Good afternoon my crafty chicas! How’s it going on your part of the world? Who’s in snow? Who’s wearing the shorts? Who’s baking summat and who’s getting thirsty for some beer? In here my friends, it started to feel a lot like Spring. Its not cold, not too warm either, holding a cup of tea feels excellent in the mornings and a glass of iced tea in the afternoon; we are enjoying a fabulous weather by the sea and the heart is light and airy and colorful and oh-so-boho! I’m clear in my head, I feel focused, I feel excellent. For a change, in my otherwise white home, I’m loving a bit of color, for planters, I’m adding a wee bit of yellow and this happy mood is possibly reflecting on my work as well. The longer it stays the better for I know grumps know when I am happy!
A couple of years back, I picked up this very plain black tote for my office. The material is suede on the outside and satin inside. Well, it looked fabulous and I had no complaint- still don’t. But when a friend of mine brought me this mushroom patch from Haridwar, I simply couldn’t resist seeing how the two would look together; whether my beautiful, regal, classic black beauty like the fun of popping…umm some color. You see, for years I have saved this bag from different ideas that I had- I was scared I would spoil its grace. But maybe, silently it was waiting for its time, for the moment I placed it, I knew it would be perfect. She was taking it well. She needed some color!
So, I stuck the embroidered patch with fabric glue and painted around it a retro, 70’s flower in two contrasting bright colors. Yes, I am a die hard retro fashion fan and I wish I was born in the 60’s. In fact Rohan thinks I look like a girl from the black n white films. Bah! How I love that compliment. Also, if by now you are laughing at me thinking that maybe I do not know what that patch is all about, darlin’ lemme tell you. I wasn’t born yesterday. And those who think I do know a wee too much, guys, im a decor junkie and that’s about it 😛
Okay, to the point. I used acrylic colors, dried it for a night and here we are. I literally caught a colleague of mine to be my model. Sweet chick did it for me over green tea and grapes.
I really am liking the bright patch of color and the whimsy its bringing. Imagine this with a classic denim shorts, a white shirt, hoops, brown belt and some faded gold chains. I can die for it. So, what do you girls think? Nice no? or no?
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21 thoughts on “DIY Painted Totes: A bit of hippy fashion for the hippy at heart girl!”
Nice, YES! I need one of those! ~ Maureen
Thank you Maureen. Well, I wish you were here somewhere so I could send the bag…but I’ll try finding an embroidered patch for you. That can be easily shipped 🙂
You are you are too sweet!
It’s very hippyish! Which is right up my alley! You’ve made the bag come to life! xo
oh yes! I am a hippy at heart. And i do know what that mushroom does though…haha. I mean I’ve read 😛
You’re too funny, I am glad that you are only a craft junkie! 🙂 It turned out super cute and I love that you added the flower around it, retro chic baby!!! 🙂
Thank you Michelle. Well yeah, haha, considering doing anything in moderation cannot be termed as a “junkie”. 😛 Glad you liked it.
it’s psychedelic awesome. and you’re hearin it from a child of the 60s. you are a crazy flower child, child!
Oh yes. This is psychedelic no doubt.I wanted to have me some hippy love. Dont you just love the contrasts? Believe me, I’d love to be reborn in the 60’s.With bell bottoms and headbands.
Your flower really brings the mushroom patch to life!
Thank you janice. I want to paint that patch too somewhere else.
i agree that it came to life and I love the photos. Great job.
Thank you, Thank you!!! 🙂
If you’re going to San Francisco, make sure you have some flowers in your hair!
hahahaha…if you were in China, you’d have some Chinese children!
Oh, I love this idea! I stitched an old doiley on a hot pink bag and love it, too! I think I’m a hippy at heart girl, too! ♥
Glad you like. A doily on a hot pink bag! WOW. Gotta try that 🙂
I may not be a big fan of the bag.. This is sheer appreciation for the writer, my colleague 🙂 Way to go Ruk! Bong Rock
Aww Shawny… I scoop this appreciation. And one day in blogland I will make you all proud. 😛