Man, Moms, the biggest love/hate relationship of our lives. I've learned over the years (I'm 40) not to expect reactions, that are always posative, about the things I do, make, like, etc. If I love something, and I'm unsure of her reaction, I just dont put it up for debate, I dont ask her opinion. You know your bags are beautiful, and it really doesnt matter what she says. I find her snide comment upseting. I wonder if she realizes that shes saying them? That said, now as a mother of 3 (19,16 and 9), I make sure I'm always supportive of my kids. Anything they make, or do, they have my 100 percent support.When you are a Mother, or if you are now, you can do things differently with your kids. I dont mean to go on and on, I just hate that shes hurt you, and I want to shake her and say "wake up".
I got featured project once, and I was so shocked! (tv purse). I could sit here and act all cool and say no biggy, but sisters I was loving it. Told everyone at work, problem is they all think I'm a freak because I knit, crochet, sew... Its funny, cause things I put my heart and soul in, get no responses, and the ones I sit on the couch and whip up seem to get them all. I get more inspiration from you peeps. Keep on crafting!
I went through the same thing. My hubby bought me 2 knitting books at B&N. They were so not me,fun fur,etc. I was so touched that he did this. The books totaled 50.00, so I asked hubby if he would mind if I switched them out for 2 books Ive been wanting, Folk Shawls, and The Art of Fair Isle Knitting. He completely understood, but we have been married along time. If 10.00 (I think that is what nifty knitter costs) is not a lot to you, than keep it. Otherwise I would loving tell him you have your eye on X, and would he mind if you swaped it. I hope I helped. Dont feel quilty.