Saturday, August 28, 2010

"Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things." ----------------Elise Boulding

Here's the bag that I finished for Karen who is retiring from 30 years of service and work in the Agriculture Department of Placer County. She will really be missed. So, maybe a few bugs will remind her of all of us still working toward the same goal.

The inside of the bag. Granted: not some expensive, consumer-driven bag with a "name brand" (although I DO have my own labels...does that make it a "name" brand?) but, nevertheless, a bag hand-made by me with fabric that I already had in my stash so I didn't need to purchase more. It gave me a great sense of satisfaction to be able to get back to my drawing again. I miss it! Hello Fall---here I come, pens in hand, ready to hit the paper!

And, here's another bag I made last night and finished up this morning. It is a birthday gift for my friend at work who turned 60 today. She is having a party this afternoon and probably couldn't have picked a better day. It is SO cool; almost cold really. Clouds have come in, there is moisture in the air, and the wind is blowing. I quite enjoy parties where you get to bundle up with lots of clothes. Hot, summer parties are not quite my style. I guess in that respect, I am like Willow. She stays inside when it is hot. If I didn't HAVE to be outside in the heat, you can bet I wouldn't be. And, as I sit here typing this, I hear the patter of rain drops hitting the roof! YIPPEE!!!! A change in the weather. It only puts me closer to Fall. Goodbye Summer, hello Fall.


  1. Teri, I love those bags and the label..Mahl-Berry! I'm sure the recipients will treasure them.

    I'm like you, hibernate in summer, love cosying up in autumn and winter and yes, rain on the roof is the best sound! Spring for us next week; looking forward to some colour.

  2. Your 'bug bag' is charming...I love the fabric choices that connect so well with the drawings. Glad you are back into the art thing!

  3. yay love me some fall! and the bags are both really cool...i really like the design you did on the first one and the colors of the one you made...

  4. Gosh Teri you are so very talented...your insects are really good! I would love to buy the insect bag if you ever decide to sell them. Really cool bags! I like the combination of fabrics you chose. Your friends are very fortunate to know you.
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend and the cooler weather is sticking around.

  5. i just love your bug bag!

    Hot summer parties are not my style either. ick.

  6. Your insect bag is just beautiful. What a wonderful gift! I love the materials you chose, they work together so well. I'm sure that bag will be treasured.

  7. ohhhh, teri, what a treasure the bug bag is... my oh my. the other bag is true lovliness too, but this bug bag... sigh...

    do you realize how much joy your bags bring to people?!! xoxo


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