A new tote!
This past week was the birthday of a good friend of mine...and while I don't typically make/give birthday gifts to friends, sometimes it just feels right.
Several months ago one of my good friends complimented me on my Elsa tote and casually mentioned that she might be interested in having me make a custom bag. I had thought that I'd make her one of her own had she been the name I pulled for our book club gift exchange...but I pulled a different name...and I must say I love what I made for that gift! So, as her birthday approached I thought this would be the perfect time to make her a similar tote of her own.
This bag (and my previous one too for that matter) is loosely based on the Elsa tote from Lotta Jansdotter's Everyday Style book, though the size is a bit smaller, it's lined and color blocked and therefore constructed slightly differently. But still, in it's essence, it's similar.
Simple, clean, and perfectly sized for dumping toting so many things!
The green leaf is a lovely linen that I bought years ago from purl soho. I've used it before for bag making and a pair of shorts too...It seemed perfect for a Spring into Summer tote bag. The color blocked top is black denim left from this poolside tote.
Inside, I added a tiny little felt piece to attach a key chain/carabiner.
For me, I don't at all mind simple and pocketless bags...but having a place to secure my keys seems like a good thing to have.
I was so pleased with the way this bag turned out! While Violet and Henry were excited, but also a bit jealous, about the way the gifts for their friends turned out...I felt the same way. Hard to wrap up this one...
But, I knew that she would love it...so that made it all okay!
Inside the bag I also tucked a pair of "gear" earrings and a necklace as she also always compliments me on my own earrings and I often catch her wearing her daughter's gear necklace from Violet's tinkering party from last year. The most fun part actually was wrapping it all up, and as they were away for a couple of nights and I was watching their cat...I was able to sneak the gift onto their dining room table and leave it as a surprise.
Surprises are always fun to give!
(Incidentally...the necklace I'm wearing above...was a gift from her that I love!)