Last weekend I enjoyed a wonderful time with my best friend from high school, Christina, and her husband, Nate. Christina kindly flew me down for a weekend away from crazy family life and a chance to spend some time together without my kids, something we hadn't done in four years. We went out to dinner, tried a yoga class, and had a three hour lunch at a local winery, followed by wine tasting. I don't remember the last time I enjoyed such relaxed luxury, although I'm still feeling the yoga from Saturday morning.
As I was getting ready for the trip last Thursday, I was feeling like my purse was a little tired (I think I had made it before my last trip down there) and too small now that I actually have a cell phone. I pulled out a large, left over piece of quilted fabric from "Hope in the Storm" and made a simple fold over purse. I added a fabric paper pocket under the flap to hold my phone and lipstick. The straps are another piece of the same quilted fabric. I didn't take the time to measure the strap before sewing in on--whoops. No problem, I just tied a simple knot to shorten it up. I added the fabric paper circles on the front for fun and color. I love how it turned out. I think I might make a few more from some half finished quilts that I'm not in love with. Purses seem the perfect way to create something both beautiful and functional.
Now that I had the purse, I needed somewhere to stash all my cards and ID. Another piece of fabric paper with more circles and I was ready to go.