Ali has been really into mimicking her mama lately—wanting to put on make-up, glasses—and recently wanting to carry a purse. She had taken to using a red plastic bucket with a handle as a purse and I thought it would be fun to make her a special handbag of her own. Actually, I had been itching to do some sewing ever since I got my work room organized with new cabinets (I guess I should post about that some day!) and this was a great excuse to blow the dust off of my sewing machine. Maybe making a dust cover for my sewing machine should be my next project.
I did this quickly during a nap time one afternoon. It’s a perfect fit for her Leap Frog cell phone and a small wallet that I no longer use. I added a couple of fake debit cards for her to play with. When I gave her the purse she immediately pulled out the phone to play with and then later discovered the wallet. She pulled it out and said, “What’s this, Mommy?” with a big grin on her face. It’s so fun to surprise our kids, isn’t it?
You can see her carrying her purse while we were grocery shopping in yesterday’s blog post.
I recently read a post over on one of my favorite blogs of all time about little girls imitating their moms and how important it is that we exemplify the kind of woman we hope they become. Ali is about the same age as Ashley’s youngest and she is definitely watching and learning from everything we do. It’s a good reminder to be very intentional.
I’m being very transparent with you (and the world wide) because I was inspired by this.
- purse – handmade by me
- french paper moleskine stuffed fulls of sketches & notes on scraps (because I’m white)
- cash budget envelopes (currently an empty “GROCERY” and $6 in “M’S CLOTHES”)
- a couple of loose bills (for homeless people or vending machines, whichever I encounter first)
- checkbook (I think I should make a pretty cover for this, don’t you think?)
- cell phone
- floss, pads, moist towelette, lens cleaning cloth
- wallet from American Apparel
- business cards & etsy store promos
- pens, sharpie
- CG Lipslicks in “hipster”, tweezers, barrette, hair ties
- “medical” kit (ear plugs, vitamins & advil, contacts), band-aids
- measuring tape (have I mentioned I like rummage sales?)
First it was a sheet. Then it was a curtain. Now, in it’s third life, it’s a purse:
I wear a lot of brown but sometimes I wear black so either color purse is out for me. I hate having to switch purses based on my outfit. Lately I’ve been using a white purse but it gets dirty too quickly. The solution: a bold colored purse. Last fall I looked everywhere for a great deal on a jewel blue purse. This year, I decided to make my own by repurposing some materials I had lying around.
I’m pretty proud of this little bag. I made a liner out of a vintage, flower-pattern sheet with a zipper interior pocket for little hideaways and 3 custom pockets for my cell phone, lipstick and receipts. The flower broach pin/hair clip is from Target.