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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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All School Reunion

12 Sep

My hometown in northern MN is small and my graduating class was one of the larger ones—there were 30 of us!  Occasionally the town puts together an all school reunion. The last one I attended was great—some people were there who had graduated as long ago as the 1930’s. Many of my extended family went to school there too, so it was fun to see family and friends  of many generations.

Here is my favorite picture from the reunion.

That’s me with the red and white tote, my second cousin Eilie with the yellow tote, and my friend Madeline with the white and black handbag—all Bags2Bags creations.

After the evening program, we stopped at Eilie’s parents home. Mary Rose told me how she really liked the tote I had used during the day. It was the first time I used it, so, as it so often happens, I gifted it to her and left with my things in a paper bag.

Here we are with her tote and B2B snowman I gave her previously.

Yellow tote finds a home

4 Sep

My husband and I volunteer with the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief ministry. Yellow is our uniform color. I do much of the paperwork for our group and decided to make myself a yellow tote to use when volunteering. I worked on the tote while traveling and it was completed when we returned home, but I found it wasn’t large enough for what I needed. So it ended up in my inventory of completed bags and I wondered if I’d ever find anyone who would want such a bold yellow tote.

On a trip to MN, I brought along several completed purses and totes I had on hand. My family and I were hosted by my cousin Eilie for a few days. Her home is near the nursing home my dad was in, she works there, and she had graciously opened her home for us to stay many times while we visited my dad.

For work, Eilie often wears a very bright yellow pair of Croc-style shoes. She had noticed that many residents feared stepping over a threshold to a different type of flooring, thinking there was a step. She found she could calm their fears by standing in the threshold with one foot on each side. The bright color of her shoes helped the residents easily see and identify that they were not stepping to a different level. Since discovering that, her yellow shoes have become part of her uniform.

In thanks for her loving hospitality I wanted to gift her with one of my Bags2Bags creations. I let her select from all the purses and totes I had with me. She didn’t hesitate over which bag to choose. “You know”, she said, “I think I’d like the yellow one to go with my yellow shoes.” I think God’s hand was in making it for her. The yellow tote was the obvious choice! When Eilie selected it and shared her story, I was as excited about it as she was. That yellow tote now travels to Villa Vista with Eilie.

How fun that she chose something that would catch the attention of the nursing home residents. Now her shoes and her tote bag can be quite the conversation pieces at the nursing home.

Kari’s Mesh Tote

30 Aug

This past June on our roadtrip, I worked on completing Pam’s mesh tote. I worked on it while we stayed for a weekend in Minnesota with my niece Kari. She mentioned that she really liked it and I said I would make a mesh tote for her.

When we arrived home, I found some bags to make plarn for a similar color effect as Pam’s tote and got started on the new mesh tote for Kari. Then I came across a larger mesh tote I started way back last winter—a couple inches bigger and with solid color plarn mixed with the basic white (with color flecks). Since it was already started I figured it’d be easiest to keep going on this one. So, I sent a picture to Kari asking if the color on this one is OK and she said “I do like the one with a lot of color! That would be great!”

So I continued crocheting this more colorful mesh tote and recently completed it. Now it is on it’s way for Kari to use before summer’s end.

“I love it, I think the size is great! Thank you so much.” – Kari

B2B impresses at Family Reunion

16 Aug

In 2009, my husband and I traveled to Minnesota for my family reunion.

My older sister Elaine had been searching for a Swedish recipe for rye bread and one for a beet-herring salad like our grandmother made when we were growing up.  Since I have a few Swedish recipe books inherited  from my mother-in-law, I packed them before we left on our road-trip so she could look through them.

It just so happens that I packed them in one of my Cardinal (red & white) totes. When I gave the recipe books to my sister I handed off the tote with the books inside.

After looking at the books, Elaine returned them to me the following week, in the tote, but mentioned in passing that she had been tempted to keep the tote. The recipe book borrowing event was the tote’s first use. Since I’ve made quite a few red & white bags and can always make more, I casually said she could keep the tote, which caught her by surprise. She happily accepted and I stashed my Swedish recipe books somewhere else.

This just goes to show that it always seems to turn out that the right Bags2Bags tote (or bag) has been created for just the right person, even though I don’t always know who it’s for when I’m making a bag.