Thursday, July 2, 2009

It's finally finished!!!

I have finished my handbag. It took about 1.5 yards of fabric and 3+ spools of thread and about 50 yards of clothesline, but I got it done.

The leather handles were purchased at Black Sheep yarn shop in California, but you can buy them online at places like this. I have had them since October, but the purse I was knitting, just hasn't progressed as quickly as I had hoped, so I took them to JoAnn's and found some cotton fabric that I really liked. I even made a pocket for the inside. I am quite happy with the end result. Check out this version.

The holiday weekend is almost upon us, so I had the hubby run me by Michael's to get some front door decor appropriate for July 4th, but everything was kinda of cheezy. So I grabbed a grapevine wreath, some red and white silk flowers, a spool of ribbon and came up with this....

I guess I'd better show you a close up version, but first promise me you won't gasp at how squirrelly my brickwork looks. That's another story for another day. Anyway here is another look at it.

I have no qualms about mixing faux "silver dollars" with big old red mums. What ever has the right colors is what I'm looking for. Anywho, I like for things to be a bit kicky.

We did decide on a name for the kitty, but I'm going to make you wait for the next post for that.

Hope everyone has a great weekend and remember to stop and think about what living in a free country means to you. Think about all the brave men and women, past and present, in your family and in mine, who fought so gallantly, so we could all live in this wonderful country.

Let freedom ring!


Annette said...

I LOVE your handbag Susan! You did a great job! How long did it take you to make it? The fabric and leather handles work really well together.

Crafty Gal Linda said...

You rock girl! The bag is AWESOME!

Sea Gypsy said...

I love the color and the shape of your bag! I bet that little kitten had fun while you were trying to coil. I usally decorate for the 4th, but not this year. Like you just going for the color works. I hope you have a fun filled weekend. My little town has it's one and only craft show this weekend and the fireworks are just a walk and a skip down to the beach, so I am heading to the grocery store to get some festive treats and then I am ready.
Happy 4th!

June said...

My goodness, you're a busy woman! I am not crafty. That is, in the sense of creating objects. ;-) So I'm tremendously impressed with anyone who can make things that don't have raggedy little edges poking out here and there. Tried sewing when I was in my teens . . . when I got to darts and zippers and hems I just couldn't be bothered.

I knit . . . or used to until two poodle puppies arrived onsite and so greatly enjoyed the movement of the yarn from the skein to my needles.

Marie S said...

OMG!! That is a wonderful purse Susan.
I LOVE it. You did a great job!
How is the Kitty doing?
I love the brick on the front of your house, it has character.
Have a fun 4th.

Sandy Mastroni said...

I had to come by to see your kitten ! He's so cute !
I have a " Buddy "
His sister is Holly

Boy cats are the best .

Love this bag you made too !

Did you ever finish that book ???
was it good ? Should I read it ?

Happy 4 th !

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

That bag is fabulous!! I love that wreath too!
Happy Independence Day my friend! We must hold on to our Constitution for dear life.
God bless,

Funky Art Queen said...

oh that handbag must have taken hours and it is so well done. Love it. Love your decorations too, at least you did something! I was lazy. shame on me!

Michele said...

Wow! I love that handbag! I just love the color and texture. Great job!

Artgalcrafts said...

Hi my lovely friend Susan
I just love your pink bag, what a wonderful job you did.
It is always so satifiying to get a project finished. we all have so many UFO's around!!.
Your hands must always be so busy as you are always doing something.
Love your July 4 deco and your lovely little kitty.
We had fireworks in town on 4th so heres to International relations, we need to keep up the inspiring thoughts.
love XXXX
Elizabeth. said...

I love that purse! It's so cool! Love the color. You did such a professional job on it. Way to go, girlfriend!