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Friday, March 4, 2011

The Artful Bag Challenge - Month #3 - March

For the third month of The Artful Bag Challenge, we have been challenged to take an existing handbag and re-decorate, or re-make it.  I found this lovely handbag at my local thrift store for about $1.30:
It is made from a burlap-like material with nice leather straps.  The top has a zipper and the bottom has a large gusset that makes it very roomy.  It would be very suitable to carry books.  The one thing that would stop me from using it myself is that the beautifully-embroidered initials (JES) are not my initials - although the "J" certainly works.  Here's what I did:
I used homemade fabric flowers and paper flowers with die cuts and leather-like leaves to cover the second and third initial.  BUT - I left the letter "J".

19 comments:

  1. aw so cool jeanie, its gorgeous......it was just waiting for you.....

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  2. How clever Jeanie, what a great makeover!

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  3. Great! Nice new tote, Jeanie :D

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  4. Your bag is fabulous! I totally love your flowers. They are gorgeous!
    Angela

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  5. I love the embellishments you added to your bag.

    Those beautiful flowers turned your little ugly duckling tote into a gorgeous one.

    Hugs,
    Penny

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  6. This is ingenious.... and just adore the colore you dyed the burlap..... What a darling new purse you now have for $1.30 !!!!!

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  7. Linda e pratica para o uso diario!

    formidavel!

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  8. Your purse is gorgeous--I love it!!!
    XO

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  9. Tua bolsa ficou linda!!
    Obrigada pelo teu carinho.
    Bjs

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  10. Dear Jeanie,
    I love your purse. I got behind in February, so I have 2 purses to get done but I think this is just so special...wonderful job...I know Anna had to be very pleased.
    Have A Sugar Sweet Day
    Simply Debbie

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  11. What a very creative bag. Great use of color and what a good idea in covering the initials.
    Great job. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. This is lovely, Jeanie. The flowers are wonderful!

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  13. Hi,Jeanie!
    I loved your bag...lovely flowers!
    I like the color too.
    Hugs
    Marlei

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  14. First, that bag is already an awesome find Jeanie! I love hunting for thrift shop treasures too. And what a fabulous transformation. The flowers are gorgeous and I love that you made it large enough to make a big statement. Love the colors. Also love the clever way you made the monogram work for you. Thank you again for playing :)

    Anna

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  15. Totally enterprising to hide the unwanted initials. Love all the flowers that you have made.

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  16. Beautiful flowers I like how you cover the letters great afternoon tea bag.

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  17. Your handmade flowers are just beautiful and the bag is now very elegant.

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  18. Clever and wonderful! Love the colors!

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  19. Oh Jeannie... I so love this! I would be so proud to wear it.... This rocks!
    hugs and blessings,
    Pauline
    (another Artful Bag)

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