Good News, Bad News

This is Emilia who is the founder and coordinator of the Concow, California Chapter of Green Bag Lady. She is adorable and sweet and wonderful and makes great bags! She was a follower of the blog for a while before she stepped up and became a chapter. We adore her for that.

The good news is that Emilia and her family are OK. The bad news is they lost their entire home recently in one of the wild fires that are raging through California. To add to this stress, Emilia is pregnant and due ANY DAY with her fourth baby! I feel so much for this young family and can't even imagine what they must be going through.

I am so very thankful they are all safe, but they need help. Some of their friends set up a Go Fund Me to help them with expenses right now while they get insurance and a living situation sorted out. If you feel compelled to help, it would be truly amazing. The link is HERE. Even a donation of $10 can help to buy socks and underwear for her kids and diapers for the little baby boy when he arrives. 

Thank you for reading. If nothing else, please sent Emilia and her family positive thoughts and prayers. 

Photo Finish Friday

I made this yummy apple pie this week. I was inspired by this recipe and a $2 bag of organic apples I scored in the bargain produce bin at my local Natural Grocers. Definitely adding this crust recipe as my go to. It was amazing! 

I mean, I have a skillet and all the ingredients

What to do with packing materials.

Maybe add these to the Thanksgiving menu.

I ordered a mattress topper and got this blanket as a bonus gift. I love it! (I also love this company, all of our mattresses are from there!)

I should really make myself one of these. I would do a super simple back though.

Start making your Christmas wrap bags NOW. GO!

What I hope to accomplish this weekend: sew, sleep, eat, drink, repeat. You? I hope you have a wonderfully relaxing weekend. XOXO--Teresa

California Bag!

Jan is the best! She has been a great supporter and reader of Green Bag Lady since the very beginning. :) Isn't she adorable? Her blog is too, check it out below. Cheers! Teresa
Dear Teresa and Harmony,

I absolutely love my new GBL/Harmony bag!  Thank you both so much for it.  The fabric is beautiful.  I have to admit, though, that right now I think it’s too pretty to throw groceries into.  So I’m using it for a project bag for one of my many on-going projects.  Some day I’m sure it will get used for shopping, too.

I made a blog post about it here:


Falling Leaves WINNERS!

Congratulations to the following lucky folks:

WINNERS of the 21 Green Bag Lady Falling Leaves shopping bags are:

Mary J, CA
Cassandra B, OR
Kathy D, WA
Brenda O, CA
Sarah J, FL
Heather F, CA
Edna H, FL

Regina M, MI
Jess A, ME
Bethany F, OH
Shannon O, CANADA
Debbie L, WA

Simona U, ITALY
Anna V, AK
Lisa J, CO
Jl C, CO
Francine P, MA
Bethany H, AL
Wanda S, TN

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, FallingLeaves_11_2018

Falling Leaves FREEBIE!

Maybe I'm a little late to the autumn game? We still have leaves falling off trees here, but have had a couple snow falls as well. Hmmm. November is still a fall month to me. Or at least the beginning of it should be. Regardless, we have 21 leaf bags to give away. I hope you will enter for one! Good luck.

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 7pm (PST Monday, Nov 5 (winners will be notified no later than Tuesday, Nov 6 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.

21 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

We had snow on Halloween this year. It was nearly melted by 3pm but it sure was pretty!
I could go for these.

I'm not super into pumpkin spice but this looks amazing.


Please make sure you VOTE! If no other issue compels you, vote to protect Mother Earth!

Talk about upcycling. WOW!

Met Wendy from this organization this week. Hope to team up on lots of school visits this spring!

I'm listening to the left over snow melt as I write this. I love that sound. Water. It's all about water here in thirsty Colorado. We will take what we can get! Hubby and Little Man are hunting this weekend so I'm sure Little Girl and I will curl up and watch some Bones. I've previously watched most of the seasons but happy to start over. I'll be doing a craft sale at Chatfield High School tomorrow 9-3 if you are in the area come say hi! How about you? Have a lovely weekend. XOXO--Teresa


Yesterday, I got to spend the morning with the cutest group of 4-6 year olds at a local Montessori school. They kept asking me what I was going to be for Halloween and had to tell me all about their costumes. It was adorable. We had a brief discussion about using fabric bags over paper and plastic which they sat through and contributed to like champs. But the end, they all knew that plastic bags can last 500+ years in the landfill and that they should always choose to use fabric/reusable bags instead. Start them young! 

The dimples, the glasses, the sweetness! Look at all their cute creations on the bags…


LOVE! 1000!!!

I love this so much I can barley stand it. The Netherlands Tilburg Chapter has made 1000 bags. 1000!!!! Wow. So incredible. To celebrate, they made this super yummy looking cake. Aaaandd, handicapped people help make the bags and made this cake! What?!? Since we have 4 chapters in the Netherlands, I really think I need to go there and do a tour. What do you think? Maybe they would save me a piece of that cake… Keep up the great job! XOXO--Teresa

More on this chapter HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Ha Teresa en David,

I included a picture of our Green bag cake, other pictures come later because I must have permission.

Translation : “ participated us, lets change the world together, one bag , one time

1000ste bag (chocolate)
cake is made  also by mental handicapped people 

Tilburg Chapter

Old + New Arizona Bags!

I met my friend Marlene in Italy. Yep, we were roommates on a study abroad trip to Genoa when we were both in graduate school at Clemson University. We didn't know each other before the trip but were put together in the same "dorm room." We got along great from the start and remain friends today. Sadly, I don't get to see her as much as I would like, but when we do get together it's as if no time as passed. To me,  that is the indication of a lifelong friend! She was here a couple weeks ago and I sent her off with a handful of bags to keep and distribute however she wanted. I always LOVE seeing bags from the beginning of the project. Here is #1886 checking in! Teresa
Enjoying my second generation of Green Bag Lady bags (almost 10 years apart)!!! Thank you Teresa for another and for giving me even more to give away. I'll be sending to Linda K,  Lisa BJessica K & Paula K in the mail!!!

Phoenix, AZ