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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.


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!

Bags2Bags Donations

13 Sep

I first experimented with crocheting mini snowmen on a trip to Minnesota one fall.

When we arrived at my sister-in-law’s home, I had a couple of the little fellows completed. She was gathering things for a church bazaar and thought the snowmen would be a great item to sell there. So I offered to donate my first 2 snowmen, along with a small blue & white crocheted handbag.

Two Bags2Bags purses were also donated to Grace Christian school in Utah for a fundraiser for playground equipment after moving into their new building. Alas, I have no pictures of these donations.

travel, snowmen, totes & pumpkins

20 Jul

We just returned home from a long road-trip to Ohio and Minnesota where my husband and I visited our children, attended a family reunion, and an all-school reunion in my home town. New Bags2Bags creations were slow going.

I did make a few snowmen on the road

and a mesh tote is ready to mail to its owner

and tried something new…a pumpkin!

I used orange plarn from newspaper bags and crocheted this adorable pumpkin. The average brown plastic bag turned out to be quite perfect for the stem.

I made two to start and they both stayed in Minnesota—one with my sister-in-law Judy, the other with my cousin Karen. I have a lot of orange bags to cut up for plarn, so should be able to make a pumpkin patch for fall. Maybe I’ll try a variety of sizes!

Frosty’s Top Hat

12 Mar

I crocheted a shiny black top hat for Frosty. Well, for more than one Frosty the mini snowman.

Last fall my son gave me some old VHS tapes to use for my crocheted plastic purses. Since I was working on some small snowmen I thought I would experiment with making a black top hat instead.

The best part? No cutting necessary! Such a time saver. And the video tape plastic is really shiny

The worst part? The plastic used in VHS tapes is different. Each crocheted stitch involves a lot of squeaking! My family endured the squeakiness…until a movie was on and then they got really annoyed with the squeaky crocheting. They made me stop crocheting with the video tape plastic during the show!


The top hats turned out really cute—shiny and squeaky.

Look at Frosty Go!