Photo Finish Friday

This corner of my house is making me so happy. Look at all the blooms! Even my Christmas cacti is joining the club totally off season. Both shamrock plants are (sham)rocking flowers and look at that orchid! She's simply showing off. I can't wait to get outside and start digging in the pots on my deck and porch. We have to wait until after Mothers Day or they may get ruined with snow. Pics to come. Have a fantastic weekend! :) Teresa


Mom

As you all know, this past Sunday was Mothers Day. A bittersweet day for those of us who have lost our mother and are moms ourselves. It is lovely to be celebrated but difficult not to fuss over your own mom. As I've talked about before, I lost my mom over 15 years ago to cancer. She taught me so much growing up, how to be strong, how to be independent, how to strive for what I wanted in life and how to sew. She made all of my clothes (except shoes and socks) well into my teens. I remember thinking it was the greatest thing ever when I got a store bought pair of jeans in the 7th grade! Ha.

Here are a few gems from my childhood in outfits made by my mother. She even made my First Communion dress, which I still have! Not sure what to do with it, but fun to look at. Maybe I should frame it? I've seen people do that with Christening gowns. Hmmm, something to think about. Happy belated Mothers Day to all you moms out there. XOXO--Teresa








Workday Wednesday

Between tennis, etsy orders and alterations, my days have been getting away from me! Here is what I've been up to:

1) Fixed the leather attachment on a friend's fav purse

2-3) Made a new cover for a heated neck pillow. I used some of Harmony's fabric and added a zipper.

4) 13 custom XS tennis pouches for an etsy order. This is pretty much every tennis fabric I have!

5) I loved making those pouches so much that I added all of them as a listing in my etsy shop!

6) Another custom pouch for etsy. Yay elephants! :)

7) Making bags from the "garage of fabric" the bottom row are ironed flat to go in etsy orders. :)

8) Made bracelets for Little Girl and 2 of her sorority sisters. Their symbol is an anchor.










Photo Finish Friday

Squeaking this post in right before midnight. :) Hope your week was lovely, this rainbow was such a sweet surprise Wednesday evening at dinner. Got to hang out with some fellow awesome moms tonight. Sewing and laundry tomorrow. What is on your agenda? Hugs and have a good weekend! Teresa


GF Carrot Cake

Hey there. I haven't shared a recipe in a while and I'm telling you, this one is AWESOME! Even if you are not gluten free, you need to make these. I put chopped pecans on about 1/2 the recipe as Little Man is not such a fan of nuts and I, on the other hand, haven't met a nut I don't like. Ha. I used this recipe and substituted coconut sugar for the brown sugar to make it even healthier. I love eating them plain as a muffin or frosted as a cupcake. Either way they are amazing. Carrot is one of my fav cakes of all time and I'm so happy to have found this GF recipe. YUMMY! Teresa





Laundry

I'm hoping the bottle on the left is the last plastic bottle of laundry detergent I ever buy. I've been wanting to switch to the dissolvable kind for a while now but had a couple giant Costco bottles to work through first. Do you use the dissolvable kind? I would like to hear your thoughts on brands and such. I have a front loader so I'm assuming I just stick it in with the load? I found these at Target and have used Ecos in the past and liked it so I'm starting with these. Please share any info you have! Teresa


Spring!

I took these photos on my Sunday run day yesterday. I'm so excited about the signs of spring all around me. Love, love, love the blooming trees! :) Teresa 




Photo Finish Friday

This pic just showed up on my phone. Obviously accidental but I kinda love it. What do you have on the schedule for the weekend? I hope to get through many prom/bridesmaid dresses to help clear out my sewing space. I'd love to make a few bags from the "Garage of Fabric" haul on Monday. Have a fantastic one! Teresa

Fundraiser for Ukraine Bagette

Hey lovely readers. I have never asked for money here on Green Bag Lady but I do hope you will consider donating to a very worthy cause. Bagette Liia, who is the chapter coordinator from Zaporizhia, Ukraine needs our help. Zaporizhia is in the east of Ukraine in one of the hardest hit areas. She and her son had to escape to Poland and were luckily taken in by some wonderful Polish people. Liia's funds are running low, mainly because she is sending money back to the Ukraine to help the troops on the front line. Ugh. I can't even imagine!

This photo is of Liia and her students when they started the chapter a few years ago. Here is another post of Liia and her students. Please read more from Bagette Liia below. Please consider donating. I would appreciate it SO much. I promise that every dime donated will go directly to Bagette Liia. There are 3 ways to donate:

Paypal: teresa@vanhatten.com (please put the word Ukraine in the notes)

Venmo: @teresa-granath-1 (please put the word Ukraine in the notes)

By check: PM me or email me for info: teresa@vanhatten.com

I hope to donate directly into Liia's Polish bank account once a week. Hugs to you all, any amount is great! I will personally be donating $500 from me and Bagette Dad because I KNOW he would love that. Teresa


March 10, 2022

Dear Teresa,

I was touched to tears reading your words of support, thank you very much. I had to go to another country with my 13 year-old son. It was a long and exhausting journey including a car accident but we are safe now in Poland. Polish people gave us a place to live and their government provides us with some food and clothes collected by volunteers.  I have to find a job here...

Our students are in the western part of Ukraine or abroad, they left Zaporizhia which is in the south-east of Ukraine. Some are still in the city. Russian forces occupied all smaller towns of our region and they are 50 km from Zaporizhia. They have destroyed all the infrastructure and do not let the citizens a chance to leave towns, Ukrainians suffer a lot and there are a lot of victims....

I pray and hope Ukraine will survive and overcome!

Thanks again for your care! Best regards, Liia

April 16, 2022

Dear Teresa,

Sorry for keeping you waiting for so long, had some problems with the access to the Internet. Polish people are very hospitable and the teachers' society in Krakow promised to organise special Polish language courses for Ukrainian teachers in order to let them find jobs at schools in September. Now I cannot do it without the proper knowledge of Polish. I still work for my Ukrainian school, we have started distance learning for those students who are safe.
As for the money help you have offered, I would be very grateful if it is possible, but I really feel uncomfortable saying that😢 Though I still get salary from Ukraine I try to transfer some sum of money to the volunteers from our school who provide the defenders of our city with all things they need from food to the uniforms etc. There is a lack of everything there((( Also the term of free-of-charge living in a host family is expiring soon. 

Thank you for your support 
Best wishes, Liia 

April 24, 2022

Dear Teresa,

Thanks again for your email and support and your offer!
Yes, I am ok, to the extent possible in this situation.
Fundraising campaign is the thing I have never imagined...that it could be organised for the sake of my family and my city. It is challenging and requires a lot of commitment so it is not an easy task to do... 
I am so embarrassed that my letter looks like begging for money ((( Really we do not need much right now and the needs of our army is above ours and I hope for the better, but the news is still terrible.

Thanks for everything you do!
Best wishes,
Liia

The Garage of Fabric

Julie (who brought bags to Africa with one of my neighbors in 2019) called me a few weeks ago to tell me she was cleaning out her parents house and garage. She said that her mom had "a garage of fabric" that needed to go. How intriguing! So, yesterday, Bagette Meg and I drove 2 hours to Cañon City, CO to hang out in the thick of 50 bins for a couple hours. Oh my. We went through EVERY tub. We took what we could for bags and left A LOT of fabric behind. Julie assured us that she had another person who would take all we could not use. We completely filled the back of my car with about 10 garbage bags worth. 

I'm set on fabric for a good while! Thanks Julie, hope all the rest of it finds great homes. Teresa