ... actually PASSIONATE again about my creative work. So ... Here's what I've been doing behind the scenes to prepare for this beautiful Spring!


Welcome to Mama's Pocketbook reborn!  My website is about 80% rebuilt and let me tell ya - that has been a real labor of love. Being that I am very OCD about my website (and many other things) many, many, many hours have gone into the update of my website. I am proud to say it is now going to be considerably more user friendly with pull down menus and a purging of old pages and dead links. Yes, I still have a lot of work to do, but it is functional and I have finally taught myself some shortcuts to building out the pages I want. (Who says old dogs can't learn new tricks?!) 


Over the past six months or so I have been very busy not only with the website update but with quite a lot of custom work. I love making custom items and stretching myself creatively. I created several custom bags, altered & embellished jean jackets, bridesmaids clutches, curtains, and various one-of-a-kind items. I have not been idle by any means, but I am very excited to be creating again for Mama's Pocketbook and my other budding venture "Prissy Gypsy" - there will be more good things to come for that label for Spring and Summer so please stay tuned for some scrumptious lacy, boho, altered goodies there. 

I'm really excited to be creating new designs, some inspired by other artists who have graciously offered their patterns for artists like me to use for resale, and some of my own designs of course. Below are my three newest offerings based on a pattern called the June Bag by Melissa Mortenson of Fourteen May . I've added a few touches of my own - adjustable strap, and extra pockets inside, trimmings and vintage brooches to name a few. I was really inspired by this pattern because it lends itself to my signature mix of fabric colors, patterns and textures.  More to come of these and many other designs! Thank you to all who take the time to read my blog. I am blessed by you!!
~ Dianne

    Dragon Cross Body Bag                                 June Cross Body Bag
 Pink Roses Cross Body Bag
Pink Roses Cross Body Bag