Have a safe and sane 4th of July!

I always like to remind everyone who has pets to keep them inside and safe during the 4th. Where we live it’s like a war zone sometimes during this festive time. Lots of crazy fireworks all over the place. Since it is a beach town we have loads of tourists that come to Santa Cruz to hang on our beaches and go nuts! People bury fireworks in the sand days before and dig them up and have their own dangerous personal firework displays! It gets really really crazy!!

So with that being said and about your pets, please keep them home and indoors. Turn on the TV or music and play it loud. I put Rescue Remedy in their water bowls about a week before and call my Vet to get some doggie valium!

I also made my own version of a Thundershirt for one of our crew that pretty much loses her mind from the sparkly explosions. It breaks my heart to see her so upset. So we hope this will work on her along with taking meds and drinking calming water.

Candy modeling her orange is the new black straight jacket!

Candy modeling her orange is the new black straight jacket!

SO PLEASE!! Enjoy the 4th and keep your furkids safe!

Oh! And please don’t ask me if I sell these for other doggies. I did and got a cease and desist note from the people of Thundershirt! Even though mine is not the same, they still were crabby that I made a few of them…………………………

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Bull doggie!


Just finished up this painting of a local bulldog named Carlos!

He is a funny fellow with loads of energy. Sassy to the max! His passion is to chew everything in site! Silly Carlos!!!

Carlos the Bull dog

Carlos the Bull dog

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Yea sure! Add something else on my plate! ;)

I am one of those people who like to do everything creative! My brain swirls with ideas! I can’t sit still and have to be doing something whether it be sewing up some new bag designs, creating some t shirt art design to even cooking!

Now I have added another fun thing which I have not done in ages! I am first and foremost an artist. I took every art class available in High School. Art Classes in College and then my first job was being an Illustrator for an automotive design company in Michigan.

Many of my co-workers would ask me to draw their kids and pets. I was into using color pencils and graphite pencils.  Then over the years got into working with clay and then sewing which then became my business.

A few months ago I dug out an unused canvas that was buried in our garage. I thought, “Yea I am gonna start painting!”. I started with one of my favorite subjects. My dogs and chose my number one boy, Finn!

After drawing him onto the canvas, I bought a box set of acrylic paints from our local art supply store and began to paint. I was clumsy and it was very awkward at first. Being use to working with lead pencils back in the day, the paint brush was uncomfortable. I got over it pretty quick and these are my first 3 creations! Ready to buy some more canvas and get to it!! I like to use fun image close ups!


My first painting of my dog Finn

My first painting of my dog Finn

my second painting of my dog Eagan.

my second painting of my dog Eagan.

my third painting of my dog Candy!

my third painting of my dog Candy!

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Whew! One of those days!

Today was a busy day if trial and error for sure. I have been trying too hard to be too perfect with a new small musette style bag. Playing with waxed canvas, leather and rivets.

In the end the one I am happiest with was the simplest and fastest one to make. The leather one on the left in the photo.


Now I need to rub in some pain reliever in my hands! :)

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Spring cleaning!


Time to check you machines and do a good check over and cleaning!

It’s amazing how much debris gets all lodged in your machines!
Just refilled my oil tray. Got to keep it from getting low. Pulled out tons of thread too!

Keep your machines running smoothly by always keeping up on its maintainence! :)

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Posin for the paparazzi!

Well my bags are a posin!!! ;)

Been taking loads of photos of all my Santa Cruz Bagworks bags for a website that will be selling them! Yeay!!! I can’t say who just yet until they are up and running on their site. I am very excited about this opportunity!! :)

Here are some of the photos:

cover image without logo SCBW dk tote2 SCBW cruzers both colors front and back views SCBW duffle front view1

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Time for a change

So finally after a few months I am going to be changing my business name to my real name. Will be Janice Serilla Design with Mackerilla, Gimpy Pets and Santa Cruz Bagworks as my brands. Needing to neatin up my site and make it real purdy! ;)

I will be utilizing this blog page of course. I have to check into actually switching my domain name to me.

Keep watchin for a nicer blog site from me. Will have all my products listed and to be better organized!!! YEaYY!!!!!!!!!!

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Helpin the small furry ones!


So I have been making and selling these Pet recovery collars for awhile now and happy that post surgery/injured pets can be stylish in one of my collars than those boring plastic or balloon style collars. I make them with a bit for real estate on the back area to be able to fold down when your pet is eating.



These are mainly for cats. But some small dogs have benefited from them.

Creating more today and tomorrow out of vintage and new fabrics from my stash pile!

A few are available on my ETSY page here now and will be adding in more………………

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Thump, thump…….thump, thump……..thump, thump……………….

Valentine is nearing us! Why not get your sweetie a cute little mini valentines pillow with a love note inside! A cute little gift that you can add to your Valentines gift of chocolates, lingerie, wine, roses, etc………………………..

You can add some jewelry inside the pocket with the love note for a very special surprise!!!! OOOHHHHHH……….yea!!! Good idea right!!!!

I have a bunch on my ETSY page for sale. Get one for $8 or two for $12.

You can spritz this with your favorite cologne or perfume so your loved one can keep your smell near and dear while your away……………………………. :)



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T shirts for sale!

Just posted up a few of my latest T Shirt designs up on my ETSY page!

You can contact me for other colors, sizes and styles available!!!! :)


Here’s a few Examples:

Cute birdie on a kids Pink T shirt

Cute birdie on a kids Pink T shirt

Women's Dolman Sleeve T shirt in Athletic Grey

Women’s Dolman Sleeve T shirt in Athletic Grey

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