Hey Everybody, it’s my first big show of the Fall season. You’ll want to head down to Heritage Hall for sure, I’m bringing loads of Sadie bags, Downtown Totes, Medium Totes and yes, it’s Cashmere Time again…. There will be lots of Arm Warmers, Scarves, Mittens and Hot Water Bottle Covers, plus some new Cowls and Extra Long Arm Warmers, which I’m debuting this season. Print off the flyer for 2 for 1 admission and bring a friend!! My booth is right by the main doors, so you can’t miss it. I’m just finishing some things to bring, so mark your calendars and I’ll see you there!! XO Janna
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Hey, I’ve finally had a chance to take some pictures of my new collection, which is perfect timing since things are starting to feel Spring-y here on the West Coast.
Stitched Dandelion on Olive
Stitched Clover on Crocus
I’m really loving the combination of applique+stitch detail right now, and I love the nostalgic feelings of the Stitched Dandelion and Stitched Clover. I really don’t know which one I want more….
Stitched Bluebells on Ink
Foliage Study on Aqua
I love the softness of the Stitched Bluebells, and the Foliage Study… these feel really feminine, but not super girly.
Seed Packet on Sage
Balloon Flowers on Smokey Grey
The Seed Packet and Balloon Flowers are extra vintage looking, and totally make me smile. They are both shown on some new colours for us over here at Astrosatchel: beautiful Sage green (which looks like beach glass) and Smokey Grey, which has just a wee hint of purple…. Grey isn’t usually my first thought for Spring, but it’s gonna be great against all the bright colours that have been popping up clothing wise…. Trust me!!
Sadie Purse in Grape + Pocket Case in Turquoise
There’s also the new Sadie purse is just what I’ve been needing to go to concerts, or to wear with all the cute shoes I bought after Christmas. Since the Sadie is smaller than many of my other bags, I’ve made the Pocket Case wallet, similar to the Clutch wallet I’ve been faithfully using, but a more streamlined size and shape….. When I’m designing, it’s really all about what I need!!
I’ll have these for sale soon in my web shop, but feel free to call or email if you just can’t wait that long and I’ll do my best to help you out!! XO Janna
It feels like fall is in the air, but we’re ready for it. Check out my new crop of bags, just in time for the Fall season…..
I’m a total doodler, I’m not afraid to admit it. If I’m stuck on hold, I usually doodle something similar to this STITCHED CARBONATION, because you can just kinda start in the corner and work your way out adding as you go.
The STITCHED FOREST makes me think of visiting my Grandmother’s farm, and the time I’ve spent wandering around Stanley Park here in Vancouver. Trees are a favorite theme around here, but I’m really loving the ghostlike qualities of this incarnation.
STITCHED LAVA, reminds me of Science and Nature shows when they show lava flowing and cooling, but sadly without the David Attenbourough narration. It also makes me wonder what I did with my lava lamp….
Art was always my favorite subject in school, so when I started this collection, I wanted it to have a very hand drawn feel. Sometimes I feel like more of an artist than a designer, but most of the time I’m stuck behind the sewing machine, which is why I’ve offered up my STITCHED SKETCHING bag…. see, it all comes full circle eventually.
When I moved to the West End a year ago, I started noticing pigeons, pigeons and more pigeons. I love how they move, how they don’t fly off, but prefer to waddle away. As a tribute to the urban icon, I’m offering this STITCHED PIGEON tote in a very appropriate (and new) shade called Concrete.
For those of you who aren’t sure, allow me to SPELL IT OUT…… I suppose if you’re on here, you already know, but there are people who ask me “What’s an Astrosatchel?” I also love the fact that people may still not get it, and that’s okay. They can buy Coach or something.
PS— If you’ve fallen in love with something here, you can buy it as shown from my online shopping section and have it shipped to your door asap. I’ll be opening the studio Saturday afternoons shortly, for your shopping pleasure as well, please join my mailing list to make sure you hear about all the stuff we’ve got planned for the fall season. XO Janna
We can all use a bit more colour in our lives these days, so if you’re finding yourself lacking, look no further: OUR SPRING COLECTION IS HERE!! It’s more about colour and shape, rather than specific ‘things’ so let your inner minimal-modernist out and put some colour back in your life. Everything is available now in my online shopping store, check it out!!
STITCHED FIREWORKS — I’m loving this random combination of stitching and colours right now, which to me look like fireworks, but could really be just about anything, which is the real wonder of modernism!!
HYACINTH — this has a certain gum-ball feel to it, but without the 5 second sugary sweetness followed by the remorse of having wasted a quarter on something that now tastes like nothing.
JADE PLANT — A perennial favorite houseplant, brought to life in vivid brights, no need to water.
MOD BLOBS — I’m loving this very organic looking applique, which reminds me of 70′s curtains and garden pavers all at once.
SEA GULL — this makes me think of my daily walks along the sea wall in Coal Harbour, watching the birds and boats and feeling the wind in my hair, while praying that I don’t get pooped on by one of the birds.
SPROUTS — I always love when they show time lapse videos of seeds sprouting into plants, don’t you? I like the modern form on this bag too, satisfying both my love of nature and simple forms all at once.
WHEAT — inspired in part by the wheat emblazoned freight cars that pass beneath my studio window, and 80′s patchwork leather purses. Feather clip not included….
Let me know what you think of everything, and I’ll be in touch again soon with open studio details. Bye for now, and enjoy!! XO Janna
Sorry it’s been a while, I’ve had my head in the clouds recently with lots on the go this month ….. here’s the highlights:
I’ve added NEW FALL ITEMS to our online shopping: new bags, cashmere scarves to keep you warm, oven mitts to keep you cool, and there will be more to come as the holiday season approaches…..
I’ve been sending stuff far and near: Militant Penguin on Main Street, Tartooful (now at 3183 Edgemont Blvd in North Vancouver), Naka in Ferndale, Michigan, Cherry Blossom Boutique in Kaslo BC, and Whirled Arts in Victoria BC.
I’m getting the studio ready for the Holiday show season, first up is Eastside Culture Crawl in November (20,21,22) so if you’re planning a trip to Vancity, that’s a really great weekend to check out the city, particularly what’s happening here in the Eastside area arts scene. There will be more shows to come, but one thing at a time!! XO Janna
It’s still summery out there in the wilds of British Columbia, but it seems even when I’m camping, I think about how to best accessorize my outfit. I’ve been getting lots of Fall 2009 items together at the studio, so whenever fall officially hits, you’ll be ready…… We’re rocking the Canadiana, grab your toque and check it out:
CANADA GEESE flying by…..
BIRCH TREES remind me of my childhood home in Ontario
Our ANIMAL PORTRAIT, a real Hinterland Who’s Who…….
Our BUCK PORTRAIT, suitably attired in plaid check
CHINESE LANTERNS, aka Ground Cherries, their fragile lanterns reveal a small fruit inside, but I love them for their rich orange colour, which always reminds me of Fall.
I hope you’re loving our new Fall collection too!! We should have these new items in our online shopping site really soon, but if you really can’t wait, drop me a line or come by our studio for our next Open Studio Saturday, August 22 2009….. I’ll be here!! xo Janna
Sometimes I have a hard time getting dressed…… mostly that I can’t pick just ONE thing to wear. I feel this way about our summer clothing collection, currently available at Militant Penguin here in Vancouver…. take a look:
Our Trapeze top is perfect for breezy afternoons, or evenings out. It’s unrestrictive cut floats away from the body, so it’s a good accompaniment when you’ve just pulled your skinny jeans off the clothes line.
Our Reversible Dress does double duty: you can wear it with the cross over in the front as shown, or wear it’s straight across neckline, the choice is yours. This style is flattering and comfortable as it creates a waist thanks to the banded detail, which cinches, but not in an I-can’t-breathe sort of way.
Perfect for hot days, our Ruffled Tube Top is more dressed up than a t-shirt, but just as comfortable.
Our Wrap Skirt would be perfect for work with a tank top, little cardigan and some flats for some 50′s chic ala Mad Men.
When in doubt, our Sundress will make it easy: it’s halter neck allows you to stay cool, and the breezy wrap style skirt keeps it fun. Now you just have to pick a flipflop……
Hey Everybody, the wait is over….. our new website is here!! You may notice some changes, so refresh your browser and have a poke around, there’s lots of great new stuff in here!!
I’d really like to thank Dingo at Apollo Nine Design for all his hard work, particularly on our newly updated webstore, which promises to make your shopping experience better than ever.
You’ll now need to create an account to shop with us, but it’ll be worth it: now we can ship to multiple addresses, you can create a shopping cart to revisit later, you can forward items to friends and we have more items on offer than ever before, with more to come soon.
Check it out, and let me know what you think of everything, and happy shopping!! XO Janna
We have a Facebook Group now: Astrosatchel Accessories!!
So be sure to join us there as well when you get a chance, and share your own pics of you rocking your Astrosatchel items…. Here’s me wearing our new Sun Hat in Hawaii, and for the record, I was wearing a tube top, you just can’t see it. I’m not one of those naked people who just wears sunglasses and running shoes.
But if you need something new to wear, we’re having an Open Studio Sale with lots of New Products and some Recession beater pricing on a schwack of stuff, so you can still shop local and save your dough. Joining us at the studio are our friends Sumiya Clothing, Cul de Sac ceramics and our pal Audra Neil, with her super cute stuffed animals. Incase you’ve never visited, we’re at 339 Railway Street, buzzer #208.
Sale hours are:
Friday March 2oth– Noon to 8pm
Saturday March 21st– 11am to 6pm
Sunday March 22nd– 11am to 6pm
So mark those calendars, you won’t want to miss out!! And if you join our Facebook group, I’ll remind you, but not 10 times or anything. See you then!! Janna
Spring 2009 is here at last, or at least it’s here bag wise. So even if you’re still under a foot of snow, you can have a happy new bag: Have a peek and let us know what you think!!
This is our brand spanking new Egg Bag which I’m really quite pleased with. It fits comfortably over your shoulder, or can be carried in hand. It’s big enough to carry daily essentials, while kicking the style quotient up a notch.
Feathers!! Light and floaty, our new Feather bag will carry all your stuff and then some. Might we also suggest the extra cute Feather Lipstick Case to accompany your new Medium Tote….
I love the cheerful chicks on our new Flock bag, and I’m sure you will too!! As they say, birds of a feather flock together…..
Our new Tree Print makes me smile too…..
I must admit, I miss the days of wallpaper. As a textile junkie, I would do a whole room in our new Wallpaper Flower, but I would keep the furniture and accessories to a minimum.
I really love clouds, if my last blog post was any indication, and I love our new Cloud Band….. it reminds me of Hawaii with the trade winds pushing clouds across the sky, and this combination adds a punch of colour even on less than sunny days.
For those of you who have been collecting our stitched series, may we present our new Loop Foliage pattern….. I’m sure it will be your new favorite!!
Crafters, Hairdressers and Seamstresses unite, it’s our sharp new Scissor medium tote!! You can run all you want with this one—it’s big fun print won’t let you down, even when you’re rushing to make it into Dressew before they close at 5:15.
Legs!! For the girl who longs to kick off her shoes and kick up her heels, we offer our new Legs bag. Get the Justice going on your iPod, and D.A.N.C.E…… or whatever gets you going!!