Wednesday, 14 August 2013


I have an exciting day planned for today .....but more of that later  :-)

What have I got to share with your today then?....

Two weeks ago I shared with you the gorgeous fabric I had cut out ready to take with me on the bag making workshop that Jo and I were playing guinea pigs for our friend to practise on.  She is starting up crafty workshops and if last Tuesday was anything to go on they should be really successful.  We had a wonderful time learning new techniques [drinking coffee, giggling and chatting] and came away bursting with excitement at the gorgeous bags we had the desperate need for lots of new equipment for our craft rooms.

Isn't it just stunning?  I love the design and the fun fabric has really turned into a gorgeous unique bag.  I'm sure Jo is showing hers off today too so pop over to see the one she made.

The whole bag is wadded and there are loads of fab pockets inside to put all those shopping essentials.  I love how the grommets make it look so professional...they are a really great design and are fitted so simply too.

The other thing I'm sharing with you today is how I like a challenge...

A new customer to me brought me a really well loved treasure of his wife's while she was away on holiday so I could take the pattern off it and make her a new one as a surprise gift.  When his wife retired from running a local choir about 25 years ago one of the ladies had made her a choir boy peg bag as a leaving gift.  As you can see it has been really well used and was falling apart so taking the pattern wasn't quite so easy but I managed to make a reasonable copy and needless to say when he collected it he was thrilled to bits with what I'd done.....and so was I too :-)

Cute eh?

Well that's all from me today....would you like to know why?

I'm off to meet 3 very special people today that you all know really well....Julia [our WOYWW queen], Jan [of Lunch lady fame] and Di [of Snippets Playground fame].  I feel like I've known them for ever so am really excited at eventually meeting them in real life.  I'm sure there will be photographic evidence and we will be sharing it all with you very soon but for now have a great week.

Annie x


Twiglet said...

Just behave yourself - don't let the family down!! lol x Jo

Helen said...

What a beautiful bag, and a lovely way to spend your time... the makeover is wonderful I hope the lady liked her surprise... Have a fabulous day today, you will love all 3 of them... Helen 21

Neet said...

How lovely for you to be having the meet up with your WOYWW friends. I am looking forward to seeing the pics.
That bag - that is a wow! it is gorgeous and I love the fabric. But, you also made a beautiful bag for that lady, it would be lovely if you got some feedback on how the surprise went for her.
Hope you are going to have a wonderful Wednesday.
Hugs, Neet xx 66

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I laughed at Twiglets comments!!! If you're meeting me, then the only way is up ;-)
Love that funky fabric bag..the grommets really do make all the difference...very chi chi!!
See you later,
LLJ 60 xx

Julie Lee said...

I hope you all have a lovely day; you must be so excited! I doubt that much coffee drinking, cake eating or giggling will take place - ha ha!!! Your bag is just gorgeous! The elephants on the fabric are so lovely. Well done you for mending that little choir boy - I bet that lady was thrilled. I know you're going to have a great Wednesday! Julie Ann xx #39

Bridget Larsen said...

I'm a bag girl, I love bags so yours just touched that soft spot in me
Bridget #15

Kate said...

Cute bag, I just commneted on Twiglet's blog how much I liked the grommets (or rings things as I put it!) looks great inside too.
Enjoy the meet up today.

~Kate~ #76

Julia Dunnit said...

Jo said I could smack you if you get out of hand..nearly sprayed coffee over her!!
Love the choirboy peg bag..I totally get why the customer is fond of it, but aren't we eccentric, really!!

Di said...

Wow Annie, I adore the bag - so professional with lovely grommets and what a stunning design.

And the peg bag remake is perfect too!

See you later - I'll be the quiet one hanging back behind the others :)

Hugs, Di xx

Anne said...

Hi Annie and how exciting to be meeting with Julia,Di and Jan. Am sure you'll all have lots of fun!! Love the bag you made and the peg bag. Happy WOYWW Anne x #76

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm loving those elephants on that purse. Such color. AWESOME.

I have a friend who made me a similar bag, but mine was a girl's dress. There is an overlay of a pleated skirt. I know your customer's wife is going to LOVE hers! Happy WOYWW from #1.

Karen said...

Love the cute bag, it looks so well made with the grommets just finishing it off beautifully. Happy WOYWW! ♥ Karen ♥ 80 x

Gráinne said...

Wow, this bag is absolutely awesome! I so love the colors and the shape of it. I can't sew which I regretted countless times. Never got around to learning it ...
Have a great day, Suzanne

Eliza said...

Love that bag amazing creation especially love the elephants. You really have done an amazing job creating that peg bag, bet he was tickled pink and his wife. Hopefully you hear how well it was received by his wife.

Eliza & Yoda 14

voodoo vixen said...

I was just over at Jo's and saw her gorgeous bag so zoomed over here to see yours! It is fabulous, love those huge eyelets, they really set the whole thing off and I love the fact the inside has pockets as well!
Yoour little choir boy peg bag turned out great too!
Have a lovely time with the girls, hope you have your Tenna's on!! Annette #9

Mrs.D said...

Annie, that bag and peg bag are so lovely, What a very thoughtful hubby to want to get the original replaced, hope she treasured him as much as she does the peg bag.
Have a wonderful Woyww day out and post lots of piccies for us to see.
Chris No 51

Cardarian said...

Oh you have made a lovely bag and also the peg bag! I wish I was a fly on the wall looking to see what you ladies will be up to! Have a lovely day and please give us some photo evidence!
Lots of hugs,

Ann B said...

Hi Annie. Haven't blogged for ages so lots of catching up to do. Love the bag and the peg bag is ultra-cute.
Good to be back crafting again

Ann B

Anonymous said...

What a lovely bag, I love the fabric! Have a fantastic time today!

Dawn #42

Robyn Oliver said...

A beautiful bag the bright colours and you've done a fabulous job to restore the peg bag. Cheers RobynO#48

Hettie said...

I hope you are all behaving yourselves today. Watch that Miss Di though!! Apparently she can knock display shelves down at a wink of an eye!
Very colourful bag there. I can see it will be well used!

Whimcees said...


This is a beautiful bag - the colors are wonderful and I love the pockets inside! Wishing you all have a happy day today!


Barbara Diane

famfa said...

That bag is amazing. Love it. And what a lovely peg bag.
Famfa 7

Winnie said...

Love the elephant bag! Hope her classes are filled to the brim! Your choir bag is so amazing, I am drooling! I never learned to sew a stitch! Enjoy the fun day with the WOYWWer's . Sounds like it will be filled with fun and laughter! Winnie#85

Unknown said...

I do love those bags, love those gromets _ I have some too, and no idea how to fit them. Very clever with the peg bag, I tried peg bags (just basic) and was incapable of that too, so your choir lady one is amazing to me.

Hope you all have a great day today, so good to hear of you all meeting up.

Lynda #89

Elizabeth said...

Hi Annie, I'm sure you've had a great time with the ladies today ... they are fun company as I know from personal experience and,of course, I'm more than a tad jealous :) Your bag is fabulous - I suppose you need a new and vital tool to fit those grommets. How kind of the lady's husband to want to replace that well worn and well loved peg bag - and you made an excellent job of copying it too. Look forward to seeing the pics of today, especially with the camera-shy Julia in shot :)) Elizabeth x #61

ria gall said...

Hi Annie
Your bag is fantastic I love the fabric and all those pockets are amazing.
Loving your little peg bag what a lovely thing for her husband to think off
Have a good WOYWW and enjoy the rest of your week
Hugs Ria #43

mamapez5 said...

What a great bag. It sounds as though you and Jo had a fun day too. I love the choir boy peg bag. That is fun and I'mm sure your customer's wife was equally delighted with it!
Lucky you to be meeting up with crafty friends. Have a great day together. Kate x #59

Caro said...

Gorgeous bag and I love the project as well. Congratulations for getting it to work so well. I bet you ladies had fun today...cant wait to see the photos. Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#128)

fairy thoughts said...

well the new techniques you learnt will certainly come in handy today .... the chatting, giggling and drinking coffee part when you meet up with Julia and LLJ. hope you had a good day.
the bag is fab by the way
janet #44

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

I hope you've had a fabulous day with some of our fellow woyww'ers. I know I did xx

roffeycreations said...

A just fabulous bag - those colours just pop so much... Just had a visit with LLJ and saw the great time you all had on your "Blogger Day Out" LOL - Have a great week - Happy WOYWW Mxx #70

The Taming of the Glue said...

Wow, the bag is fab...just right for lots of craft shopping! What a great idea for a peg bag, nearly makes doing the washing fun! Hugs. Pam#33

glitterandglue said...

Just love the choir boy! he's great. And that bag you made is wonderful. Really useful pockets and everything.
Sounds like you all had an amazing day yesterday!! Lots of laughter, fun and naughtiness went on.
Have a great week.
Margaret #69

Kezzy said...

Hi Annie, sorry I haven't been around and I have been meaning to catch up with you. Wow I just seen you over at Julias, it looks like you had a fantastic time with them all. I also had a look at your gorgeous wedding stationary, wow the invitation is gorgeous. I am really impressed with the peg bag how awesome is that and your bag you did, wow wow wow really funky and Amazing, so unique and absolutely awesome. I shall try and catch up with you soon. I go on holiday camping a week on Tuesday and even though I'm really loving all this busy busy busy with work, lots of mojo and sorting because of my injections, I am looking forward to a break lol, I'm taking a couple of good books, and my crochet, plus my phone so I can start catching up in the bloggy world. Lots of hugs Kezzy, p.s I have photos for friday smile and I keep missing it, hopefully next friday I can show them, especially my new mousy slippers!!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx