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« on: January 15, 2010 07:55:32 AM »

I have an amazing friend. She has helped me so much during the past few weeks. My financial struggles have been huge due to a string of bad luck.

First my sewing machine broke. I had orders to fill, and I had to have it. Then, my iron broke. Followed by the microwave, the oven, the furnace and the van.. I got the van fixed, and 2 days later hit a deer.

This friend and her husband have helped so much with these things. First, her husband came over and fixed the oven and the furnace! AND the broken outlets in my sewing room!

Then, she brought my children a bunch of new clothes, and filled my freezer with food. Now, she has been driving me to the van fixing places I need to go to and helping me emotionally as well. She even took me to my bank 20 miles away, and took me out to lunch!

I make handbags, and she likes them, but they are usually not "Her style" They tend to be whimsical and patchworky, and she is more of a classy rocker (Does that even make sense?) She likes grown up things like gold jewelry and oriental rugs...
I have wanted to make her a purse, but could not figure out how to make it match her. I know that a purse cannot make up for all she has done (I plan to do that by being a good frind to her as well!) But, this purse is just more of a thank you....
It took me about 6 hours from deisign to completion, and I really hope she likes it.  I am pretty proud of it, and I would love to read your comments and words of encouragement! Thank you for getting through my long-winded post! On to the pictures!






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« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2010 08:17:46 AM »

That is absolutely gorgeous!  It sounds like you have a great friend in her, and she is lucky to have such a thoughtful friend as you.  I hope that things get better for you!
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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2010 10:01:11 AM »

That is such a beautiful bag! I am sure she'll love it!  I'm not a purse person and I do Smiley As for all your recent problems, just remember that true friends come through when we need them most.
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2010 10:04:25 AM »

This is beautiful! I love the way the bird looks on the background fabric. You and your friend are BOTh lucky to have each other!
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2010 10:31:52 AM »

I can only with the other poster this is really beautiful and a very thoughtful way to say thanks. i'm sure she will appreciate Grin
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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2010 10:43:00 AM »

Your friend would have done it all for you no matter what, so I am sure your generous gift will be much appreciated and quite a surprise!

It is gorgeous and so nicely made...
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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2010 01:58:56 PM »

Absolutely amazing~!!!!!! Now THAT's the kind of purse people should pay hundreds of dollars for. Keep up the good work!
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« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2010 05:30:28 PM »

That is a gorgeous bag!  God bless you and I wish things improve for you.... I certainly the "string" of bad luck! Thank you for sharing your story with us and you and your friend are lucky to have each other!
Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2010 05:50:00 PM »

Such a nice story of friendship AND an absolutely GORGEOUS BAG!   Hope things are starting to look up for you and keep up the beautiful bag making!
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« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2010 07:18:18 PM »

Thank you all for your kind words! I got my van back today, I am hoping it is all over now! Nothing has broken in the last week or so, so I am keeping my fingers crossed! I wanted to give her the bag today, but never got a chance... She is coming over on Sunday, and I am so excited to share it with her now that I have recieved such positive feedback! Thank you!!
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« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2010 09:05:52 AM »

Beautiful! How could she not love it?
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« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2010 08:20:57 PM »

Oh, my goodness, that purse is so gorgeous! Your friend has been so wonderful to you -- I hope she loves this spectacular purse and all the heart you put into it.
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« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2010 04:29:09 AM »

What a beautiful bag and beautiful friend!
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« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2010 12:54:19 PM »

very beautiful!
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« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2010 12:31:46 PM »

YAY! I gave it to her yesterday, and she cried. Smiley She loved it, and I am so glad. Smiley Hooray! She said it was totally "Her" and she is going to cherish it always Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2010 01:09:05 PM »

I'm sure she will treasure it. It really is spectacular.  Hope your bad luck streak is over!!!!
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« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2010 07:54:19 AM »

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« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2010 08:47:21 AM »

That is wonderful that you have such a good friend. As for the bag I love your choice in fabrics and the bag itself reflects good planning and technique. It looks fantastic.
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« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2010 01:10:36 PM »

YAY! I gave it to her yesterday, and she cried. Smiley She loved it, and I am so glad. Smiley Hooray! She said it was totally "Her" and she is going to cherish it always Smiley

That's fantastic. What a terrific story and a Gorgeous bag! I am not much fo a purse person either but wow, that's one I'd use and love. Great work.
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« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2010 03:14:18 PM »

As others have said, this is a georgous bag.  Your choice of fabrics for the background and the bird, the craftswomanship that went into the applique, the finish you gave the bag makes it more than a bag, it is a work of art.  You friend will, indeed, cherish it and the obvious love you poured into it.

I often think of people as I make things for them.  Much like a prayer shawl (in which prayers are said during the making of it), you cannot help but infuse positive thoughts and feelings into something so obviously made with gratitude and love. 

I hope  your situation improves and what you send out to the universe is returned ten fold.

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« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2010 08:24:11 PM »

Love this bag great job and congratulations for being in Woman's day!
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