Friday, April 24, 2009

New design! Travel Soap Bag

Churning in the back of my mind has been the problem that my vinyl soap totes are labour intensive; about 70 minutes to sew if I make them with a lot of detail and the inner mesh bag. (I do think I could get that number down if I did them in production mode).
I wondered if the design could be a simple roll, then I thought about that cool mesh I was able to create. Why not cut a mesh pattern on one end for the drying mesh, and roll it all up for storage? That is what I have spent today doing, and here's the first prototype. I put the mesh pattern onto the handle for added pizzazz and I think it looks just great! It fits a large bar of soap and closes with velcro. The pictures show the roll (1) rolled up; (2) in soap drying position; and (3) completely unrolled.

Pardon the quickcam photos, husband has the camera for his business trip.
Please Comment, I cherish your feedback.
Update: I am working on another design with side wings so the soap can be enclosed completely. I have also been working on other mesh patterns, such as the one I saw on Rachel Ray's shirt.
Find the latest in travel soap bags on my website at

Why Ideas Get Shot Down

I found this article encouraging, because I like to create new things once in a while, and I don't always get the response I'd hoped for.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Jar with vinyl sleeve

I converted a plain cylindrical jar to a Mid Century Modern vase. I created a drawing of simple, overlapping rings in Illustrator then cut them with my Cricut via Sure Cuts A Lot. This jar was a simple cylinder but I am going to try this technique on my Method soap jar next.
I can't wait to try this mesh design out on some other things! Stay tuned and please comment!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Mailbox Decal

I thought this might look good on our black mailbox. I have recycled vinyl in these colors. The Decorative font is Porcelain.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

New Logo possibility, please tell me what you think

I have been thinking that my SewnAgain identity doesn't fit with what I do with the recycled vinyl billboards. I would really appreciate your feedback on this logo. Do you get what it means? Do you like it? Hate it? I really crave your input.

The inputs are the word "vinyl", my first name (Alison) and it rhymes with the word "finally". And of course there's the green recycle symbol cliche. I'm not sure about the subtitle, can you suggest another? Other possibilities: Stuff from Recycled Billboards; Recycled Vinyl Billboard Stuff.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Graphic Design Course is finished!

All my homework can be found at this location:

For my last bit of homework, I interpreted a painting that my instructor Liane Amendy did, and gave it the graphic novel treatment.

Have a Beautiful Day Monster

This is my all-time favorite Sesame Street Clip, featuring Kermit and the Beautiful Day Monster.