Wednesday, August 31, 2011

One of the oldest and my newest...

When I was in my late twenties...boy was that a life time ago...I started working for Creative Circle...it was a company that sold craft products through home parties...like Tupperware. Those parties were all the rage at the time, so I thought I would learn some new skills...make a little money...and buy crafting kits and frames at a discount. I didn't make much money but I did buy a lot of kits and frames...I still have a ton of stretcher bars for the kits...but it was fun too! Here is the first picture I finished for my samples...it was my first cross stitch...up until then I did mostly crewel embroidery...I keep it hanging on the side of one of my kitchen cupboards as a reminder of those days gone by....it still looks pretty good I think...I guess those were really good quality kits!!I still love cross stitch but these days I haven't done too much...some day I'll find the time...
Right now I'm concentrating on my bags...and my wool...I drew this applique to mimic some of the fabric that can't be seen on the front of this little hip bag...
It's what's on the back!! I like this size bag...they're fun and really hold a lot of stuff...you'd be surprised...I notice a lot of younger girls carrying the bags across there chests and at the hip...I like they way they sit myself...so I made a long adjustable strap...and just big enough to carry what you need....I carry this size when I walk...my ID, phone and keys...as well as a water bottle fit in here...anyway...I added this one to my Etsy shop...stop by and take a look around...

Before I forget I want to say Happy Birthday to my dear Mother-in-law, Loretta...she currently resides in heaven...and would have been 94 today! She was a wonderful woman and I think in many ways she helped turn me in to the person I am today...her faith never wavered...she suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis and had little or no strength in her hands but still managed to have fresh Snickerdoodles waiting when we came to visit...and they were the best!! She called everyone on their birthdays and sang the Birthday song...a tradition that Don and I have tried to keep alive...So Happy Birthday, Dear Loretta!!!
Enjoy the day, my friends!!

11 comments:

Too many eggs said...

love the cross stitch and your new bag, your bags are gorgeous

Christine said...

I think it's fascinating to find out how people's love for crafts developed and started!
Your bags and totes are so lovely!
Best wishes
Christine

Yvette said...

You did it again! ANother beautiful bag.

Jo said...

Linda...I love the cross stitch!...and your bags always amaze me...love the fabrics.
~Jo

Traci said...

I like to wear a cross body bag for certain things - like this weekend when we're tailgating in Dallas.

Lap Dog Knits said...

The bag is very pretty - you're a talent.
I attempt to sew and be crafty but I'm better off in the kitchen cooking and buying the wonderful crafts made by others.

Enjoy the holiday weekend!!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Wow....I remember those Creative Circle parties!! (Is that dating me??) ;o) I, too, still have some kits hanging around - finally donated them to a local nursing home as I gave up the thought of ever getting to them - my tastes took a turn to the more primitive - and, well, let's just say that my eyes ain't what they used to be for cross stitch!! (But I still try now and again!) Great new bag....and, Happy Birthday Loretta!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Judy S. said...

Another very cute bag, Linda. I love the way you layer the buttons!

deb said...

Creative Circle...now that was fun !!!!
I love it when you guys sing the birthday song to me:)

Sew Loquacious Angela said...

Great bag, Linda! Your applique is so soft and pretty. Love the bag fabric, too!
Have a great Labor Day!
Angela

Beverly said...

I used to do cross stitch, but can't see to do it any more. You were wise to save some. I think I got rid of mine. Love your newest creation and the way you mimicked the flower with wool. That is a very pretty purse. It is so sweet that you remember your MIL on her birthday even thought she is no longer with you. My Mom's birthday is always bittersweet to me.