Hello, I'm Ruth Overton. My nickname as a child was 'Ruthie Toots' which is how the name Toots Totes' came about! I come from a family of artists and artisans and the creative gene has resulted in a desire to make stuff. There's nothing I love more, than to sit at my old treadle machine, sewing. It was handed down to me, through the family having been bought by my Grandad for Grandma in the 1930's. (See my blogs about the machine here.) More recently I have turned my attention to designing and creating bags and 'Toots Totes' began. I'm going to blog about how ideas for bags come about and how things happen in the sewing room, so join me there if you want to, or bypass this to go to the store or the gallery, if you prefer - I won't mind!