Ya know, every now and then, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.... Fall is falling all around and as sure as the seasonal shift, a girl's desire for a new bag occurs. Remember the Daffodilly Bag back in April http://sonowiknow.blogspot.com/2010/03/daffodilly-spring-bag.html? Well, the same focused intensity for a new autumnal purse hit me recently. On vacation, Crazier Don informed me that I needed a great statement of a purse, one that says, I Make Purses. One that people will notice and comment on. So in the time that I have returned from Vacationland, my Autumnal Designed Bag has been overtaking my brain. When I walk the dogs, when I lie in bed in my menopausal insomnia, whilst I cut vegetables, I think of what is the best way to cut my favorite upholstery fabric that is left over from Faithful Friends purse from last fall.http://sonowiknow.blogspot.com/2009/09/miserable.html. I have doled it out carefully since it came from an tiny upholstery shop up in Indy and not exactly re orderable. It's small amount was untidily tucked into a corner of the endless rolls of upholstery/drapery fabric. But my hands found it. It is soft yet sturdy. Woven carefully and brilliant as a Joseph's Coat bush in late fall. It says ME. That's precisely why I made Faithful Friend's bag from it last year; we are kinda intertwined, picking up where the other left off, so it was only fitting that I used my favorite material.
For this bag, I utilized those interesting giant curtain grommets (isn't that a fun word, 'grommets'??)(Probably why I like Wallace and Gromit so much! :Dhttp://wallaceandgromit.com) I tucked it up a bit to cinch it around the opening so things do not escape. I added a zippered pocket (something I do for others but not for myself) and even attached an old Baby Girl earring from her bohemian days (that was before she was a Pregnant Bohemian; different but the same!) for a zipper pull. I added a pen/pencil pocket because I despise searching for a pen in my purse. I usually have many floating around in my purses so not to be able to find one, is very irritating. Not so any more! All my new designed bags have pen/pencil pockets! A mama's collection speciality of sorts. My lining fabric is a cotton paisley from four years ago from Walmart of all places. Our local Walmart removed their fabric section recently. Granted, not too much to choose from but every now and then, I could find a nice upholstery piece. So I haven't spoken to Walmart from some time now anyway, especially when this spring's floral assortment was so lame. And their aisles are smaller. The list is building of just my own beefs never mind the global things.
But I digress.
To summarize: The purse is huge, noteworthy, soft, sectioned and I think what Crazier Don had in mind when he wanted me to create a Statement Bag.
Now is time for a favorite activity of most women: Changing To A New Purse! Seriously, isn't that the most fun? Taking the time to go through the old, discarding gum wrappers, placing receipts in their right place, finding those rascally pens and organizing the stray papers, is really very cathartic, almost euphoric but that is just me....Or not?
Off to reload the new purse with all it's handy pockets and soft externities...... Watch for it.....!