Monday, December 10, 2007

Raindrops keep fallin' on my head

What am I about to say is going to make me sound like my grandfather, but so be it. It seems like every year we get less and less snow around here. And sadly, more and more ice. It started raining on Saturday (complete with thunder), but it is so cold outside it just freezes on everything. Ice storms are scary, and thankfully we still have power. I will take 18 inches of snow any day over this funny business.
Of course that means we have been housebound again for days on end. When I first saw the Scottie dog fabric at Hollyhocks I just knew I had to have it. I finally managed to scrounge up the remaining yard and a half in our JoAnns* a few weeks ago, and it has been sitting there calling to me ever since while I tried to decide on what style bag to make.

It takes a long time to browse a half million bag photos on Flickr you know! When I saw this bag again at Mint Basil , I knew I found the winner.
I used even more of those 5 inch squares from that fabric swap for the patchwork strip. I decided at the last minute that I needed some kind of trim on the front, and I had a tiny piece of green velvet ribbon that was *just* long enough. And no bag is complete without a vintage snowflake brooch, is it?
Not wanting to waste any of those precious 5 inch squares I made a patchwork strap.

It's cuter than I expected, but it took me an entire day to make. That's roughly the same amount of time as it took to make the flannel quilt. Whew. Bag making is tough stuff. LOL

*If you go to JoAnn looking for the dog fabric look in the juvenile apparel section. The ladies at our store never have a clue what you are asking about if you ask them, and I had to hunt high and low (literally) to find it.

32 comments:

  1. That fabric is just so cute!

    I love your choices for the bag...it's just right. :)

    I have been trying to avoid JoAnn's...might not be able to now.

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  2. That Scottie print is adorable. Cute bag.

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  3. Cute bag.

    I hate the ice, too. It is terrible. Be safe.

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  4. Love that fabric, go girl, this is fab!!!!!!!

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  5. That purse is mighty cute there, missy! (Said in my very best grandpa voice ;-})

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  6. ice storms are scary but fascinating, esp for me, being from california and having never experienced one until i moved to texas hill country. i took so many pictures of icicles that day!

    CUTE bag, btw!

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  7. I want snow for Christmas also. Lots and lots of it . To stay inside and cuddle near the fire and drink lots of hot chocolate and warm cider. Mary

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  8. Oh my gosh, CUTE, CUTE, CUTE!
    Love your fabric choices and the green trim is perfect and the strap is darling!
    SOOO inspiring Sarah! Wow!

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  9. That bag is so cute!

    We are expecting ice here today. I agree with you - give me snow any day rather than ice!

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  10. Beautiful!! It makes me crazy that the folks working at Joann don't have a clue. At my local Joann, they have several teenage boys who work there. They really don't have a clue about fabric. While I'm ranting about Joann, wouldn't you think they could have sharp scissors at the cutting table?

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  11. What a great bag. Love the patchwork. Love the velvet trim. Love the snowflake pin. Pretty much just love the whole thing.

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  12. I am so impressed with the workmanship on that! Your right, bags are tough! Brave woman you are to go out in the ice for the photo shoot! The things we do for blogging!

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  13. http://mandco.typepad.com/6:45 AM

    I love that bag!! The color is great! And the scottie dog's are tooo cute!

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  14. You are a seamstress extraordinaire. Really perfect - every tiny bit of it!!!
    I always think of your state as the south which I always assume is nice and balmy all year long. Shows you what I know!

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  15. fabulous bag and i am feling your pain in the ice!!!

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  16. We are getting that ice today and I'm staying inside!! Luckily all of our classes and such have been CANCELED, so I don't even feel any guilt about it.

    I LOVE that bag, did you have a pattern? The fabric is cute too. There is no way I can take the time to do much hunting with kids in tow!

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  17. Lisa thedomesticdiva11:41 AM

    oh my...that's too cute! Love it!

    with friendship,
    Lisa

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  18. Such a cute bag! Ha, the ladies at our Joann's have no idea either... :)
    I hate ice storms... I think we get pretty much the same weather as you do & we have been getting tons of rain & then it just freezes. (Although I am not sure I would take a ton of snow over ice here... how about neither? :)

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  19. So cute! I love your fabric choices.

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  20. Ice storms make the trees look beautiful but other than that, they're horrible - unsafe for us and the trees! Keep safe.

    Did you sew that bag?!? Wow!!! I remember it seemed not that long ago that you purchased a sewing machine and decided to learn how to sew. You've come along way, baby!

    And one more thing - love your artistry behind your photo shooting!

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  21. Jennifer1:31 PM

    That bag is SOOOO cute!!!

    And we're getting the ice too. It's not been too scary here; the temp has risen just barely above freezing now, so it's melting faster than it can form. But we had about a 1/4 inch when I got up this morning.

    And what is it with the ladies at Joann's?

    Jennifer
    www.whatididatschooltoday.com

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  22. Cute, cute purse, but oh that picture below of Jack and Santa, adorable. That will be a framable keeper forever!

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  23. Great bag Sarah! Hopefully your ice is all gone now -- the rain came and happily melted ours all away!

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  24. I am way impressed...I just attempted to make the mittens from sew, mama, sews blog...they look like lobster claws, which I guess is great if your kid is a lobster. lol.

    You are very talented and your bag is beautiful!

    Kimmie
    mama to 6
    one homemade and 5 adopted

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  25. I love it!! That is so cute!! I have to make a run to JoAnn's

    Stay safe and warm. Hope the storm leaves soon!

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  26. Adorable bag! 1 day sounds awfully quick to me. I would imagine that would have taken me at least a year to make! We have been lucky and escaped most of the ice up here. Though they did cancel most flights out of KCI so dh is stuck out of town. Bah!

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  27. Your bag turned out so cute. It does look like a lot of work. I just can't seem to find the time to sew...maybe after Christmas. Dianntha

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  28. I heart snowflakes, especially vintage ones. That's one cute bag! Those 5 inch squares have really worked out for you. What a great swap.

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  29. Sandi Henderson12:56 PM

    Oh well look at that! You do have the fabric LOL. Too cute!

    Sandi

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  30. Sarah, that bag is very nicely done! So cute, too!
    You left a comment on my blog the other day about needing our own IKEA. All I can say is heck yeah!

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  31. OMG!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that bag!!! Sooo freakin cute!!!

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  32. The purse is so cute...love all the fabric squares!

    Merry Christmas blessings,

    kari and kijsa

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