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All this summer I have been learning how to hand sew leather. Specifically leather handles for my handbag collection. There is nothing more luxurious than beautiful calfskin handles that have been painstakingly sewn, each stitch knotted into the next; makes you feel like you own something special. That’s why we all love Hermes and Gucci right?

But through all the learning and practicing I ended up with piles, PILES, of small leather scraps. Never one to throw anything away, I decided to make small accessories from this gorgeous leather and the small pieces of hand printed fabric I had left over from my handbags. I also had inherited a load of vintage buttons from my Grandmother; it all seemed like the perfect pairing for an eco chic accessories collection. The price points are ridiculously reasonable $12- $45. I’m selling them through my etsy site but I’m also negotiating with retailers to sell them across Canada. You might even see me early this Fall appear on a certain American TV show demo’ing a how-to to make your own! Stay tuned.

So for now here’s a look at the accessories. Enjoy!







Your Junk My Genius!

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This is the new video I shot with a friend. I wanted to show how CMYK halftone printing can be used in a real world application. You can eatch it on my videos page  Your Junk My Genius episode 1 or download it to watch on your mobile or desktop. YJMG – Mobile 1 Hope you […]

Read more → August 26, 2009

Preparing your fabric for Printing or Dyeing *BIG Tip Alert*

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Don’t do this step and you risk RUINING your end product. You may have never thought about this step but its’ absolutely crucial to a good finished product if you are dyeing or printing fabric. I have in the past tried to get away without doing this and sadly when it comes time to wash […]

Read more → May 29, 2009

Reverse Engineering A Handbag

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Designing A Pattern From Scratch As a rule, when I want to learn how to do something new I learn best by doing. I could read, read and read some more but my learning curve is steeper if I just get my hands dirty and jump in. So last year when I decided to start […]

Read more → May 27, 2009

What does a gorilla, a dumb-dumb and an oil crisis give you?

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Pure Inspiration! Let me explain. Gorilla: It’s no secret that I love animals. If you’ve read my life story you’d see that I have had a lifelong passion for them which led me to study animal behavior psychology in university (pre art school). So it’s natural that they are a fairly constant focus of my work […]

Read more → May 17, 2009

Toronto Outdoor Art Show. I’m In!

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The largest outdoor art exhibition in Canada!  My July this year will start off in Toronto for the Outdoor Art Show on the 10th, 11th and 12th. I just found out last week that I was accepted into the show. I meant to apply last year but I forgot to send in my application. No […]

Read more → May 16, 2009

The One of A Kind Show! Roisin Fagan Tells All!

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I wanted to know what it was like to sell your craft wares at one of the large craft fairs. So I asked crafter and designer Roisin Fagan about her experiences at Toronto’s One of A Kind Show! Here’s what she said… Large retail craft shows are a tremendous amount of work.  The Artist/Craftsperson needs […]

Read more → February 22, 2009

Blythe Church- Designer to Watch

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Blythe brings humor and talent to the table when she creates. She’s definitely a designer to watch! Listen to the podcast interview with Blythe.  Whatʼs the name of your business/ company?  I sell my work under my own name Blythe Church Do you have a website? Blog?  My website is and my blog is You can also […]

Read more → February 20, 2009

Michelle SaintOnge Business Timeline- Part 4

My Journey to Become an Independent Artist and Craftsperson. Part 1/ Part 2/ Part 3/ Part 4 My Time to Give Back 2008- I made plans to visit SURTEX in New York City. It’s one of the largest licensed art trade shows and I had been there before on a fact finding mission about the licensing business […]

Read more → January 7, 2009