Friday, December 31, 2010

thank you everyone! enjoy your holiday and be safe.
xo, hank (and frances)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

new year, new details

there are two new shades of roundy-bottomed tough ruffles zipper purses available in my etsy shop as well, black with charcoal and dark pine with blue-green. both colors are finished with two small antique brass finish pyramid studs.

**and don't forget to take advantage of FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING, now through january 2nd at midnight EST.

happy new year everyone!
xo, hank.

new tough ruffles

just listed a new batch of tough ruffles shoulder bags in my etsy shop. they all have a flap, with a magnetic snap closure underneath, and a large exterior slip pocket under the flap. there are three shades available: blue-grey, cocoa brown, and blue with deep navy.

as an extra thank you, and to celebrate the new year, i am offering FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING now through sunday january 2nd at midnight EST. hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

just listed a few new shoulder bags in my etsy shop. all of the bags are in stock and ready to ship! i will continue to list new items this week as i am able to, and will still be shipping right away. if you happen to place an order this evening (sunday), it will ship first thing tomorrow (monday) morning, via USPS priority mail. if you would like to upgrade to USPS express shipping, i am happy to do so. please be aware that USPS changes their refund policy for express shipping between december 22-december 25th. if you would like express shipping, i will only charge you the actual difference in price (probably about $25-$30, as opposed to $8 for priority shipping). you can either leave a note in the message to seller box when you check out, or contact me at and i will send you an invoice for the difference.

Friday, December 17, 2010

just added three more shades of the smaller tough ruffles shoulder bags to my etsy shop: black with graphite, charcoal with graphite, and pebble with aqua.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

pebble grey and denim with aqua

as requested, a smaller version of the tough ruffles shoulder bags. available in my etsy shop in pebble greys and vintage dark denim with aqua. i have a few other colors in various stages of completion, and will hopefully be able to finish those up by tomorrow or saturday.

**a quick note about holiday shipping: i live one block from the nearest post office, and through december 24th i will be shipping all orders right away. 'right away' means all orders placed before 3pm EST will ship the same day, orders placed after 3pm EST will ship the following day. i will do everything i can to get your orders into the post right away, but i cannot control the post office, so i cannot make any guaranteed delivery times. you will receive an email (to the email address attached to your etsy order) from once your order ships, with all of the tracking info so that you can follow your package once it leaves my hands. all orders ship via USPS priority mail. if you have any questions about your order, please contact me at thank you all and happy holidays!

Friday, December 10, 2010

hey there. sorry things have been so quiet around here and the shop lately. my friend kat and i are having a show at sweet jane vintage this month. kat makes paintings, i make stitchings, and we have both been working around the clock to finish these pieces during the busiest time of year. if you happen to be in philadelphia, stop by the opening and see what we have been up to.

sweet jane vintage, 1820 e. passyunk ave, saturday december 11th, 6-10pm

we hung the show last night, so i am back to hank-ing up a storm now, and am hoping to have a new set of bags in the shop on monday, possibly sooner. many of you have requested the tough ruffles shoulder bags in smaller sizes, so that is what i will be focused on.

oh, and be sure to check out all of tim gough's shop and check out all his t-shirts, prints and new holiday cards, and take advantage of free shipping on all orders through december 20th.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

two new one of a kind delphine bags, one with a vintage burgundy floral back, and one with vintage denim and wool slip pockets. available in my etsy shop.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

avery and madeline

just added these two new styles to my etsy shop. the madeline bag in vintage floral, and the avery bag in a beautiful graphic print.

i apologize to those of you have dealt with delays the past few weeks, and thank you for your patience. in order to keep everything organized and happy, these bags as well as the other items in both of my shops are in stock and ready to ship.
i cannot control the post office, so i cannot guarantee holiday delivery times, but i will be shipping all orders the same or next business day through december. if you have a question about a specific order, please contact me at thank you!

Friday, November 26, 2010

new zipper purses, available in both shops (etsy and bigcartel)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

shop talk

i just added some of the zipper purses, as well as one patricia bag to my etsy shop. it has been quite a while since i have sold items through etsy, and i have been going back and forth about which shop to keep and which to close (etsy vs. bigcartel), or if i should have both open at once. i am going to have both open for the time being, and once i finish up the existing orders that i am behind on, i will add new items to the etsy shop. i have had mixed reactions from customers, so here id your platform to help me decide. which of my shops do you prefer-- etsy or bigcartel, and why?

Friday, November 12, 2010

two new shoulder bags

available here.

new zipper purses

available here.

Monday, November 8, 2010

the 24-hour tote project

indestructible life tote, collaboration with tim gough and greg pizzoli
indestructible life tote, collaboration with tim gough and greg pizzoli
indestructible life tote (collaboration with tim gough and greg pizzoli)
indestructible life tote (collaboration with tim gough and greg pizzoli)

do you know about tim gough and greg pizzoli? well, they are two super talented dudes who make really good art. they had a show together recently at masthead print studio. they made five collaboration prints together, and printed one of the images onto t-shirts. when tim was printing them, he also printed a few panels of fabric, which i stitched into a small batch of tote bags. there were only six made, and three of them are now available (in turquoise, brown with black, and brown with charcoal) in tim's shop.

they each feature the collaborative print titled indestructible life on the front, with mixed canvases and denims. they have an exterior slip pocket on the back, finished with a wooden MADEBYHANK button. lined with cream and black graph check print heavy cotton, with one slip pocket, a small clip, and an antique brass finish magnetic snap set into a small repurposed suede detail.
body. 16"wide, 16"tall, 3.5" deep at base
handles. 26.5" long on brown bags, 22.5" long on turquoise bag
exterior pocket. 7"wide, 8"tall
interior pocket. 6"wide, 6"tall

find more of greg's work here, and more of tim's here. and don't forget to enter tim's giveaway for a chance to win a print of you can't outrun the devil.

two more

a few of you inquired about missing out on the black and white graphic print shoulder bags that i listed last week, and i just wanted to give a heads-up that i was able to make two more. so if you were interested, they are available here.
hope everyone had a warm and fun weekend. i sewed for almost eighteen hours on saturday, and while my lower back kind of hates me right now, it feels really good to be just about caught up. if you placed an order, it will ship by wednesday (they were listed as taking up to one week to prepare for shipping). if you have any questions about the status of your order, please email at have a good monday!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

a backpack and a happy hump day sale

joanna with her backpack (front)
joanna with her backpack (pockets under flap)
joanna with her backpack (side)

a while back, i made a giant backpack for my friend joanna. she went on a small adventure to a few spots on the west coast so we worked out a trade and i made this crazy backpack for her. she gave me the canvas and the burlap that i used for the ruffles, and i worked in some stripes and a few other details, and this is the result.

**also, i am running a small afternoon sale. as an extra thank you to my blog readers, receive 15% off of all orders placed between now and today (wednesday november 3rd) at 4pm EST from my bigcartel shop. just enter the code HUMPDAYSALE. happy wednesday!

black and cream and awesome all over

look new tough ruffles bags in browns and greens, as well as a new shoulder bag in an especially great black and cream graphic print upholstery fabric in the big cartel shop.

Monday, November 1, 2010

deep blues tough ruffles

two new tough ruffle shoulder bags available here and here. both have repurposed leather straps, doubled over and twice topstitched. i am really happy with how the straps turned out, the leather is soft and perfect for resting comfortably on hard-working shoulders.

hope everyone had a happy halloween!

oh, and also, the madge, poppy, meg, and dorothy purses have been marked down to make room for new additions.