Photo Finish Friday

We got more snow this week. Hubby is skiing today!
Dude, seriously, Mother Nature is the coolest. Heart elephants so much.

GREAT article about the Berlin, Germany chapter!

Bag bans.

Way to go Pampered Chef. I just ordered some for Christmas presents. Great stocking stuffer!

Helpful video. (thanks Wendy!)

I make something very similar to this every Christmas Eve and pop them in the oven Christmas morning. I make the dough in my bread machine. We eat them after present opening.

This looks so fun! Maybe to do as stationery gifts.

Pencils!

I'm not sure what is happening but it seems like Halloween was yesterday. Seriously, I don't know where the time is going and it's full blown winter here and nearly Thanksgiving! I seem to be caught in some kind of space time continuum straight out of Star Trek. Goodness, I better get my head in the holiday season or it's going to hit me in the face! The good news is I have soup going in the crockpot and that will fill my belly and soul with warmth tonight. Also, grilled cheese! I hope you have a lovely weekend. XOXO--Teresa

Workday Wednesday

I've already sent off Christmas gifts which feels good! It's nice to get things knocked off the list. All of these items went to Harmony and her husband, Sus. Don't worry, they have already opened them so I'm not ruining the surprise! There has been a lot of making for Harmony in the past few months. I like to spoil her like that. She spoils me too!

First off, as I was drifting off to sleep one night I had the idea to make these bags entirely out of Harmony's organic fabric. The red is even flannel that she produced a few years ago. It makes nice sturdy bags! Then, I used various fabrics in shades of green for the tree and Space Cowboy in red/green for the handles.
Harmony got new cushion covers for 2 chairs out of Franklin's Tower canvas. I will have her send photos once she gets the cushions all put together.
 They have zippers on one of the sides for easy on and off.
Then, I made this quilt from "racing" fabric for her hubby. He picked out the fabric and gave it to me a while ago but I didn't get in finished until recently. It wasn't difficult as there was no piecing involved since the check was one continuous fabric. I took it to a long arm quilter who did the cool "fire" pattern with black thread. I happened upon the tiny check fabric and thought it would look great as the binding.
 Here they are all packed up in their cute bags.
I talked to Harmony today and she loves the bags and is excited to take them when she goes Christmas shopping. She liked the idea of seasonal Green Bag Lady bags. :) Don't forget that it is SUPER easy to make bags to use as wrapping for gifts. You can use them over and over again! I have been using mine for 10 years and here is how to tag them. Happy making--Teresa

UPDATE: UNITED KINGDOM Shoebox Bagettes Chapter

Look at these great bags coming out of the UK! Anyone in the UK have fabric they would be willing to donate to this great cause? Jo is in need and would love to hear from you. The Facebook Page for this group is HERE, or you can contact me and I'll put you in touch with Jo. Keep up the great work Jo and all the UK Shoebox Bagettes. You are impacting so many children with these wonderful boxes--Teresa
Dear Teresa and David

Just wanted to give you the numbers I used for this year's shoeboxes:

34007
34008
34009

And here's a photo of them.  I make the handles longer so that the girls can carry them on their shoulders.  I thought the boys would be more likely to use them if I made them with strings like backpacks rather than handles. Fabric continues to be an issue for me but a friend gave me the purple floral.  I found the black in a remnant basket at a fabric shop and the navy stripe at a scrap store.

Best wishes,
Jo

Illinois Bag!

Hi Teresa, this is bag #55579
I am sending this bag to my daughter in California. She will now have three fabric bags. Thank you for doing this and making us all aware of  using pretty cloth bags.
Happy customer, Lori from Illinois

Bag #20,000

Checking in with bag #20,000 to show she is still in service. She is in regular rotation on my shopping trips. I still like her just as much as I did when she was "born" in 2012. I guess that makes her 6 years old. :) Teresa


New Labels!

We have some pretty new labels here at Green Bag Lady. SO excited about them and the logo on them! YAY! They are narrower than the old ones, but they iron on great and are SO much cheaper! Thrilled that we found Starlight Labels and the amazing people that work there. Lottie and her team have worked with us to develop this label and it is perfect for our needs. We are ordering them in ever increasing quantities due to all the lovely people around the world starting bag making chapters.

Want to start a chapter in your area? It's easy peasy! Send me an email at the address in the photo.

Check out Starlight Labels for all your clothing label, name tags and clothing stamp needs!

Cheers! Teresa

Texas Bag!

Thanks so much.
Sharanya R.
Frisco, TX

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. 
XOXO--Teresa

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:


Love,
Jan