Friday, November 15, 2013

Zip It!

This past weekend, I packed my bags and headed to sunny California. Pasadena, to be exact.  The reason?  Debbie Murray and Shea Fragoso's yearly event at the Langham Hotel... Spellbound!

Even the mention of the name makes me start to swoon remembering how we all were enveloped in glitz and baubles and bling - oh, my!  Sharing five days of old friendships and new; shopping geared towards our creative natures; and crafting with all of us taking classes with amazing teachers.  

At these events, attendees are given an opportunity to participate in a swap.  I always try to partake in one as it affords me a chance to get my creative juices flowing.  I have a deadline in which I must  complete a project with specific guidelines to follow, leaving me no opportunity to veer off-course into indecisiveness.  Now that's a good thing, in my case!  This year, I chose to join Sue Elseth's, Textile Treasures Zip Bag swap. Seven bags for seven women.  Seven unique versions of a zippered bag.  Seven bags filled with
goodies that you felt each person would love to receive.  Wow!  See what I ended up with!!  

There were pink bags.....

There were white bags.....

There was a brown bag.....

There was a blue bag...

.. with vintage lace sewn all the way around the back......

And what did the ladies tuck inside?  Buttons, candy, a votive candle in a sweet tin, ephemera, laces, lip gloss, hand sanitizers, and packets of cookies.  I was so very tickled with each and every one!

So, you wonder what I created?  Here are mine.....

Shell pink silk pleated bags with a band of vintage printed fabric. Each one embellished with vintage laces and bling.  Tucked inside mine were...

.. laces wrapped around mini wooden clothespins secured with a button and twine.  Packets of old buttons.

Two small charlottes inside a brown craft paper envelope, tied with string and a single vintage, velvet posy placed on top.  Oh!  And of course, a sweet which was a snack sized peppermint patty.. my fav!

Did I mention that our hostess also sewed an extra bag from vintage fabric so all of us would have a way to hold all our treasures?? Unbelievable!  But that is what you find at Spellbound.  The unbelievable generosity of women!  Unbridled creativity displayed in so many different ways!  And tons of smiles and hugs to last you until next year!  Let's see.... that's how many days until then??!!


  1. Beautiful! I just started sewing some bags for holiday gifts the other day and your photos have inspired me to keep going! Looks like you had a wonderful time. What a wonderful event! I have not heard of this event until your post- so thanks for posting!

    1. p.s. I love the bags you made! Absolutely adorable with the shape, tuck, and perfect amount of shine and shabby chic. Beautiful.

  2. That sounds incredible! Your bags are gorgeous, as are the ones you, fun, fun!

  3. Kadee - I am overwhelmed at your creativity! Those bags are stunning. So glad that you had fun and found a place where you could showcase your many talents!!

  4. oh what lovely bags. you are a lucky girl to be so creative and be around so much creativity!

  5. I was so excited that you signed up for this swap! Your zip bag was lovely and the goodies inside - swoon!!!!! So great to see you last week. Missing all my Spellbound gals already.

  6. Hi Kadee, Oh what fabulous bags. Love them all. You received beauties and the bags you created were gorgeous!! Sounds like an amazing time had by all. What a wonderful swap.
    Hope you are doing well. Busy here for the holidays. Been back to blogging since Sept.1st. I just missed everyone so much. LOL
    Have a great weekend.

  7. Loving all the bags in the swap...but I must say, you could market those bags you made Kadee. They are absolutely stunning. Glad it was such a great time, missed you guys.

  8. Hey Miss Kadee, What a fun swap. The bag design you chose is beautiful and your bags turned out gorgeous. I'm sure your swap partners were very happy with your creation and the wonderful goodies you had added. You've received some lovely bags as well.
    Have a happy weekend!

  9. I was just thinking about you the other happy to see this post! LOVE LOVE all the zipper bags, each so unique. The bags you made are so beautiful, lucky gals receiving them. Don't you just love Pasadena? Wish I could move there one day. xo Rhonda

  10. Kadee,
    Your bags are awesome and what a fun idea. I love this. All the bags are amazing. What a fun time. Thanks for sharing this. Tooo awesome.

  11. I would so love to learn how to make small zippered bags like yours and some of the other artists. Is there a tutorial onlie somewhere or on YouTube? Please let me know because I'd like to create a trade with some of my friends, or just make some to give as gifts. I would really appreciate. My email is: I'm one of your followers from the 2013 Grow Your Blog Party, or maybe it was Karen's Where Bloggers Create from 2012.

  12. Oh, Kadee, your bags are just wonderful! Maybe I will go to Spellbound next year. I attended Sweethearts on the Homefront and will be going to Downton Abbey in May. I just discovered all these wonderful events going on and am so glad to be retired so I can enjoy them! Have a wonderful time and I hope you post more about it!

  13. Well I think Cindy, Sandy & I will be joining you next year. Haven't done Spellbound yet & it did look stunning. Of course we want to hang with you & Sean!

    Love your little bags! And the ones you made we're precious! Hugs!

  14. Gosh Kadee, that must be a wonderful event! Your bags and goodies are so gorgeous, the receivers must be very happy girls :) And the bags you received are all so beautiful too. What a great way to share with each other. Wishing you a sweet week, hugs

  15. Such lovely bags with goodies inside. Spellbound must be a magical event for all. Your soft feminine bags are divine and the treasures are perfect. Most importantly is the creative sharing of friends and amazing inspiration. Creative Joyful Bliss...

  16. You really bagged it girl. Love them all! The ones you made were so very precious and I loved the little goodies tucked inside. Spellbound sounds wonderful! I need to check in to it.

  17. Sounds like a great event Kadee. I love all the little bags, yours are gorgeous. Love the lace and the bling !!
    Lovely post ! Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs, Wilma.

  18. What a pretty post Kadee. Those bags are just gorgeous. I want one of each. Have a great 2014.

  19. How much fun you have had! Beautiful bags and yours are awesome vintage~ness! They are all so well made and beautiful. Can't go wrong in a swap like that! love your pictures!

  20. Just popping in to see how you are doing, Kadee! Haven't seen you in bloglandia lately and hope that you are doing well, sweetie! :)

    xoxo laurie

  21. These are absolutely stunning Kadee! Being around all that vintage how could you not have a fabulous time. I love all the bling on your bags - so pretty.

  22. How gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for sharing and greetings from Montreal, Canada.

  23. En arribar a aquest dia, no puc deixar de pensar en la infantesa, aquells moments plens de màgia, que tots hem viscut en la nostra infància

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  24. Very pretty they all are and great idea.. that might be nice for a tea party... love it.. Happy Autumn with love Janice

  25. Thanks so much, Janice, for stopping by! My life is a whirlwind these past couple of years with moving and son's getting married. That's why I haven't been around. However, I'm glad you found my blog and I must say I do miss it! When the dust settles I'll be back!