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Seriously Crochet !!

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Evietheskivee

Today I would like to highlight my first love in craft. Crotchet!.


I first fell in love with crotchet 5 years ago just when I got my first .Ageno. It was a trying time being a mother for the first time and it was also a time of self discovery. My need to improve myself and learn new things led me one day to google crochet and there an amazing world of colours string and hooks was opened to me.


I love to crotchet because to me it is like a special language, a special code, a way for people to express what is inside and create amazing things. Gosh,I could drone on all day if anyone let me. The versatility of crochet is what captivates, actually. How you can make just about anything with it. The possibilities are limitless as your imagination.from the simple booties, hats and scarves, to playgrounds made only of crotchet ! to doilies (which were very popular with our mothers and what we know as vitambas ) to bags, shoes, seriously limitless!.

Bonnythecrony

Ok, I will admit for the longest time that crochet was one of the the last things I took seriously. Crotchet was knitting and knitting was crotchet in my world. Then came this evening not so long ago from today, I was poking fun, pun intended, at Evie about it. She had been encouraging me to take up crotchet. and her best pitch until then was, “Dudes are actually really good at this’. Ridiculous right?.” So what do you see in this”. I was still unconvinced. The she goes on to explain how she sees fractals in the patterns she’s crotcheting. It took me while to pick what was left of my jaw from the floor. ‘You see fractals when you are crotcheting!?” now I was intrigued. Imagine that if you can and if you don’t know what a fractal is then you’ve got some homework to do…Am now thinking of signing up for classes, seriously fractals?.

P.S. I still have enough humble pie left if anyone is interested.

Written by:
Evietheskivee & Bonnythecrony

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The Relaunch

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It is a bit daunting re-launching our do-it-yourself blog, after our rags to bags fiasco. But you’ve heard it said before, ‘If at first you don’t succeed….’ So we’d like to give it another go. Having taken the time to sort out some of our virtual/digital clutter, we decided to bring everything we do related to our arts and crafts projects into more collective features. Trust us, we’ll need all the luck to do so.

 

That is why I enlisted the time and talents of my hubby and partner in crime. We have been best friends since forever. And aside from our other interest we for the most part have always been DIY-ers, if there is such a thing, even before we met. Talk about soul mates! Since we both dropped out after high school the employment options were narrowed down to what we could do with our hands. Besides, the rising costs of higher education, burgeoning expenses and an uncertain job market have many rethinking that traditional 8-5 route to success. So we took the scenic road of self-employment and went back to some of the home science and arts and crafts lessons that we sneered at in Primary school. And voila! Here we are!

 

I guess you can’t really be a crafter without being a DIY-er, if we may say. Mostly everything in our home is do-it-yourself. Our crib is an evolving piece of art and if it wasn’t for the frustrating lack of materials, our inspirations would be indefatigable. There’s never enough room for all our ideas so we share them with others, at a fee of course. So whether you’re searching for a new hobby or looking for the perfect gift for an artsy relative Africrafty is a place to start.

P.S- Rags to bags will return regularly as a feature along with some of our other ideas and projects.

By
Evietheskivee & Bonnythecrony

The Jimmy Choo

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Last week I had the good fortune of getting to repair a Jimmy Choo bag. Let me just start by saying that I’am a seriously great admirer of all things Jimmy Choo and I think his shoes are absolutely divine. His hand bags are just as  fabulous and for someone to entrust me with their seven hundred dollar Jimmy Choo…you can imagine my delight.

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So this Jimmy Choo had a busted zip and a seriously torn lining. Which begs the question; how do you go about making a hot Jimmy Choo even hotter than when you found it?

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You add an ultra cool Ankara wax lining and can absolutely say that I went to town on that bag and got it looking better on the inside than the original. Did I mention that I never held anything that expensive with my bare hands! It was my great pleasure doing it and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. So anyone out there have a bag they want fixed?
Ciao peeps,

The Messenger sequel

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Hey ya’ll everyone good? We caught up yet? Ok! Good! Good!…Now that we are done with the formalities, how’s about we dive right into it. 🙂
Wow I must say that this bag was an absolute labour of love (emphasis on labour). After my practice bag, this was a great success by the way. I thought I really had this one in the ‘bag’ (pun intended). But alas it was not so! The pockets on the side for some stupid reason didn’t fit as measured.

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The corners were a serious pain to do with my steadfast but often old school sewing machine who I’ve endearingly nicknamed ‘the dude’…that’s a story for another day. So as I was saying, I ended up hand stitching those bad boys one corner at a time. Then the leather accents refused to align so they were a bit off symmetry…to mention but a few more issues I had to go through. This is why I need to buy some good rulers, my tape measure and twelve inch ruler are not cutting it anymore. 🙂

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All I can say with great pleasure that once it was done, as a whole, it turned out to be one of my best and favorite bags I’ve done thus far. An added bonus, the client I made it for loved it and none of my mistakes made less of an impact. All the glory of course goes to my heavenly father whose grace has proven to be more than sufficient and who I dedicate this blog to. Welcome all I’m Evie the Skivee and let me take you on a bag journey where you see a part of my life through the bags I make. We’ll talk about stuff, laugh about stuff and make stuff till our pretty, little fingers fall off!

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If at first you don’t succeed…..

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I was recently commissioned to do a messenger bag by someone who saw a bag I did for a mutual friend and the thing is I had never done a messenger bag before.

Well not exactly…I tried doing one a few months ago and I can tell you it was a serious disaster. It was so disappointing that I had almost sworn off messenger bags. So to my chagrin, when I got this job I had no idea how I was even going to begin making it. But alas, a plan was hatched.
I had some fabric which I bought at the market for dirt cheap and I had been looking for the perfect bag to make it with but I kept hitting a wall because it had such a drab print and was also a bit worse for wear. It was the best fabric to make a test bag to see how the real thing would turn out. So now I could begin my very intimidating bag.

The really awesome not so dude’s test bag but cute sunflower messenger bag

The really awesome not so dude’s test bag but cute sunflower messenger bag

My second attempt at the bag turned out so brilliantly that I’am happy to say the test bag is now a great bag by its own right. I finished it off with a cute crocheted sunflower to accentuate its colour palate and gave it an official name. It is now the REALLY AWESOME NOT SO DUDE’S TEST BAG BUT CUTE SUNFLOWER MESSENGER BAG. Yeah I know, I still have to work on the name.
Now I could begin the DUDE BAG with ease knowing that I had this in the bag (pun intended). So its was on to the next one.

All About Bags

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There is probably only one accessory that comes close to the love ladies have for shoes and that’s a bag. It is one thing that every lady will carry with her no matter what she is wearing. And by bag I mean everything or anything from a small wallet to a suitcase. We just don’t like to walk around empty handed. Lets just say that’s how prepared we are.

Bags Galore

Welcome to rags to bags, where I talk about my love for crafting and the creative process.We’ll start off with my recent favorite thing to make. Like the really cool title suggests; I’am into making bags right now. I’am totally fascinated by it. Messenger bag, clutch, purse, coin purse…You name it and this here sister will most probably figure out a way to make it.

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Ever since I was little, making things from scratch always got me going. I absolutely love the idea of taking things which are otherwise ordinary and turning them into beautiful pieces of art if we may call them that.
So how about we get right to it then?

The Messenger

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The Messenger

We are all inspired by rags to riches stories. The way someone can come from nothing to something has always fascinated us. Probably because the idea of start with nothing and creating a success out of it is what we all aspire to do with something ourselves.

But we are not here to regale you with grand anecdotes. We’d like to tell a different tale in our own way. Unlike your typical rags to riches accounts. The stories that shall feature in the posts that will follow will be about rags, if we may put it that way, and how they can be turned to riches so to say. And by riches we mean treasure. Something we will always value and cherish for the pleasure it gives us. Not only for what it is but also for the experience it gives us.

So we look forward to telling you stories from our modest studio all the way in Eldoret. As we share some of our ideas and events around their production; we’d like to invite you to just take seat and indulge us a bit. Though as a rule we will always present what we have come up with ourselves.Many of these ideas may also be inspired by other wonderful ideas likewise and we will be sure to always give credit ti whom it is due.

Karibuni,