Monday, December 8, 2008

Happy Bags!

Have had a busy weekend and there is a busy week ahead! I did manage to make these Happy Bags over the weekend ... yes, I did do housework, washing, and made sure everyone was fed! It has been such a buzz making these bags and it feels good to have some nice Christmas presents ready.

I was inspired to make these bags by enlarging Pink Penguin's little fabric baskets - not only have I got the dimensions down pat, found the most suitable batting/fleece, added a piping detail, added handy pockets inside and nice sturdy handles. I feel I can now call the pattern my own! Guess what everyone will be getting for presents and swaps now?


This is a lovely pic of Karyn and Ken who were married on Saturday afternoon - it was such a beautiful wedding - really brought out the romantic in me - I think it is just wonderful that these two have found each other after both suffering the losses of previous spouses. Best wishes to them both for a long, happy life together!

Now to Blogland news - check out Freda's Hive! Nanette is celebrating her First Post Anniversary. Do read the reason for naming her blog Freda's Hive - it is a really beautiful tribute to her Mother! I have become very fond of Nanette since discovering her blog - it is just full of wonderful news and tutorials- so inspiring!

Another great read - visit Chookyblue to read about her famous friend The Cushion Queen! I think these cushions are the greatest and the best part is they are made from scraps - I have bought a great piece of fabric to make a cushion soon - after reading this article, I will use only a piece from the fabric and add other fabrics, then I will have lots left over of the special fabric. A big thank-you to Donna who is another special Blogland friend - she has been working so hard organizing the Secret Santa Christmas Swap and it has all been so successful and so much fun!

Off to another sock-knitting lesson tomorrow - maybe Wednesday I will have to give one of my groups a miss - I still have Christmas shopping to do and the thought of it scares me! Wish I could knit socks fast enough to give to the guys in our family - maybe when I am an 'old' lady (now don't be rude!) I will have time!

I'm sure you all have a busy week planned, too - remember to take time to do a little stitching!

Hugs!

15 Lovely People said ...:

Mildred said...

What cute happy bags. Your color choices are perfect. Best wishes to the happy newlweds - they look very happy.

Chookyblue...... said...

pleased Tutti Fruitti has inspired you to make you cushion a little differently and therefore have litle more of the very special fabric left for something else...........she is a great friend.......and once all the presents have turned up then I will be very happy..........

Lindi said...

The bags are lovely! Great fabrics.
Congratulations to the happy couple. I wish them many happy years ahead!

Catherine said...

Your HAppy Bags are gorgeous!! Love the name you have given them!! Cathyx

Shari said...

You are an amazing power house in Happy Bag making!! Can we expect a tutorial sometime soon so we can make happy bags too(lol)!! Have fun tomorrow with the socks!
Hugs

Kerri said...

Nice chrissy pressies. I love the colours of them. Best wishes to the newlweds too.

Purple and Paisley said...

your bags are so gorgeous...i failed at making the small pink penguin baskets...=(...would you consider doing a tutorial for you bags? please?

em's scrapbag said...

Love the bags. They will make wonderful gifts.

quiltingnana said...

your handquilting in your last post looks great

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Thanks Lurline - you are a darling. The bags are so lovely. How smart of you to enlarge the basket! I'm impressed. Love the colors. Congrats to the newlyeds.

clare said...

Great bags . Beautiful colours . Clare's Craftroom

Maree said...

Love the Bags they are Great...Nice Wedding piccie...
cheers

Kylie said...

Lurline the bags are stunning! Would love to know how you enlarged the basket pattern.

Maree said...

Looks like a nice day was had with your Tuesday Girls...Congrats on getting into the magazine..yahoo!!! I am posting here as the comment is not working properly on your recent post...
cheers

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