Photo Finish Friday

No links, just beauty today. Happy "White Friday" from my house! Enjoy. Teresa


What's happening with you? The whirlwind has begun around here. Since I am not hosting on Thursday, I'm packing up the Thanksgiving decor and sharing these little gems with you. They are my favorite Thanksgiving items. My mother made them probably 35+ years ago. I was lucky enough to get them after she passed away. They will get carefully wrapped and stored until we give thanks again next year. Although, thanks every day is in order…
Last weekend I wrapped gifts for families at our church, in Green Bag Lady bags, of course. We always pick 5 gingerbread tags off the giving tree. This year, Little Girl picked 2 of her own and used her own money to buy gifts for girls her age. She had so much fun picking out clothes and perfume for them. I do hope it becomes a tradition for her…
And, this has started, much to the chagrin of hubby. He has a rule that no Christmas decor should happen before Thanksgiving. I tend to agree. However, while I was away playing tennis yesterday, Little Girl and Little Man dragged all the decoration bins up the stairs and got to work! 
There is no stopping it now! What about you? What are you getting done? Do you have your shopping under way or even finished? If so, come help me with mine! I'm signing off until next week.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving! I am thankful for each and EVERY one of you! Hugs--Teresa

Photo Finish Friday

My empty dining room will be filled to the brim tonight!
This looks amazing.

Upcycle old sweaters!



I LOVE this kind of stuff.

This is on my bucket list.

What are you up to this weekend? I'm hosting the third annual "Preemptive" Thanksgiving tonight at my house for friends. Before we moved to Colorado, I had hosted Thanksgiving for 20+ years, now my cousin hosts. I love leftovers so the preemptive tradition began. We all love it. After that, I plan to relax for many days since the kids don't have school next week. You??

A kindness + a Cactus…

Thank you for all the comments (here and on FB) on my Christmas/Zygo cactus. Sure fun to hear about yours and the different colors. I had only seen them in red…until yesterday! I was doing some grocery shopping and happened upon this hot pink girl. Isn't she pretty? And, look at all those buds! I'm so excited to have her in my life and give her a good home.
 Speaking of good things, last week I got this lovely postcard from the Ukraine…

How sweet is that? Thank you Veronika! And, I must say, you have some of the most beautiful handwriting I have ever seen! Hugs--Teresa

Washington Bag!

I was so sad when Bagette Barbara moved to Washington state this past summer. She started as a bagette in Tennessee after the Nashville flood in 2010. She moved to Colorado in 2012 when her husband took a job in Boulder. As luck would have it, my family moved to Colorado in 2013 and Barbara helped me start the Green Bag Lady chapter here. She's awesome!

Last week I got an email from a lovely woman named Bell (don't you love that?) in Washington State. She was interested in starting a Green Bag Lady chapter there. Aaaaand, she lives only 10 miles from Barbara! YAY! The two of them are cooking up plans to get the chapter going. More on that in another post. Barbara gave Bell the lovely bag below when they met for lunch. How nice! I'm beyond excited to hear more from them.
Hi Barbara,
Picked up a few items from my local grocery store, and the cashier said - What a pretty bag!

Thanks again for meeting with me and for the pretty bag!
- Bell


Congratulations to the following lucky folks:

WINNER of Maria's book "Executive Dirt" and a shopping bags is:

Brenda B, CA

WINNERS of the other 11 Green Bag Lady Harmony Art shopping bags are:

Simona U, ITALY
April V, FL
Michelle B, CA
Viktoriia M, UKRAINE
Marina B, RUSSIA

Alexandra A, RUSSIA
Lori S, IL
Evgenia S, RUSSIA
Debra H, OH
Laurie M, MA

Please look for an email from Bagette Dad. He will be asking for your mailing address so we can send you your prize. PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER. We have issues with emails going to spam. Thanks and enjoy!

The emails will look like this:
Green Bag Lady, READaBOOK_11_2015


Today we are teaming up with Maria from Bear Mountain Books and Harmony from Harmony Art Organic Design to bring you some fun things! We have 12 shopping/tote bags and ONE BOOK to give away. The tote bags are the basic Green Bag Lady pattern with the addition of a cute pocket on the front. The bags are made out of Harmony's awesome organic fabric. We thought the words on Stumps Speak were a great combo with the book giveaway from Maria.

Maria is a writer, gardener, chef and Green Bag Lady follower. She has written several novels and wants to share them with you! You can see what she has written here. They are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and several other locations. Most of them are under $5!

The first lucky winner to get their name picked for this freebie will win a bag AND a copy of Maria's latest book, Executive Dirt. If the winner is international they will get an e-book, US winner will get a signed, print copy. The main character of the book, Sedona, even tries her hand at sewing!


To enter to win (open to everyone, world-wide):
•LEAVE A COMMENT, IN THE COMMENT LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THIS FORMAT: name(at)something(dot)com it is important to spell out DOT and AT so you don't get spam, if you DO NOT leave an email address, you will not be entered in the freebie.

•DEADLINE FOR THE FREEBIE IS 9pm (MST) Tuesday, November 17. (winners will be notified no later than November 18 via email, and here on the blog so CHECK BACK!)

Don't forget to leave us your email! We will only contact you if you win.


We will randomly pick 12 people to win book bags!


One entry per person. If you enter more than once, all your entries will be disqualified

You MUST use English for your comments. Do the best you can. Non-English comments will be removed.

Good luck!!!! Teresa

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Photo Finish Friday

My Christmas Cactus is blooming. I love this plant. It reminds me of my mom. She always had one in her house and it really does bloom in the season of Christmas!
Good advice. I need to work on #6.


Very cool Mother Earth.

To make, yum.

Love these.

To do with old jeans.

And last, you are tying your shoes wrong

What are you up to this weekend? Hubby and I will attend two school auctions back to back. Bagette Dad is here for a visit and we will see all the Colorado Bagettes on Sunday. Fun! You?? Teresa

Workday Wednesday

Another busy week is flying by! Here is a sneak preview of an upcoming freebie…
 Some bags waiting for my ladies and Bagette Dad (who is visiting!) on Sunday…
 Making some zip pouches for local sales and the etsy shop. This is a stack of the small size…
And a stack of the stand up pouches. All need the last step of sewing, then ribbon on the zipper and TeresaMade labels…
Some finished little ones awaiting the last couple steps…
What have you been up to? Have your started on your holiday crafting already? Do tell. Teresa

Dear Mother Earth…

Dear Mother Earth--

I woke up to this sight,

So cheery and bright,

You are always right…


Your biggest fan--Teresa