Monday, January 21, 2008

Mon Dieu!

I just can't believe how gorgeous this city bag turned out. I lined it with the dark brown stripes rather than a solid brown just to try something new and it works so much better than I could have imagined. The strap is dark brown ultra-suede attached with silver rings. Did I mention how gorgeous it is? It was ordered as a gift but I'll bet $10 that a certain new mother in San Francisco keeps this one for herself. So without further ado, here is the cutest little city bag around.

Update: The bag was shipped directly to the birthday girl so the certain San Francisco mother ordered one for herself. Now everyone is a winner.

Another First

I was told years ago by by a certain friend that I needed to make diaper bags (Hi Amy!) but I dragged my feet on trying out that style. I was intimidated by making something so detailed and complex.

Luckily, the babies just keep coming and my new cousin-in-law, who just gave birth last week, asked so nicely, I just couldn't say no. And I am so happy I said yes. This bag is so chic, functional and big! It is 16 1/2" wide, 14" high and 6 1/2" deep. It is made with the lovely french toile and lined with dark brown stripes. It has three interior pockets and two exterior pockets. I also made a changing pad with the new dark brown graphic flowers. It has a layer of cotton batting to give a little padding for my new little cousin's bottom.

The best part about this bag as that it doesn't look like a diaper bag - it can keep a new parent in cognito or can be used for carrying other things besides bottles and wipes. I really need one for myself.

Some New Fabric

Here are some of my new fabrics. I have so much love for the french toile flowers - the red and dark brown on natural linen is striking, classic and modern all at the same time. I picked up the dark brown stripes and the dark brown graphic flowers to work accent pieces.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

You asked for it...

My dear friend (and now brother-in-law) has always been incredibly supportive of my sewing adventures, from the day I asked him for a ride home with my first sewing machine, to all the rides to the fabric store to the words of encouragement at the Craftacular.

Through all the years, he has only asked me for two things: first, he wanted me to put him on my website; and second, he wanted me to make him something (but since this is a family site, I can't bring myself to describe what he wanted). Luckily, my friend told me that he no longer needs me to make him his special request (you are just going to have to ask him yourself if you really need to know). But, as I was going through my old pictures, I came across this photo shoot, taken in my San Francisco apartment, full of boxes and just days before I moved to New York, and recalled my friend's request to be on my website. So, although long overdue, here you go!

Personally, I find that the juxtaposition of such a brawny, hunky man and such a sophisticated purse really works. Or maybe it is just that beefcake can really sell anything.

Lunden Designs Greatest Hits

Here are some of my favorite bags. Looking back at these pictures is like looking at pictures of old friends.

Holiday Presents

I made these travel bags last year to give as holiday presents. Each set came with a lingerie bag and a coordinating shoe bag - perfect for your weekend bag or suitcase. I just always travel better knowing that my unmentionables are also traveling in style.