Saturday, May 21, 2011

 Jumbo whale totes and girls' tank dresses are in the final stage of production (the hand-finishing part!) and will be available for pre-order from my shop on MONDAY May 25!!
Only 10 of each size are available in a limited-edition run. I want to keep each illustrated item special and unique!
Totes and tank dresses will be shipped first week of June.

The tote you see on Q in these pictures has not yet been hand-finished.  The tote in the first picture has, and you can see the lovely patina on it! 

In the final stage, after tea-staining, I steep a cup of black tea (mixed with natural setting agents) in very high concentration and use it like watercolor to paint a vintage finish onto the edges and into the creases of the tote. It results in a beautiful wash of sepia to detail the tea-stained cotton canvas. Everything used in the process is 100% natural and water-based. The result is quite beautiful, and each tote is entirely unique.

I've switched all my handbag essentials to mine, and have discovered that it's both sturdy enough and roomy enough to transition gracefully from the garden center to the farmer's market, from the yoga studio to the art museum.

And yes, both the tote and the dress are thoroughly pre-shrunk, and can be washed and dried in the machine! (Because of the heavy canvas, the tote will need ironing after washing).

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