Sunday, December 31, 2006

Alice Bag Bags and Happy New Year!

As you know, I have developed a serious craft addiction over the past year. Because I had no prior experience and no sewing ability when I began, it's been a voyage of discovery and exciting in the way new endeavors always are for me. This month, I've been extra busy creating several projects for friends. I'm glad that some people have already received theirs and have written to let me know they've opened the packages, because I've been waiting to post photos of the projects on my blog. I can't find all the photos right now, so here are just a couple of them, My friend Angie starting calling the tote bag I made for her, her "Alice Bag Bag." Hmm...

Here's the rhinestone and polka dot safety pin purse I created from bits of recycled items: an old tee shirt, a belt and some scraps of fabric. I'm very inspired by the crafter's ethic of recycling and rescuing cast off garments. It's similar to what we used to do with our homemade punk fashions back in the 1970's. A big part of the fun is giving a castoff object brand new life in a new creation.





And here's a purse I created using Dawn Wirth's Masque photos of John Denny and Tomata du Plenty:





I had a lot of fun making these, even though I was learning as I went along and I made as many mistakes as humanly possible.

With 2006 coming to an end, it's nice to look back at this year's journey. I moved to a new state, met some new people, explored new places, learned to sew, took up crafting and adopted a dog.



I'm glad I tried so many new things and I look forward to next year's adventures. For the first time in several years, I feel like I'm taking one of those great road trips where I'm not sure where I'm heading, but I'm eager to go off the main highway and take the unmarked trails.

Best wishes to you for an exciting New Year that takes you off the main highway. I'd like to leave you with a couple of New Year's Eve superstitions that my mother passed along to me: Wear red underwear tonight, it will bring you good luck in the coming year. At the stroke of midnight, begin feeding your loved one (or yourself) 12 grapes, one at a time. You will get one wish for each grape (one for each month) you can swallow in 60 seconds. Don't be too greedy or you might choke on a grape!

10 comments:

Lynnster said...

Hey, those purses are fabulous! You have come a long way in the sewing world this year!

Happy New Year to you and yours, Miss Alice!

Anonymous said...

Alice,
I LOVE my Punkoustica bag, can't wait to come a craftin', see ya in a couple of weeks! Love, Angie

darkside777 said...

i love my bag and sarah loves hers as well...

you are quite talented Miss Alice.

Everyone that has seen my Alice Bag Bag, loves it!

many thanks to you Miss Alice!

Kelly Thompson said...

What's your dogs name? Sooo cute!

L.A. Geo said...

Hey AB,

Thanks for the info about red chonis (Spanish slang for underwear) bringng in good luck when worn on New Year's eve.

Another cool ritual, which really works, goes like this. On New Year's eve, put money under your front door mat (you can leave it in an envelope). Then, on New Year's day, you bring the money into the house. This is suppposed to bring new and more money into the house during the new year.

I've done this every year for the past five, and I gotta tell you, my income has grown exponentially.

So give it a try next New Years!

L.A. Geo

Anonymous said...

All this is fine and dandy, but what happend to your wonderful rants?

l.a. geo said...

And may I ask Miss, whose "rants" are you referring to?

Anonymous said...

To l.a. geo:
The rants of Miz Alice Bag. When she's on a roll, she's one of the best ranters on the web. She makes a lot of sense, and she's big fun!

l.a. geo said...

You got that right anonymous, that's why I LOVE reading her blog...Always something interesting to read...

Anonymous said...

I like the darby bag....

He always used to say "buy me dinner" and "get off my planet"

lol

Phoenix

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