Lina and Vi

Friday, September 15, 2017

Weekly Update + Custom Orders Resume!

Thank you so much for all of the kind comments on the news we shared a few weeks ago of the arrival of our little one! I have been slowly adjusting to the schedule of the newborn baby, and while the days seem long at times (especially when sleep comes in fragments of two to three hours), I can't believe that she will be four weeks old tomorrow. I had thought that time flew by before I had a child, but now I truly cannot keep track of the passing days. My newborn is almost not really a newborn any longer as she gets bigger. Now the passing of time is signaled by the small incremental changes in a growing child!

While I'd love to say that I've been able to get a lot of sewing in these past few weeks, I haven't and that is okay. If you know me personally, you know that I am someone who likes to get things done. I always have a to-do list (actually a few of them for different projects) on my phone, and the fact that now my days' schedules are out of my control is something that I am learning to adjust to so that I can manage my own expectations on what I can get done in a day and keep my own frustration at bay. I am still learning and growing, except with a new subject matter - baby caretaking - and I have to remind myself that I'm still getting stuff done, even if it's not exactly what I had planned for that day.

I digressed a bit, but what I really wanted to say is that while things have been quiet here, I am still sewing when I can during nap times and when I feel like I have a bit of energy to focus. This past week, I was able to sew two small baby gifts for a couple of friends expecting babies later this year, as well as wrap up a custom burlap pillow order that I had started in early August. I'm also glad to say that I shipped out a few new orders this week - so thank you for the continued support! I am ready to start resuming custom orders now, especially as we head into the holiday season in a few months. You can find the custom order option again on the Lina and Vi Etsy shop, and I'm happily accepting new wholesale orders for boutiques and small shops. 

Finally to share a bit of my world right now, know that while I sit at my sewing machine, I now have my little sidekick watching me sew now! I am looking forward to teaching her how to sew and be creative in a bunch of other ways, and I hope that she finds at least a little bit of interest in it when she gets older.



You can find more updates on the Lina and Vi Facebook page here - remember to like us to receive updates on new burlap bags and pillows in our shop. 

Have a great weekend!
Erica


Monday, August 28, 2017

Welcome, Baby!


Things have been relatively quiet over here on the blog these past few weeks, and it is due to a good reason - please welcome our newest (and smallest) member of the Lina and Vi family - baby Adeline!

We are all doing well, and we are adjusting to our new life at home. Everyone is happy and healthy, and we could not ask for anything better. I can't wait to introduce her to some of the handmade dresses I sewed for her these past few months when the weather (hopefully) warms up a bit here in Michigan again. For now, we are using many of the handmade burp cloths, bandana bibs, and swaddle blankets so she is only a week old and already supporting handmade :-).

I'm looking forward to introducing her to sewing when she is older, but for now, I plan to use her nap time to continue sewing new burlap bags and pillows for our Etsy shop. Our newest little shop help will be here at my side along the way these next few months!

Thank you for your continued support with Lina and Vi! This is a special time for our little family, and I am excited to be able to share it with you.

Stay tuned to our Facebook for continued shop and sewing updates!

Thanks for stopping by,
Erica

Sunday, August 13, 2017

A Few of My Favorite Burlap Bags

Clockwise from top: Blue Sound Crossbody Burlap Bag - Swiss Water Burlap Yoga Mat Bag - Cat Lady Burlap Zipper Pouch - Floral Burlap Crossbody Zipper BagGold and Navy Blue Branch Foldover Burlap Clutch - USDA Organic Burlap Pouch

Hello, and happy Sunday! The days seem to be drifting together right now as we try to patiently wait for the arrival of our baby. While I was hoping for some good news of her arrival this weekend, it seems that she will be taking a couple more days. So while I am in this waiting period, I decided to embark on a few new sewing projects that are rather simple. If I don't end up finishing them up before she arrives, then I'll be able to pick these projects up again when I'm looking for a bit of time to spend doing something creative during the next few months.

Despite the baby projects, I have still been sewing plenty of burlap goods these past few weeks! If you follow us on Facebook, I've been posting a couple of our favorite burlap pillows that are ready to ship! Head on over to our Etsy shop to see the complete collection of our handmade and hand-stenciled burlap pillows made right here in Michigan!

Aside from burlap pillows, there are several unique burlap purses, pouches, and clutches in our shop as well. I am featuring a few of my favorites in the collage above. All of these burlap bags feature individual cuts of printed coffee bean sack burlap paired with a fun, patterned cotton print. There are many different varieties of bags available right now, and as with all of the designs in the Grounds Collection, they are one of a kind so they are ready to ship immediately! No need to pre-order. Need a quick gift or looking for a new bag for the upcoming early fall season? Shop handmade and stop by the Lina and Vi Etsy shop to see full details and more photos of each of our coffee sack burlap bags.

I'm hoping to share our exciting news in our next update! Stay tuned to our blog and our Facebook page, and as always, thank YOU for supporting small, handmade businesses like mine.

Erica

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Leopard Print Burlap Bag


Leopard burlap tote bag purse by Lina and Vi Plymouth MI - www.linaandvi.etsy.com

Hi friends, and happy almost weekend! I promised that I would be back to share one of my latest me-made projects this week, and here it is! This fun, leopard-print burlap tote bag is my latest sewing project. After nearly two years of carrying my Charleston burlap tote bag, it was time for a new everyday bag for myself.  While my Charleston burlap bag needed its handles repaired once, it required no other repairs over the course of almost two years. But after several trips and everyday use, the burlap was worn, and it was time for something new. Knowing that I'll be carrying a diaper bag now, I wanted to make something that was flexible enough with shoulder straps and a strap to carry the bag across the body.

This leopard print burlap tote is a medium-sized bag with brown leather handles, a beige cotton canvas bottom, and an exterior slide pocket. I prefer to have at least one zipper pocket on the inside lining so I added a small one along with another slide pocket for my cell phone on the inside. The leopard print is a high quality woven fabric that will be durable enough to hold up to everyday use. There is a magnetic metal snap as well as two exterior loops for attaching a long strap. The long leather strap you see here is from a different, store-bought purse that I had from a couple of years ago. This is the second time I've used it as a long strap for one of my personal burlap bags, and although it shows wear, it works out well and is easy to attach and detach.

One thing you might notice is that the burlap is plain and doesn't contain any text or images. I intentionally wanted to keep the burlap solid for this design because I know the leopard print was pretty busy. With a bold pattern, I wanted to keep the rest of the bag as neutral as possible. I think I achieved that, and I'm really happy with how this bag turned out. I'm hoping it will last another two years like my last burlap bag! Now, if only I had an official name for it... :-)

Leopard burlap tote bag purse by Lina and Vi Plymouth MI - www.linaandvi.etsy.com

Leopard burlap tote bag purse by Lina and Vi Plymouth MI - www.linaandvi.etsy.com

Leopard burlap tote bag purse by Lina and Vi Plymouth MI - www.linaandvi.etsy.com

Leopard burlap tote bag purse by Lina and Vi Plymouth MI - www.linaandvi.etsy.com

With less than two weeks to go until baby arrives, I'm not sure that I'll have the chance to sew any new projects in the coming weeks. I'm glad I was able to squeeze this one in so that I know I have a reliable everyday bag that will transition well into fall. The next few months will fly by, so I'm making any preparations I can now to get organized ahead of time!

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!
Erica

Sunday, July 30, 2017

New! Floral Burlap Crossbody Zipper Pouch

Burlap Floral Crossbody Zipper Bag - linaandvi.etsy.com

Hi friends! I'm back today to share a short update and a few pictures of my latest burlap crossbody bag. With two weeks to go until my due date and the summer heat fully turned up here in Michigan, I'm trying to keep cool while still being active in the evenings and sewing when I can. I know that once she arrives, I'll be taking a short break from sewing for a while, so I'm spending the free time I have now sewing up new items for my Etsy shop before I take some time away from my sewing machine. Today I'm sharing our newest crossbody bag, the Floral Burlap Crossbody Zipper Pouch.

When I set out to make a new bag, I knew I wanted to make something that was across the body with a longer strap. I am going to blame it on the heat of summer, or maybe I'll blame it on the fact that I know I will have so much more to carry with me in the coming weeks with a baby, but I wanted to go hands-free with my next design. The burlap is minimalistic, featuring a green industrial text on one panel and a solid burlap panel on the back. I opted for a fun, floral print with shades of gray, yellow, and orange so this bag would easily transition from the bright colors of summer to the warmer shades of fall.

Burlap Floral Crossbody Zipper Bag - linaandvi.etsy.com

Burlap Floral Crossbody Zipper Bag - linaandvi.etsy.com

Burlap Floral Crossbody Zipper Bag - linaandvi.etsy.com

Burlap Floral Crossbody Zipper Bag - linaandvi.etsy.com

Burlap Floral Crossbody Zipper Bag - linaandvi.etsy.com

Two metal claw clasps make the strap removable so it is possible to carry this zipper pouch like a clutch or as an organizer inside of a larger bag (such as a diaper bag or beach bag). I love how functional this bag is - it is small and practical but creative and fun. It's ready to ship now. Stop by our Etsy shop to see more details about this handmade burlap zipper bag!

I have one more project to share before the baby arrives that I hope to share later this week. Hint: this project was for a special customer - me! Have a great weekend, and thank you for reading!

Erica

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Nursery Tour!

DIY peach and white baby girl nursery by linaandvi

Today I'm sharing a couple of photos of our baby girl's nursery. Most of what you see in this room has been a DIY, so although not everything here is related to sewing, I thought I would share the design in the spirit of showing what a little bit of creativity and crafting can do to spruce up a room, especially on a budget.

We converted a spare bedroom to a nursery this past spring. It was previously a room with a dark color scheme - beige and crimson with touches of dark brown and black. We decided to keep the beige on the walls and accent the color with tones of peach, white, brown, and ivory. I didn't decorate based on one specific theme for the room, but rather stuck to a color scheme throughout to give the design some cohesiveness.

The DIY elements of our baby girl's nursery include both handmade elements from myself and my husband. To start, the floating wall shelves were hand-crafted by my husband as well as the refinished crib and dresser which he changed from natural wood to a white paint using a paint plus primer product from Sherwin-Williams. Similarly, he used his woodworking skills to transform a large framed mirror from a bedroom set into a smaller, rectangular mirror by removing the mirror from the original inset, taking it to a local glass cutter to cut it down, and framing it with handmade moulding. The mirror matches the same color as the dresser and crib (not shown below).

DIY peach and white baby girl nursery by linaandvi

DIY peach and white baby girl nursery by linaandvi

DIY peach and white baby girl nursery by linaandvi


As for my crafty touches, I handmade the moon and stars mobile, which I shared in this previous post. I also used my Silhouette Cameo to cut decals of a dahlia at different scale which I used to accent the top portion of one of the walls in the nursery to give it more interest.  I also recently handmade a wooden "I Love You Sign" (not shown) to place on one of the wooden shelves for decoration.  I upcycled two frames that were used for our wedding reception (4 years ago!) to frame the watercolor prints that you see above the crib which I purchased from two different artists on Etsy.

Overall, I think the nursery turned out great! I still need to put finishing touches here and there. As you can see, there is one open spot for a frame above the crib which I plan to hang a letter once we decide upon our little one's name. That will be another DIY likely to be done after she is born, and I'm in need of a creative project in between naps and feedings.

I hope you enjoyed this short tour of our peach-themed nursery! We are three weeks away from meeting our baby, and I am both nervous and excited for her arrival.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great rest of the week!
Erica