Lina and Vi: September 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

New in the shop! Two Large Burlap Zipper Bags

Burlap Coffee Zipper Bag by Lina and Vi Plymouth Michigan -

Hello! I'm back today to share two new burlap bags that are now available in our shop! As I type this, I have a sleeping baby on my shoulder. We are learning and adjusting together, and I'm happy to say that things are going well! In the last few weeks, I have made time to do a bit of sewing when I can, and I'm excited to share my latest items with you today.

These bags are our classic larger zipper cases that have become one of the more popular items in our shop during the last year. They are large enough to store anything from toiletries to accessories to art supplies and more. They are versatile in their use and so fun and unique which is why I believe they have been so popular.

Both of these burlap zipper bags have a burgundy faux leather bottom. I'm still loving the faux leather / vinyl bottom on these bags. It gives the burlap bags a solid bottom structure that is hard to find even in heavier weight fabrics.

Burlap Coffee Zipper Bag by Lina and Vi Plymouth Michigan -

Burlap Coffee Zipper Bag by Lina and Vi Plymouth Michigan -

Burlap Coffee Zipper Bag by Lina and Vi Plymouth Michigan -

While the exteriors are similar, I decided to make the interiors unique to give each design its own personality. One burlap zipper bag features a solid kelly green lining while the other is a brown leopard print that you may recognize from this post featuring my new shoulder bag that I now carry every day. I love the print, and it is a thicker fabric that has held up really well in my own bag so I wanted to integrate it into a large zipper case. So think of these two burlap zipper bags as the serious one and the fun one ;-). Their styles may be slightly different, but they both showcase the unique prints of the upcycled coffee sacks in a beautiful way. You can shop both of these in our Etsy shop now.

Aside from these two bags, I have been working on a couple of pillow orders as well as restocking our pillows over at Birch Wood Boutique in downtown Plymouth, Michigan. A couple of weekends ago I visited the first-ever Detroit Renegade craft fair. It was awesome to see the local, handmade shops and all of their talents on display. I'm hoping that the Renegade craft fair will continue to come to Detroit each year, and that I may be able to participate in the future!

I hope you're having a good week so far! I'll be back later this week to share the non-sewing DIY with you that put the final touch on our nursery. Hint: it involves my Silhouette Cameo again!

Thanks for stopping by -

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!