April 26, 2011

Ruffled Tote With Hidden Phrases


I made a tote with hidden phrases under the ruffles for a friend who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is embarking on the whole chemo and radiation  journey.


You know what it's like, you feel helpless and want to do something and since she is in another state I'm limited. I knew she would need a tote as she went to all of her different treatments and appointments.


To carry reading material, medical records, snacks, etc.  I used a lot of vintage fabric and added a detachable rose


It looks like a sweet little bag until you lift up it's ruffles.


My friend loves a good glass of chardonnay


She enjoys nothing more than sitting at her lake cottage


Maybe a hidden phrase that will make her smile

Before I added the ruffles I used T shirt transfer paper that I talked about in my last post.  Printed off some phrases and used my magic pen to draw lines


Ironed on my phrases, and then attached the ruffles


I added some cute little pockets


A little note from me


Wishing her an easy journey


This was so fun to make, I think there will be more hidden message bags in my future


Graduations
Wedding and baby showers
Birthdays
Christmas gifts.....HUMMM my mind is in over drive!

Happy Creating!

Carol

Parties I am linking up to
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style

Show And Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home

32 comments:

stefanie said...

that is the cutest...sweetest ever!

Scarlett Fontaine said...

What a fabulous idea, I bet your friend will be chuffed to bits with this bag. Ive never seen the hidden messages on a bag so a must to make more! Scarlett x

Kathy@ Gone North said...

What a sweet bag, & What a sweet friend, you are. I am sure she will love it....

Jenn ~ Flea With Me said...

What a neat idea, how thoughtful! The best to your friend and her journey..

Createology said...

You are a very sweet and caring friend and how fabulous this tote turned out to be. The addition of personalized phrases is brilliant. Prayers for your friend. Happy creating...

Suzann said...

Oh Carol what a great idea!!!
That is is such a sweet way to personalize the gift.
Thank you for sharing!
Suzann ~xoxo~

sissie said...

Hi Carol,
You never cease to amaze me with your wonderful ideas and talent! What a wonderful gift to a friend who is going through such a difficult time. May your sweet words bring a smile to her face when she is faced with so much.

You are a kind and sweet person.

hugs
Sissie

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

This is such a sweet idea...I know your friend appreciated the time and thought that went into the design. All of your ideas are inspiring and I featured one in my post today!

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

I love how your tote turned out, so pretty, and so clever with the hidden messages. I say you don't tell her about the hidden messages and let her discover them on her own. Fun! You are such a sweet friend.

Danielle

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Carol!
That is a wonderful gift for your friend! Makes me smile! I think you have another great idea! It's raining today..at least the grass is happy!
Yup...my back is sore from cleaning today...it was a nice home in Edina! Had some old world charm and a very nice "craft room"...
Warmly,
deb

Mari said...

WHAT AN AWESOME AND THOUGHTFUL GIFT, ITS JUST BEAUTIFUL, LOVE THE FABRICS....


XOX~MARI

Tynk said...

That is such a great gift!! Love the little hidden messages too. :)

laurie said...

I just found you today and this is the most generous thing you've done,, its beautiful and so must be your heart,I'm new at blogging at I'm so happy I found you.

Susan said...

What a beautiful and thoughtful gift!! So very pretty!

Coffee Queen said...

Such a beautiful bag. I love the little sayings that you put on it. Your friend if very lucky to receive such a nice gift.

Something Special said...

Such a fabulous and thoughtful gift.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Oh Carol, that is fabulous! So thoughtful too. Your friend is going to adore it. I think you should make more and submit them to the Susan Komen foundation...I am serious gals would love em!

Elyse said...

hi carol,

i am not kidding when i tell you that i got a lump in my throat looking at this sweet-kind-generous-fun present. really genius and so appreciated, i'm sure. you're a dear friend and i wish your friend health and happiness.

xo
elyse

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a fun and precious gift for your friend!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Debbie said...

Carol, this is fantastic!!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

thanks for starting my day off with a smile Carol. She will adore this special gift.

keys1425 said...

That is the sweetest thing I have seen in a long time. I'm sure your friend will treasure it...what a great friend you are to put a bit of humor in her long journey ahead. Blessings to you.

Peggy said...

Carol,
This is not only beautiful in looks but beautiful in spirit. What a wonderful gift. Best wishes for your friend. Peggy www.angel-babycreations.com

Cindy Cade said...

Carol,
This is the sweetest gift I have ever seen. What a beautiful spirit you have. May God bless your friend with the knowledge of His presence and a quick recovery.

Betty's corner of the world said...

What a wonderful, sweet gift ... You are a good friend and an artist.
Hugz ... and best wishes to your friend.
Betty ♥

annieg said...

You rock, Carol!!

Bella said...

Hi Carol,
This is so clever!! What a thoughtful and sweet gift!!
Hugs,
Bella

A Few Pennies said...

You are very talented and blessed friend indeed. Good-luck and prayers to your friend. That bag is gorgeous and will surely inspire her when she takes it with her. Thank you for sharing--have a great weekend. Patty

Char said...

What a beautiful idea Carol. Sending prayers, Char

suzeeez said...

I love that ! I want one :o)Sue

Shabby Soul said...

Is there anything you can't do??? This bag made my heart skip a beat! I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!! I love the fabric, the flower, the ruffles, the inside & the hidden phrases!!!! ahhhhh.....you must stop doing this to me!

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

Amazing and creative and so much love expressed in that bag. Best wishes and prayers to your friend.