Friday, October 24, 2008

A Little Giveaway....

I expected to have some patterns finished by the end of Blogtober, and was planning giveaways throughout.

There are no patterns ready to give away yet. The instructions are still being written, re-worked and revised. I keep coming up with new variations that require MORE INSTRUCTIONS!!!

However... I was looking for a cloth to cover a table the other day, and found my SECRET STASH of cotton moleskin fabric!!!

It's a finite resource, but I thought I might make up what I have into "foldable pressing hams" for the shop.... while stocks last, and all that. Get in quick.

AND I THOUGHT I'D GIVE AWAY A SET OF THEM..... BUT.... I need a bit of help, so we're going for a bit of an Excalibur approach here.... "Whomsoever cometh up with the best name for this bag shall rule the ironing board, armed with the mighty MOLESKIN!"

What started out with the working title "Curved Hobo" has morphed and changed with different variations of fabric, interfacings and strap design. It now needs a snappy name that says it all...

It's a practical, roomy bag with inside zip and compartment pockets and a zipped closure at the top. It looks a bit girly. It can be made into an unstructured Hobo shape, a structured bag or scrunched shoulder bag with a belt...


.. and even this basket shape - with purse feet and zippered closure. You can see this bag in action here...... or a soft and simple shopping bag. Can you see my problem here? Are you ready to rise to the challenge..?

I need a name - preferably one word. I'd like it to describe the bag (rather than just be a girl's name or something). The giveaway will run until we have that EXCALIBUR moment!!! The winner will win a moleskin pressing set, and then I'll do a random number generator thingy for another moleskin pressing set so that all participants are in with a chance. So that's actually TWO giveaways, isn't it?

And just out of interest, I'd also love to hear which variation is your favourite...?

53 comments:

cindy said...

Okay I got 2 names, both about the thought of change so I got Seasons, since it is the bag that you can change to suit all seasons. Also chameleon, since they change there colour to suit their environment. My favourite is the first one, but they are all super cute.

Katie said...

You wouldn't believe where I had this little lightbulb moment. Where many many ideas happen, the toilet hahahah

So I thought that this bag pattern reminds me of the 1950's housewife that I aspire to be. A great cook, gardner, sewer, mother and looking fabulous doing all of them.

All I could then think of was 50's names like Harriet and Lucy lol but then just as I was reaching for the toilet paper (sorry TMI) I thought of Versatilly. Versatile with a bit of girly sass.

Vicki said...

No name suggestions, but I like the red one with the buckle best. Great pattern.

thornberry said...

No suggestions, love all of them, especially the blue one. Great bags Nikki!

Janice said...

I think with all the variations you could have a bag for all occasions. The first thing I thought of was 'Gadabout'.

Shellbells said...

Dam!!! Cindy came up with the same name as me!!! well maybe great minds think alike!!! Chameleon is the name!!! Please dont include me in the moleskin thingy..not sure what i would use it for and I am sure that there are others who might want it more.

lovely creations too

Amy (badskirt) said...

oh! I'd love to try moleskin pressing hams!

the minute I saw your bags, I thought Delilah. Then I saw more variations and I still though Delilah because they are absolutely delightful. I think I like the top one best!

Fer said...

Oops! Just ignore my comment in your last post - sorry!

My thought is Pandora, need I say more? :)

Columbia Lily said...

I love them all, of course, but my favorite is the first one listed, the red and black one. As for names....hmmm. What about Caprice (means "sudden change") or Chanteuse (ooh la la!). It's been a long day...I'll post more ideas if I think of them. The bags are lovely, as always!

Penny said...

I love the red one.

I think either 'Summer' coz they're such nice summery bags, or 'Slouch' coz they are slouchy/hobo bags but Slouch sounds a bit better, no? Or else 'Comfort' coz they're all pretty, but they all look nice and warm and roomy and comfortable.

Kirsty said...

I think you should call it Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon).

She was super fashionable, super classy, extremely well put together, had many guises & was super smart.

(& she was backed up by the Chief who was super clever with lots of tricks up his sleeve).

I like the top one best.

Kara said...

the practicality reminds me of my favorite kitchen must have: a "lazy susan" odd name for such a useful creation. but i like it. sorry it's two names...

Mistress Meeyee said...

Well, the first thing I thought was because they are hobo type bags that tramp would be cute but that also means an easy lady so that might not work. Traveler also means hobo so maybe a traveler bag??My last idea is to call it the captive bag because the styles,colors and everything captivates the people looking at it.

Melanie said...

I'm thinking "Gemini" because it seems to have multiple personalities (urban and country, for example).

It's a great bag no matter its name!

our shabby cottage said...

Um, "The Versatility"...because it's so versatile! I like the red one best too. Kathryn.

Laura Zarrin said...

The first thing to pop in my head was the "It's all that" bag. LOVE the red circles with a close second on the other red. I don't need the pressing ham. I just wanted to offer up a name. Good luck!

Kirrily said...

ohhh man, I can't even think of names for my own bags, so I'm out!

Some great suggestions so far!

My favourite is the blue one, closely followed by the basket style.

méri said...

In my bad English (and before reading other suggestions) I'll call it Handy-bag.
I love the red one!

Cele said...

Hi how about The "Soho hobo" bag as each style of bag looks like a different aspect of 60's fashion.
the buckle belt one makes me think of Christine Keeler. so perhaps "Keeler" ?
Other names that came to mind,
"Carnaby"
or the "Penny purse".
hope these give you some ideas.
Cheers Cele

CurlyPops said...

My brain is on the fritz and everything I can think of is just naff!
I love the blue one the best closely followed by the pink tones of the shopping bag.
Ok the only thing I can think of is 'Curvaceous'

Serena said...

Here's my suggestions:
* Multi-bag
* Everyday bag
* Magic bag
or in honour of our wonderful city, which also has so many faces
* Melbourne bag

carrie said...

Hmmm, I think I like the last one the best. What about Vagabond? I love the sound of it and since it "wonders" into new styles... eh, eh?? get it?? Or how about Bohemian since it has that 60's/70's artsy feel? Zingara is a synonym for gypsy. I love how that sounds. Ok, I could do this all day... sorry.

Diana said...

My favorite variation is the red one with the belt around it.

As for names, maybe not the most original (LOL), but here goes: The Everything Bag or The Anything Bag or Super Woman (for the woman who tries and succeeds in doing it all from business to shopping to picking tomatoes in her own backyard). I was most struck by the number of variations possible to make with the pattern. I think that's a great quality to play up with whatever you decide to name it. Great pattern!!!

woolanthropy said...

Your bags are fabtastic.
I have three names all based on chimerical creatures that are made up of different parts, like your bag.

~Chimera, part lion, goat and snake

~Kylin, a Chinese creature which symbolizes good luck (aka Qilin)

~Yali, a Hindu temple guard with cat like body, head of lion and elephant tusks.

Anja said...

Great bags. I love the last one the best.
Hmmm, the name... bagtastic (ha ha - I was inspired by previous comment)

cheers

laura said...

Everyone has come up with such great names, you'll never have to name another purse again. I'm thinking 'The Mirage' because it's a pleasing sight for a starved soul. How's that? And I like the buckled version best too. Have fun choosing!!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

How about the name Multiplicity - as it has multiple varieties/personalities!! I love the red one with the buckle feature.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

When I look at the first bag "side saddle" comes to mind. Not really one word though is it? Hmm...

Beth said...

OK, I know you said no names, but this bag screams "Sybill" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075296/).

If not that, how about the Sundry Bag?

Sue Flewell-Smith said...

Love ALL the variations...words that come to mind are ..changeling, metamorphosis, switcheroo, alchemy, and chameleon....all meaning changing from one thing to another.
cheers
Sue

Yoga with Gaileee, E-RYT said...

"Gotcha"

"FabuClutch"

"MegaMighty"

"Charminn"

"GlitzGrabb"

"Mine!"

"SnagitNow"

"StylinTote"

Okay, my brain is drained now.....
yogawithgaileee at gmail dot com

chicky said...

They are all so grand and lovely in their own unique way.
My name for them is the
* Nikkibag or
* Leisure-time
Keep up the good work!

Bernadette said...

My favourite is the red buckle bag, very cute! I would call it the Gypsy or Mod bag.

ArtShades said...

I LOVE that first raspberry red one - it's fabulous. They look like 'Grab-a-Bags' to me. A grab and go sort of bag. Yes, 'Grab and Go'.

Just Susan said...

Hi,
I love them all but if I has to pick one I think it would be the red one with the belt. As for a name, I would call it 'Serendipity' because people will be so surprised and pleased and fortunate to find so many different looks from one pattern. This is a lot of fun, thanks.~Susan

kyles72 said...

Hi Nikki, I like the name "boho" for the bag. My favourite would have to be the first one, with the red circles, gorgeous!! I also like the look of the last one, with the handles coming out of the top of the curve. I could rave on all day about your bags though!!
Kylie

Handmade said...

Love the red belt bag.

Names:

Sass

Sassy

Mod

Go!

City

9crafty11 said...

Wow..hard to choose a favourite as they are all amazing.. can't believe they're all from one pattern..but I must say I like the red one with the buckle. So a name for this style.."One for all, all for one! Bag" Bit long winded!? - Julia

Janey Joop said...

Hi Nikki,
What a great pattern! My suggestion for a name would be 'Honor' because this pattern deserves respect. My favorite version is the first one, but really I love them all. Janey Joop :^)

handmaiden said...

Fab pattern so versatile.....love them all
THE SMART BAG
Smart in style
Smart in design
Smart in functionality
Smart in versatility

Kirsty said...

Had another thought - Hybrid.

Bellgirl said...

Because it's a bit of everyting, to me it's the Grab Bag. Good luck with the competition, hope you find that Excaliber moment!

mayaluna said...

This pattern is so phenomenal! I love bellgirl's Grab Bag and Kirsty's Hybrid. I was thinking Chameleon, but that may have already been said. Whatever you call it, it looks like I might need that pattern:)

Chalk and Cheese said...

I would call the bags (and in particular, the red ones)"Barbarella". They seem really inspired by the 60's and I can so see any one of them hanging off Jane Fonda's arm. They are truly well designed and inspiring.
(I have had a three month absence in blog land).

Karen said...

How about "Peerless". It really is a "one of a kind" and stands above all the rest.

Cindy Keery said...

The blue one is my favorite.

Some name ideas for this bag:

-SewGirly

-Sew Girl Bag

-Pursonality

-Options

-The Go-To Bag

-Change It Up

Designs by Danna said...

How about The Saddel Bag? When I looked at the bags it just popped into my head. Love the red one:)

Karin said...

I love them. I really like the red one with buckle. I would call that one "Barbarella"

Or, perhaps in honour of the 60's stylish icon, Edie Sedgwick, either 'Edie' or 'The Sedgwick'.

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

I was thinking, as it's a girlier version of a hobo - the ho-bette, though not sure how you'd spell that now I try to write that down...

Great bag design by the way!

Scribbler said...

ok-with much research and thought. I came up with an adjective name.
à la mode
Definition: Being or in accordance with the current fashion.

Nikki said...

Wowee... SO MUCH food for thought!!

We settled on "Mod". It's short and snappy - as I like my bag names to be - and it aptly sums up that snappy 60's feeling a lot of folks were getting from my styling of the pattern.

Congratulations Bernadette - you were the first to pull the proverbial sword from the stone!!

Lulu said...

I am in love with the last one, simple shopper. and do like the basket one!!! very cute.

The name -- why not the Runabout. Like you said its very versatile, practicle, and you can just throw stuff in and go!

RomaC said...

I'm working on it Nikki...
For starters..
The Bag Bag
The Bag's Bag...[this bag's next bag2B]

Bagalicious....now that is a goer

I'll be back...

Oh, almost forgot..can see myself making the red one and the last floral one really is delish!!

That is another name.. DELISH...