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??!!

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