Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Bags and Books

Last night was Book Club night.  Guess what - we talked about the book for almost 10 minutes.  A record I believe.  I was most proud as I had chosen the last book - The Crimson Petal and The White - the general consensus was good/very good.  Did I read it? urm no I failed to buy enough copies and have not got around to getting one.   S is lending me hers when she has finished.  The book this time is Water for Elephants but unfortunately the online delivery had not arrived so we have to wait a few more days.  Will have  a large pile of books to read.  Good stuff.  Book Club is always such fun we really do have a laugh and giggle and last night I had my first slice of CAKE in 8 weeks.  Oh my goodness it was absolutely delicious SM who hosted the party is a fabulous maker of cakes.  Chocolate with delicious chocolate butter cream icing.  Heaven in your gob as we say in our house.

Now to the bag part of my post.  Two weeks ago I made myself two new holiday bags.  I spied a tablecloth in a second hand shop and when I discovered it  had pictures of places of Cornwall on it I was tres excite.  I loved the colour combination and when Louise asked if I would like to have a sewing day on a workshop I grabbed the chance and off I went to make a new holiday bag.  Not many sleeps and then we will be on our way to Cornwall.  We  love it and can't wait for the break.  We stay on a caravan site in a static caravan.  The site is very quiet and peaceful and we have been a fair few times so it is a little like home from home.  The nearest town is Helson but we are only a stones throw from St Ives, St Michael's Mount, Penzance, Falmouth etc.  Bliss.  Here are the bags I made to take with me.

A small handbag and a larger over the shoulder number

Oh how I love St Ives

I was very pleased with the results

Inside details

St Michael's Mount

Front view

Inside pocket

The Island at Newquay - many happy teenage holidays spent in Newquay - we used to get burnt to a crisp as was the fashion in those days - the redder the better - if only we had known - I am much more careful now!

I thoroughly enjoyed making these bags.  The patterns where in Louise's extensive pattern collection the fabric from my stash.  One holiday tablecloth, an old thrifted linen tea towel (the stripy yellow, orange and blue fabric), Laura Ashley vintage blue fabric, old sheet for lining and some East of India spotty ribbon.  

When my Mum saw it she loved it so much I made her one too

Truro Cathedral


Stripy ribbon - I did a button tab for Mum to make it a little more secure

So Diane if you see a bag like this whilst you are in Cornwall it will be ME.  


Liz said...

Lovely bags - enjoy your trip.

Vintage Jane said...

The bags are beautiful. A unique item, of which you are the only owner of one in the whole world! I wish I had the patience to sew something as lovely. x

Jane said...

Debs, Yes I agree SM does make exceedingly good cakes, and wow yes we did talk about the book (Not that I've read it either..My holiday book too!)Bags are always a nifty little number you just 'threw' to see you last night a good laugh had by all xx Jane xx

Alix said...

Great bags - you will be the envy of other holiday-makers who will no doubt be wondering where you can buy them! A great way of re-cycling the tablecloth. Have a great holiday too.

Diane said...

I shall be on the look out - and if i see it, I may steal it and run off with it - ITS GORGEOUS!!!!!! I can't wait to get off - we are in out tent at Ayr in St Ives, so the wind better have dropped by then!!! and I also can't wat to go on my bag making course at Luoises on 11th Sept - day after my birthday incidentally. Are you going on that one? I hope you are.

Bee happy said...

Well done you these are brilliant bags! I love the pictures, very CK style :) the bags look really well made and very special.

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Fading Grace said...

Wow I love them! what a great idea, I hope you have a fantastic time, I totally love Cornwall, we went to mevagissy ( have no idea how to spell that,tried lots of ways it's still red!!!) When I was little I can remember it being so pretty, and loving it, will go back one day. xx

Sally said...

Lovely Debs! I have bag envy ;-) The St Ives one is my favourite, all the detail and the pockets and trim, they look perfect holiday bags!

I have been collecting tea towels to make some beach bags but haven't got round to it yet....

Have a super time in Cornwall xxxx

Vintage Tea Time said...

Great bags - well done! Love Cornwall - enjoy your break! Abby x

fee @ chipper nelly said...

how fabulous - i will remember this idea and keep a look out for T towels with the classic holiday picture on!
Happy hols
fee x
(2 sleeps and only five days work on list and counting)

Mary Ann said...

Fabulous bags....everyone in Cornwall will be envious and want one:) The Crimson and The White is a great book. I've read it twice.

Jacey said...

Love your bags they are fab!! and lucky you for going to Cornwall soon, we have booked to go in August, we are off to St Agnes, can't wait !!
Have not read the book but did go to the cinema last week to see Water for Elephants, I wasn't a Robert Patterson Fab before I went, but my head has been turned. Its a great film but I assume the book will be better they usually are. xx

keshling said...

Lovely bags - you are clever! If you see a tall, very good-looking chap with beautiful teeth whilst in Falmouth it could well be my #1 son Mr Charming...if it is tell him his mum is wondering if he's forgotten her phone number lol!

K xx

My Spotty Pony said...

I love these bags and wish I could produce things like this. Cornwall is a wonderful place, I had the best holiday in Coverack and hope you have a brilliant time too. x

fee @ chipper nelly said...

Debs - of course you haven't offended me - you make me laugh!
(and I can confirm his trumps certainly do not smell of roses!)

Nelly said...

Lovely bags, I love St Ives also! Thanks for popping by my blog, I have some calpol but not satchets so great advice,
Nelly x

helen tilston said...

Just discovered you wonderful blog.Those bags are awesome! I love them. They are all the more special as they will accompany you on holiday. You are going to be pestered by people asking "where did you get this bag" Truly beautiful
Your holiday sounds idyllic - have a wonderful time
Helen Tilston

Alix said...

Hello Debs!

Just stopping by to let you know that I would like to award you a 'Versatile Blogger' Award, as I so enjoy reading your amusing blog! Thanks and hope you will enjoy sharing the award, but if it's not your cup of tea, I won't be offended!

Alix x