Butterfly FREEBIE!

My friend Angy gave me a whole roll of this pretty butterfly fabric. I was able to make exactly 20 bags from it. How fun! And, don't you think that butterflies have a little something in common with Easter? I just love how springy they are! Want one?

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 April 22 (winners will be notified no later than Tues, April 23 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

Mash up of photos from the Cologne Cathedral, Germany. Gorgeous. My favorite are the mosaic floors!
Way to go NY!

Oh my!

I sure hope so.

Mama Earth fun facts.

I need to do this, especially for my youngest…

Yes, she was found. My kids were out of school on Wednesday. Sigh.

So sad about Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. I was there many years ago as a student. So many years, so much labor, so much history, all up in smoke. Ugh.

Easter weekend is here. What are you plans? We didn't really have any so I started asking around to see who could come for dinner. We now have 15 friends and family coming over. Everyone is bringing something so I don't have to make a huge meal myself. Kids and I will dye eggs too which I love doing. If you celebrate Easter, have a lovely one! See you back here Monday. XOXO--Teresa


Look at this great event that the Tilburg Chapter organized at their local zoo! Such pretty bags I can barely stand it! YAY! And, what makes it even better is that I got to meet many of these lovely ladies while I was in Germany. :) Teresa

Hi Teresa,

Here are the photos from the event at the safari parc Beekse Bergen last Saturday. We gave out 250 bags!

Love Greta

P.S. Recent newspaper article on this chapter!

I was wrong, another Germany post! Gah!

I did bring some fun things to give out while I was in Germany. First off all my sweet Bagettes got a sewing theme pouch. I added the Green Bag Lady patches too. Just a little token of my appreciation for all they do! (I sell lots of pouched through TeresaMade, my etsy shop, that I need to restock!)
I also gave out bags (no surprise there!). Harmony Art Organic Design and Amy Butler were kind enough to send me fabric. Harmony's fabric is behind the green bag and orange bag. Amy Butler fabric on right.
 Amy Butler fabric on right.
Harmony's Animal Farm fabric was a HUGE hit. Everyone loved the sheep! I only had a few of them and they were the first to go! I got to meet these lovely ladies in the Brother sewing machine booth. Both of them were so lovely! I have several Brother machines and love them.
Look at the cool Green Bag Lady logo bag that Margriet made for herself! Love! And, she is holding the Amy Butler bag I made her too.
This is all of us again. I'm holding one of the Amy Butler bags with more bags inside that I gave out after the blogger presentation.
Nora from Pattarina got one of the bags. I'll be talking more about Nora in the future. She's a sweetheart and quite an innovator!
 Bagette Alicia got an Amy Butler bag too and is putting it to excellent use!
A huge thanks to Harmony and Amy Butler for the generous gifts of fabric. The bags were a HUGE hit! :) Teresa

Last Germany Photos

One last word about my trip to Germany and Initiative Handarbeit. The booth was amazing! Comprised of a sitting area, great photos and samples of the bags. The bags they made are a little different than the Green Bag Lady pattern. Their sewing pattern is here. Crochet pattern here. Knitting pattern here. I love that they included yarn patterns as well as a fabric one. It doesn't matter what kind of bag you use to substitute paper/plastic. Any kind is wonderful! Each of the bags they gave away had lovely printed materials with the website information, links to the patterns and some background information about Green Bag Lady.

Love, love love everything about this. Everything. Teresa

Texas Bag!

Hi, Teresa!

Just wanted to send my photo using my FREE GBL (Green Bag Lady) bag taken yesterday at my favorite local HEB grocery store (as requested by your Dad - Bag #60539).

I love my bag.  It's so cheerful and I will definitely use it.  I've also sent all of your information to a group of 4H girls who have been learning to make quilts, and I thought this would be a great eco project for them to do.  I sent them your links, FB page, video, pattern, instructions, to make it easy for them.  If they follow through, I'll get pics to you.

I apologize for the not so good photo.  I asked a lady on my way out the door to take my pic and she didn't do so well, and said she was in a hurry.  I was also in a little hurry, so let it go.

Thanks again,
Robin Rodriquez
Huntsville TX

Photo Finish Friday

Couldn't resist taking of photo of these gorgeous tulips in Germany.
Oh spring, where are you? We got dumped on with snow again this week!
Cool! (thanks Ingeborg)

Awesome Audrey!

Way to go Green Bag Lady Germany!

Marianne has set up a blog for Green Bag Lady Parker, CO!

What the what?

She's awesome.


I would love to go enjoy my cabin this weekend but I have too much to do here at home. Oh well, Is there ever a bad day in a sewing room? Well, maybe if it involves prom dresses with annoying hems. Ha! I hope you have a wonderfully relaxing weekend. I'll be back on Monday. XOXO--Teresa

More Germany

My favorite part of the trip to Germany was meeting all the Bagettes. They were all as sweet and wonderful as I imagined they would be, every one of them was absolutely darling. 

From left to right: Audrey (Berlin), Marianne (Tilburg), Dieuwertje (Oost-Nederland), me, Ingeborg (Oost-Nederland), Margriet (Tilburg) and Greta (Tilburg). Greta's husband was there too and did an amazing job taking photos and videos for all of us. What a great guy!
And, my friend Alicia (below, middle) who was one of my Bagettes in Nashville came too! She lives in Holland now and showed up a bit later so was not in the photo above. It was SO great to see her and connect her to some of the Holland Bagettes.
Look at this great tote that Marianne made! She used scraps and did hand embroidery around them. I just love it and may need to make something similar.
 She also gave me these great dutch fabric bags. Adorable!
She puts little tags on the bags she makes so she can identify them if she sees people carrying them, great idea!
She also upcycles lanyards as handles, even keeping the clip intact to use for attaching keys, etc, Love this idea!
I gave one of the bags to Alicia and she is using it already! I also gave Alicia one of the bags I made out of Amy Butler fabric to use for all her shopping.
Ingeborg made me this groovy tie dye bag, what's not to love?

 And some Dutch cheese to put inside it! Yum!
 Margriet gave me this cool sandwich roll. Just throw in washer or wipe clean! From here.
And, Alicia knows about my obsession with tiny bowls and brought me this Dutch beauty. She is now hanging out in my closet holding jewelry in the company of other tiny bowls. :)
All in all, such a great trip meeting so many amazing people. I heart you all! Teresa


I had a lovely time in Germany. The event was wonderful and the people could not have been more gracious. Huge thanks to Bagette Audrey of Green Bag Lady Berlin for orchestrating the entire visit. Angela of h+h Cologne was instrumental in making the event a huge success. Here are some photos…
There was a fabulous booth entirely dedicated to the Make Me Take Me effort. This is a joint effort between Initiative Handarbeit (translates to handwork or handmade) in Germany and Green Bag Lady. The idea is to have people all across Germany make 10,000 fabric shopping bags over the next year.
The Initiative provides special labels to anyone making bags. They can request them on line and then iron or stitch them onto the bags they make. Any kind of bag is acceptable and they provide patterns for sewing, crocheting and knitting. Isn't that awesome?
 Close up of the label. All are numbered too!
 A huge mural at the event.
 This mural is part of the Initiative Handarbeit booth.
The Initiative Handarbeit booth…
Angela is third from the left in this photo next to yours truly. So many people worked hard to make this a reality. The bags they made for the blogger event were adorable. We are holding some of the Make Me Take Me bags as well as some Green Bag Lady bags that I made to share as well.
 Look at the rainbow of bags! What's not to love?

In conjuction with the Initiative Handarbeit boot, there was a blogger/social media event in which I was invited to speak. It went great and we generated a lot of buzz and interest in the German initiative. I got to meet so many fun people and chat with them about Green Bag Lady.
This is all my lovely Bagettes that traveled from Holland to be at the event as well and me and Audrey. Aren't they all adorable? 
What a great experience. I enjoyed every minute of meeting my Bagettes, speaking to fellow bloggers and connecting with amazing people. Thanks Audrey and Angela, many many hugs! Teresa