Workday Wednesday

I've had kind of a stressful week and haven't gotten as much creating done as I would like. I volunteered to help with a school newsletter that turned into a HUGE job. Didn't see that coming. But now it's over and I will focus my volunteer energy elsewhere in the future. My tennis team was in playoffs and won on Monday and pretty much failed miserably on Tuesday. Arg. For my sanity this afternoon, I snuck into my sewing room to do just a tiny bit of something. I serged some handles. Doesn't sound like much but this is my happy. It's like meditating.
 While serging, this little lady strolled by the window. Isn't she precious? Made my day.
Things are so much better. Hope all is well with you! Teresa

Colorado Bags and Bagettes in Action!

Bagette Tami and I using our green bag lady inspired reusable shopping bags in an antique mall today.

Bagette Marianne 

ANNOUNCING: Green Bag Lady Minnesota!

I am so very pleased to tell you about the newest chapter of Green Bag Lady! Minnesota! Yay! My good friend from high school, Lisa, contacted me a few months ago to ask how she could be involved with Green Bag Lady. I told her I would love to have a MN chapter and I immediately thought of Jen Madsen from Stitch Simple who we have collaborated with in the past (here and here and here). One email to Jen and she was all in. Love that. 

Jen, Lisa and Bagette Dad (who lives in MN) are now meeting and making bags. How great is that? I can't wait to help out the next time I'm there. Great work all of you! Keep it up. Teresa

Green Bag Lady MN met at Lisa's last night and we started production, with about 50 buckets from the two of them.

This is from my Phone, and I thought it would be a much better pix. Sorry.

We started by cutting handles that Jen had surged. Then we ripped fabric for about 30 bags for her to surge.

Lisa will will sew the tops/handles. I have 20 bags to iron tops/lables. They are shooting for 50 per month. WOW.

Bagette Dad

Virginia Bags!

Dear Teresa
You kindly sent me two bags as a gift for donating fabric.
I gave the second bag to my granddaughter Emma D.
The second bag is a 'my pretty pony' fabric. Emma is calling it her "Friends" bag
and uses it to carry numerous stuffed animals and other treasures.
Here is a picture of me with my bag #28686
And Emma and her bag #28687.

Thank you for the work you do and hope my fabric is of some use!

Carol Kaffenberger
Thank you for the fabric Carol! It has already been used to make many bags. Your granddaughter is darling! Teresa

Photo Finish Friday

Margaret Bourke-White 1937 more HERE
Love these!

Heart the mouse!

Love these open shelves.

Cute produce bags.

And, for those of you that crochet.

Circle skirt app! Yes! Little girl wants a black one.

I made these many moons ago as a camp counselor!

What are you up to this weekend? I'm reading this book and am hoping to get some baking done. Have a good one! Teresa

Desk Done!

Let's look at the BEFORE photo of this desk for a moment…
Then, let's move on to the AFTER…
 Cute, right?
 I'm kinda in love with it.
 Knobs are from Home Depot, Martha Stewart collection.
Paint is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, of course. This color is a mixture of Duck Egg Blue, Pure White, Provence and Antibes Green. I had a specific color in mind and just kept mixing until I got there.
It might not look like it in photos, but it really is a different color than this piece. It has a more green undertone. I just love it. I'm so happy to give it to Little Cousin. I hope she gets many years of use out of it. Total cost for this project was under $100. This includes the initial $40 paid for the desk, the knobs were $28 and the paint and wax. Teresa

Workday Wednesday

This week I sewed some bags and some handles, blah, blah. What else is new? Well, I've been painting some furniture! I haven't done this in a while and hubby was getting annoyed at all the pieces I had hanging out in the garage, so…

First up is this bench. I got it for free from a friend (same friend who donated all this fabric!) on Facebook. It was bigger in person than it looked in the photo, but I knew it had potential. I decided it would look nice at the end of my bed…
And it does! I used my favorite Annie Sloan Chalk Paints. First, I painted it with 2 coats of Paris Grey. Then, scuffed it up with a bit of sand paper. Last, I used dark wax on it to give it a vintage look. I really love it! Clearly I owe Tara lunch!

Here is another find I got off Facebook for $40. I'm in progress on this one. I bought it to paint up and give to my sweet little baby cousin.
 The stool was a little rough. Fabric was not attractive.
And, there was a split in one of the legs. I put wood glue and a clamp on it for a few hours then I put a screw in it to make sure it was sturdy.
I also recovered the cushion. Easy peasy. Only a staple gun was necessary. The painting is in progress and I need to get some new knobs for it. I hope to finish it tomorrow.
I mean, wouldn't YOU paint a desk for this little love??? Took this photo today while I was babysitting her. Heaven.
What are you up to? I'll share photos of the finished desk. I hope she likes it. Teresa

P.S. Previous painting projects:
Red Dresser
Lavender Dressers

New York Bags!

I won these back in July(I believe that's when) and unfortunately am just now posting this...I LOVE my bags they are perfect for when I go to produce place to put all my fresh fruits and veggies in ♥ ♥ ♥ Thank You Green Bag Lady for such great bags
Trents Gigi

Thanks for the photo! You have reminded me that I need to make a bunch of PRODUCE BAGS and give those away too! No plastic for produce too! Teresa

The Blues...WINNERS!

Congratulations to the following lucky folks:

WINNERS of the 15 Green Bag Lady Blues bags are:

Joeleen K, AK
Beth P, CO
Sarah C, NC
Rachel H, OH
Colleen B, MI
Ioanna C, GREECE
Albert A, RUSSIA
Svetlana R, RUSSIA
Susan N, MI
Nermeen A, JORDAN
Michelle G, MS
Karen E, MI
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, BluesFreebie_9_2014

The Blues…FREEBIE!

All the while I was sewing these, this Elton John song kept playing on repeat in my head. How about you? Do you favor blue? I sure do. How about winning one of 15 great BLUE bags?
 Aren't they pretty?
Here's how to put your name in the drawing…

•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, September 23. (winners will be notified no later than September 24 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. 

One entry per person. If you enter more than once, all your entries will be disqualified.

We will ship shopping bags internationally. 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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