Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Africa Wednesday! Let's Go Tanzen(ia)


I thought it would be a good idea to attempt Africa Wednesdays this year. We've seen this fabric before. Its a piece from Tanzania, and what's fun about it is all the different looks it can take on depending on where I cut the rectangle for the flap.


The edge pieces are cut from an MCC rescued placemat. They show a lot of fun details.

The brown body is super soft- a great therapy if you're feeling stressed. Imagine your wallet wrapped up in a cozy winter sweater.

This bag measures 10.5 inches deep and 13 inches across. That classifies it as a handbag in my world.

The interior shows another interesting feature. I found some shirts at a thrift shop in Brandon this summer that were made in Tanzania. I used the bodice for the pocket; which actually forms two pockets on the one side. Another pocket is on the other side of the interior. Three inside pockets in total. There are no side panel pockets on this bag because I did not want to lose the graphics on the fabric; so I added a pocket to the front of the bag, just beneath the flap.
Bids as usual until 8 pm, cst.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Joyce, this one took my breath away. It is SO beautiful. Sister L.

p.s. My verification word is flembi. Very suitable considering the bug that got me last week.

Anonymous said...

I'm new to bidding and I love your bags. I would like to bid $35.00.

shaunak said...

African Wednesday on Ethiopian Christmas!

$50

esther said...

that bag is so beautiful joyce, way to be on the ball shauna, merry christmas!! :)

Anonymous said...

I bid $40. This bag is much too beautiful to not be on MY shoulder!!
Schwester Mary
P.S. My verification work is pillymor -- I'm eating more and more pillies of echinecia so I don't get the bug that Laura & Harry left in our house!!!!! So far, so good (Knock on wood).

Anonymous said...

Hey, Mary. Maybe you already have the bug. You need to bid UP from 50, not down. I guess you can't be beautiful AND smart ALL the time (smile). Love you.

Sister L.

Micah said...

Maybe you are like the mysterious case of Benjamin Buttons and you move in reverse?!

Shauna- I had no idea that today was Ethiopian christmas! That is truly fitting. What I should do is just fake that I totally knew that... and planned it this way.

Do you all think that verification words are getting more phonetic and more interesting? Because mine is flummie. That's a great word- flummie.

oh, and "hi" to "new to bidding"! We always like new blood to freshen the place up a little...

Anonymous said...

wwooooops.
forgot that my boy Micah set himself up with a blog.

That should have read "joyce"

shaunak said...

Wow! Am I going to get this fabulous bag for $50!!! I'm ready to pounce on anyone who tries to out bid me!

Anonymous said...

YOURS!!!!!!

shaunak said...

WooHoo!
A deal like that is going to earn the seamstress some chocolate!!!

joyce said...

super duper, Shauna! And how appropriate for Ethiopian Christmas.

gloria said...

dur! i JUST got the tanzen thing now....

gloria said...

and exploding lego? how cute! (i mean how grown up and manly!)

joyce said...

Yeah.... I should have explained that. let's go Tanzen... refers to the german word tanzen which means dancing.

So.... Let's go Dancing!

Except that if you were raised mennonite as i was.... it simply isn't possible. All rhythmic motion was shamed out of us at a very tender age.

Sometimes pilates works though; could we classify that as a type of dance?

Anonymous said...

Ok so here's Schwester Mary -- hmmm I did not realize that I bid lower -- cheapscate that I am... sitting in the hot tub last night I wondered if I got the bag.....little did I know. Oh well, next week is Africa Wed. I'll have to try again

joyce said...

anyone who throws around words like "hottub" shouldn't be talking "cheapskate" in the same sentence?!