Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Coming Attractions

Well, my move from Arkansas to Washington is just 4 weeks away. Everything that can be packed is packed and what's left is stuff we need, stuff the movers will pack or stuff that we're packing in Elsie (who is getting treated like the classy lady she is and is being taken in a trailer to Washington so as not to stress out her 22 year old 148,324 mile engine). So, of course I'm just sitting, resting and twiddling my thumbs. Oh, and watching the soaps!

Now, for those of you who know me, you can stop laughing now. You're right, I'm busy and actually pulled out my sewing box and the few supplies that I had in my 'working on it' project box. Which I was conviently using as an end table---sneaky, huh? And began a project that began with the Santa Ana fires in the San Diego area in 2007.

Inspired by one of my bestest friends and the one and only 'Mom-In-Law' to my Cleo, I created what was originally designed to be used as a first aid kit for birds. A bag to keep all you need in an emergency for birdie in one place, ready to grab at a seconds notice. Someone, I can't remember who at the moment, but I think it was another of my bestest friends Dawn who commented that the bag would make a great purse. To which got my mind working (yeah, terrifying, huh?), and I made two more of these bags. One for me to use on my wheelchair as a 'purse', one for Cecils Mom to test out as a bird first aid kit (bestest friends are always great for testing ideas on! -thanks Donna). Then, I made yet one more for a fellow Etsian, Mommyknowsbest (or her medic alert tags), to test out, too. It's her fabulous zipper pulls I'd been attaching to each of the aformentioned bags. The one I made her was and is used as a school backpack for her 6 year old daughter and last I heard it was surviving school, a tug of war with one of her other daughters, AND the 6 year old. So, with one surviving a 6 year old and one surviving me and 5 cockatiels, I feel they're pretty well tested and ready for market!

So, once this move is over I plan on slowly listing 2 or three of these bags for sale and seeing what happens:
Each 12 inch wide, 14 inch tall, 5 inch deep bag features:
-1 elastic topped wallet pocket
-2 cell phone size pockets--will also hold a small day planner
-1 jumbo pocket 12x14 (inches) in size which can hold a note book, important papers, etc
-1 key ring to hang keys or cell phone off of so it doesn't end up at the bottom, never to be seen again
-2 elastic topped pockets that can hold a 16 ounce bottle of water each or pens or umbrella or etc
-each bag is lined with insulation and will actually keep warm stuff warm or cold stuff cold for 3 to 8 hours depending on outside air temps
-each comes with 3 different lengths of straps and 2 shoulder pads to protect your shoulders from the clamp/hooks used to connect the straps to the bag
-The straps can be used as either a back pack or moved to the top loops and used as a purse with either a long strap or a short one.

These bags don't have a name yet and I'd love suggestions! So suggest away!


idyll hands said...

The Better Bags! Oh, that was cheesy. I'll have to put my brain to work and help come up with some name options. I do love them!

SnappyBibs said...

You know, I think you will be moving at the same time my parents travel up to Annapolis to attend graduation of our friend's son.

I think the bags would also make great first aid kits for humans:) I carry one in my car.

Julie Anne of Diamondmeenuh Creations said...
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Amanda said...

'Tiel Tote?

(Ragnvaeig via the Stitched By Hand forums)

Haydensgrammy said...

Looks like you made it just fine. Loved reading through your site. How about the Duffle-Buffle.

It's late so I better close. Miss seeing your cheerful face. Jerry Lynn Gadberry