ta da! green bags for the troops

Remember awhile back when I promised everyone the BEST picture they had ever seen? Yeah, I know it was awhile ago but whatever. You are still here and for that patience you are about to be grandly rewarded. First, you must suffer through a story.

A few months back, three of us crafsters got together to mass-produce some of the famous green bag lunch bags.
And you know, we ate pizza and sipped margaritas. Most importantly, we finished five lunch bags that were simple (one might even say... camoflaged?) on the outside
But a bit more "colorful" once opened...
And then these bags were filled up with goodies (by the Best Army Girlfriend ever) and sent on a long journey.

Without further ado, I present to you a most MAGNFICENT picture of my little lunch bags in the hands of some brave men in a faraway land:
Isn't it glorious!?!? Little green bags, cheering up (hopefully) some very good-natured soliders that were kind enough to pose for a picture. Several pictures, in fact. See below, green bags in the Army (+ 1 Army Girlfriend, aka Ms. Sarah). The lucky beau is the gentleman in the top two pics, middle + right.
I think this is a nice way to wrap up 2007.

to all a good night

Photos of my Handmade Holidays are posted on flickr (earrings, journals, coasters, etc.)

This was a power drill, yoga, antiqued, snowshoe, sewing, jewelry sort of Christmas. I got everything a girl could ask for and more + time spent with my favorite people.

In other news...

I've crafted a lunch bag for a very patient girl, this time using yet another set of measurements to produce this medium sized tote. I used heavy-weight natural canvas and an Amy Butler print (Clay Geisha Fans from her Lotus collection) for the accent pocket.

And, in a brilliant flash of crocheted frenzy I came up with this easy peasy beer cozy! Below, original pattern made for the Bird's birthday. Others were forced on the boy, the sister and the roommates.

holiday ornament swap 2007

Finished! With the help of a small snowstorm to free up my evening, I started and finished my handmade ornaments for The Second Annual Holiday Ornament Swap. Wonky little trees with wonky little decorations. I am now permanently hunched over with claws for hands due to the small detailing and handsewing and turning-inside-out-what-it-too-small-to-turn-inside-out and getting those corners just right. 9-fold.

Has everyone noticed my recent abuse of photo collages? It's like the third or fourth time I've posted one on flickr it in the past few weeks. But it saves you the trouble of looking through too many pictures and it lets me share just a few more mundane images with you all. So really, you are the lucky ones. Happy Holidays.

You can check out other ornaments in this world-wide swap at the flickr group here. Please also consider this evidence that swapping handmade ornaments to anonymous bloggers is actually supercool & hip.