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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Weekend Wonder: YahBag

I feel like this is the PERFECT shop to choose to bring back my Weekend Wonder posts . . . I got reasons. 
1.  I actually OWN a YahBag
2.  Not only are these handmade, but they are also upcycled from vintage items, so its really all the best the Etsy has to offer
3.  Melissa is a sweetheart and a good twitter friend of mine. 
So let's get down to it -
I'm showing off the shop YahBag on Etsy:  http://yahbag.etsy.com/
I think Melissa says it best, so here is how she decribes her items: 
"Yah Bags are built with fabrics that have stood the test of time. Providing their loving owners with comfort, safety, and trust for many years. That's what I put into my bags, and what I want you the buyer to feel when you own one.

Please note that because the fabrics are not new... there may be inconsistencies in the color, small marks and spots. These only add to the charm and uniqueness of each bag. It's not they're fault, they've lived a long life and have earned every mark. " 
Adorable, right? 
And I have one!  I know, I know, HOW, you ask, did little old Mo manage to get her hands on one of those?  I won a gift certificate.  But honestly, I would have ended up saving my pennies for one anyway.  Here is mine: 

 I use it for my current "personal project" (a crochet item that isn't for sale - its a gift or its MINE!) and right now it takes care of Big Mac's sweater for this fall.  My all-time fav YahBags are the Canada Post ones (I lived in Canada for awhile so there's a soft spot there) but they're rare . . . if you're in love with a YahBag, you need to just go for it, because they're beautifully one of a kind.  But my mom used Ivory soap all the time when I was growing up, so this one became mine. 

I love all the pockets.  My YahBag is a simple one (you can choose pretty elaborate messenger style ones!) but it still has a handy inside pocket and a big outside one so sometimes I keep a couple projects inside at once.  Its great because it makes my projects portable.  
Also, the craftsmanship is SO good.  No loose threads or popped seams and I have really loaded this baby down a few times.  This is NOT ne of those handmade items that falls apart after a few uses (and we've all run across those, I'm sure!)  It's a great piece that will serve you well. 
Here's my fav from her shop right now . . . so gorgeous. 
Do you have a favorite one?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

If life gives you crazy yarn . . . .

HAS IT BEEN 5 MONTHS?!?!  Sorry about that!  With Crazy Pants having autism and that hitting our little family like a hurricane, I just had to let some things go so that I could focus on getting back up and being proactive about helping him.  Sorry for the lack of posts.  Please love me anyway.  ;) 

ANYWAY, my mother-in-law invited me to a zumba class she takes with her sisters, daughters, a niece, some friends and my hubby made me go.  "Honey, its LIKE twitter and facebook, but its REAL LIFE!"  So off I went and it was actually really fun (and pretty darn hillarious).  I guess the trend in zumba right now is to add in some belly dancing moves, complete with the jingly hip scarves.  They're fun and all, and I have a couple coming, but they're just slave labor, really and that kinda breaks my heart.  So I checked Etsy for bellydancing hip scarves and found like, 10.  Some were just reselling the slave labor chiffon numbers (shame on you!) and others were really just scarves you *could* use as a hip scarf and none really suited me. 

I was at BigLots during my "mom break" yesterday and found yarn there.  Pretty, sparkly, barbie color yarn.  But I couldn't use it for a hat because of its ribbon-like qualities.  So I bought it anyway.  Because I'm like that with yarn.  And played with it last night and came up with this: 
(Excuse the thighs . . . I'm working on them, ok?  I've only been to a couple classes . . . )  Anyhow.  Its not really the finished product yet.  Today I ordered some jingly jangly gold coins to thread up and hang.   They'll be around the edge of the V and in the large open diamonds, ends of the ties and tassel . . . it'll be fab.  
 See?  Just imagine all the little jingly coins in the open bits.  CUTE! 
 I did the top kinda fun . . . added in some shells. 
This is the yarn.  It feels like velvet and has gold, sparkly squares in it.  (Hence, the gold coins.)  I have enough of this exact yarn to do another and some light pink for one more.  I also have some recycled sari silk I want to try out.  But it is not cheap big lots yarn and would be pricey.  I'm thinking the ones with the big lots yarn I'd charge about $20 for.  Cute, right?  (and yes, you can claim this one and I'll list it for you as reserved after I get the coins and add them.)  Crazy Pants just waked in with an armful of toilet paper, so that's my cue to go parent.  Nice seeing you all again!