Sunday, May 1, 2011

Old School.... New bag

                  It has been a while... a LONG while...
  My absence involves a new phone, a slick phone salesman, a new internet connection, getting the old connection back again....
   And a whole LOT of frustration along the way...

      Anyways... this past weekend, I planned & pulled off a great    
                           surprise Birthday party...

                   And for part of her gift from me, I made this....

From this

                                        Her Old Catholic school uniform skirt.
       A few months ago her Mom gave me a bag of wool, sweaters & clothing.  She was cleaning & pitching things & knew that I upcycle wool into mittens, purses etc. When I showed the Birthday girl the things her mom had given me, she said, "That is my old skirt from school"
     I loved the plaid & knew that I could do something fun with it.


      I had already gotten her a gift, I made the food, got all the prep things needed for the party & then the day before, I decided if I could quick 
          make the bag, it would be a fun gift for this occasion.
    I washed it, & ironed out the pleats & then went with the flow... not knowing how it would turn out until I was finished.... luckily I have a VERY large fabric stash & didn't need to run out for anything to finish it.
                 Took me just the morning from start to finish...

                       It was great fun when she opened it. 
                 Her family had flown in from all over &
                         they all remembered the uniform.

         I had also gotten her a rain coat from a recent trip to New York,
                          But the bag was the hit of the party.

                The party was great fun!!  Her husband asked me to do this,
                      & we pulled it off... She was surprised.... : )

(I was so busy, making sure that all was perfect, I didn't take any pics....: )

               Joining these Parties... Thanking these hostesses       
         - Sarah over @ Thrifty Decor chic for her Before & After Party
         - Susan over @ Between Naps on The Porch for Met Mondays
      - Pam over @ Becolorful for Motivated Monday
      - Cindy over @ Skip to My Lou for Made by you Monday    
      - Stephanie over @ Under the Table & Dreaming for Sunday   
        Linda over @ Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays
      - Judy over @ DIY By Design for Swing into Spring   



  1. Kathy~ What a perfectly wonderful gift! I can see why it was the hit of the party...not only beautiful and functional but it has MEANING..and it was made with love! Perfect!xxoo Diana

  2. Such a great friend you are!
    A wonderful, creative and sentimental gift...nice job.
    No doubt it was the hit of the party!
    Glad she was surprised and a great time was had by all.
    Have a good one my friend,
    ~Kathy ~@
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  3. That is so cool I love it what a smart girl you are and quite talented too.

    Great blog and I look forward to seeing you again.


  4. That is so awesome- you're making me regret getting rid of all of our old clothes! I really like the mittens that you've made as well. I saw some purses made out of old wool sweaters at a farmers market up north (the Adirondacks)- but you sound busy enough!

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Lets follow each other :)

  5. WOW... that's really great. I am impressed! I am especially impressed with the lining.
    Lorraine from NY

  6. Thanks for the tips! And I love your new bag!

  7. what a fun coffee and breakfast I had this morning with my new reading material...YOUR BLOG! Yay me! I found you via blog hopping an am happy I did :) Following now.


  8. did good! I just love your hand bag, such talent!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  9. What a fun look and the best part is that you used the old school uniform. Love stuff with a story or history. :) Totally fun. Thanks for sharing on Motivated Monday.

  10. What a fabulous bag, well done! Hugs

  11. Oh, how sweet!!! The bag looks great and I'm glad you guys were able to pull off the surprise party. Thanks for commenting on my blog. I tried to email you but for some reason I couldn't get it to pull up when I clicked on it from your profile page.

    Peace, Love & Decorate

  12. I saw your comment on Coloradolady's post. FYI she is in Colorado all this week.

  13. What a great gift - sentimental and unique. I bet she'll treasure that beautiful bag always.


  14. Hi Kathy,
    I love the bag and how creative you were in making it, just awesome. love your space here and especially your header :))

  15. I'm sure you look really cute when you hold that bag.