Who doesn't want their shanty to be a bit savvy, a bit clever, creative, a bit sensible, sharp and ingenious?! But hey, let's face it, most of us are living on a shoestring. Here's how I'm doing it my way, making our nest a Savvy Shanty.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Old Things New

A reason, a season or a lifetime. That's what my mom use to tell me about people. She would say that people come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime and that you just don't know which one it is. Well recently a woman reconnected into my life from my childhood (she was my Dad's girlfriend back when I was very young) courtesy of Facebook. You just never know who you'll get a message from in your inbox when you open that dang thing up, do you?
Well amidst reminiscing about memories of my Dad, who passed away back in 2006 she sent me a bunch of pictures from my childhood of me and my Dad. Talk about making my day when that package in the mail! But she also shared with me that her MIL makes these beautiful crewel work designs. She asked if they would fit in with the Savvy Shanty shop. I love to give my customers one of a kind, hand made items. These are not vintage but they sure do reflect an era of time gone by. She sent me several.
Here is just one of them and the first thing I made with it. How beautiful would you feel shopping with something like this! Can't you just imagine strolling through a farmer's market in the spring gathering fresh flowers, home baked breads and fresh veggies in this bag! To be honest, I really didn't want to put it up for sale!

This pattern has various herbs with their names sewn on to it and when she sent it to me, it was attached to foam board and covered with protective wrap. After detaching it from the board, I began to attach it to canvas and made a large market bag.

Look at the hand sewn detail. Can you imagine the hours of labor put into such a design? Seriously, you can't get this kind of work out of China!

You know, in between trips to the farmer's market, it would also be a great little overnight bag, or knitting bag, or quilting bag or..... well really, it could be just about an anything bag. Either way, it's up for grabs. Message me or stop by The Savvy Shanty at Queen of Hearts to pick it up! This item can be shipped.


Lynn at Cottage and Creek said...

What a lovely bag! And how nice you've reconnected with such a talented woman. I've become more interested in embroidery lately and your bag has inspired me even more. I'm your newest follower and I hope you can pop over to Cottage and Creek and follow back. Happy New Year!

Pink Cricut said...

Lovely bag- and what a fun story about your dad's old girlfriend- It always takes you down memory lane when someone finds you courtesy of Facebook! I am glad you got the pictures from her--how sweet that she thought enough of you to send them to you! :)

Lisa said...

What a pretty bag...it is so funny how you connect with people sometimes. Thanks so much for sharing this!


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