Yesterday, Menehune Man and I drove up mauka to replenish my coffee bag supplies. I got a couple of new bags to add to my stash which is always exciting! I have between 70-100 bags all the time from various farms. I made 7 tote bags today and promptly sold 2. I think that the old style Heavenly Hawaiian bag may be a hit with graphic loving customers. It has a coffee cup with a donkey on it loaded down with bags of coffee on his sides. Trudy Bateman, the farm owner, told me that it was the original design for that farm before they bought it. They now have a very attractive coffee logo with a line graphic of an angel with a haku lei on her head.
I also received my bags this week in the mail from "Coffees of Hawaii". I purchased 4 bags that say "100% Molokai Coffee". I am pleased to add these to my stash as well. I don't think they will last very long once the word gets out.
Monday I am flying to Honolulu to see a specialist about my foot. I hope to stop by the Hawaii State Art Museum to see their display of Sasaki Bags and Kimono Keys. I have never been there and am anxious to drop in to meet Alice in person.
In other news....over on Kauai...
Marjorie Desouza at Palm Palm boutique is a Sasaki Bag selling maniac! I designed a huge ole tote bag for her to sell exclusively in her store and they are NOT cheap! But that gal has called me and emailed me twice already to add to her July order! I trick her bags out with a big pocket on one side that is secured with a magnetic snap, a cellphone pocket on the other side, and an attached swivel hook key fob for convenience. I am using bold Hawaiian prints and designer prints from the likes of Amy Butler for the linings. The exteriors are of course...what else??? Coffee bags!