HOP HOP Easter Freebie!

We are coming up on Easter, how about a pretty bag to go with the season? We have pastels, bunnies, and jelly beans! 15 peeps will win!

To enter to win a BAG (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, March 31. (winners will be notified no later than April 1 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 15 lucky peeps to win shopping 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 + Happy Easter!!! Teresa

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Photo Finish Friday

Crested Butte, CO
Little chapel at the cemetery in Crested Butte, CO

I heart bees.

Whoa.

My favorite kind of cake.

I need to make this.

Cute idea.

Natural egg dye + here too.

To do with fabric scraps.

Since we spent the week in Crested Butte, I'm looking forward to being home this weekend. I hope to get some sewing done and get the girls settled in the redone bath. What are you up to? Hugs, see you on Monday! Teresa

Workday Wednesday

We are on a little spring break trip to Crested Butte. It is beautiful here. YAY! I'll share some photos soon. While we are gone we are getting one of our baths redone (before and after pics in the near future) and my cousin is house sitting. Win win!

I'm doing some hand stitching this week. I was a huge dork and organized my embroidery thread…
I did some embroidery for TWO different babies with the same name. Weird, huh? I had to double check to make sure I wasn't making it up, since the name is so unusual. One is for a friend of mine and one is for a friend of my sister. I'll finish these up when I get home. They will be sewn on a towel set and a burp cloth.
Remember this idea I posted on Photo Finish Friday a couple of weeks ago? This is my first attempt at it. Fun to make!
And, this is the one that Little Man is making…
He's doing a good job. How about you? What are you up to this week? Teresa

Sewing with Fabric Samples

Even though there is more work involved, I enjoy sewing with fabric samples. The bags made from samples take more time because each sample needs to be cut individually and then matched with another sample to form a bag. Sometimes, samples happen to be 18 inches square. These are awesome to work with for obvious reasons (the bag pattern calls for 18 inch pieces). However, most of the samples we get are 24 inches square.
The following diagram shows how I cut those samples. I get one side of a bag and 4 handles out of each piece…
As you can see, some of the bags have longer handles from the 24 inch pieces. This is great because some people like a bag with a bit longer handle. We only give these bags away at events as they are far too heavy/expensive to ship. Aren't they pretty though? Nice and sturdy too!
I liked some of these so much that I numbered them and have them in the back of my car to give out. I keep meaning to have a supply in my car…
now I do! Grab some fabric samples and start sewing! Many home decor places will give them to you for free. Let me know if you make some. Teresa

From Bagette Anna in Australia

Four of the girls at my daughter's residential college with greenbaglady bags. Thought you might enjoy a photo. 

Love to you and take care, from Anna Davey
(Bagette Anna, Australia Chapter of Green Bag Lady)

More from Greece…

Ioanna, from the last post sent me this picture of her birdie bag. Glad you like it! By the way, I'm a big fan of kalamata olives! Teresa
Dear Teresa,
good morning from Kalamata, Greece
 
I Hope you have in your hands the card postals, that I sent you from the city I live, Kalamata.
I also sent you handmade bracellets
 
So, today send to you and fotos of my new green bags (my hands and the bag, in the office I work)
Thank you, Ioanna

So Sweet!

Last week I got a wonderful envelope in the mail from Greece. Ioanna sent me a package with a lovely letter, beautiful postcards and bracelets that she made! How sweet is that? I love them all…
A close up of the beautiful handmade bracelets…

Thank you Ioanna, your kindness is lovely! Teresa

Argentina Bag!

A nice note from Vivy in Argentina. I got to meet her a few years ago! She is darling and so is her little girl! SO cute…

Hi Teresa! How are you? I hope you are very good!
Sorry for the delay in sending the photos, but I was on vacation and no internet :-(
I send you pictures of my daughter Maia using the bag (31455) to carry her beach toys (my bag met beaches of Mar del Plata, Argentina)
I love my bag and I am forever grateful for your generosity. Maia and I send you a strong and sweet hug. And a giant THANK YOU !!
Vivían Galán

Photo Finish Friday

Little Man was in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory this week. He was Augustus Gloop and a squirrel. So cute!

Quinn is one of Big Girl's best friends…

Of course I like fabric wrapping!

Crazy bandages!

Wish I could bank here.

DIY roman shades.

This looks delicious.

What is on your list this weekend? We are getting some new appliances (energy efficient!) and gearing up for spring break, you? Teresa

In the Wall Street Journal…

A little tidbit in the Wall Street Journal about the real cost of paper grocery bags. See the article online HERE. Teresa