Saturday, March 21, 2015

Happy Spring Everyone! I'm Back!

Happy Spring Everyone!

Finally Spring has sprung here in Georgia. And I feel as if finally Spring has sprung in my life and heart. I am happily creative again after a very long healing and rebuilding period in my life. I am so grateful to all of you who have patiently waited and stayed supportive of me as I focused on more personal life events. By God's immense Grace I am here today, feeling very strong, loved, capable, excited ... actually PASSIONATE again about my creative work. So ... Here's what I've been doing behind the scenes to prepare for this beautiful Spring!


Welcome to Mama's Pocketbook reborn!  My website is about 80% rebuilt and let me tell ya - that has been a real labor of love. Being that I am very OCD about my website (and many other things) many, many, many hours have gone into the update of my website. I am proud to say it is now going to be considerably more user friendly with pull down menus and a purging of old pages and dead links. Yes, I still have a lot of work to do, but it is functional and I have finally taught myself some shortcuts to building out the pages I want. (Who says old dogs can't learn new tricks?!) 


Over the past six months or so I have been very busy not only with the website update but with quite a lot of custom work. I love making custom items and stretching myself creatively. I created several custom bags, altered & embellished jean jackets, bridesmaids clutches, curtains, and various one-of-a-kind items. I have not been idle by any means, but I am very excited to be creating again for Mama's Pocketbook and my other budding venture "Prissy Gypsy" - there will be more good things to come for that label for Spring and Summer so please stay tuned for some scrumptious lacy, boho, altered goodies there. 

I'm really excited to be creating new designs, some inspired by other artists who have graciously offered their patterns for artists like me to use for resale, and some of my own designs of course. Below are my three newest offerings based on a pattern called the June Bag by Melissa Mortenson of Fourteen May . I've added a few touches of my own - adjustable strap, and extra pockets inside, trimmings and vintage brooches to name a few. I was really inspired by this pattern because it lends itself to my signature mix of fabric colors, patterns and textures.  More to come of these and many other designs! Thank you to all who take the time to read my blog. I am blessed by you!!
~ Dianne

    Dragon Cross Body Bag                                 June Cross Body Bag
 Pink Roses Cross Body Bag
Pink Roses Cross Body Bag

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Tote & coordinated Fabric Card Cases & Tissue Cover with Printed Tissues
One of a Kind - In stock - READY TO SHIP NOW!

Caitlin Tote Mama's Pocketbook

I just love this Spring-y Happy Fabric Ensemble
Caitlin Tote & Accessories Set
is a One of A Kind Original Design!
Includes 2 fabric card cases/organizers & a coordinated tissue cover with printed tissues

Caitlin Tote, 2 Card Cases & Tissue Cover with Printed Tissues
Now Sale Priced at $48.00 for the set

What beautiful fresh Spring colors!
This is a one-of-a-kind tote set with accessories!
I've fashioned my basic tote pattern from a gorgeous print called Caitlin Blooms by Alexander Henry and coordinated the outer pocket and interior lining with Amy Butler's retired Okra Eyelashes from her Belle collection. The tiny ruffle and fabric flower are created from another retired Amy Butler Belle fabric called Chrysanthemum in Okra. These fabrics are no longer available commercially, so you will definitely have a OOAK set!

The outer shell features a large lined slip pocket with a cute little ruffle, fabric rose and a perfect vintage dragonfly pin!
Not only is it gorgeous on the outside, inside it is also lined with Amy Butler's Okra Eyelashes fabric and there two slip pockets on one side that are perfect for cell phones, cameras, iPods or other small electrical devices and a large pocket on the other side that will hold your Kindle, iPad, Nook or other larger devices. There's plenty of room to spare inside for all your other essentials as well! And the included card cases/organizers and tissue cover all help keep this tote organized and ready to serve you as a great day bag or shopper!

All pockets are fully lined and corners are securely V-stitched, of course… nothing is ever flimsy about my bags!

12" drop padded and channel quilted shoulder strap from shoulder to top of bag.
11.5” tall and 14” wide, this bag wears comfortably and securely against your body. Perfect for shopping, antiquing, treasure hunting, and all manner of outings!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mama's Pocketbook – NEW! Miranda Hobo Sling Bag

Mama's Pocketbook - Miranda Hobo Sling Bag is my newest creation.

I’m so happy to present a new Miranda Hobo Sling Bag. This is a One of A Kind Original Design! I have also created some optional accessories: A set of 3 coordinated card cases to help organize your new bag.

These bright colors are sure to get your attention - and everyone else's attention too! But only one lucky girl can carry this bag because it is truly a one-of-a-kind!

The outer shell features coordinate fabrics with huge roses - black background on one side, red on the other. I believe these are Kaffe Fassett fabrics. I bought only one yard of each print quite a long time ago and cannot find them anywhere again.


The beautiful butterfly fabric is authentic vintage fabric by C S Shamash & Sons. There are 12 colors in this gorgeously detailed print on black background, picking up all the colors in the other two fabrics. The fabric is strong and in like new condition, having been carefully stored and protected. I have used a lightweight sew in interfacing to add additional shaping and support to the fabric as well. Not only is it gorgeous on the outside as a large lined pocket that has a velcro closure. Miranda is also lined with this beautiful butterfly fabric.







There are two slip pockets inside with ample room for your cell phone/camera, iPad, tablet, or reader and plenty of room for other purse essentials and organizers. All pockets are fully lined and corners are securely V-stitched, of course… nothing is ever flimsy about my bags! Closes with a black magnetic closure that is securely installed with additional padding and stitching so it will not tear the fabric with use.

As with all my designs, you'll also receive a matching tissue cover with pretty printed tissues.
Other matching accessories are availble as well!
14" drop padded shoulder strap from shoulder to top of bag.
11.5” tall and 16” wide, this bag wears comfortably and securely against your body. Perfect for shopping, antiquing, treasure hunting, and all manner of outings!

Click on any image or the title links to go to the details & ordering page at

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Amy Butler Sewing Patterns - April 2011 SALE

Amy Butler Sewing Patterns - April 2011 SALE

We are so happy to now be carrying the entire line of Amy Butler Sewing Patterns! This includes all purse, home decor and clothing patterns. And to celebrate we are offering 10% any Amy Butler Pattern purchase through the end of April - that's in addition to FREE SHIPPING in the U.S.!  That equates to just over a 20% savings total!

Check out some of our newest Amy Butler Sewing Patterns:

Friday, April 1, 2011

Gorgeous Giveaway Gala!....Romantic Country Magazine & Romantic Prairie Style

My friend Janet Coon, of ShabbyFuFu is having an amazing giveaway right now on her blog. This one you really don't want to miss!

If you haven't visited Janet's online boutique, you are missing out! It is filled with fabulously beautiful and romantic decor, furniture, textiles, hand painted porcelain, and much more. If you enjoy creating a beautiful home, you owe it to yourself to experience browsing and shopping at ShabbyFuFu.

And what could be better than getting to know Janet yourself and following her blog and getting a chance to win this incredible giveaway she is having. I will just tease you with these images ... you'll need to click on the giveaway photo below to learn the details and see all the great goodies Janet is offering for some lucky soul to win. I hope it's me, but I am happy to share about it with my sweet blog readers! Go, enter now!!



Have fun & tell Janet I said Hello when you enter!