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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.


2010 Winter Collection | Bags2Bags

5 Dec

I’ve been busy making purses, and other things. For now I want to share these with you…the latest collection of crocheted Bags2Bags. They are handmade recycled & repurposed plastic handbags, purses, and totes. Visit the Bags2Bags Facebook page to see individual photos of each purse in the collection. You will also find more details including the name and the size of each purse.

These are one-of-a-kind, so there is limited availability. Please contact me if you’re interested in purchasing one of them to re-purse yourself or a friend. They make wonderful gifts!

NOTE: if the purse you like has already sold, I may be able to create a new one that is similar. Please contact me for more details on a custom order. Thanks!

Bags2Bags in Belize

5 Aug

My son and his wife are missionaries with YWAM (Youth with a Mission) in Belize. Their base is on Ambergris Caye just north of San Pedro. This spring my husband and I had the opportunity to fly down and visit them, along with our daughter. We had a marvelous time relaxing on the beach in the Caribbean.

Before leaving for Belize, Kristen (my daughter-in-law) said that one of the YWAM staff, Anya, had seen the tote bag I made for her and wanted one! I packed materials to complete a tote that I had started and extra to make another bag, not knowing what Anya might like.

Just before we left, I got an email that she wanted the pink tote from the pictures I posted on the Bags2Bags Facebook page. So it quickly got added to our luggage. I still brought the unfinished tote and extra materials, just in case I had some time to work on them.

When we first arrived in Belize, I did find some downtime during our lazy relaxing days to sit out on the deck crocheting with a view of paradise.

I completed the tote so when Anya returned to the base she was able to see both of them. The pink one was still her choice. Two other girls on the base really liked the pink tote as well!

Over the next few days in Belize, I used the other materials I brought along to make a gorgeous green shoulder strap purse, which another staff member bought when I finished it.

When it was time to leave Belize I only had one tote left. I decided to leave it behind, with Kristen, thinking a student in their next school or someone else might want it. Shortly after the next discipleship training school started, I received an email that one of the new students wanted the last Belize bag. I guess it’s a good thing I spent some of my vacation time making bags. They each found a great home. In Belize, at least until the owners move on to the next adventure of their lives.