Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I <3 You


A number of weeks ago, I came home one night to a love message spelled out in buttons on my counter. It was from my daughter Jane (who just turned thirteen on the 8th). it was so lovely and thoughtful that I took a picture of it, and then attempted to recreate it on this tablecloth turned tote bag.

It's been complete for a few weeks now, but I've not been ready to let it go.
This photo shows the bag turned inside out, so you can see how I used doilies to create additional pockets. There are actually four pockets on the inside of the tote bag.


The straps are formed from a vintage piece that I've been hoarding for quite a few years now. I like the way it picks up the colour in the trim and the buttons.

Looks kinda spring-ish, doncha think?
It is tightwad Tuesday, so who'll start us off with $15, just because we can?
I'll leave the auction open until 7:00 am, April 15, cst.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love it!!
KCar

Anonymous said...

Good Grief Joyce, this bag is beautiful.Did you really say start at $15? That's crazy. I'll live wild and crazy today and bid a really big double....$30!!!!!!
Kathy

Anonymous said...

the bag is great...
that it was inspired by such a sweet gesture...
that is one (of two)great teenager you have in your home!
love her brain waves!
BB.

Jennie C. said...

This bag is so wonderful. I don't know how you sew buttons on like that - sewing buttons drives me insane.

On another topic, I've recently finished reading the book you recommended, Tears of the Desert. Such a beautifully written story. I fell in love with the author and her family. And the horror of what followed literally had me clutching my stomach in nausea. I'm recommending it to everyone I know. It's an amazing way to raise awareness and sympathy. Which in turn, will hopefully get us closer to a resolution. Thank you for recommending this book and thank you for doing what you do. Perhaps a meal is being served to Halima's mother or little sister right now because of you.

Anonymous said...

Those buttons make me drool! It is so generous of you to give them up/share them, and in such a beautiful way.
Vanilla Bean

Roo said...

"if i had a million dollars....."

i love it joyce. and i mean "love" with a capitol "L".

magnificent.

Coleene said...

Joyce,

can you tell me how much it would cost for you to ship a bag to me in
Winnipeg MB???

Coleene

joyce said...

yup, that's easy. i live 24 minutes south of Winnipeg, and even have a friend in St Vital who will operate as a depot if I feed her enough chocolate.

Either that, or $10 in the mail.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful repurposing of a linen table cloth! Wish I had a button jar to share with you. Grandma M

Anonymous said...

1st time on this blog and my comment did not go thru, so I will try again.
Beautiful bag, Joyce. I will put in a bid for $40
Val at Southern

Anonymous said...

LOVE the button jewels!!!
Simply gorgeous!
Laurie

JayP said...

I shall bid $42 for this beautiful bag....

perrygirl1 said...

Put me down for $50. This is one gorgeous bag!

joyce said...

you got it, pg. Way to be the early bird.