Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Well I have been extremely busy lately. 

  Good news is that I will be updating the currently near empty store tomorrow. The store is sparce right now, but it is good that I am making sales! You will find teasers of items above!

 I am currently working on quite a few really awesome suitcases.  In the store update there are two new suitcases along with some vintage bags. 

 I am now accepting custom orders also. I know many people have vintage suitcases that they love but are in desperate need of an upcycle. Message me on etsy and we can chit chat something out.  You can pick your own fabric, or let me have reign. 
 I hope this post finds everyone well!


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Here are some photo's of a few cases I have been working on this past weekend.  I have got another set planned. They are the same size cases as the two grey one's I have in the store currently. The difference is these are blue.  I have quite a bit planned for the next few weeks so am excited to get the store stocked up.  

 I have been hearing a lot of feedback from fellow etsians that I do not have enough in my store. I know I don't have  a whole lot, but these take a considerable amount of time.  I try my best to get stuff pushed out but do not want to sacrifice quality for quantity so bear with me please!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Here are a few photo's of the new set I have completed. I will be making an update this week sometime. This set and a few bags/purses!


Tuesday, April 28, 2009


I have been extremely busy as of late. It has been exam time at school and work has been a drag. I am very much missing my projects.

Good news however, I have finished an AWESOME luggage set this weekend. I put a lot of thought into this project and am happy with the results. The two peices are lates '60's matching grey suitcases. Of course deplorable condition upon recieiving them but after some work they are ready to start their second chance at suitcase life!

I will post up some pics this evening and will have them listed this week. Just waiting for a photo-op.

I also have an array of hand bags and purses that are ready to hit the store front.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spring Is Here

Well, to officially kick off spring, I did this fabulous brown traincase/overnighter.  This Amy Butler fabric just screams beautiful weather.  

 Look for it in the shop in the coming days!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sorry for the delay!

Ay. What a week.  I have been non-stop busy since last thursday.  It has been one of those weeks where it seems like you just can't get caught up.  Work, exams, drawings to due.  I had to put upcycling on the back-burner for the week.  I hated to but every time I thought I put enough time aside to work on suitcases, I got into studying or drawing.

 But that is all over now. I am caught up, took my tests, turned in my drawings.  Now if only I could get rid of work! 

 I am working on a case as we speak.  I will post up pics once I finish.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

I hate sundays.

I hate sundays.  But I did manage to kick out a suitcase today, so that was a plus.  Here are a few photo's. 

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Add another to the list.

I have been working on this train case for the past 2 days. Another one that was a lot of fun to do.  This particular one has a large mirror, perfect for a make-up case or beauty box!

 Look for this to be listed in the next couple of days. The weather is really crappy in Michigan.  It poured today, I think we have like 2 inches of rain. Needless to say, not very photogenic out doors at this time.

 I got a lot of feedback from the train case I sold in the store and many people wanted to see another in the houndstooth fabric.  I normally wouldn't put out more than one product in the same fabric, but since I got a lot of requests and I had some extra I figured I would go for it.  Now there isn't anymore fabric going to waste!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sometimes I just feel like dancin'

I just thought I would post up a portion of what I have waiting to be upcycled.  I tried to organize my mess the best I could. 

I wish I had more time to dedicate to this.  I work and go to school so basically I have the weekends to myself and that's about it.  

What a relief

Well This evening I officially opened Zaqs Vintage & Design.  I listed a beauty box and a vintage train case (pictured below with the houndstoothesque fabric) less than an hour after listing I already had a sale!  What do you know, someone must have loved that salmon train case as much as I did.  It will be sad to see her go, she has been the highlight of my work so far, she was so much fun to work on.  I hope the new owner appreciates her as much as I did.  

 I hope this is a sign of how things will continue. I stressed myself a little too much when it came to my store.  It's hard to determine if someone will see your point of view and love your work as much as you do yourself. 

Monday, March 2, 2009

Inventory Inventory

Today's finds.  Add it to the closet full that is waiting to be upcycled and brought to their potential.  Today was spent organizing by size and shape.  Much easier to maneuver through the room now.  Also organized the mess of fabric and other knick knacks I thought were under control being thrown in random bags.

 I have officially added to the store. This has been such a seemingly long road.  Months of preparation and I feel like I didn't get very far.  Nights of tossing and turning wondering if this venture would work or flop, I guess its up to the fellow estians to decide. 

Monday, February 23, 2009

some more photo's\\

Busy week. Work, school, work, travel, suitcases.

I haven't had as much time as I would like to work on my projects.  I have been doing nothing but work and spend time out of town.  I am building up a fair amount of inventory to begin the store with, it is just a matter of photographing and listing.

 Here are a few samples of some of the pieces I have been working on. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

This is my first post on any sort of blog. (alright alright I will admit it. I had an LJ, does that count?)

I am currently working on many projects that I am selling in my etsy store. I up-cycle vintage suitcases, bags, purses etc.... I also feature misc. vintage items. (Lamps, shoes, trinkets).

Check back often as I will be updating with what I am working on. Including finds, before and after photo's of my suitcases.