Archive | May, 2011

making my own sunshine

21 May

Where is the sunshine this year? Is anybody else wondering that? I’ve heard from my kids in Ohio that it’s pretty much been non-stop rain and gray there. Here in Utah, we generally have hot and dry weather by now. I already took out my spring/summer clothes, but have yet to wear them. The rain continues….so today, I want to bring sunshine to the B2B blog.

This crocheted tote, Sunshine, was made from the mostly clear-with-a-little-bit-of-yellow Schwan bags. These came from a variety of friends in Utah and Minnesota. When visiting in Minnesota I had it almost completed—just the handle left to crochet—but I ran out of bags.

At Bud’s apartment (my father-in-law), he and I were discussing the need for another bag to finish this tote in the elevator. When the doors opened, another resident got on and said, “I was coming up to see you and bring you this bag. ” Surprisingly it was the exact bag needed to complete Sunshine.  

Sunshine found a home in Colorado with Jessica…wife of one of my son’s high school classmates.

Plastic Bag Paradise

12 May

In April 2010, we were visiting our son and his wife who were working with YWAM (Youth With a Mission) Destination Paradise (DP) ministries in Belize. Belize is a wonderful Central American country (bonus for us: English is the main language). We saw Mayan ruins at Xunantunich, walked through a jungle at Guanacaste national park, marveled at the interesting Belizean animals at the zoo, and played in the Belize river. Most of our time was spent at the DP base on Ambergris Caye (Caye is an island—like the Florida Keys). I opted out on the scuba diving lessons, but did get out in the gorgeous sea for some kayaking and snorkeling near the coral reef.

Travel around Ambergris Caye is by water taxis as the only road out of San Pedro is pretty much a dirt path. Some of the streets in town were paved a few years ago. Most people in San Pedro (the only city on the island) walk, bike, or drive golf carts. There are very few cars on the island.

Since the road/vehicle situation is a little lacking, grocery shopping is a bit of an undertaking. The DP base is 5 miles up the coast from San Pedro. So grocery shopping started with a boat ride into San Pedro, then the walk into town to the different outdoor markets and stores.

We went to a variety of markets in order to find everything on the list (shopping for a week of meals for everybody on the base is quite a task) and had most of the purchases delivered to the waiting boat!

As we were shopping I was checking out all the different colors of plastic bags, imagining the purses I could make. The markets had shopping bags in red, blue, green, purple, lavender and gray. What a plastic bag paradise for me!

Back in the boat for the water ride back to DP base.

* all but the first photo…by my daughter *

Custom-made Bags2Bags

2 May

This past winter was a bit slow for Bags2Bags, I wasn’t working on any purses. Things changed quickly as within a tw0-week period I had requests for two custom order purses and one market bag (tote). They’ve kept me busy, which is good because I think it is fun to be able to turn plastic shopping bags into fashionable purses and totes.

My first custom-made order this spring was for this shimmery purple purse—sugar plum—which belongs to a young lady in TX. Since this purse already has an owner, I need to replicate it, as best I can with a new batch of found materials (plastic bags).

Purple plastic bags are a rarity, but I did have some remaining in my supply of plarn. Most of the bags came home with me from the shops in Belize last year.

I did have to scrounge around for enough bags to complete the purse.A local Utah store uses dark purple bags and I was able to get a few to use. So…I was able to create sugar plum 2 for a friend of a Destination Paradise YWAM student.

Now I am working on a replica of a Belize bag in white and soft greens (made while in Belize…it stayed there with its new owner).Watch for posts of this one and the market bag in the coming weeks.