Ever wonder what becomes of all those pet beds we make? 
Ya, me too. But look! My friend Diana, who lives in my neighborhood, is a foster mom. We have teamed up to give all the puppies she fosters a bed to take with them to their forever home. 

Check out these little darlings!

 This guy is a little older, but I love how she matches the bed!
Oh goodness, this is motivation enough to keep making bags just so we have scraps to cushion these cuties. Teresa

Previous pet bed posts:
Frederick + Toonces
Lily Pearl
Little Boogie

In Nashville…

As I told you on Friday, I spent this past weekend in Nashville. Whew, so much fun! And, such a whirlwind of friends, sites and events!

Bagette Ann picked me up at the airport and we got to have lunch and do some driving around. I drove by my old house and the green space down the street.  This whole area was flooded in 2010 and the houses were not rebuilt. Now it is a park with trails, awesome! It was still in limbo when we moved and the city was trying to decide what it would become.
 Isn't this great?
Then, I went and visited my peeps at Belmont University where I taught for 15 years. The campus has some new, lovely buildings. I don't even recognize this part of campus anymore!
 I was SO very excited to see these all over campus! Think before you automatically toss into "landfill!"
On Saturday night, my dear friend and former neighbor, Nicole got married. She met her match, I could not be more happy for her…
And, of course, on Sunday I got to see all my wonderful bagettes. In the back are Kathleen, Leyla, Ann, April, me, Margaret. Sitting, Rachel (with her new baby girl! I made her the quilt at the bottom of this post + this hoop) and Connie. I love all these people so very much…
 Nothing is better than a selphie with a cute baby!!!!
And, look what Margaret made with the corners we cut off the bottoms of the bags!!! Trim for her skirt!
 How cute is this? She is so creative.
Thanks Nashville, I had a blast! I promise it won't be as long between visits next time! Hugs to all of you. Teresa

Birds of a Feather WINNERS!

Congratulations to the following lucky folks:

WINNERS of the 15 Green Bag Lady shopping bags are:

Jean A (fb)
Umer G (fb)
Marie W, CA

Rhonda D, MO
Cheryl W, FL

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, BirdsofaFeather_8_2015

Birds of a Feather FREEBIE!

The kids going off to school remind me of flocks of birds heading off together. The perfect time for a birdie freebie don't you think?

We have 15 cute bird bags up for grabs. Flamingos, seagulls, owls…

To enter to win (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, August 25. (winners will be notified no later than Aug 26 via email, FB 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 folks to win these birdie 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!!!! Teresa

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Photo Finish Friday

Nashville (source)
What a fabulous idea! Love it.

To try.



Fun DIY.

Have you seen this? Long, but so great. We should all be nice to each other…

Guess where I will be this weekend? Nashville. So excited to see my bagettes there and many other awesome peeps. I hope you have a fun weekend too! Teresa

Russia Bags!

Thank you very much! I'm happy! Very happy!

Yuliya S.

Morocco Bag!

*Morocco Bag *!

*Dear Teresa and Bagette Dad!*
*After 12 days  finally the bag arrived , thank you so much I really love it.*

Adila B.

Illinois Bags!

Hi Teresa,
Here is a bag photo for you.  I'm using my most recent bags at one of our local farmers' markets.  Oops, yes, there's plastic peeking out of there - it's keeping my berries together.  Next time I will remember to bring my recycled paper bags for those. But the others are chock full of fresh eggplant, summer squash and peaches in NO plastic!  I get so many compliments on my "doggie bag".  :)
All the best,

Canada Event + Bags!

I'm delayed in posting this. Cindy did an amazing event in Canada in July. She talked "trash" with people and encouraged them to pick up trash, recycle and be green in general. We were thrilled to be part of the event and sent her some bags to give out. Look at all these amazing photos she got of bags recipients. Thanks Cindy. Keep up the great work. We love what you are doing! Teresa

Hi Teresa.  I just wanted to let you know that your bags were a huge hit at the Farmer's Market today! Thanks again for sending them my way.  People were blown away when I told them that they had come all the way from Denver, and when I explained what you do.  I did a lot of "trash talking" today!

I don't know if you happened to catch a post of mine from LAST Saturday, but I gave one of your bags out early, to a fellow named Andy, who I was fortunate to meet last week.  Andy is from Vancouver, but is running across Canada right now, picking up trash as he goes.  He now has bag # 32719 hanging on the handles of the rig he's using for carrying his gear, and your bag has become part of that exciting adventure.  Pretty cool, right?

Take care,
Trash Walking Moms

Find Cindy HERE:

Alaska Bags!

This is AWESOME! Way to go Maija and her students. I love these kinds of stories. We sent 20 bags for her and the kids. Keep up the great work! Teresa

Maija's bag in use.  (One from Green Bag Lady (left), one that her daughter made as a fundraiser)

This summer, after seeing several plastic bags blow through the pristine tundra while berry picking, one of my kids had the idea of (me) teaching the kids in our community how to make their own reusable grocery bags. She thought they would be more likely to use them, and have their parents use them if they made them themselves.

So we gathered old t-shirts from my co-workers, asked the local community college if we could utilize their classrooms during the summer and the "SUMMER Environmental Club" was born.  We met every Tuesday and Thursday for three hours in the afternoon.  We gathered soda cans, plastic bottles, batteries, and more.  We learned how to sew, learned
how to actually reuse items for usable daily items (like grocery bags and gym backpacks) rather than the usual "lets make butterflies out of paper towel tubes" because let's face it, they're still trash after the butterflies are done.

We focused on the approach of "think outside the box," so I took them to the ocean where we had set a net for Alaskan Salmon, in the net we caught oil containers, aluminum cans and TONS of plastic grocery bags. They saw what it was doing to our food source and vowed to stop their parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles from using plastic
bags!  And then we got to work making them.  Each child ended up with at least one reusable grocery bag and one gym backpack with a drawstring
top and straps.

I know we have our own grocery bags, but I think it would be nice if these kids, who were there day in and day out could get a "nicely" made bag from you.  I don't know how many you're willing to give away, but I've included some photos of the kids we had for 17 classes this summer. (The temperature is currently -51 below zero so we haven't been having classes until Springtime when it warms up a little!)

Aside from the backpacks, we cleaned the tundra around town, we made smoked salmon, they learned how to fillet a fish with a traditional eskimo ulu knife (which we made with old saw blades, too), we made jam and jelly out of local edible flowers (using old glass jars like pickle jars, spaghetti jars, etc.), weeds, and berries, we picked traditional foods, they recycled aluminum cans, collected spent batteries, and more.

Thanks for taking the time to check out our little part of the world!


P.S.  The Recycle 10 is a photo of the kids on the tundra, standing in
front of our little town in the background.  :)

Maija Lukin

Kotzebue, Alaska