50,000+ FREEBIE!!!!!!!

I'm thrilled to announce we are officially over 50,000 bags given away all over the world! WOW! In the beginning I thought I would make 100. I seriously can't believe it. Of course, HUGE thanks to ALL the fabulous Bagettes everywhere. This would not have happened without them.

Look at bag 50,000, isn't she pretty? One lucky person will get this in a great gift pack! We have 2 gift packs to give away (USA only) AND 50 bags!

Every single one of the bags in this special freebie are made out of Harmony Art Organic fabric. Yes! You know that Harmony is my Bestie in the Westie and she generously donated a bunch of fabric for this freebie to celebrate 50K+!
 Look at all 50!!! Love love love her fabric!
And, to top off those 50 bags, 2 additional USA readers will get to enjoy this fabulous gift pack below. These include:
5 Harmony Art Organic Design bags (one of which is bag #50,000 shown above)
2 pack of reusable dish towels
2 pack of reusable cleaning cloths
5 pack of reusable produce bags
1 set of wood salad tongs
1 Green Bag Lady reusable metal water bottle
3 wool dryer balls
1 list note pad
1 Harmony Art Organic zip pouch (similar designs in my etsy shop)
 The 5 bags in the gift packs…
 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, Oct 22 (winners will be notified no later than Tuesday, Oct 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.

50 people will be chosen to win bags from all qualified entries. 2 USA entrants will win the gift packs.

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

Love is everywhere! Especially in Mother Nature.
YAY Jamaica!

YAY Morocco!

C'mon AZ, MI, NY, MO, FL, IN, MN, WI, ID, IA you can do better!

I love this idea!

Cool company in Nashville.

Eyeing this book for Christmas.

I'm going to be kind of mellow this weekend. Not much on the agenda except for meeting with my Bagettes on Sunday. I'll need to sew up a few more bags and match them with handles before then. Hubby and I will run some errands today including Trader Joes. I'll be getting some Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Almonds for sure. Heart them! Have a great weekend! XOXO--Teresa

Workday Wednesday

I feel like I spend 90% of my time in my sewing room. Of course, it's not true, but some days it sure feels like it! Recently, I have made some fun things. This burp cloth for my friend Sharron to give as a gift. I used to make these all the time when all my friends were having babies. I do enjoy the hand embroidery and maybe I need to put them in my etsy shop??

Speaking of etsy shop, I made this Baby Dino Hatching Egg costume  for my friend Amy's little girl years ago. (you can see all the pics on the etsy listing) The costume was pinned to Pinterest by someone and I started getting lots of requests for it so I made a listing. I added the little hat this year which I think will make it even cuter! I hope the buyer will send me photos of her little guy wearing it!

I have several craft sale events coming up and I've been making more and more pouches and other items for these sales. I now have 400+ goodies!
What is going on in your creative world? We have a big freebie coming up this weekend. Stay tuned! And, if you have been considering starting a chapter of Green Bag Lady in your area, now is the time! Shoot me an email. XOXO--Teresa


Good morning,

I have received the 600 labels(etiket), already a week ago,  thank you,
the same evening (a week ago) came a Green bag lady to my house for new labels, just on time,

We have finished 21 september our 1000ste bag, we celebrated  that all together in october or november,with a treat from a pastry shop of my organization. Recently I received a donation for the bags and so I have some money for the treat. We make now all beautiful sturdy bags from upholstery fabrics we get from a upholstery factory.

The students of our fashion academy going to participate The Green bag ladys, in the month october they have a pop up store and there they want to give 10 different workshops (the whole month) about sustainable textile and one of them is the Green bag lady workshop.
They also want to make bags by themselves, I give them tomorrow 100 Green bag lady labels. They are very enthusiastic.

During open days by the local shops, I meet people from other cities or even other countries
who are interested in sustainable product. That's nice.

I send you some photos of bags made by (mental handicapped) people of de Pannenschuur Oisterwijk Nederland, they are very proud to participated this project en to make a real usable product. If you want you can put some  photo’s on Facebook and maybe write that this is the work of Green Bag ladies from Pannenschuur Oisterwijk Nederland.

Our group is still groing, now I have even a canadian woman who wants to  participate our group. I have to speak english more and more, the American woman study dutch language but unfortunately the other woman does not.

And this month there was an article of Green Bag lady in our staff newspaper(about 5000 members) and there are  many reactions on this article. Maybe I can send you this article. And now the newspaper of the clients have also asked for an article of the Green bag lady.

Greetings The Greeners of Tilburg 




UPDATE: Berlin, Germany Chapter

One of our newest international chapters is simply going gangbusters! Way to go Germany! Keep up the wonderful work or bag making and bag using! :) Teresa
FYI … so we are now “showing the label on the outside”! This bag 51867 is in use in Hamburg (one of Bagette Iris‘ friends)….. and she has been a busy bee again this weekend 😊
Bagette Audrey S.
Berlin, Germany Chapter

Washington Bags!

Hi Kim and everyone else who would like to reduce plastic even further with reusable produce bags. I have posted about this a few times. Here is some info:

What I carry. Did this post a few years ago and I'm still using the same produce bags pictured there. And, I have washed them several times and they come out great!

Happy GREEN shopping! Teresa
Hi Teresa,
Here are bags I used for today's shopping trip...Still trying to figure out how to use less produce bags!
Thank you for all of your great work!

Photo Finish Friday

I know I post A LOT of photos of the deer in my neighborhood but I can't help it! Hubby trimmed some of our trees last weekend and these cuties came to snack on the fresh branches. I mean, look at that buck!
Good news!

Anyone tried any of these? I'd love thoughts.

These are awesome.

I think I could make my own version of this.

These are very cool.

Kind of a cool DIY.

We had Little Man's 14th birthday last night. He's not officially that age until Sat but there was no school today so he had friends over for pizza, cake and video games. I can't believe my youngest kid is turning 14! He was only 4 when I started Green Bag Lady. Wow. A friend from grad school is coming to visit tonight and I'm making pizza on the grill. Hope to get some sewing and cleaning (ugh) done this weekend too. Have a good one! XOXO--Teresa

Minnesota Conference Bags!

I mentioned in this post that the Denver and Knoxville, TN (Yay Sara!) chapters were making 400 bags for a conference in Minnesota. The Green Bag Lady project is dedicated to my mother, Margaret VanHatten, who was an educator in MN for most of her life. She was very involved in community education so we were happy to work our tails off to get the bags done for this important event. The director of the conference, Amy (right, bottom photo), even invited Bagette Dad to attend the lunch. He spoke a bit about my mom and Green Bag Lady. These are photos from the event and a few words from Bagette Dad. :) Teresa

Barb and I attended the MN Community Ed Assn Conf in Rochester today. I gave a little blurb about Margaret Starting Preschool Ed in our basement and how it has spread state wide. And, all the traveling/training she did. Several asked what school dist she worked in, and my answer was "pick one." They smiled.

They wanted to hear about the 400 bags Teresa donated. They were a super hit, and many stopped by afterward with personal thanks. There were slides scrolling by during dinner, and the Green Bag Lady was featured along with some pretty impressive contributors.

I told the Green Bag Lady story, the way I always do, and got chuckles with the name "bagettes" and a gasp at "50,000 bags".

I introduced Bagette Barb (middle above) and how she has helped our family and Green Bag Lady.

It was all very well recieved, even tho I got pretty emotional a couple of times, couldn't help it.

Thanks to all who contributed,
Bagette Dad


Are you registered to vote? This is the last day to register in many states. Please register and make it your civic duty to vote. Please! Everything you need to know is HERE. It takes less than 2 minutes to register. XOXO--Teresa

California Bag!

My daughter with the lovely vintage bag I won.
Sorry this took so long. Bag #53681 
Thank you