Radio Silence

Currently buried in a sea of prom dresses. I'll be here tomorrow for Photo Finish Friday. Hope you are having a fabulous week! :) XOXO--Teresa


Today I had the pleasure of speaking to a wonderful group of 1-3 graders at a Montessori school in Denver. These kids were awesome! So sweet, polite, inquisitive and knowledgable. We talked a lot about plastic, reusable bags and other items and what we should do for Earth Day. They had great ideas and even gave me hugs! :) So much fun to meet them, give out bags and see what kind of creations they drew on them. Thanks to Chris for inviting me! 

Photo Finish Friday

"The sky is an infinite movie to me. I never get tired of looking at what's happening up there."  K. D. Lang

Look yummy.

Simply wow.

Of course.

Spring cookie.

Incredible cardboard.

Very cool! (thanks Kim!)

Little Girl has her last "behind the wheel" driving session today and can take her test next week. YAY! Hubby and I are taking a very quick trip to Minnesota tomorrow to see Big Girl and my MIL. A little more than 24 hours there. My cousin and his 5 year old daughter will be here to help get the kids around. I'm sure they will all have fun eating junk food while I'm gone. Ha! Best wishes for a fabulous weekend. XOXO--Teresa

Fabric Makes the World Go Round…

Not really, but it is funny to think about all the fabric out there that has ever been produced and is still being produced. Years ago, I made a bag out of some cute vintage fabric that came through Green Bag Lady while I was still in Nashville. I have used the bag (bottom photo) quite a bit over the years. Recently, we got a donation of quilt tops and fabric from one of my neighbors here in Colorado. Look what was in it!! The same fabric cut into squares intended for a quilt. Funny! I may have to piece some together and start a vintage quilt top of my own. :) Teresa

On the Chopping Block

Most of you know about my obsession with salad. I really do eat one nearly every day for lunch. BUT, I recently found a way that makes me enjoy them even more. It may sound silly, but I have found if I chop all the ingredients into similar sized pieces, the salad is easier to eat AND I get more variety of flavor in each bite. It doesn't take that much longer to prepare and it makes me so stupidly happy to eat a salad this way. I also eat my salads almost exclusively with homemade dressing or simply balsamic vinegar. Do you have any great homemade (no sugar) dressing recipes? I'd love to have them. Eat your greens! Teresa

UPDATE: Massachusetts Chapter

This warms my heart SO much. Pat makes personalized Green Bag Lady bags for the people in her life. I just LOVE that! And, she is the cookie lady at her local fire station. How cool is that???? Go Pat. You are lovely, amazing, warm, generous and caring. We should all aspire to mimic you! Teresa

Hi Teresa,

I thought you might get a chuckle out of some of the bags I have recently made.  I decided to make some bags as gifts for Easter as well as other bags.  The fabric is expensive but so very cool for gifts for my friends and loved ones.

The bags with books is for my dear friend who LOVES to read.  My daughter-in-law LOVES fried bacon so I made her a couple of bags with fried bacon fabric.  She laughed when she saw them and is looking forward to using them at the Trader Joe's store. :-)  A friend of my son's was at the Easter party and he was talking about his experiences trying to use fabric bags and people who keep trying to give him plastic bags.  I have found some great masculine fabric and I will be making him some bags.  He was so impressed that I had made the bags and I told him about your program.

I am known in my town to the firefighters as the "Cookie Lady". I deliver cookies (cake, brownies, muffins, etc.) to them a couple of times a week and have done so for almost 16 years (with breaks for health, deaths in the family, weather, etc. issues).  The cookie fabric is for me.  My neighbor and her daughter love pugs and have had one for years.  As one goes to puppy heaven, they get another one.  They loved their bags, too!  I have some dachshund fabric for my sister-in-law and her sister-in-law that will be their gifts at Thanksgiving time.

Each person gets a history of the Green Bag Lady and your program and a pattern just in case they want to make bags on their own.

I hope all is well with you and your family!  It looks like you had a fabulous get away to Mexico!  Very Cool!

Take care!

~~~Pat Doucette

Hopkinton, MA

Oriental Freebie WINNERS!

Congratulations to the following lucky folks:

WINNERS of the 20 Green Bag Lady Oriental shopping bags are:

Theresa H, CA
Trishia R, TX
Megan L, CA
Elizabeth S, RI
Lisa H, VA
Mandie D, WA

Melissa T, RI
Katrina M, FL
Karen E, MI
Pauline P, CANADA
Krista M, CO
Gilda H, TN

Jeannie L, UT
Lacey B, CA
Melissa M, OR
Melody J, WI
Michail P, UKRAINE

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, Oriental_4_2018

Oriental FREEBIE!

I've been a fan of Yuzen Washi paper for many years. It's gorgeous! Much of the fabric used for these bags reminds me of that beautiful paper. I love the hints of gold intertwined with rich color. Yummy for sure! Are you a fan too? If so, I hope you win one of these 20 pretty bags!


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.

IN YOUR COMMENT YOU MUST STATE YOUR COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE. IF YOU DON'T, WE WILL NOT CONSIDER YOUR ENTRY. The US Postal Service is implementing NEW regulations for overseas shipping.

•DEADLINE FOR THE FREEBIE IS 9pm (PST Monday, April 9 (winners will be notified no later than Tuesday April 10 via email and here on the blog so CHECK BACK!)

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

20 people will be chosen to win bags from all qualified entries.

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

We will ship a limited number of 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

Pretty beach items in Mexico.
To bake.

To read. (anyone read it? thoughts?)

To laugh.

To admire.

To love.

To celebrate! (thanks Wendy!)

I'm still trying to shake off vacation. You know how it is? It's a slow start once you return to real life. My body is here, but my brain (and possibly heart) are still on the beach in Mexico! Have a great weekend! Teresa

Bestie in the Westie

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you've heard me talk about Harmony and her organic cotton fabric for years now. We have done several freebies (here, here, here, and here) of bags made from her awesome fabric. I love it! The feel of Harmony's fabric is second to none. Promise. And, this is one of our most popular blog posts. I made an organic cotton ironing board cover out of Harmony's fabric (link includes tutorial).

In addition to Harmony (California) and I (Colorado) being long distance besties, we also see each other in person more than you would think. Almost every year since 2008, my kids and I have been attending/working at Gualala Art Center camp in July. We love it! It's a chance to see Harmony and my kids have made several good friends there that they are excited to see each summer. (some camp posts: herehere, here, and here) And, remember that time I helped Harmony put in new wood floors?

Harmony is definitely one of those peeps I can't imaging not having in my life. I adore her, her spirit, her ingenuity, her spark, her creativity, and mostly her generosity.

One of Harmony's distributors is celebrating all the good she has done in the organic cotton world. Organic Cotton Plus has a lovely post/interview up about her AND they are having a sale on all Harmony Art fabric. YAY! Get some while it lasts!

Heart you Harmony! Teresa