Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday is my day: Garbagebag

Today we will head up north to Finland and meet Anne from
She creates bags made of old jackets and recycled fabrics and materials.
Enjoy your day!

NOT garbagebag -shoppingbag 5

Usually I spend my weekdays working for a bookstore about from nine to five, but this is a special Friday when I don’t go there and have more time to do other things I like.
Breakfast with a good book and a tall dark stranger (Actually it’s my friend Marco, but I call him The Stranger ‘cos I don’t see him that often Iloiset kasvot)
Sewing the final decorations to the Catadores 2 –shoulderbag, which is the next item I’m going to list to my Etsy shop called Garbagebag. Name of the shop is that ‘cos I make bags out of garbage Iloiset kasvot Well, not really. I use recycled materials and leftovers.
Photographing my items is the most difficult part of running my Etsy-shop ‘cos I’m a terrible photographer really. And because I live in Finland I always have the problem of not having enough light. I try to use all kinds of lamps but obviously they are never as good as the natural light would be.
This is the best of the photos I managed to take. Unfortunately it doesn’t look as good as it really is. The body of the bag is made out of two jackets. The flowers that decorate the bag are made of fabric samples of a furniture factory. My friend Daniela made the flowers. She’s got her own shop in Etsy too. It is called Muusa.
After the photo-session inside I go for a walk and take a couple of photos for, which is my own internet-page I try to keep up. I fell in love with this gorilla that is made out of old tyres and I’m thinking of using it as a background of the Catadores-collection, but I’m not sure about that yet. The gorilla is lovely anyway.
Then I meet a friend of mine over a cup of coffee and we hit to Maatilatori which is a great oldfashioned-style shop that carries a good variety of ecological products and food from small producers. Today I buy vegetables, sausage and bread ‘cos I’ll have some friends over for dinner and I’m going to cook pumpkin-soup and a tapas-selection.
Unfortunately the cooking session was too hectic to include my camera into it. This is what the table and the soup looked like. Marco’s idea was to put popcorn into the soup instead of croutons and it was great. The secret is not to put too much of it into the soup at the same time ‘cos otherwise it gets too moist. Just add a couple of pieces at a time.

Quiet moment with a cup of coffee after a great day and I begin to think of my next sewing project. About a year ago I dropped my handbag in a concert and broke my cell. That was a dramatic and expensive accident and I want to prevent that happening again. That is why I’m going to make a padded winter-jacket for my current telephone.
This is what it is going to look like.
Maybe I’ll make a couple of them also to sell in Etsy.


  1. Oh yes, now I see Anne in 'real':)))
    You had a fun and interesting day Anne and thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for sharing your day :) I love the fluffy cell phone sleeve ^_^

  3. Lovely inverview! You know? For me the hardest part of having an etsy shop is also photographing my designs! (Happy to see that I am not the only one!)

  4. What a great way to spend the day :)

  5. Hey Anne, fun to read about your day!
    Wanted to check out Madebymuusa's Etsy but the link isn't working well...

    ps. I'm sure your new cell will thank you for that 'winter coat' :)


  6. Hi Anne.
    Funny and interesting!
    That gorilla is great.
    I also like the winter jacket for the phone and the idea to put pocorn in the soup :)
    I'm going to take a look in your shop now.
    Have a great weekend.

  7. Yes, I'm not really a cartoon after all :) Daniela's Etsy-shop is called Muusa and not MadeByMuusa. My mistake, sorry. She writes a blog called MadeByMuusa and that's what mislead me.
    Thank You for comments. Have a great rest of the weekend!

  8. Great interview! I love those "one day in the life of...." stories. They are always so much fun to read.

    PS. I have seen the gorilla as well. There is so much interesting street art in Helsinki.