Sprightly Spring

April 21st

Spring Bag

Pocket, tag

Spring bag, open


Spring swing bag

Details: A CAOK gift for a girlfriend: Amy Butler Swing Bag pattern: Decor weight fabric.

It felt incredibly fulfilling to sit down and be creative yesterday. I turned on new music, went through stacks of fabric and fell into a bit of a trance. There should be a word for the feeling of being so content at what you are doing, time slips away unnoticed. Do you ever get lost in what you are doing, only to look up and realize hours have disappeared? It doesn’t happen often, but this luxury is one that can’t go unappreciated.

There was a bit of a deadline to get this project finished; it had been sitting cut on my kitchen table for more than a week. I am having a few friends over for dinner tonight and I’ll need every inch of kitchen/table space available. I’ve got an idea of what I’m making, but nothing is certain other than fruity margaritas. It is the end of the citrus season in Phoenix and my pantry is overflowing with lemon and grapefruit. Also under consideration: skirt steak tacos, pepita green wraps, chips and guacamole and cayenne brownies for dessert. Ole!

{Left on the April-May project list: 25 tote bags for Susie’s sorority, a baby wall organizer for Steph’s adopted Ethiopian babies, aprons for the Sweet Republic ladies, a table runner for Meg,Β  recycled cashmere sweater stuffed animals for Tiffany/Rory, a wrap skirt for Christy, a pair of “baby blue fingerless gloves” for Delaney, and a neon green sun hat for Madison. There are a couple May birthdays and Mama’s day gifts too. Woo!}


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23 Responses

  1. Holy crap, that is one heck of a to-do list! 25 tote bags would have given me heart palpitations and yet you continue to add to the list. Yikes!

    Love your swing bag!

  2. I love the bag! I recently made an Amy Butler Frenchy bag for my sister’s birthday and she loved it! Have fun sewing!

  3. Do you sleep, girl? You have amazing energy, creativity and soul. Bless you. Love, love, love that bag.

  4. I’m not a bag girl– (weird, I know) but I do love this one. Great colors.

  5. OMG, that bag is gorgeous! Your friend will L-O-V-E it! You have lots of projects in the works for April/May! Have a great time with your girlfriends tonight. Fruity margaritas are the best! Hope you’re having a great day!

  6. Love the pink and green fabric combination. Did you really say you are making 25 tote bags? Wow!

  7. Your dinner party tonight sound fabuloso! I am bit overwhelmed by your crafty to-do list, but I have no doubt you can do it if you put your mind to it.

  8. Super cute bag Kelli! Love the colors. That is quite a list you have to accomplish, however I have no doubts you’ll finish and everything will be perfect.

  9. Karel aka SWS aka Moms April 21, 2009

    Kelli; this bag is just too cute. You ARE creative!
    She’s going to love the gift.

  10. Love that pattern. I just made a Swing Bag last week. A great bag for the Spring/Summer.

  11. Wow, I couldn’t get past the 25 tote bags! Yikes. The spring bag is so cool. You are quite amazing πŸ™‚

  12. I love the bag! Everytime you post a bag you’ve made I get one step closer to getting a machine and teaching myself how to make bags like these. Good luck with the to do list!

  13. Man you are a busy lady!!! Love that bag. The green is just perfect.

  14. Congratulations!

    Your 2009 CAOK has inspired me. I will never reach your mark but I’m in the game.


  15. Love the bag!

  16. Tina in Duluth April 22, 2009

    Great bag, tasty menu, frightening to do list!

  17. That exterior fabric is TO.DIE.FOR. Love it. Hot bag.

  18. Your project came out absolutely lovely!

  19. I love the bag! It’s fantastic – I love the colour and pattern choices. πŸ™‚

  20. LOL! I love Dee’s comment…your friend will love it! She just emailed me and she’s SO SO SO excited! I’m *jealous*!!! He he he! What a cute bag – I LOVE that fabric choice! Nice work! Do you ever do giveaways on your blog {hint, hint, hint}!

    There’s something about the days being longer and the sun shining that just gets me motivated! Oh, and when we lived in Mesa, we lived right across from this HUGE orange grove and I remember this time of year driving with my windows down and just soaking in that beautiful smell of the orange blossoms.

  21. It’s such a pretty bag and the colors are quite evocative of spring. Your list looks full of fun and delightful projects. I’m looking forward to seeing your finished creations and am very curious about the recycled cashmere sweater project.

  22. AHHH NICE BAG!! I’m totally into pink and green lately!! I like brown and pink too….. need to get me a new summer bag, but the sewing skills just aren’t there! Margaritas sound DELISH!!

  23. You have LABELS!! How exciting!