The Design Process-Shmocess

It started out as a conversation.

A conversation with one of my new twitter friends and online buddy: Carole. Of Hippostoes Fame! See her fun new clothing line! And her great blog of course! Back to that design conversation....

Something like: Can we use that cool Giraffe fabric with something red?
I'd love to have a great bag for me, could it double as a diaper bag?

Great! Carissa said "you just tell me how we should put it together".


Carole: I don't like the toile so much.
How about that stripe I saw on the site?


Carole: Oh? Now I'm not sure about the stripes AND the Paisley?


Carole: No. The stripes and solid isn't it either?


Carole: Hmmm. Maybe? Can we still have the stripes someWHERE?
On the straps or something?


Carissa said no to the stripes on the OUTside of the straps.
(She can be so mean.)
How about on the lining of the straps, instead?


And Voila. A new mom bag, (can be used as a diaper bag--or NOT!)
Here it is right after it was all cut out...

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And because I can't leave well enough alone?
I made her a matching Toddler Pod.
You know.
For the times when you don't want to take the whole bag out to change the diaper?
Like during church? Or going to Target?
It easily holds a couple diapers and those bagged packages of wipes and a sippy cup!
I added a wrist strap. And a key fob.

Now for another Design Story...


I am getting custom artwork for Apricot A Lot! Yay!

Would you just soooo love to have a real artist doing real custom design work for you?
Not just importing pictures and graphics from photobucket? But the real deal?
As in NO ONE else will have the same image at the top of THEIR blog!

Here's a preview of my new Logo!


Go ahead drool a little...careful of your keyboard though.

Now go see more of Gretchen's work:

(I've heard her called the French Mary Englebreit---
I call her friend.
If you like little Fairies...check these out!)

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek


Cecily R said...

That is hands down one of THE cutest diaper bags EVER.

So...what do I have to do so you will suddenly want desperately to make ME stuff?

Mom24 said...

Very cool--I love the red with the stripes.

Kristina P. said...

That is completely adorable! Love the giraffe pattern. Very trendy right now.

Wendy said...

Very creative. I like the design and the pod idea!

Thompson Family said...

What a cute diaper bag! I seriously need another one. We are still using the hospital one :(. I can't find one that will do justice but that one is so cute!

Jenni said...

Oh that bag is great! Love it! You are so talented and I am so NOT.

And your new design is looking terrific! I am loving that yellow!

Anonymous said...

Oh man....I don't suppose you'd want to trade a bag for some DIAPERS??? ;) Awesome bags! AWESOME.

Wep said...

OMG so cute! Do you make purses too?

Anonymous said...

That's awesome and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the "toddler pod". I'd love one of those for times that I wanted to go out without the huge bag. It's nice I could finally downgrade to a smaller monstrosity now though. ;) But gorgeous bags.

tiarastantrums said...

you are awesome and I was saying nope - nope nope and yep - you picked the winner!!
That toile is totally in my living room! Curtains and pillows!

Brenda said...

What an absolutely sweet bag!

Jaime said...

Oh, I love the idea of the toddler pod! I bet that will do well!:)
Your apricotalot design is looking awesome as well!

Melissa Ann Browning said...

Good bag, Carissa! I especially respond well to the bold b&w print.

Lovin the new logo, too - and yes, even though I don't have a blog, I would love to have my own artwork -- something designed just for me! Maybe I'll have her make me a banner... hmmm... what should it say & where should it go? Who cares?! I still want it!

What happened to your sisters & fellow entrepreneuers on apricotalot? Did they abandon ship? Couldn't handle the pressure?

(how in the world do you spell 'entrepreneuer'? I'm too tired to spellcheck it....)

Rachel said...

I LOVE those bags!!!! The fabrics are gorgeous together.

My Photo Story Friday

Corey~living and loving said...

LOVE it! sooooooooooo adorable. well done.
Happy PSF!

Deb said...

i hate you. no, wait... i love you. what CAN'T you do? other than package things (see, i do read your blog), but i bet you do that well, too.

Izzy, Emmy 'N Alexander said...

Such creative juices are flowing! I love the bag, very eye popping!

t said...

Love it!!!!!!

Straight to Your Hart said...

LOVE the are so good..not so much crazy with this one..tehe!!!

Allison said...

I love the extra little pouch! I have moments where that is all I need and yet I still have to carry my very huge bag with me ALL the TIME!

Storytellin' Mama said...

Very cute!!

Weeksie50 said...

I love love love it..

Jyl @ MommyGossip said...

Cute! I love black and red anything :). A purse within a purse. Weren't we just talking about that? I still need to send you a pic of mine :).

Fun post :).

mommy lazy said...

That is AWESOME!! Such a creative lady you are!

Mikki said...

Girl, your a whiz!! I love the bag. It's fantastic!
Very cool that you're getting your own special and unique design. Way to go!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

I love the giraffe print! very cute!

Claire said...


Anonymous said...

Oh that is so cool, I lvoe it.

Bonnie the Boss said...

You really do an amazing job!

Anti-Supermom said...

So cute, really I love that bag. I think I deserve a diaper bag that *isn't* gender netural, meaning for husband or me.

You are so stinkin' talented.

Oh my heck! I was featured. And it didn't hurt or anything!