About two months ago I was contacted by Dale at Dale's Floral Designs in Warsaw, Virginia (about two hours away from where I live). She had bought one of my zippered purses here in Williamsburg a while ago--it's the frog purse I blogged about HERE--and she liked it so much she wanted to sell my bags in her store. Her little town doesn't offer much in the way of shopping, which is probably why her floral business is doing so well that she is expanding, and she wants to carry gift items, like my bags.
Since I am not actively marketing my bags at the moment, I didn't have anything to offer Dale in the way of a catalog to order from, so she decided to make a trip to a fabric store to look for fabrics that would make good bags. She knows the themes that would appeal to customers in her area, but she admits she didn't really know what she was doing when she was choosing fabric! She's more of a flower person!
Dale sent me seven different prints and asked me to make one bag from each. I used her fabrics for the front and pockets of each bag, and used coordinating fabrics from my stash for the accent stripe on the front, the lining, and the back and bottom. Here they are:
Hummingbirds, horses, and cabbage roses
Ladybugs, rosebuds, tropical fish, and crabs
I love them all! Dale, you did a GREAT job choosing these fabrics!