Bag Lady

When I first learned to sew, I was really into making bags and purses. For a while, it was my thing. I gave them away as as gifts and sold them at craft sales. I designed most of them myself and I made a lot of them. A lot.

Over the span of a few years, I made at least fifty bags, possibly more. I never really counted, I just sewed. I eventually ran out of ideas and interest in them though, and moved on to other projects. Although I still make the occasional bag, my little home based purse factory has been closed for years.

That hasn’t stopped me from buying supplies, especially if the price is right. Sometime last year, while perusing one of my favorite thrift stores, I found a abundance of vintage purse handles in various shapes and sizes. I bought them all without giving much thought about what I’d do with them. I couldn’t resist – they were practically giving them away. I brought them home dumped the bag of handles in my craft room (or the room where projects go to die) and forgot about them.

Now that I’m in the midst of a craft/sewing binge in an effort to clean up the craft room of doom, I gave one of the handle sets a whirl.

The exterior is tweed and the lining is made from cotton.

This project has somewhat renewed my interest making purses. I still have quite a few more handle sets to put to use, and I’m looking forward to seeing what I can create with them.

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Craft Project For Borderline Hoarders

As I’m getting older, I’m finding it easier to let go of the past, especially when it comes to stuff. Every now and then though, I come across something I just can’t get rid of. For example, a t-shirt I bought in 1988 (the 8th grade), and even though nothing significant happened while I was wearing it, I just couldn’t throw it away. It spent about 20 years in a box at my parents house, until they cleaned out their storage space. Then, my old junk was relocated to our house where I realized very little of it was actually worth keeping.

Most of it ended up in our donation bin, but I held this one old t-shirt. I’d loved it so much back then. I just couldn’t let it go.

I was never going to actually wear it again, so I turned it into decor.

The rectangle shaped pillow was made from the front of the shirt and the back is the smaller square. The backs are made from navy blue corduroy.

Long live my favourite t-shirt!

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Herb and Goat Cheese Dip – Lactose Free!

This conversation took place in our home last night:

D: Jeremy, you should try this dip. It’s lactose free, but you wouldn’t know it…Oh come on, don’t recoil in horror.

J: I’m not recoiling. I’m slowly walking away…In horror.

My husband will not touch any of my wheat free, dairy free, new age hippie foods.

It’s his loss.

Herb and Goat Cheese Dip – Lactose Free

2/3 cup dairy free sour cream* (I used Tofutti brand)
1 brick goat cheese (130g)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tbsp chives of green onion, chopped

Blend sour cream, goat cheese, garlic and herbs in a small food processor.

Garnish with green onion or chives. Serve with vegetables and/or crackers.

*Obviously, you could use actual sour cream here, if lactose is not a concern.

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