a new bag

My new bag is done- another messenger/ schoolbag design. The last one I made was looking very worn out indeed. This is a very similar design. The changes- slightly bigger, longer and adjustable strap, slightly different pocket configuration, button closures.

I took these photos with the bag empty. The front-


You can see that I found my left-over pieces from the first bag and have used them up. With the flap up- 2 layers of pockets in the front.

The back- more of the old fabric. A large slip-in pocket in the back.

It is a real mish-mash of colors and fabrics. The purple on the inside is a home decorating fabric sample. The brown is cotton twill from a pair of pants. I recycled the hardware from an old schoolbag.

I’ve put my stuff into it. It seems so roomy now … but that won’t last long, I’m sure.

Onto other news. First- Happy Valentines Day everyone! And Happy 4th blog birthday to me! That was yesterday actually. I am constantly amazed at the wonderfulness of the internet. I am looking forward to another great year!

I AM going to London- the tickets are purchased and the hotel is booked. I am tagging along on a business trip. If anyone wants to meet up, I will be there from Wednesday through Sunday. I can bring freezer paper as a bribe!

The trip has meant a bit of reshuffling of schedules and as a result, on Tuesday, my son and I drove up to Portland, Maine. We went to visit the Maine College of Art. I love visiting these art schools. It is so much fun to see what is being created, all the tools and equipment, the amazing studios. And it surprises me that mostly I have no desire to go there anymore- I have so much in my head that going back to school would be a huge distraction… even if it would be fun to play with the toys- hee hee! It was fun to see Portland too. It is only 2 hours away but I have never been there before. They seem to have an exciting, thriving art scene. I think it would be a great place to go to Art School. We will see.

On the drive up, an entire thermos of coffee managed to leak out into the bag with my computer. Of course I spent the whole visit with a niggling worry that I had fried my computer. I brought it home for Ben to look at. Not too terribly bad. Now, two days later, I have an odd splotchy pattern on the left side of my screen- not so awful, except when I am trying to look at photos… which is, of course, what I do a lot of.  Hmm.  Maybe we will take it to the MacHospital while we are away…

14 thoughts on “a new bag

  1. Happy 4th blog birthday! That bag is gorgeous, I will have to attempt my new bag! Best wishes for your new blog year!

  2. i am an admirer from afar of your work, and that bag is a fantastic blend of patterns. i think that trees fabric is absolutely fantastic.
    happy valentine’s, happy blog-birthday, and happy new bag-wearing!

  3. That is one great bag. I love the pattern mash-up and those big, jaunty buttons. And oh are you going to have such a ball in London!

  4. Happy blog-aneversery and have a great trip to London! I wish I could come visit too, it’s a bit closer to London from Sweden than where you live, but… no money! Love the bag, wish you could provide a easy for me to understand pattern but I guess you made it up? hehe. I’ll try it. I’ve made several bags recently and I need one with a flap lid like that… or whatever you call it. :-)

    take care!

  5. the bag looks brilliant! fabulous job.
    whenever I find a cool bag in a shop I think “oh, I could just MAKE one of those myself!” but I never do!

    have fun in London.

  6. and………..FOUR YEARS!!! wow! that is truly something….you already know it but i’m so glad you’re out here inspiring me every day with your creations. xx

  7. Querida Mimí!!!!
    Investigando sobre muñecas antiguas encontré tu blog. Y como quedé sorprendida quiero compartir mi alegría de conocerte con todos. Espero no te enojes pues he puesto el vínculo a tu página, que nadie se la debe perder.

    Espero puedas traducir esto.

    Un beso

    I love you blog!!!
    I copy your link in my blog.


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