Come to think of it though, when I say it was 'something for nothing' .... I was obliged to sit through two induction days at the time. So maybe I paid for it in vital minutes of my life which I'll never get back and brain cells which died off somewhere amid the myriad Power-Point presentations we were
When I mentioned to Barbara [my friend / a colleague / wonderful person all round who probably won't be reading this but, on the off chance she's feeling especially brave with the internet today, I'll say 'Hello Barbara'!!] ....when I mentioned to her that I was going to customise my bag she asked if I'd do the same for her. [She even offered to pay - which I was never going to allow!!]
So here's what I've made for her:
The main floral fabric comes from the 'Gams and Garters' kit from Gauche Alchemy . Rather than simply stitch it directly to the canvas bag I decided to make it into a handy front pocket. I then decorated it with ribbons and fabric [which I received in my stash swap with Kirsty Neale, which I blogged here].
I added a few final touches, such as a tab to attach a keyring etc from on the back and the ribbon on the handle:
I can't wait to give it to Barbara to see what she thinks of it. I'm secretly hoping that, as she moves around the campus, she gets stopped by hoards of bag-admirers asking where she got it from. Do you think it'd be pushing the bounds of our friendship too far if I made up some business cards for her to hand out ....just in case???;)
I'm now wondering what to do with my bag, I'm thinking 'paint' and 'text' but obviously you'll be the first to see it when I've decided.