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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.

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.

McDonald’s purse

22 Nov

This is one of the few purses I knit instead of crocheting (read my comparison here). Back in 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, my husband and I did some volunteer work with a disaster relief organization where some of the victims were relocated. Some of the meals we served were donated by McDonald’s and they provided a box of the bags they use for their to-go salad orders. The plastic bags happened to have a lot of lime green on them and just a touch of red and black. Since the disaster relief organization had no use for them after the meals were served, I asked if I could have them to repurpose and recycle for my Bags2Bags purses.

My daughter is partial to this shade of green and requested a knit bag (sized to fit a novel in addition to the regularly carried items) to be finished with the store-bought purse handles. Working with the McDonald’s plastic bags is a little more difficult because the plastic is thicker and stiffer than the average shopping (read more here). I rose to the challenge and repurposed the McD’s plastic and knit away to create a custom lime green handbag for my girl.