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Christmas Gifting

8 Dec

December is upon us. I have 2 weeks to be ready for a road trip to celebrate Christmas with our family. So most of the shopping is done and a few projects remain to be completed, along with the packing.

If you are looking for a unique Christmas gift for a lady in your life, check out these purses and totes that I have crocheted and have ready to become a lovely Christmas gift.

 Green mint toteB2B : : Green mint tote with double straps and interior pocket

Shades of Gray handbag

B2B : : Shades of Gray handbag with interior pocket

Ombre sling strap purse

B2B : : Ombre sling strap purse with interior pocket

Sunset  sling strap purse

B2B : : Sunset sling strap purse with interior pocket

confetti sling strap purse

B2B : : Confetti sling strap purse

Carnival tote

B2B : : Carnival double strap tote with interior pocket

Cool mint handbag

B2B : : Cool Mint Handbag with interior pocket

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Bags2Bags for me!

27 Aug

It’s not very often that I make a Bags2Bags purse for myself. Way back in March I decided I could use a new small handbag, so I started crocheting with black and white plarn. It took a while to finish because I ran out of white plastic bags with black print along the way, and, well, life happens. It is finally finished and it is so fun to have a new plarn bag.

Without further ado, here is the Black&White purse I made for ME!

Bags2Bags Belize connection

14 Mar

When my son and his wife were staff for YWAM (Youth With a Mission) Destination Paradise, they lived in Belize for two years and during that time several of my Bags2Bags purses made their way to women involved with the DP school and ministry.

During their first year there Jeff and Kristen came to the states for a YWAM conference and we were blessed to have them spend a few days with us. When they arrived, Kristen asked if I had any totes she could have. I had given her one the previous summer that she packed away in storage thinking she wouldn’t want it in Belize, but found that she could really use one. Luckily, I had the perfect tote for her—crocheted from white bags with red and blue print including an inside and outside pocket. This became Kristen’s Belize Bag. When they returned to the states the tote stayed behind in Belize with one of the ladies on base.

While visiting with us in Utah, Kristen requested a crocheted shoulder strap purse in brown tones for the DP director’s wife.  I got started on it right away since I had several brown plastic grocery bags. Then I ran out of bags and we went to the grocery store to get more from the recycle bin.  Jeff, Kristen, and Jim all helped cut bags into plarn so that I could finish the purse in time for their return to Belize. I didn’t take a photo of Lynn’s bag, but it was similar in colors to the tote in this picture.

This was just the beginning of several Belize Bags! Watch for more on Belize bags.

Good bye January!

1 Feb

Wow, here we are 1/12 of the way into 2012. My year has already been overly busy, leaving little time for my blog and crafts although I was introduced to the world of Pinterest over the holidays so the ideas and inspiration are definitely not lacking!

Our Utah winter has just not been typical this year with barely any snow. The blessing is—no shoveling! The ski resorts are having to make their own snow. Since we don’t have any snow on the ground to make a snowman, here is my January snowman.

I used a snowman pattern written for yarn, and adjusted my hook size to my plarn. Frosty’s buttons are from my Mom’s button box that I recently acquired. His hat is made from a deconstructed VHS tape! Makes the perfect shiny top hat. He is stuffed with the remains of plastic bags, like bag handles, that are cut up for plarn and a few small rocks to stabilize him. Such a great snowman and he won’t melt away, but may melt your heart!

recycling in Red & White

29 Nov

My small home town of 250 people does have a high school. The school ‘s mascot is the cardinal and school colors are red and white, so I guess I am a bit partial to those colors. I have made a number of purses and totes from white bags with red lettering as white plastic bags with red print are easily found (usually I can count on Target or JCPenny). Each time I make one, I think of my Cromwell hometown and high school and consider them my Cardinal bags.

As I was nearing completion of a Cardinal bag, I had used up my all my red and white plarn.

Sometimes when I need a certain plastic bag color that I know comes from a specific store I make a special trip to ask if they have any used bags that I can take off their hands.

It seems they typically toss them since used store bags get so wrinkled and they can’t reuse them in the store, though hopefully they recycle the plastic bags. Most stores have no problem with allowing me to take bags from their discards, though I have been told no on occasion.

Since there is a mall only 1 mile from my home, I went over to JCPenny and asked for bags that had been used for returns at the check-out counter.

They gladly gave me some of the bags and were pleased to hear that I recycle them into trendy purses, handbags, and totes

I heart JCPenny and their white with red bags!

Don’t you think these make great  bags to use at Christmas!