Beetle wing purse, a labor of love – Part 2

The sequins took longer than expected. That’s what you get for ordering them from a Chinese seller on eBay. Not the best when you’re super impatient to start on something new.

While waiting for sequins, I found embroidery floss, beads, and received the linen fabric.

Many things happened in those two months. I acquired 2 more vintage sewing machines. But that’s for another post.

So, every good craft starts with a nice cup of tea and biscotti that was joyfully discovered in the back of the freezer. It may be from Christmas baking, but it was still delicious. Also, that Tina mug is my most favourite mug in my collection.

This beautiful photo box is from Michaels. A few weeks ago, we were trapped inside due to rain or freezing rain and I had just had enough with being around the wild children. I decreed that Tony would take them to McDonalds to run off steam at the play place and I would go to Michaels to gather the rest of the stuff I needed for this project. A couple hours later, a much happier Miranda came out of the craft giant much more relaxed and carrying a huge bag of supplies. The bag was mostly filled with three of these gorgeous photo boxes. They are the perfect size for supplies and storing works in progress. They were $2.50 each, and I’ve gone back to buy more. I now have 6 of them. One will be for photo storage, but the rest are for craft things.

I tried embroidering with brown thread, but it just wasn’t the look I was going for. This purse will be decorated with sequins and beads, so its got to be a bit more glitzy.

The beetles are by far my favourite part of this project. I love their derpy eyes, and the beaded bodies. I hope I can squeeze 4 more on here. Embroidery is quite time consuming, but its far more enjoyable with a good tv series you’ve seen before. This way you can concentrate but also laugh at Jerry.

If you want quicker updates on this, be sure to add me on instagram. I usually post on the stories if I’m working on this project. Hopefully on Wednesday I can have more time to work on this.