Guess what?

3 years ago, 900 posts ago and 14,000 bags ago, Green Bag Lady began from a pile of fabric in my sewing room. It is truly hard to believe what has happened since January of 2008. Yikes! Really? 14,000 bags. I could not have done any of this without the Bagettes, all my sponsors, fabric donors, and YOU dear readers!


14,000 is not enough though. . .we are greedy. We want MORE people using fabric bags. MORE people carrying Green Bag Lady bags every day. MORE, MORE, MORE! Ah ha ha ha (insert crazy person laugh here)!

Here is what is up for grabs. . .2 special bags. . .
Bag number 12,000. . . why do we still have this? Well, it was never claimed from THIS freebie. . . it is so sad and feeling dejected and needs a good home. . .it is tired of hanging in my sewing room. . .
Bag number 14,000. . . made just for you, by little old me. . .
And a pile of lightweight bags just itching for a new home, to be useful, to be loved, to help save the world from plastic bags. . . too dramatic? I'm channeling my 12 year old drama queen. . .
Also, Bagette Dad informs me that he is REALLY bored and needs something to do, so leave LOTS of comments for him to read. Tell EVERYONE about the freebie!

ANYONE, even if you already have a bag from us can win bag #s 12,000 and 14,000, we will pick randomly from all the comments. If you DO NOT have a bag from us already, you can win one of the lightweight (perfect for shipping AND for putting in purse or pocket) bags! If we have enough, we will send them to EVERYONE that leaves a comment! Wow!

Also, since Bagette Dad needs something to do, he is offering up a special prize for one entrant. I don't know what it is, it is top secret apparently. If he lets me know, I'll let YOU know!

To enter please do the following:

•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, we will not hunt you down to send you a freebie, thanks.

•In your comment tell us what you like or don't like about winter.


Good luck! Teresa



sweetpea said...

so I DO already have a bag (or 2) but can I enter for the other 2!!! If so...

Carl@ said...

Congratulation!!! Happu Anniversary!!!!

Morgan said...

Yay! I already have one bag but I can always use more so I'll enter for the two up for grabs. :) This year, oddly enough, I am loving the snow. My two year old is discovering it for the first time and it's very very cute! yaramsowmya(at)hotmail(dot)com

Caroline said...

I don't have any bags but I have been following your blog lately after a co-worker received a green bag lady bag at a party. Happy anniversary to such a great project!! I am loving winter because Nashville had gotten so much snow -- it's magical!!

Melanie said...

I do have a bag and love it. I only like the white of winter.

ASC said...

Happy Anniversary Teresa! Thanks for all that you do! Your bags are so lovely and I so enjoy the one that I have. I get comments on it all the time! Blessings to you as you continue to spread the word!

Amy in Texas
inkdotwell at verizon dot net

Helen said...

Wow, happy anniversary! I am so happy to be a part of this. And blessed to have a bag (already), and carry one on behalf of my son as well (love the dinosaur on it!). Thanks! Would love the opportunity to win ANOTHER ONE to pass on to friends and family. thanks!
helen_ono at hotmail dot com

cindy said...

Happy anniversary! This is an amzing milestone. I love winter because it cozy up to my family even more with at home activities. Most of which involve games and crafting. :D

Wendy said...

Teresa, you are such an inspiration! I love what you are doing and I also love that your Dad is helping you. My Dad was a pilot, and during his down times he completed some gorgeous needlepoint canvasses! Keep up all the hard work. And never lose your determination and motivation. I have a bag or two of yours and we use them happily. If I don't remember them to bring to the Farmers Market, I end up coming home with scads of plastic bags. Not good! Thanks for making a difference. ~Wendy

Anna said...

I do already have a bag, but I'd love to enter for myself for the "special" two bags! And can I enter for my son for the others?
I love that my children enjoy playing outside in the cold and snow. I also love the cool, crisp, clean air of winter. aehaas (atgmail) dot COM

Charla said...

Happy Anniversary!
I like the crisp air and newness of Winter! :-)

Me said...

Happy Anniversary Bag Lady! I don't have the honor of owning one of your bags (yet) but would love to! What I love about winter is the excitement and amazement on my children's faces in the event of snow...we usually see it at least once each Winter (which, btw, is plenty for the Texas girl!).

Happy Green-ness!

Jenny said...

I already have a bag, but I love the appliqued bag. Please enter for the anniversary giveaway!
I'm so ready for winter to be over, I hate the cold and it's a real pain to not be able to drive my van up and down our driveway since it's snow-covered.

ldc said...

Happy Anniversary! Just so Bagette Dad doesn't get bored, I'm entering the contest. I'll also leave a long msg so he'll have something to do.

JK! Football will be on in a little bit & I definitely don't want to miss the game. Besides, I'd really like a bag.

Thanks! ldcolley(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sonja said...

I have one!
Both my daughters have one!
We love them and use them all the time.
More the better!

Galit said...

Happy Anniversary!!!
I yet don't have a bag of yours and would be so happy to be the proud owner of one! (if it is willing to do the trip far down to South Australia...)
I love winter because everything looks sparkling and clean. All our surrounding turns green, the most lively, amazing shade of green and the hills are covered with mist and fog which turns everyday into a little romantic episode.

galsha [at] yahoo [.] com

Roberta said...

Happy Anniversary Teresa! I already have a bag but would love the one with the pretty ;)
I'm not a snow person...or winter at all for that matter...I'm a southern bell at heart and don't like the feeling of being stuck inside in the winter!

Leesa said...

Oh la la...
I DO need another world travelin' GB!!!
Happy Anniversary to you..
I'm at LGIRASOL (at) earthlink (dot) net...
Thanks so much...

Patricia said...

Happy Anniversary! I was introduced late to this party with bag #12596 but I love it and carry it with me every day.


lindaluhoo said...

Congratulations on your milestone and thanks for all you do.... and I love polkadots!

okiedokie said...

Happy Anniversary. Would love to win one of your special bags.

proudmommy0f4 said...

While I do have cloth bags in the Green Bag style, they are all stitched by little 'ole me. They would love to have a friend from "the mother ship"!

Right now, I've got a drippy cold, and even the thought of outside cold makes me all shivery. Blech.

proudmommy3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Janet said...

I don't have one of your bags, but my sister does & she's the one who told me about your giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!

What I like about winter: It's not summer (too hot & humid where I live!)
What I dislike about winter: Short days.


Melissa said...

That's a lot of bags; congratulations!! I love my blue and white bag. I get lots of compliments on it and I send them your way. :)

Anonymous said...

I do not yet have the pleasure of owning, and enjoyment of using one of your fabric bags. I keep buying plain muslin ones in a variety of sizes, but alas they are plain and not as stylin' as the ones you create. As for the weather, I love winter,was out hiking in the snow with temps around 28F. Nothing prettier than seeing the snow on the fir trees and walking through the forest and seeing animal footprints everywhere! Congrats and Happy Anniversary. Wonderful Project.oh, email is silver5125(at)gmail(dot)com.Janet

Anonymous said...

I have a 2 bags, but would love to mail my daughter one. Happy Anniversary and keep up the great work.

Mel J
mkjacquot(at gmail(dot) com

Alea said...

First of all, happy anniversary!

I can't believe one of your bags went unclaimed, they are soooo cute and you do an awesome job! I have been trying to win one, but no luck yet- so hopefully this time around I will get lucky enough to win one!

My favorite part of winter is how peaceful and beautiful the world outside looks when it is covered in freshly fallen snow!


Andrea said...

Oh, I would love number 12,000 or 14,000! I can't believe that the 12,000 winner didn't claim it! I am in Florida so I would say that what I love and don't love about winter is the same thing, we have no snow. It's nice not having to worry about the clean up and everything from the snow but the feeling of winter doesn't last very long when everything looks the same all year long! Thanks for such a great giveaway and a surprise from bagette dad too!

campbell4158 AT me DOT com

Andrea said...

I forgot to say Happy Anniversary!!
I would definitely pass a bag on to a friend, if there are enough!
campbell4158 AT me DOT com

Kate Eileen Emmert said...

Happy Anniversary! (...And thanks for the heads up, Bagette Dad! )kate_emmert(at)hotmail(dot)com.

Trupti said...

I loved the freebie bags in the pic. PLEASEEEEEE send me the bags...
two things i love about winter are being cozy in a lovely home stitched quilt sipping coffee and lovely foggy mornings to go on morning walks..
happy anniversary to the green bags lady and her ever enthusiastic baggets and bagget dad..

Bagette Dad said...

You won a bag in Sept, but I did NOT get a response from you. Please contact me.
Bagette Dad

Anonymous said...

Wow- I just came across this for the first time and I just think it's so inspiring! I have 2 kids aged 9 and 11 and I'm always trying to find stories or people to show them the good in the world and encourage them to do the same. Thank you! my email is and bag or no bag, thanks for caring about this planet! PS, my favourite thing about winter is that because it gets dark so early, it's MUCH easier to get the kidlets to bed at a reasonable hour ;)

Ashley and Jason Faucett said...

first of all I do have a bag and I love it! :) Keep meaning to send pics but I always forget to take my camera to the store. :) I love the snow in winter, mainly seeing my almost 3 year old daughter playing in it; but I really do not like winter because I have dry skin and winter is not fun for my skin. :) Congratulations on your progress! Here's to MANY more!! faucsgirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

Korianne said...

I don't have a bag from you yet but always use reusable bags when I go to the store. Recently I had a few handles break on some cheaper bags and haven't had time to fix them so this would be of great help to me!

What I don't like about winter is how the cold makes me joints hurt. What I do like is snow ice cream!

my email is koratheexplora(at)gmail(dot)com

Lynn said...

I do not all ready have a bag- so would love one! lynnpwatson(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk
I like bright cold sunshine on a snowy day!

Kelly said...

I won a christmas bag from you, but would love an "everyday" one. My girl scouts have started watching this website, and I think several of them are thinking about doing something similar at our local farmer's market. I'll keep you posted if they follow through.

Christine M said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. I was lucky enough to win bag #13518 and have made one to give my Mum. (Will send a photo when I catch up with her). I've also got two more cut out and ready to go!

Teri said...

I would LOVE to have one of your beautiful bags. Thank you, thank you!


SuZ Stuff said...

gosh! I would love a bag from someone else---I have made dozens of fabric bags & given them out to anyone who looked in need of one

soooo...what about winter? ...ummm...
it's cold
less daylite hours
higher heating cost
it's snuggly so I get to wear nice snuggly clothes :-)
I get to make homemade soup-yum!
I get to watch more TV-fun.. pesty outdoor bugs
take on-line classes-more fun
I could go on..but space is limited


Anonymous said...

wow I just discovered your site, your bags are gorgeous and I think your mission for replacing paper and plastic bags its just inspiring :) I would loveeee to have one :)

My favorite part of winter is the snow, its just magical :), and ofcourse the holidays, its a very special time to be with family.


Love, Ina.-

Angela said...

Happy Anniversary!!

what I hate about winter: the cold!!
I already have a bag but would love to win 12,000 or 14,000


Angela :)

Clairebakescakes from NY said...

WOhoooooooo!!! Happy 3rd Anniversary on your blog. I love how you do these giveaways and even those who have won are still eligible to win.
Thanks so much :-)
I'm hating the snow right now. It's been blowing like crazy outside and I'm sick :-( but my hubby spoils me when I'm sick.


weaverk9 said...

Winter in south Texas - what could be better? Highs in the 80s, lows in the 60s. Make a sandman - not a snowman.

EMAIL ADDRESS: weaverk9(at)hotmail(dot)com

nichole said...

Just discovered this site a few days ago. Excited to enter your contest!

I'm loving winter and all the white "noe" this year because I get the relive the wonder of it thru 1.5 year old's eyes.

nichole ann (at) g mail [dot] c o m

Gretta said...

Happy "Bag-aversary!" :)

Although I am not a big fan of snow, I love the cold weather, layering clothes, wearing scarves and drinking hot chocolate to warm up!

bamagv at aol dot com

Katie said...

I love your bags, and just won one. I looked at your tutorial and made my first one out of some fabric I snagged for a dollar. It was so fun and easy I want to make more, but I would also love to win one of your other bags. I would have to say that I love the way winter makes everything white and clean. But this winter where I live it can't make up it's mind. One day it's freezing and the next day it's raining. So we've had to deal with lots of icy road conditions which I absolutely hate.

M Darlene Carey said...

Just found your site. LOVE IT! Can you make a buzzer with each bag that alarms when you get out at the store and your bag is still in the car (light lights on buzzer)


Tricia said...

I am loving winter because it gives me time to sew these lovely bags and donate them to others as well. Would love one just to say I won something ;).

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary to a wonderful cause! I'd love a bag, so I'm entering the fray. Winter in New York is spectacular - snowshoeing & cross country are my favorite activities. Bring on the snow!

The Sparkle said...

Whoo 3 years and more than 14000bags. Gefeliciteerd, Congratulation!!!

I don't have a green bag lady bag yet but i made myself and my family some bags.
After reading about this project about 8 months or more ago.
I always have 1 or 2 in my bag then when i go schopping.

I realy love the winter.
Specialy when there is snow and you have to drive between the fields like i have to do to my job.

I love the view of the different birds in the birdparadijs i made them.

Dieuwertje (The Sparkle)


Joanna said...

i do have a bag already but i'd love to have even just one of those 2 beauties!!! :) i especially like bag 14,000... looks really special. so undeniably Green Bag Lady-ish. hihi


Joanna said...

oh and happy happy happy anniversary, Teresa! :)

Green Bag Lady Teresa said...

Thanks everyone! I am having a ball reading all your comments. Wish I could make an appliqué bag for all of you! Really I do!

M Darlene Carey, you will have to talk to Bagette Dad about that one! Maybe if you have one from us, you will remember it more!

Mary said...

I have a bag from an earlier giveaway and it's great! This year I like the snow because of the joy and wonder it brings to my toddler. I still don't like being out in it for long though! marij4[at]gmail[dot]com

Andrea Pender Photography - Fort Worth, Texas said...

I have made quite a few bags for myself and for my clients (no more "throw away bags" for them!) after I first saw your work!

I think with all of your education one of these days everyone will be using cloth bags!


Happy Anniversary! :)

Angela and Jason said...

Happy Anniversary! This giveaway is so exciting!!! angsoh(at)hotmail(dot)com

shancy said...

I don't yet have a bag, but would LOVE LOVE LOVE one!! I am soooo inspired by what you're doing to help the planet. Every week I have one garbage bag and 3+ bins of recycleables...I hope others on my block soon start to do the same :o) I love thinking GREEN!

What I love about the winter is snowboarding on Mount Washington (Courtenay, BC, Canada) with my hubby and then returning with the kids to tube there! It's especially great here, in my opinion, because it rarely snows in the city so there's not too much shovelling involved! It would've been nice to have a white Christmas this year tho... :o)

Jama said...

Awesome and cute bags!


Hello, I'm Emily Clare. said...

oooh, that polka dot bag is darling! i don't like the coldness that comes with winter. i'm a warm weather person!
lilbikergirl (at) gmail (dot) com

krista said...

hey, I don't have a bag but I love them! Happy anniversary, loving the winter in the south this year a little bit of snow is perfect. kharbins@unccdotedu

A.J. Dub. said...

I have a bag too! I also just finished making and mailing out my second freebie from you.

I hate being cold in the winter. Thank goodness for slippers and hot cocoa! I love watching my kids enjoy a rare snowfall here.
Also I made a mini bag for my little gal to help me with the groceries. So cute!

Polly Jones said...

wow, you have been busy! Congratulations! I love the foods of winter time, especially soup.

onerarebird said...

My favorite thing about winter, especially January-March is that there is absolutely nothing going on this time of year. The Holiday madness is over and there won't be any yard work, big holidays, or demanding obligations for several more months. It's dark and rainy which makes it a great time to be inside with a cup of coffee and a long-neglected craft or project I've been meaning to get to. I read more, sleep more, and kick back more in the winter, not to mention eat more. It's my most restorative time of year.

Thanks for the opportunity to win one of your great bags!


dailyhues said...

Thank you for your generosity and for your vision of a plastic bag-less environment. My favorite things about winter are the school snow days (or the school 2-hr delays) - any excuse to sleep in on a cold winter's morning.

mb said...

wow, bag 14,000 is HOT! :) i love it. and what i love about winter is "going inward". if that makes sense to anyone. :)
earth.huggy at gmail dot com

kalbee said...

I've made the switch, but more bags can never hurt! :)

Shelley @ Green Eggs & Hamlet said...

Happy anniversary! I don't have a bag but would love to get one and spread the word. Thank you! greeneggshamlet(at)gmail(dot)com

p.s. I'm quite curious what this Mr. Bag secret surprise is. :)

Nelka said...

This is my first year in over a decade of living somewhere that snow doesn't stick around during the winter. I miss it. I don't miss driving in it, but I do miss the crunch of walking through it, how it sparkles during evening walks, and how everything looks so new and different with a coat of snow on it. That being said, I've really enjoyed only minimally bundling up to head outside this winter.

onerarebird said...

Oops, sorry I forgot to leave my email address...

Thank you again!

nancy said...

YAY!!Great job Green bag lady and all who use cloth!
What I LOVE about winter in Hawaii is the migration of the humpback whales to our beautiful warm waters,and that there is snow on Mauna Kea & you can see it while you bask in the sea!

Mama Free said...

Hello! What a great freebie :)))) My email address is free(dot)mama(at)live(dot)com :))

And my favorite thing about winter is hoodies :)) They are one of my favorite articles of clothing, but living in San Diego, I don't get very many opportunities to wear them :))

Anonymous said...

This is great what you are doing!! Thank you. What I love about winter is I live in Hawaii and I get to look at snow on Mauna Kea in my bikini at the beach- what I dont like about winter is I live in Hawaii so I dont get to snowboard. moonsprout07(at)yahoo(dot)com I have a cloth diapering store Moonsprout in Hilo and and got connected to you vis Harmony Arts (love her too). Mahalo Nui Loa, Geana Miura

FJ said...

Love what you're doing!!! I am inspired to start making and giving away bags to my friends! I definitely can start tapping into my store of extra odds and ends fabric left over from different sewing projects. Happy anniversary and happy sewing to you!!!!!
Aloha from Hawai'i,

Connie said...

Oh, this is great! I would love a bag. Thanks.


Sherri said...

Great job everyone! I have a bag and use it to carry books and it is holding up well. Thanks for keeping the plastic in the stores.


Anna said...

I don't have a bag but I love your project! Congratulations on your anniversary! I recently moved from Virginia to Canada and you know what I like about winter? Absolutely nothing.

Anonymous said...

Eeek, I found out about this 12 minutes too late! I'll comment hopefully anyways... I'd love a bag, I use them for eeeeverything. This sounds like a great project! What I don't like about winter is the cold. Obvious, I know, but it makes me ache. If winter was warm, it'd be great!

Anonymous said...

Oh hey, you're in a different time zone, awesome! :D Forgot to say, I don't already have a bag - I just found out about this project from SoulRole.

rachelle @ said...

Hi :) I just found your site, so I don't (YET) have one of your bags, and love your mission. Congratulations!!

Helen said...

Hi, Congratulations. I don't have a bag but would love one.

Anonymous said...

I know this has ended but I was told to try anyways.. :)

Anonymous said...

I already have a bag but I just had to comment how cool the "green bag lady bag" is. Your bags keep getting better and better! Thanks for the interesting info!

Deborah in Michigan