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Bianca and her cat Sophia
I'm Bianca
Maker. Hugger. Possibilitarian.
"I repurpose coffee bean sacks and blend them with beautiful printed fabrics,  breathing new life into the burlap sacks to create gorgeous, eco-friendly, one-of-a-kind tote bags."

The first bag I made was a basic midsize tote, with no lining, and a simple handle.
I wanted a Frida Kahlo bag, but I couldn't find any bags just the way I wanted. 

I had a few coffee sacks I had picked up at our local coffee roaster and some leftover Frida fabric from an upholstery project so I decided to try and make my own.
I cut out Frida's shape from the fabric, fused and sewed it onto the burlap sack. And ...voila! I had just made my very first appliqué!   

Surprisingly, friends and family loved the idea.

With every exchange, feedback on my bags was warm and encouraging.

People kept asking to see more and were curious about what new designs I had to offer.

They loved knowing I was using coffee sacks destined for the landfill and turning them into something useful and beautiful.

So I started thinking - What else can I do with this fabric?
From that moment on, I never stopped coming up with new ideas.
I made myself a cool set of placemats, that we now use on a daily basis, a nice variety of throw pillows, and even a couple of frame-wrapped wall art and I have sold most of it all, except for a few pieces I kept for myself. 


Yes, Its UpCycleD!

Step into our gallery where salvaged coffee sacks metamorphose into vibrant, eco-conscious pieces.

Frida Kahlo

Why Frida?

“I paint flowers so they will not die.”

– Frida Kahlo

Many people ask me this question:

Why did you choose to use images of Frida Kahlo in your bags?

Frida Kahlo's artistic journey and personal resilience serve as a beacon of inspiration for my work. Her bold and unapologetic expression of her identity, despite societal norms and personal struggles, resonates deeply with me.
As a woman and an artist, she broke many barriers and embraced what made her different, even when people thought it was odd. She was very proud of her Mexican heritage and was always true to herself.

To me, Frida is a symbol of strength in the face of adversity, she transcended her painful life experiences and turned them into art that is prized for its uniqueness and creativity. 
Something I have always taken from Kahlo’s work is that we need to be passionate in order to create something that stands out.

She was a woman decades ahead of her time.

Hand Block Printed Fabric

A 500 years old tradition

This is my option of fabric for the lining of my bags.

I love the uniqueness of the fabric and the slight human irregularities — inevitable in handwork —  that create the artistic effect of block prints,  which perfectly complements the character of the coffee sacks.
In hand block printing, each color pattern is stamped individually onto the cotton fabric. It takes skill and time, as the pattern must be hand stamped repeatedly across the fabric, color by color.


About Me.

I was born and raised in Brazil, to parents of both Italian and German descent, and have lived in 

WA state for the past 17 years.


I love gardening and have been a gardener for many years now. As a young girl, I always watched my mom tending to her garden beds – my mother always had beautiful gardens. I remember what was planted where – almost every detail. Because of this, I still hold a soft spot for geraniums, hydrangeas, and bougainvilleas. 

My mom was always sewing. She made my sister's and mine dresses on her little green Elgin treadle sewing machine. Some of my earliest memories involve sorting buttons from her button box, and standing next to her while she sewed, fascinated with the needle that went up and down as the treadle rocked back and forth.
She never really took it to teach me, but she knew I was watching her closely and as it turns out those moments watching her were the best, most treasured lessons. I remember her making a shower curtain out of clear plastic milk bags (Milk was sold in clear plastic bags back then. You placed it in a pitcher and snipped the corner of the bag). She was always resourceful, especially when times were hard.
Her first words, when she saw my first upcycled bag were: "I never thought you had it in you".

I really enjoy breathing new life into old furniture. I have refinished several pieces that have been sold: dining room table sets, coffee tables, side chairs, nightstands, and kitchen hutches.


I love cooking and trying different food from different cultures. 
Growing up in a very frugal household, I learned to cook based on what we had in the fridge, pantry, and garden. Even in the most difficult of times, my mom would invite people into our home to share a meal. "There's always room for one more," was her philosophy. 
She taught me that food is culture and traditions, but mostly, that food is love.

I believe there is no life without grief, no love without loss, no story without challenge, no happiness without pain, and no gain without burden.

No mud, no lotus.

Grief, I have learned, is not something we can shun or pass through. It is something that is a part of us and longs to be embraced. We grieve because we love. How lucky we are to have experienced that love.

I believe in Karma. What goes around comes around. You reap what you sow.

I want to make the world a better place and to do so I believe it starts with me.

Whether by honoring my mom's teaching, gardening, sharing a meal or just being kind to my neighbor.


Carpe diem.

Sophia the grey

Our cat
Self-minded, grumpy, bugoolicious, commander in chief

Team Cat Mojo - Sophia the Gray
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