Photo Finish Friday

These are cool ideas.

I'm done shopping but this looks fun!

These are pretty.

This looks so cool.

Love this!

Wow, this quilt!

Today is Big Girl's birthday. She is 19. And, it's the first birthday I don't have her to give her a hug. She's in the midst of finals at the University of Minnesota. Good thing my sister is taking her for dinner and can give her a hug for me! She will be home soon. YAY! I'm looking forward to some down time this weekend. Maybe I'll have a moment to make Christmas cookies! Teresa

UPDATE: New Zealand Chapter

I would so love to go to New Zealand and meet Olive, she sounds truly delightful. I love the term wee tots. Also, Olive, fleece makes me overheat too! Glad to hear I'm not alone! Teresa

Morning Teresa

I now have finished my second lot of 50 bags, last one yesterday, and have already given out 2 of them already.  I have 24 now to give out to church members on sunday after our Christmas service.  Our anglicans meet at this tiny country community church twice a month so christmas eve is not our day to have the church.  We belong to a wider parish and members go to the big church on the other non Aokautere days.  we love going to the small church as we are able to mix better than in a huge church where you go and difficult to get to know people.  As such the ladies of Aokautere have formed a small craft group but we have a big heart so have been doing charity knitting and sewing to benefit the Neonatal unit and community midwives.  we have been knitting or crocheting small blanket out of pure wool for the NNU babies to keep them warm when they come out of the incubators,  edging wool blanket - we cut up large bedsize wool blankets and either hem them with a quilt type binding (that's me and one other as we are sewists, or blanket stitch or crochet the edge.  They go to new Mums who can't afford wool blankets as wool is best for the wee tots. In NZ most houses don't have central heating as it is too expensive and people in winter heat up the room they are in at the moment.  Bedrooms can be cold as temperatures in winter can go down to -1 centigrade in winter. Fleece is so cheap and pretty that the young mothers buy them and as babies don't have the same internal heat control fleece can make them overheat.  There is a slogan that the midwives are promoting- Wool for warmth- Fleece for Fun)

I digress.  I will give out one bag per family on Sunday so I should have enough with my 24, I might have a few left over to give out at random.  The picture is my mountain of folded up bags.


Florida Bags!

Hello from Florida! I received my Batik bags today! The 2 on the right are bag # 47,305 and 47,306. The one on the left is one I received a few years back...# 3,164! Thank you so much, I love them all!

Katrina M.

Photo Finish Friday

Black Heart/White Heart--Beach finds, Big Island, Hawaii






I have another packed weekend. Thankfully today is not. Tennis soon, lunch with a bestie and hanging with the kids tonight. TeresaMade sale tomorrow and company coming. Green Bag Lady meeting Sunday. Cheers! XOXO--Teresa

Russia Bag!

Good afternoon, dear Teresa.

I apologize for not responding for a long time. I got your bag.
Thank you very much for your gift and for your project.

With best wishes from Russia, Nadezhda.

Italy Bag!

Thank you so much for the super cute bag from Sardinia (Italy)! It's been long since we stopped using plastic or paper bag 🙂 One more fabric bag is always useful for our shopping! 

Thanks again! Anna

25 Very Merry WINNERS!

Congratulations to the following lucky folks:

WINNERS of TWO each Green Bag Lady Very Merry shopping bags are:

Cindy H, NC
Carol V, FL
Rochelle B, CANADA
Nicole S, WA

Paul T, NM
Kristina P, AUSTRIA
Nannette C, AL
Sarah S, CA

Nataliia P, FRANCE
Michael J, ID
Connie N, JAPAN
Pam B, MN

Tatjana D, UKRAINE
Diane W, TN
Galina K, RUSSIA

Victoria Z, RUSSIA
Natalia M, RUSSIA
Iraida K, RUSSIA
Svetlana M, RUSSIA

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, VeryMerry_12_2017


Look at these cute little holiday print bags. Would you believe me if I told you that ALL the fabric for 50 freebie bags came from the SAME donation? Awesome, huh?? Did I say 50? YES 50! We will have 25 winners who will get 2 bags each. How great is that? And, you can use them for shopping AND then wrap presents in them!
Just tie the handles together for present wrapping (photo below from a previous year, these bags no longer available).
 Look at them all!
To enter to win:
•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 (PST) Monday, Dec 4 (winners will be notified no later than Tuesday Dec 5 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 25 people to win 2 bags each.

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

We will ship shopping bags internationally. You MUST use English for your comments. Do the best you can, use Google Translate if necessary.  Non-English comments will be removed.

Good luck!!!!! Teresa

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Photo Finish Friday

One last pic from Hawaii. Black Sand Beach.

Grow your pencil.

I could really get into this.

I know Bagette April will love this.

These are paintings!!!!


A good reminder.

BTW, I saw NO plastic bags in Hawaii! YAY!

I have a packed weekend. I'm doing a sale at my house tonight and tomorrow morning. Then, tomorrow night I'm hosting a Friendsgiving (ya, a bit late on that one) and my sister is here visiting. Whew! A fun whirlwind. I'll be ready for bed early on Sunday night! XOXO--Teresa


Last week my family and I went to the Big Island of Hawaii for Thanksgiving break. It was lovely! The only bummer was that Big Girl couldn't come due to a short break at college. It was soooo beautiful!
 I mean, c'mon!
 Obligatory luau photo with the fire eater/juggler guy…
 Southernmost point of the USA!
Volcano National Park

 Steaming crater…
 Ah, my Little Girl.
 Black Sand Beach (on Black Friday!)
How do you dry off at the beach when you don't have a towel? A GREEN BAG LADY bag of course!!
 I spy a turtle…
 My not so Little Man…
 Hawaii, you slay me…

 Another gorgeous beach…
 Until next time Hawaii, until next time…
I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving break too! XOXO--Teresa