Saturday, 17 May 2008

Serendipity

Stayed up late sewing last night, as you do! Keen to get my new bag finished. I have long admired the beautiful bags of Pink Lemonade Boutique & the inspiration for using linen for this bag came from her. Linen + anything = success, I reckon. I employed my favourite bag-holding model for this shot (aka skinny daughter):In the middle of the night, and with only a final button to put on, I couldn't find a button big enough in my bits & bobs, until ... ... I found these little treasures. They are probably 30 or 40 years old & I inherited them from an elderly relative. I was very encouraged by the claim that any unskilled dimwit could use them! Wondered if that extended to someone sewing late at night with too much red wine under her belt, but I really wanted to get this bag finished. And, as so often happens when forced to improvise, the result was surprisingly satisfactory, even quite cute! Enormous thanks to Janelle, the pattern's designer, who just happened to be on hand to help me choose fabrics. I love it Janelle! If you are tempted to make one of these bags yourself, it is called "Frilly Dilly Bag" by Janelle Wind Collection & there is a list of stockists on Janelle's blog. I am off to spend 24 hours with these girls on a quilting retreat. Too much fun! We are expecting snow at home (an unusual occurrence), so there is much excitement in the house as the kids have never seen snow - a big weekend all round!

28 comments:

  1. Frilly indeed! It turned out great. And thanks for turning me on to Janelle. She is a treasure. I just bought some (more modern) self cover buttons, as I found myself in the same position a few weeks ago. I am glad to see yours worked so well. Have a great time this weekend, I am quite jealous. Love Stacy

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  2. Oh I love it..well done..........and so quick ........must have been the red wine.........the button is perfect for the job.......enjoy your time with the girls and I hope for the kids sake it snows.......

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  3. Love the bag and especially the linen!! I have had this pattern for years, really must make it up.. I miss the snow, I hope that the kids get to see it!!! Hubby heading back to the central west in a week so he might get to see some this year. Lucky him!!

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  4. Your bag is gorgeous!! The fabrics work really well with the linen.
    Hope you have a great weekend away with the girls.

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  5. Oh congratulations - you're bag is absolutely beautiful - and well worth waiting for I'm sure. Your button is just the perfect finish to a gorgeous creation.
    Kind regards - Dawn

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  6. Your bag looks very chic. I can see myself doing the grocery shopping with one of those over my shoulder!! Looking forward to hearing all about your quilting retreat and maybe even some pictures of the snowman!! LOL. Evonne

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  7. Love your bag it is Gorgeous the colours are great. so pretty I hope you get some snow the children will love it.
    Hugs Mary.

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  8. Pretty bag,have fun at your quilting retreat

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  9. Lovely bag. Have a nice weekend I remember those buttons must be getting old LOL.

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  10. Yes this turned out great. I hope you enjoy your weekend.

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  11. That bag is adorable! I love that button too, so cute!

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  12. Oh, your bag has turned out just so cute! That is such a sweet pattern x Rachel

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  13. WOW your bag is stunning - I am ALWAYS so thrilled to see one of my designs made up and this is one of my favourite bags. It looks fantastic in the linen and fabrics we chose too. I think the self cover button finishes it off beautifully. Hope you enjoy using your new bag, it is gorgeous xx Janelle

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  14. Oh Ros! It's lovely, I'm so lucky to have seen it in person. Just beautiful. So nice to catch up for a quick visit again. I could get used to these fortnightly sewing/stitching weekends. LOL!

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  15. How cute!
    Your bag really turned out great!
    You can be very pleased! Enjoy using it!

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  16. Oh man, that is super cute. I, too, am a long-time fan of PinkLemonade, and I think this bag is definitely as wonderful as all of hers! I actually have a valance on my kitchen window that is similar -- linen base with three rows of ruffles along the bottom out of three different fabrics. Mine was inspired by Anthropologie and many skirts I have bought from there...

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  17. Your bag is really cute! Love all the frills! Hope you had a nice weekend.

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  18. Wow! The bag is amazing. The colour selection is fantastic. well done! Jo

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  19. Your Bag looks absoulutely Gorgeous,love the fabrics & I think the button looks perfect.
    cheers
    maree

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  20. Oh Ros it's AMAZING!!! I love the fabric combo that you chose, well done..

    Jodie :)

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  21. What a gorgeous bag. I think I will have to get this pattern.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Kind regards from Liz

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  22. I love the bag, I may look into making one myself.

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  23. Wow! Bloom, your bag is absolutely far-out pretty and fabulous! I love the fabric you have chosen, well done!

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  24. it's so gorgeous! and your retreat sounded like a real treat, too. lucky you!

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  25. I just NOW found your blog, and adore the bag you made! It is SO pretty and SO pink, and SO me, lol.

    Hugs from the Netherlands

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  26. LOVE THIS BAG!!! Do you have a tutorial on it? Just found your blog and I love what you are blogging here! I'm from the US, Missouri...right in the middle. My daughter does musicals and we have a silent auction to raise scholarship money for those that cannot afford the tuition to attend this theatre and do our shows. I'm making the Blossie Bags and wanted to make one or two of these as well. Keep blogging, I just love it!

    Thanks! Lisa
    lisajjameson@yahoo.com

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