Behind the Scenes with Liana Allday

Behind the Scenes with Liana Allday

Liana, editor extraordinaire and one of our favorite Creativebug employees, went behind the camera this week to film a class of her own – how to make a leather tote bag. The bag is pretty cool, but Liana is cooler. See why:

Behind the Scenes with Liana Allday

Where do you live?

Oakland, California.

Do you have any adorable pets/kids/life partners we need to know about?

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Yes! I live with my husband Rob and my dog Camper. Also known as Stinky. To be honest, we probably call him Stinky most of the time. I love him.

How (and when) did you get into sewing?

I’ve been sewing seriously since I was 15 – my mom and I used to make dresses each summer…and I still wear one of them (ed. note: it’s true. We’ve seen it.). I sewed a bunch of funky stuff in high school — like purple corduroy pants — and then took kind of a break from it. I really started sewing again when I started working as an editor at STC Craft. ¬†STC, and reading tons of sewing books really rekindled my love. I would also say that 99% of my skills come from all the reading I did because it was from the best of the best.

I had a bag business for a while on Etsy where I sold what I called “modern carpet bags.”

What’s it like being on the other side of the camera?

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Oh, it’s pretty fun. Everybody gets you things and asks you if you have to go to the bathroom. I also knew it would be a totally different experience and I was surprised at how nervous I felt because I actually like public speaking. There’s a feeling of being scattered, of thinking “what should I say here?” and yes, it’s hard to talk to the camera.

Do you like being in front of the camera?

Yes, but it’s funny because I know all these people so well. There’s a little teasing and I actually get a little reverse-nervous.

Someone will say “Look at the camera” and it will take me a minute to realize they’re talking to me.

How did you get the idea for this project?

When I lived in New York I had a friend with a fancy-pants job in fashion and she got this awesome leather bag as a bonus. When I found out how much it cost, first I thought “I can never have nice things.” and then I thought “I could do that!” So I did. And here it is.