Monday, January 9

In the Bag

******This giveaway is now closed. The winner is....Comment #1, Anna! I'll send you your prize this week. Congrats and thanks to all who entered!******

Whew. We've been keeping ourselves busy with lots of holiday traveling and family time the last few weeks. Once we made it home it took me a few days to adjust back to Baby B mode... you know, when I have to entirely supervise Baby B on my own all day without grandparents or aunts to share the load? Yeah, I know. My mom skills are off the hook. What does that even mean? I say it sometimes because it makes me sound gangster, so I should probably find out. Hmmmm.... Anyway, I'm adjusting back to life and finally found time to put a post together! So here is a closer look at the travel shopping bags I mentioned the other day that I made as Christmas gifts.

I used a tutorial by Needle & Spatula, found here. They were really pretty easy to put together (all straight lines!) and went pretty fast, considering I was making seven of them. Plus they turned out super cute. 

They aren't very big, but it's nice that they roll up so small. They aren't lined (which helps them be compact) and are made with french seams so there are no exposed edges left inside. This was my first time doing french seams and it was really easy and worked great!

Here they are in cute little bundles.

Want one of your own? Well, you could make one. Or.... could enter my GIVEAWAY to win one! Surprise! I'll be giving away this plaid travel shopping bag to one lucky winner!

How to enter:
1. Leave a comment telling me the best present you got this year! (bonus question: what do you think "off the hook" means?)
2. You can have an extra entry for sharing my giveaway on facebook or twitter (just leave an separate comment for each saying you did).
3. Also followers get an extra entry as a thank you for following my blog, just leave a separate comment telling me you follow. :)

The giveaway will close Friday, January 13, 2011 at 5:00pm.

Have fun and good luck!


  1. So other than getting an awesome shopping bag (which I used for the first time Sunday and love and got complemented on), the best present that I got was a Roku. I love being able to watch movies on my TV instead of my laptop :)

  2. I got to spend time with my family, it was great! My guess is that off the hook is a reference to older phones and if you do something that takes all your attention, it's like taking the phone off the hook to avoid distractions. Or maybe it's a fishing metaphor? :-)

  3. And I'm a long-time follower. Love the blog!

  4. My favorite gift was spending time with family and meeting my brand new niece. Off the hook...well, I can't say where it originated, but now it means you are a fantabulous mommy!!
    I'm tring to follow your blog but having trouble from my phone. :/

  5. Posted to facebook. :)

  6. I got a fantastic ice cream maker for Christmas! I think off the hook originated in the fishing realm as in "get that fish off the hook, it is amazing!" Just kidding, i have no idea :)

  7. My favorite Christmas gift was a watch my husband gave me. And off the hook can mean different things depending on how it is used. Off the hook could mean cool, fresh, out of control or busy.