Belarus Bag!

Greetings from Belarus,Teresa!My name  is Diana,I'm from Belarus.I participated in Psychodelic freebie and recieved 2 wonderful bags!One of them you can see on the photo!These bags are very beautiful,even my friends like yellow bag!The say it is wonderful because of so cute cucumbers and potatoes on it!Your bags helps me in everyday life,because I am trying to live my life in eco-style and need to carry some products or books to home and I haven't a desire to use plastic bags,which can pollute our planet Earth.Also these bags are very useful in trips and walks!Thank you!You are awesomw,Teresa!;)

With best wishes,Diana from Belarus

Ice cream

I've been up to some yummy mischief as of late. The kind that includes cream, sugar, eggs and other good stuff. It all started with this book and my trusty Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. I jumped right in with Mocha Swiss Almond and quickly moved to Cappuccino Chip. Yes. Then I had a revelation last night while on the verge of sleep. Maple cookie ice cream. I had just bought some cookies from Trader Joe's and thought they would be perfect with the maple ice cream recipe in the book. I am substituting the cookies for the walnut. Even though I adore walnuts, my kids, not so much. I promise to post a photo of the end results and give you a culinary review.
 Next stop on the ice cream train? Coconut…
I can't wait. Gotta run and add those cookies. Teresa

PS, those maple cookies never fail to remind me of my mom. sigh. she would love this ice cream.

From Bagette Alicia

Bonjour from Montreal!   J.D. and I are up in Canada for a week while the girls are at camp and visiting a friend.   We have never been here before, and I am very impressed.  It's a pretty amazing city.  We went into The Biosphere this afternoon which is dedicated to issues about the environment.  I am sending you some photos of eco-fashions that I thought were well done and a photo of the Biosphere which is modeled after Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome.  He was an interesting character ahead of his time - you would appreciate him.  

Hope you are enjoying your beautiful Colorado summer! 

Ps - the dresses are plastic bags, pill bottles, batteries, iced tea cans, computer wire and mice, and building materials.

Thanks Alicia, how wonderful. The dresses are great. Thanks for sharing! Teresa

Photo Finish Friday

Two block from my house! How sweet.





Nice! (thanks Kathleen)

I hope you have a fabulous weekend. I'll be playing some tennis and doing some sewing, sounds perfect to me! How about you? Teresa

Workday Wednesday

I've been a busy girl these last couple of days. I have many tennis matches going on so less time in the studio. But, I am loving playing tennis and am trying to be more productive with the little time I do have to sew. I made another tennis bag to try out some things…
 All the inside pockets are different coordinating fabrics…
I added a key fob. I've had a couple people mention this would be handy and have never put one in a bag before. Simple. No biggie.
 I now have three scrap collecting bags to hand off to Kristin
 Cut out some bags that are ready to sew…
 Ran a big pile of handles through the serger…
And, that's about it. My sewing room is a disaster. I really need to make some pet beds to wrangle all the scraps going on in there. There's always tomorrow, right? What are you up to this week? Teresa

Second Hand

My girls have never minded hand-me-downs. I always thought this was strange because I was not a big fan of getting clothes from my older sister. They tell me they like how soft and worn the clothes are when someone else has broken them in. Good point. I guess it should come as no surprise that one of their very favorite stores is Plato's Closet. They love to save up their babysitting money and go there. It is amazing how many cute things they find.

Last Saturday I got to have Little Girl all to myself! We did some errands, went to church and out to eat. Such a nice date. I rarely get to have days with just her. One of the things we did was some back- to-school shopping. Her new junior high school has a stricter dress code. Shorts have to be below their fingertips, no spaghetti straps, etc. She has also outgrown a lot of clothes lately (getting tall!). So, we went to Plato's Closet. We ended up getting 2 skirts, 4 pairs of shorts, 1 pair of jeans, 1 sweater, 4 shirts and a soft jersey blazer for a total of 13 pieces. And, we only spent $84. What? 
How cute are those floral jeans?
And this little blazer?
And this whole outfit?
Little Girl is jumping for joy over all her "new" school clothes!
I have never had much luck with clothes at Good Will but sometimes find kitchen items or furniture there. How about you? Do you shop at second hand stores? Any luck? I know that Bagette Marianne is a huge thrifter, especially with Pyrex! Teresa

Elephants + Tennis Bag WINNERS!

Congratulations to the following lucky folks:

WINNER of the Amy Butler fabric Tennis Bag is:

Helen P, KS

WINNERS of the 10 Green Bag Lady elephant shopping bags are:

Stephanie B, NY
Joyce E, WA
Cindy D, ND
schuppie . . . . . NO RESP
Janine M, MN
Kim W, CA
Kristin B, IA

Please look for an email from Bagette Dad. He will be asking for your mailing address so we can send you your prize. PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER. We have issues with emails going to spam. Thanks and enjoy!

The emails will look like this:
Green Bag Lady, ElephantTennis_7_2014

Elephant FREEBIE + Tennis Bag Tutorial!

We seem to have a lot going on over here at the moment. The often requested Tennis Bag Tutorial (previous) is up over at Sew Mama Sew. Make one, not just for tennis! This bag makes a great beach bag or all around large tote. It would even be great for an overnight when a suitcase is simply too clunky. You get to decide how many pockets the interior should have, so go for it!

We are also giving this bag away as part of the freebie, so if you are feeling lazy or don't sew, enter to win it! Thank you so much to Amy Butler for donating the pretty fabric!

And, because Kristin wrote a nice article on Green Bag Lady for Elephant Journal that will be posted there on Monday, we have 10 great ELEPHANT bags up for grabs too. Tennis + elephants, doesn't get much better than that!

To enter to win a SHOPPING BAG (open to everyone, world-wide):
•LEAVE A COMMENT, IN THE COMMENT LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THIS FORMAT: name(at)something(dot)com it is important to spell out DOT and AT so you don't get spam, if you DO NOT leave an email address, you will not be entered in the freebie.

•DEADLINE FOR THE FREEBIE IS 9pm (MST) Tuesday, July 15. (winners will be notified no later than July 16 via email and here on the blog so CHECK BACK!)

Don't forget to leave us your email! We will only contact you if you win. 

We will randomly pick 1 person (USA ONLY) to win the tennis bag and 10 people (world-wide) to win the elephant bags. The tennis bag is too heavy to ship internationally, sorry! Tennis bag tutorial is HERE

In your comment, please tell us if you are a USA entry and qualified to win the tennis bag. If you do not specify, we will assume you are international.

One entry per person. If you enter more than once, all your entries will be disqualified.

We will ship shopping bags internationally. You MUST use English for your comments. Do the best you can. Non-English comments will be removed.

Good luck! Teresa

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Photo Finish Friday (Thursday!)

Beach Collection, Great Cranberry Island, Maine







Posting this on Thursday as I am putting up a big freebie/tutorial tomorrow. Please come back, enter and have a fantastic weekend! Teresa

Green Bag Lady Texas???

I have a friend in the Dallas area that REALLY wants to start a chapter of Green Bag Lady there. She is super fun, organized and really sweet, but knows very little about sewing. Anyone in the Dallas area interested in helping to get this chapter off the ground? We are looking for people with sewing skills and others who are simply interested in helping out. Also, any Dallas fabric donations would be greeted with my undying gratitude. Let me know!!! Leave a comment with your email or email me directly at: greenbagladyinfo (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks! Teresa