For the last 4 weeks, other than my bag orders, I have been working on, thinking about and dreaming about keyboard sleeves. They have just taken over the studio.
We have already shipped out the first 2 batches of 60% and 65/68% mechanical keyboard sleeves/carry cases. Christian and I plan to work over the weekend and ship out most, if not all, the orders. Thank you again for everyone for the support and patience while we worked on these.
This is an Apolis bag Christian bought for me and it’s great to put our shipping in. (I added that shoulder strap to it for hands free carrying.)
The midnight blue sleeves were very popular, almost head to head with the charcoal grey. The charcoal grey sleeves won by a few orders though.
Charcoal grey and brown sleeves were the most popular. This colour combo is also the best seller for my bags.
Below are a few more pictures of the process of making these sleeves/carry cases if you’re interested.
It’s hard to believe it’s September again. I hope you had a nice summer. My family and I had a wonderful summer. The weather was great in Vancouver. We had a couple of days of rain altogether, I think. Typically we would get a few hot days and then some rain, but this year we got good weather almost everyday. The only thing with the nice weather was that it didn’t help forests fires happening in the central part of our province.
We didn’t do any out of town travelling. I feel like there’s not really a good reason to go anywhere far when the weather is good around here. The kids like going to the playground, the waterpark (pictured here) and doing things outdoors.
The boys stayed at my parents for a few days during the summer. It gave my husband and I some time to do things on our own and enjoy some quiet time. One day we went to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to walk and just watch the ferries come and go.
I like going to community gardens. I’m not much of a gardener, but I like to look at all the things growing.
Thank you everyone who participated in the group buy for the 60 and 65/68% mechanical keyboard sleeves or cases. With my husband, Christian (/u/pabloescobyte), we hosted a group buy on Reddit’s Mechmarket. We ran it for 1 week and it just ended last Monday, August 14th.
I’m overwhelmed with the response we got for these. In total we got over 100 orders, so I’ve got a lot of work to do! The mech keyboard community have been incredibly generous and supportive. So many nice comments and good suggestions.
Production has started. I’m tracing all the pattern pieces and cutting them out. When I cut it like this by hand, rather than use my machine cutter, it saves a lot more of the lightly waxed canvas and minimizes a lot of waste.
There are stacks and stacks of keyboard sleeve parts in the studio. When I make things by small batches, I’m very productive. For example, I’ll sew 20 pockets at a time and do another 20 of another part. Trace, cut, sew and repeat.
Over the last few years I’ve been watching my husband fidget with these small mechanical keyboards. He has all these tools to take the key caps off and switch them with different coloured key caps, amongst other things. The keyboard can look pretty fancy at times. I’ve never really asked him about them. There are a few things that I feel are his domain: vintage cameras, mechanical keyboards, video games and computer related stuff. I don’t ask and he doesn’t have to tell, as in I don’t ask how much he spent and he doesn’t have to tell me.
Anyhow, he wanted a sleeve for his 60% keyboard (it has 60 keys). I decided to make him one. The first version was good, but it was a little snug and I felt that it needed a handle (see last photo in this post). The photos you see here are version 2.0 and the final design, which I’m happy with and my husband was ecstatic about.
To make a long story longer… my husband posted his on Reddit and I posted it on my Instagram.We received a lot of interest in them and so we decided to run a group buy so everyone can get it at a special price. Right now we’re running a group buy on the 60% and the 65/68% sleeves or cases (The 40% cases are coming!). They are $39usd and $49usd respectively. After the group buy, they will be selling for $59 and $69.
If you’re interested, please visit us on Reddit. There is a form where you can place your order. We will be running this group buy until next Monday, August 14, 2017.
The sleeve or case is made out of a water resistant lightly waxed canvas. It is a beautiful textile that doesn’t rub onto anything else. It has a carrying handle and a front pocket to put your cords and other gadgets in.
I finally got the Courier Bags in the shop this week. It’s now available in this midnight blue and charcoal grey combination or charcoal grey and brown.
This bag came about because 3 years ago, my husband wanted a messenger bag. He wanted to use it for work and as a diaper bag (Pax was 3 and Nol was a newborn then.) I made him a custom one that he used for years. That was version 1.0 (you can see it here). Along the way, I started appreciating that bag more and more. The wax canvas was really durable and the leather aged beautifully.
For the past few months, I’ve been working on adjustments and improvements for this bag. I feel that it is now a worthy bag to sell.
The lightly waxed canvas creates a water resistant exterior. The Italian vegetable tanned leather gets even better with wear. It gets a little darker brown and remains durable, but softer against the body.
The Courier Bag also comes in this charcoal grey and brown combination.
Orange is the new colour in the selection (and no, it is not the new black). There’s also charcoal grey, brown and red.
The size is 9.5″ W x 4.25″ H x 1″ D (24cm wide x 11 cm high x 1″ deep). I gave it a bit more height and depth than version 1.o. I think this allows it to carry a lot more.
The optional personalization is a nice touch, especially if it’s for a gift. I emboss 3 initials onto it.
What’s interesting about the Stock Pouch is that it becomes what the owner uses it for. In this case, it’s a “film pouch.” What??? Isn’t film dead? Tell it to the camera enthusiasts, like my husband. It seems to actually be alive and well.
I have mainly been featuring customs bags that I make on this blog. I don’t think I feature some of the bags available in the shop enough.
Today I want to show you the Medium Zipper Tote in black, one of the most simple, yet useful bags available in the shop. In my opinion, the Medium Zipper Tote is an ideal size. It can be used for work, school, as a 13″ laptop bag, a diaper bag or for travel. It’s a classic style that can be used for a long time.
If you’re familiar with this site, you’ll know that I use lightly waxed canvas, Italian vegetable tanned leather and brass hardware. These materials are durable and water resistant.
This tote is actually my 1st design. I wanted to create the perfect tote that I would love to use. I saw so many beautiful looking totes out there, but they were not functional. Even the most high end bags were, in my opinion, lazy. Many totes were wide open without any closure. Placing a full zipper requires more time and labour. I wasn’t finding a lot out there with a full zipper closure, so I knew the tote I made had to have this. Over time, I’ve heard from so many customers, who have stumbled upon my blog or shop, that they have been looking for a bag with a full zipper top for a long time.
Large Zipper Tote
Size: 18.5″w x 14″h x 6″ deep (47cm wide x 36cm high x 15cm deep)
Best used: If you carry a lot during your day, as a travel carry-on, need a large diaper bag, carry a 15″ laptop
Note: Utility Tote and Carrier Tote can also be made into this large size.
Availability: through custom order only. Please contact. firstname.lastname@example.org
Size: 16.5″ W x 13″ H x 5″ D (42cm wide x 33cm high x 13cm deep)
Also available in: brown and black
It’s Thursday night in Vancouver and I just can’t believe how fast this week is going. Recently, I’ve been also working on Sundays on custom orders. I like being busy, especially since I’m running my own small business. Being not busy is…not so good.
I got a chance this week to photograph the Pouchette Purses. I had to wait for a nice weather day for the natural lighting to take pictures. It’s been raining a lot here lately.
Some of you may recall that these look quite similar to the Petite Purses I had and you’re absolutely right. I made them a little bigger because customers were custom ordering them in a larger size to fit their iPhone 6 size phones and essential belongings.
When I first designed the Petite Purses, phones were a little smaller, so the size was adequate. A sign of the gadget times, I guess. I thought that I should also change the name of the bag to reflect that it is a little bigger than “petite.” So, here are the Pouchette Purses in black, grey and brown. I hope you like them!
Here’s the grey one. These are really nice to take with you when you just want to take your essentials. I like to take mine on walks, to the park with the kids and when travelling (when I’m lucky enough to get away).
Happy Easter Weekend. Here’s a few shots I took in the studio this week. This cute bunny train is my younger son’s.
My mom bought this pin cushion for me probably 20 years ago in Chinatown. I wonder if they still sell these. I’m guessing that they might be hard to find now.
I just want to show you some photos I took in the studio this week. Sometimes I put them on Instagram, but I think I’ll compile a few at the end of each week and post it here.
These are a couple of pencil pouches in charcoal grey. The one at the bottom with the brass zipper is what is in stock in the shop. The one at the top is a sample carbon colour zipper I wanted to try. I think I still like the brass one more.
My parents take care of the little one when I work. Lately, it has been raining a lot in Vancouver, so he usually stays in. Here he is hanging around the studio playing hide and seek behind my chair.