Something Green UWIB Blog Hop

Welcome to our first monthly UWIB Blog Hop!  Every 4th Sunday we will have a new hop with a new theme along with our fabulous UWIB participants!  Be prepared to be wowed by our members!  UWIB, Unique Women in Business, is an ETSY Team – our members are creative, supportive, and are wonderful friends!

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, this month’s theme is “Something Green.”  I’m featuring a couple of my “green” things.  First is this set of adorable hand-chenilled potholders.  I just love the little birdies, they remind me of the Twitter Bird, on a green background.

The second “Something Green” that I have to share with you is my upcycled “Everyone Loves an Irish Girl” Tote.  It used to be a TShirt and I have now transformed it into this cute little tote.  Who wouldn’t want this for their St. Patrick’s Day celebration?

Be sure to check out my RitasCreationsOnETSY shop for more potholders, St. Patrick’s Day themed totes, Pee Pee Cones, and more….  And please visit my UWIB sisters who are participating in the “Something Green” Blog Hop too!  You’ll be green with envy when you’re done!

Karen Terry-McDuffie   –
Robin Koehler   –
Linda Reynolds   –
Birgitte Hendricks  –
Judy Woodley  –
Rita Wetzel  –
Audrey F  –
Robin Maria Pedrero   –
Ann Rinkenberger   –
Trudy Miller   –
Cory Trusty   –
Cory Trusty   –
Nancy Pace   –
Wendy Kelly   –

Thanks for stopping by….


Today’s Abundance
-First ever UWIB Blog Hop
-The color green
-The hope of spring


Fashion Week Kickoff

Today is the day that New York City kicks off its Fashion Week to debut fall and winter seasonal lines.  So, it seems appropriate that today’s blog should be about fashion!  But before we look ahead to the next few months, I think we should also look back at some vintage fashions from fellow Etsians!  You will find wedding gowns, swimsuits, dresses and more from days past.  You can find more details on each of the below here….

Happy Fashion!!

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Today’s Abundance
-Minus 9 this morning, 30 above tomorrow – I can hang on one more day
Another upcycled tote
-No bills in today’s mail
-A quiet, crafty day
– Daily blog post done before the evening sets in!

Some Bunny Loves Me

A week or so ago I wrote about Upcycling T Shirts into purses and totes.  Well, I just finished another one today and it is just too adorable not to highlight it here!

This is a darling yellow drawstring tote/bag made from an upcycled/recycled girls T-Shirt! The tote has a “Somebunny Loves Me” saying along with a pink and white bunny on the front. The inside is a pink on pink cotton lining. The drawstring and tabs are from a pink, yellow, and white fabric.   I just love it!  And your special little girl will love it too!

This tote is perfect for a change of clothes, for food and snacks, or for toys and other things to keep your special girl occupied on a car ride, a plane ride, during a sporting event, or while visiting family and friends.

And it was especially nice working on this today as it reminds me of spring and green grass and flowers and fresh warm air.  Much different than the cold, cold, cold, day we are experiencing!

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Today’s Quote
Carrots are devine… You get a dozen for a dime, It’s maaaa-gic! – Bugs Bunny

Upcycled T Shirts

I love going to thrift shops to find treasures that can be recycled/upcycled into something new and useful!  Breathing life into something again is so satisfying as the creative juices eek out something useful, something fun, or something totally unexpected.  (And yes, there is that brainstorm that totally falls flat on its face and the revamped article will never see the light of day again!)

Lately I have been collecting T Shirts to upcycle them into totes, purses, and/or wallets.  I hunt through the racks and racks of T Shirts to come up with a few that will make that perfect tote or purse for someone.

A Green Bay Packer fan donated a shirt to one of the local thrift stores and I transformed it into this tote for another Green Bay Packer fan!  Wonder if it is going to the Super Bowl?

Like black and pink?  Then this would have been a great bag for you!

And this one is absolutely perfect for the Irish Lass!

I have a stack of shirts to work on now – better get busy cutting and sewing!

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Today’s Quote
We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.  ~Thomas Fuller,Gnomologia, 1732

Valentine’s Goodie Bags

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  It is the day to celebrate love and affection with flowers, cards, jewelry, and candy!  And look what I’m making for the day….

These pink on pink fabric drawstring bags can be filled with candy and other goodies for that special person.  They are fully lined complete with finished seams.  The drawstrings are made with coordinating fabric.  You’ll be seeing more of these bags in different sizes as they also make good gift bags, wine bags, shoe bags, water bags, and more…

I made the tag from a digi stamp, Puppy Love, designed by Michelle Perkett.  And, of course, it was colored with Copic Markers.


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Today’s Abundance
-An ordinary day
-Quilting inspiration
-Pink and Red – the colors of Valentine’s
-1 day closer to warmer weather
-Puppy play time

Pay It Forward 2011

In early January, a Pay It Forward challenge surfaced on Facebook.  The challenge read:

Pay it Forward 2011: I promise to send something handmade to the first 5 people who leave a comment here. They must in turn post this and send something they make to the first 5 people who comment on their status. The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 5 people sometime in 2011.

I took on the challenge and it didn’t take very long for people to respond.  I’m about ready to send off my handmade goodies to them.  Want a peak as to what they will be receiving?

The homemade goodies include mini wallets, key fobs/rings, and memo pads made from upcycled food box chipboard.  I will be mailing them yet this week so watch for them!

Thanks for stopping by…


Today’s Quote
“A life lived for others, is the only life worth living.”    Albert Einstein

Polka Dots Anyone?

It’s been awhile since I have posted here.  I was holed up in my craft cave sewing and quilting for spring craft fairs.  They were very successful but prep time was all-consuming!  The March ones are over for another year and now it is onto getting ready for May.  But I have a bit of a break here and now am getting caught up on a few things – like my blog!

So today I was back in the craft cave!  However, I actually made something for myself!  Yeah!  I decided it was time to make myself a new purse.  So, as I was sorting through patterns and my fabric stash I came across this pink and black polka dot fabric!  So after ironing, cutting, stitching, quilting, and constructing the fabric was transformed into this purse!!

I quilted the purse with straight line quilting following the same angle used to join the two pieces of fabric.

I used both the pink and the black fabric for the inside lining as I couldn’t decided on just one!

The grommets were an exercise in faith.  You actually need to cut out a circle through all the layers in order to assemble the grommets!  But they turned out really well and I love that they are large enough you can actually see through them!

I’m hoping to make a matching wallet in the near future so stay tuned for that post!

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