Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Anne of Avonlea

Anne of Avonlea was created by Linda and is located in Phoenix, AZ.
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Bid on this bag by leaving your name and a bid in the comments section. Bidding starts at $30 and increases by whole $s please. Highest bidder at 8pm on Monday, July 6th gets the BAG! Postage extra.

Anne of Avonlea is a collection of bits and pieces for that shabby chic look and feel. If it was pink, yellow, green or blue and in my scrap bag, it's on this purse! I love denim mixed with the light colors for that vintage appearance.

The flap is fashioned in a quilt pattern and I'll explain them left to right, top to bottom. A scrap of a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt stitched by my grandmother or her mother, lime green chenille fabric from Becca, hand sewn embroidered pink flowers and raised "ribbon" from a tea towel, denim, machine embroidered flowers and cut work from a second hand table cloth, denim, cream canvas looking cotton with hot pink roses, buttery yellow and cream striped denim, and again, more machine embroidered yellow flowers form the table cloth, lighter denim and (the grand finale) and hand embroidered pink dogwood flowers from a table cloth that my mother made almost 50 years ago. (Way to go, Mom!)

The front flap is decorated with pale yellow chenille rick-rack, white lace with pearls, green and white striped satin ribbon and hot pink and white gingham ribbon. There are also vintage buttons in baby blue and light green, as well as a newer heart shaped pink button. The front flap is lined with denim.

Under the flap is an edge from mom's table cloth with more of the dainty yellow lace edging. Cute blue and green button mark the line in the center of the two pockets.

The sides and bottom of the bag are two shades of denim. The cell pocket is trimmed with the corner from mother's tablecloth with handmade dainty yellow lace.

The faded denim on the bag is from a pair of Jill's old Calvin Klein jeans. It is quite soft from years of styling. Thanks, Jilly.

The back matches the quilt pattern on the front and the only addition to the fabrics are two squares from a chenille bedspread (my fave). The quilted part makes up two pockets, with one quite narrow one for pens or reading glasses. The divide is accented by the pink rose button.

Inside Anne of Avonlea is mostly denim, but the pocket front is a vase full of mom's hand stitched pink dogwood flowers. The pocket is trimmed with pink and white gingham ribbon and a light pink and tiny yellow antique buttons.

The strap is knotless and measures 52", the perfect length to sling across one shoulder for hands-free garage sailing. It is made of denim, the yellow striped denim, the chenille bedspread, Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt and the canvas "looking" cotton with hot pink flowers.

All the denim fabric makes this a sturdy little bag! It measures 12" long, 9" tall and 3" deep. I love the look of this bag and some day I will decorate an entire room like this. Enjoy!

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Monday, June 29, 2009

JayP is this week's Bag Biddie

JayP, please email BagsforZaza@gmail.com within 1 week to arrange payment and postage/pickup.

Thanks so much for your support. All proceeds from this fundraiser go toward Zaza's adoption.

Check back tomorrow morning for another bag!
It's like we're on a roll or something...

Monday, June 22, 2009

Mia's Story

Mia's Story was created by Linda and is located in Phoenix, AZ.
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Bid on this bag by leaving your name and a bid in the comments section. Bidding starts at $30 and increases by whole $s please. Highest bidder at 8pm on Monday, June 29th gets the BAG! Postage extra.

Mia’s Story is a bag with a surprise, just like Mia’s Story. This bag is not the typical BFZ size. It measures 11.5” long, 9.5” tall and 2.75” wide. A smaller, cozier version of our large carrier bags. The straps, however, are longer than usual, measuring 49” the way they are tied in the photos. It can be shortened or lengthened by changing the knot.

This collection of fabrics has a rich history, just like Mia’s Story. My friend, Regan, came over and was picking out fabrics for her bag while my mother was standing nearby wearing black pants with orange, red, pink and yellow flowers embroidered across the bottom of the legs. She asked if my mom was almost finished wearing those pants. :o) So the pants were donated to BFZ several days later.

Regan also bought a child’s sized Asian top with little men embroidered on it at a second hand store and brought it to me for her bag. Her bag was finished without the little men included. They are inside Mia’s Story as pockets with their original frog closure from the little shirt. (That was the surprise, in case you were wondering.) There are two little orange buttons anchoring the top of those pockets.

The pockets under the flap are made of an embroidered placemat that I picked up at a second hand shop. It is covered in tiny blanket stitches that are so adorable.

The insides of the bag are a soft green silk-like fabric, the color of the plants from Mia’s Story. The same pale green is also the underside of the straps.

Also on the straps are vintage pieces of a quilt called Grandmother’s Flower Garden made of 2” hexagon scraps. This was a remnant from my great grandmother’s stitching shop. It includes four different fabrics in greens, yellows and soft oranges.

The sturdy orange fabric makes up the sides, side of the flap and the straps of Mia’s Story. It is a rich woven decorator fabric with several shades of beautiful oranges.

Pockets include: cell pocket, two on the back of the bag, two under the flap and two inside for lots of storage.

The flap and outside pockets are adorned with black satin ribbon with tiny white polka-dots.

Happy Bidding! And Thank YOU for helping bring Zaza home!

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Most Marvelous Miriam

Tonight's Bag Biddie is Miriam! Thanks so much Miriam ... again. We know where to find you.

All proceeds from this fundraiser go towards Zaza's adoption.

P.S. I was looking at a baby name website and for the first time thought to look up Zaza. It means movement. Neato, eh? It's not even her real name, but it speaks to the journey that's ahead for this little girl.

P.P.S. Why was I looking at a baby name website? Because our own adoption is actually moving along and although we're not changing our children's names, we're adding an extra middle name.


Friday, June 12, 2009

Vintage Flowers

Can you believe it? A new messenger bag! So very exciting.

Vintage Flowers was created by Grace and is located in Phoenix, AZ.
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Bid on this bag by leaving your name and a bid in the comments section. Bidding starts at $30 and increases by whole $s please. Highest bidder at 8pm on Fri, June 19th gets the BAG! Postage extra.

“Vintage flowers” was the name of the collection that this beautiful rose fabric was from. The two main fabrics were from a donation of high end fabric samples from my friend, Cheryl. They were over $50 per yard and so nice to work with. The Lime green is an embossed, cotton blend from Belgium and the floral is 100% cotton from the UK.

The flap has rounded corners and is trimmed with a perfect piece of ribbon Linda had in her stash and the eyelet is from a skirt Linda made years ago.

The front has the two fabrics with two pockets trimmed with polka dot ribbon and eyelet. For the cell pocket on the side I had a cute ribbon designed fabric piece that I just had to use for some added interest and I trimmed it with pink braid and two other contrasting fabrics.

The back has two large pockets trimmed with striped ribbon, eyelet and a matching flower button.

I had fun using different fabric pieces and trims to make the 38½" strap.

The lining is made from a pink Ralph Lauren cotton sheet and the lime green fabric. I made a double pocket of a beautiful fabric sample of green and off-white silk, which I trimmed with pink fabric and polka dot ribbon and secured with a fancy green button.

The bag measures 11" x 11¾" x 3". It is interlined with iron-on fabric to make it sturdy.

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