2020 was a year, wasn't it. It's almost time to shut the door on it and to open a new one. Let's hope it's going to open up a year that's bright and full of promise; we've never needed it so much.
I was delivering parcels and working my shop until I fell ill in the summer and couldn't physically do the work - I found it hard to walk and lost my balance. Gabapentin has made things so much better and since my delivery job was taken away, I'm now running my shop full time.
This has been a busy year for my shop, my busiest year to date and I'm planning more for 2021. Thank you so much for all your interest, support and for buying from my shop - you're the best - and I have the best job in the world :)
28th December 2020
Cold water swimming adventures
So... I entered a winter swimming challenge for the thrills (and the sew-on patch) and joined the MK Bluetits Chill Swimmers for encouragement along the way. Challenged to do 20 winter swims from November to March - and I'm at 18 already! Could I do 40? **Brr** More pictures on my Instagram page (if you're brave enough to check them out!)
28th December 2020
And the winner is...
Win a mug!
Message below my facebook post and/or my Instagram post (look for the mug shot) which book you'd like - and if your name's picked out of the hat on Sunday 6th December, I'll paint the mug especially for you - featuring your favourite book and quote or message.
Please be following my FB and/or IG page (and maybe you could share the love? I'd love that).
Thank you! Good luck! *Gets hat ready!*
5th December 2020
All Things Dracula :)
Happy post on its way!
Before and after :)
Phew, it's been a busy week. I feel as though I've been spinning around getting dizzy sending out orders (loads off again yesterday) and making up orders (thank you, thank you!) as well as squeezing in fun things for me - I've been out on my bike *huge grin!* and open water swimming - my simple joy. I'm sat in a totally disorganised Bag End surrounded by fallout from yesterday's makes and packaging (damn you, shredded paper you get everywhere!) I'm still in my unicorn dressing gown with a coffee - in a beautifully hand painted mug - at hand. Now... to start a tidy up mission!
23rd October 2020
Your fur baby on a bauble...
The happy shiny pet decorations are here! Jus’ message a photo of your pet and in return for a handful of (sanitised) round pounds you can have your own pet dec hanging with the tinsel :)
Bone (name & holly sprigs) £12
Heart/Disc/Bauble (portrait & name) £18
Tree/Star (portrait & name) £22
25th September 2020
Such a fabulous day!
"It's happening again, it's happening again!"
A week today a bunch of very lovely makers and doers will be showing and selling their wares in pop up shops on Tingewick Rec. I'll be there with bags, tees and mugs, alongside Lucy with her ceramic painting kits. It'd be fab to see you! The weather is set to be kind :)
When? 20th September 11am-4pm
Where? Tingewick Recreation Ground on Water Stratford Road, MK18 4NU
13th September 2020
Pippa, books and book mugs...
You can meet the most wonderful people online.
'Fine Preservers Books' bring an almost daily sprinkling of joy with beautifully curated Instagram posts of vintage books and inquisitive kitties. What's not to love?
Follow Pippa (one of the new kittens in the bookshop) finding her feet amongst the books, navigating the library ladders and interacting with the grown-up cats. She's an Instagram natural!
Here she is (adorable) with the books I painted on a mug for Maureen the bookshop owner. Read the whole story - and fall in love with the place here - oh - and you can and browse their books on Etsy. Highly recommended.
15th August 2020
What a lovely day! What a special village :)
I'll be setting up shop outside my house a week today with handbags and purses made out of books, hand painted book mugs and cake plates, small fabric purses and face masks and it would be lovely to see you!
The whole village is taking part! Just follow the treasure trail to discover greeting cards, candles, cakes, pottery, prints, plants, fitness, home decor, gifts, yard sales and more.
Tingewick, MK18 4QU 11:00am till 4:00pm Sunday 2nd August.
26th July 2020
We should all be feminists!
Oversized classic book pouch
Super-sized pouches for... your book or make-up or iPad/tablet or pens and paint and - stuff...
Big and bold and super-fun!
Featuring (probably) your favourite book on soft canvas polyester on the outside, lined with a printed poly cotton blend on the inside - it's ready to fill with your stuff :)
10th July 2020
Gifts for writers (gifts for anyone!)...
Syntactical Copywriting jus' mentioned me on their latest blog and I'm in very good company with handmade eco-friendly notebooks (*adds one to basket*) and origami book page earrings (*just bought!*) it's worth a look, for sure! Thank you, Syntactical X
27th June 2020
Best things come in small packages
NEW! Shoulder straps
Book hug in a mug :)
"I love this mug! It’s gorgeous, I got to pick my favourite books and it’s beautifully painted 😍" (Thank you so much for the review and photo, Nicola x)
Fancy getting your paws on a 'book hug in a mug'? It's the perfect way to start the day - with a smile and a brew :)
Choose up to 15 books and I'll paint 'em round a mug just for you. This is what personalisation is all about! Get the ball rolling here:
8th June 2020
Books & Tea Postcard Sets!
*Inserts very happy smiling face* Thank you, MOO!
Postcards featuring Whuddunits, Children's books, Classic books, Feminist books or Gothic Horror stories - something for everyone! Oh, and tea of course.
Buy just one, or all five and get one free!
23rd May 2020
Drawing books and tea...
Mugful of Penguin happiness
Personalised literary mugs have landed! Choose from green Penguins, orange Penguins or a veritable rainbow of Penguins! Pick your own titles to make it an extra-special beverage holder and fill with tea, coffee or gin. Just listed in my Etsy shop; hand painted by me and hand glazed and fired by Lucy at Tiny Ceramics down the road :)
30th April 2020
Sewing in the sunshine
Sharing a (very tidy!) shot of my sunny sewing room with the doors thrown open and Hollie Dog walking through, just as I click. Just to let you know I'm sewing away, fulfilling orders and consolidating a trip to the Post Office. If you want to buy something from my shop to send directly to someone else with a message - I can do that :) We're healthy and happy in our lockdown while Billy is out delivering parcels (staying away from customers) and driving the Bagsymobile on ever-quieter roads. Sending virtual hugs - stay safe xxx
30th March 2020
Introducing the Bagsymobile!
Jurassic Park Purse
Out with the old! In with the new...
Ready to gift-wrap
All in the detail
Didn't we have a luverly time!
BIG shout out to everyone who spent time at Buckingham's first 'Meet the Maker' Market on Saturday! Wan't it fab!!! So many lovely, happy customers and amazing stall holders - Pin Clothing - thank you for organising - we had THE most fabulous day! My teeny tiny purses went like hot cakes and I'm busy making more at a special price of £25.99 till the end of the month. And talking of bargains how's about £50 to spend in my shop? Details next xxx
21st October 2019
Meet the Maker
Thirty unique and creative makers, live music and vegan bakes inside - and the charter fair outside!
It'll be all going on - hope you can make it! Be lovely to see you on Saturday 19th October 10-4pm :)
Free entry, free parking behind Waitrose
Buckingham Community Centre,
Modelled by Liz
We have a winner!
...And the name out of the hat is *drumroll* Elen from Greece, who chose a 'Charlotte's Web' wallet - congratulations, Elen! Fabric choices are coming over next :)
As you're all so lovely and as the books proved soooo popular... I reckon I'm happy to make any of the books from the giveaway (*scrolls down to previous post*) for just £40* each (plus p&p) to whoever bagsies one first. You'll get to choose the fabric 'cos I'll be building it especially for you. Message me to reserve - hopefully the one you have your eye on is still available!
*you'll be saving a whopping £15!!!
9th August 2019
Nine paperbacks freshly picked from the bookshelves at Bag End and ripe for turning into wonderful wallets! Choose your favourite from the photo and comment on my facebook page on the giveaway post for a chance to win your very own bespoke book wallet (worth £55)! The winner will be pulled out of a hat (not literally) on Friday 9th August.
***Good luck, y'all!***
9th August 2019
10% off everything!
*Cues spooky theme tune!*
Love for Liberty
Life in small squares
On Instagram you'll discover snapshots of my daily rural delivery round (doors feature quite a lot!), my bookish creations and my attempts at swimming, cycling and running (slowly...)
Do pop by - be great to see you!
20th May 2019
Spa Day at Bag End
"Dear Kate, I have been a very happy owner of one of your creations. Due to continued use I have made a hole in the clasp and the inside of the book wallet has become loose. Would it be possible to send my book wallet to you for a spa day (fabric repair) please? If so can you provide a cost estimate based on the attached photos, please? Thanks, Abigail"
'Spa Day' repairs are free of charge at Bag End. If you'd like a repair, do get in touch :)
One revitalised wallet with complimentary zipper pull on its way back to you, Abigail!
14th May 2109
Llovely llama purses!
Congratulations to Denise from Maryland and Zena from Northampton who made named the llama 'Cyril' and 'Pajama' respectively. He looks like a Cyril to me, and Pajama (P.J. for short) made me smile out loud!
Winners both - your llovely llama purses are on their way.
Llovely Llama purses for sale in my shop - nab yours now!
28th March 2019
Name that llama!
Books and fabric...
Quaintly & Co Giveway!
Oooh! Ooh! Oh! There's a chance to win some of my Brontë sister goodies with the lovely people at Quaintly & Co!
In their Yorkshire-themed literary giveaway draw they're offering two random winners the chance to receive a Bagsy me first! Brontë bag and purse of their choice, up to the value of £110/ $145! Gotta be in it to win it!
Enter via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter entries close on 7th March
26th February 2019
Happy post snap by H B-D who said "Incredibly detailed packaging to reflect my choice of book and the fact that this bag is for my wedding day. Thank you so much for this bag, it’s sturdy, surprisingly spacious and stunning!"
Many congratulations on your upcoming Big Day, H B-D! Please don't be shy - please do share pics!
22nd February 2019
*Cranks up sewing machine*
Back in my sewing room today, away from the bright lights of London (I'm such a country girl) with lots of orders to be working on. Here's a few of my open orders that will be heading to Germany, Spain, Ohio, Texas, Australia, Qatar and Grantham - when I've finished converting them! *Cranks up sewing machine* *Whirrs away!*
3rd February 2019
Hello lovely peeps!
See you at Elephant & Castle!
HOLD ONTO YOUR HATS! I'm doing a craft market! It's well-over a year since I last toted my wares at market and I'm super-excited to be at the Crafty Fox Market at Mercato Metropolitano in London's South East Elephant & Castle with lots of bags and purses *dashes off to make more!*
When? 2nd February 11am-5pm
Where? Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR
What? Lots of lovely handmade goodies PLUS workshops (they look fun!)
8th January 2019
Tea and favourite books' fabric...
It's a Wonderful Life!
Hope you all had a fantabulous Christmas! Thank you for all your support and your orders in 2018 (they're still coming in - thank you!) Still sewing and hand delivering orders on Christmas Eve and sewing orders for posting on the 28th; it's been busy, busy, busy at Bag End! We had all our chickens home for a few days over Christmas and it was magical, and I hope yours was, too xxx
27th December 2018
A sewing fest!
Today has been a fest of sewing! Four fabric coin purses (two 'Hobbit'; two 'Harry Potter'), one 'Hobbit' wallet, one 'Hobbit' handbag, one 'The Tale of Pigling Bland' purse, one 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' clutch and one 'Harry Potter' pocket mirror will be on their ways tomorrow... and I am on my way to a G&T :)
9th December 2018
It's beginning to feel a bit like Christmas!
Anatomy of a fabric shop
What a sweetie!
For those 'up to no good!'
Reader, she married him!
Tilly, our eldest daughter and Simon tied the knot! Tilly wanted a book clutch (that's my girl) and chose 'Love, Stargirl' by Jerry Spinelli. Behind the scenes and unbeknownst to any of us, Simon had been conversing with Jerry Spinelli himself and the author sent over 'Stargirl' related goodies including temporary 'Stargirl' tattoos, that Simon presented on the morning of the wedding. They all wore the tattoos, of course. It was a truly happy, happy day!
“Live today. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Just today. Inhabit your moments. Don’t rent them out to tomorrow. Do you know what you’re doing when you spend a moment wondering how things are going to turn out with Perry? You’re cheating yourself out of today. Today is calling to you, trying to get your attention, but you’re stuck on tomorrow, and today trickles away like water down a drain. You wake up the next morning and that today you wasted is gone forever. It’s now yesterday. Some of those moments may have had wonderful things in store for you, but now you’ll never know.”
― Jerry Spinelli, Love, Stargirl
15th September 2018
What's in the box?
Favourite books cushion
Take time out with your favourite books cushion £16.99 (including pad) made from 100% cotton with love. Ideal for hiding behind while watching England in a penalty shoot-out :)
5th July 2018
A tote bag for all book lovers! Celebrating favourite books, cups of tea and Jammie Dodgers :)
Complete with a pocket for your favourite book :)
Tote-ally handmade, fully lined and double-stitched.
Fabric designed and illustrated by me and printed on 100% cotton 'specially for you.
In my Etsy shop now!
29th June 2018
Thumbs up; race done!
WOW! That was one fabulous race! The funnest but toughest one, ever. The Millau Viaduct race - held every two years is totally and utterly a-mazing but I'm not sure my knees will ever forgive me!
Put it on your bucket list - it is terrific - perfect for mountain goats (it's ALL hill!)
3rd June 2018
On the orders shelf...
And the winner is!...
Purse giveaway! Free draw! Come see!
*Eeek!* I totally forgot to add my giveaway here! It ends today (so there's still time to enter) all you need to do, to be in with a chance of nabbing yourself one of my purses - for free - is to head over to my facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram pages.
Comment which book you'd like and - go on - give my page a like or a follow :)
GOOD LUCK! First name out of the hat will be the winner.
3rd May 2018
Probably?! Did it :)
The London Marathon was epic, emotional and very bloody hard! Too hot for words (how can there be no shade in London?) and loud (so, so loud!) The support was incredible and seeing my eldest daughter and her fiance with their fab sign ('probably do it?' I'll show them!) at mile 11, and getting a hug from Steph at mile 25 spurred me on... 26.2 miles is a looong way!
First marathon done! Mum would've loved it.
23rd April 2018
With less than three weeks to go, I am definitely not ready for a marathon - a sewing marathon, maybe - but not a running one. I don't even like running that much. But that's what I'll be doing at the London Marathon, raising funds for Bowel cancer and MS research. Jus' sharing that with you so you can donate if you feel inclined (thank you, thank you) - or so you can cheer at the telly on April 22nd. Please holler so I can hear you! I'll be the one not in a hot dog outfit, puffing and cursing at the back. Here's me putting in 13.1miles on Good Friday, with my littlest :)
£5 donation to Bowel cancer and MS Research
5th April 2018
Current open orders... Busy, busy, busy!
Bags of bags in the Old Hall Bookshop, Brackley
If you're in and around Brackley, it goes without saying that you'll pop into The Old Hall Bookshop - and while you're there, you may spy some of my bags for sale! Do have a look-see and say 'Hi!' to Chris while you're browsing. This is such a fab shop - hundreds of new children's and adult's books and a terrific secondhand selection. Mmmnn, books :)
27th February 2018
Beatrix Potter giveaway with Quaintly & Co
The quintessentially British Lifestyle peeps at Quaintly & Co are giving away one of my cute-as-cute Peter Rabbit coin purses in a free draw. Click quick! It ends on 7th February (or earlier when sold out.)
No need to go into Mr Mc Gregor's garden, just Click here to enter - good luck!
15th January 2018
New stuff coming soooon!
Belated Happy New Year greetings!
Where did the first couple of weeks of 2018 disappear to? Can't believe we're almost halfway through January! Happy New Year, everyone - here's to a great 2018! '2018' has a good ring to it, doesn't it?
This year I plan to spend more time in Bag End and more time out running, as I got a ballot place in the London Marathon!
12th January 2018
It's a Wonderful Life
Merry Christmas, everyone! Hooray! It's time for curling up with a Christmas-y film and a tin of Quality Street - oh, yes - I'll be making the most of some precious time off before hitting the sewing room (21 open orders as I type!) (*Eeek!*) and training for the London Marathon in April. I hope you have a lovely break, too.
Thank you for being so supportive and lovely - and here's to a fab-U-lous 2018 for us all!
2018. It's got a nice ring to it. It's gonna be awesome :)
21st December 2017
Roll up! Roll up! See you on the 3rd Dec!
This is the only craft fair I'm doing this year - so do roll up! Roll up!
Olney - MK46 4EF - with park and ride all day.
Got my outfit sorted (it's a Victorian-theme fair); dodgy blouse and long skirt from the charity shop, 'Votes for Women' sash, lace-up boots boots, and a big smile for the day!
29th November 2017
A Dickens of a Christmas Market
The 'Dickens of a Christmas Market' brings a taste of Victorian England to Olney every December. This popular event attracts many thousands of visitors each year to stalls that fill the Market Place and the High Street as well as indoor venues. The Farmers Market is held on the same day offering many opportunities to purchase Christmas presents.
This will be the 3rd time I've had a stall at this event - and it's a goodie. Be great to see you there!
Stallholders dress in outfits from the period (can't wait) (!) come and visit up to 50 stalls including Bagsy me first! There is a £1 entrance fee and park and ride to the event available. Find out more here
15th November 2017
It's an unwrap!
Book covers turned into handbags made for literature lovers
"These clever handbags will awaken the inner bookworm in you. From popular classics to recent best sellers - maker and bibliophile Kate Lowe transforms the covers of books into practical everyday bags. She even saves the inside text and rebinds them so they can be read."
It's all true :)
Thank you for the feature, My Modern Met!
21st September 2017
Boots or shoes?
It's all in the details...
Iced Gems and Jammie Dodgers
In this weather?
Being effortlessly bookish
Uniqueness & general coolness - oh, yes!
"Hello...you made my bag for my wedding, which was a few weeks ago, and I just wanted to say thank you. There were many complimentary comments about it's uniqueness and general coolness, so I just wanted to say thank you again!
Thank you for sharing this pic from your special day, Kim! 'Good Omens' and best wishes x
22nd June 2017
Happy customer :)
Books, bags and running (slowly)
Vintage pocket book treasures
Look what turned up in my lovely local Oxfam bookshop yesterday. Vintage (but not rare, I promise) pocket books that will look oh so cute on my bookshelves - until someone wants one as a wallet or purse. Just ask if you'd like details - they'll be in the region of £50, and they'll be oh so cute in your bag!
1st June 2017
Another happy customer :)
Work in progress...
Today I am mostly wearing Jane Austen
Work in progress...
Világunk és Értékeink Magazin
Jane Austen giveaway with Quaintly & Co
And the winner was *drumroll*... Jessica!
Congratulations go to Jessica from Illinois, who had the best guess in 'The Observer's Book of....' giveaway in February (see below) (too late to enter now!) (Where were you?!)
Jessica guessed $7 (Cathy counted $2.75 in her purse at the time of the photo) and she picked 'The Observer's Book of Architecture' for her purse. And it's on it's way to Illinois as I type :)
7th March 2017