Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Red Balloon Purse

A few years ago I impulsively bought a red felt bag with circles of color on one side, made in Nepal. $40. I never used it... guess I'm conservative at heart when it comes to purses. Yet still, it always makes me happy to look at and touch it.

The original purse just had the "spots" of color. I embroidered the "strings" to make them look like balloons.

While moving, it surfaced. Wow, I thought, bet it would be fun to bead this bag! Maybe a more flamboyant person than I will buy it at the Artist Studio Tour (next weekend). So, for the last two days, my worktable heaped with stuff, I turned the circles of colors into balloons.


I started with the strings, embroidered with 6 strands of floss (detail picture above). Then I began adding beads, buttons and ribbons... Whoooohooo! Balloons!




Here are a couple of them.



I finished the bag at midnight last night. Most fun things were stitching into felt and adding the ribbons at the end. Most difficult thing was getting inside the purse to knot off the threads. Happy colors, happy red, happy Robin! How do YOU like it?

20 comments:

  1. Anonymous3:23 PM

    Hi happy Robin.Your "master bead woman" embellishments really add to the bag. Your happiness is there for all to see.

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    1. Thanks! Hard to go wrong with primary colors and balloons, isn't it?!

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  2. I like it a lot!! You turned it into a very cheerful accessory. I think it will appeal to lots of women. Cha-Ching!
    xx, Carol

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    1. Cha-Ching would be nice, Carol... Best part though would be matching up the purse with someone who would love using it.

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  3. A major improvement. You have every right to be happy!

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    1. I'm just happy in the process... guess it's the materials and the colors. I went on a silk ribbon buying kick for a while a few years back... It makes me happy to have the selection of colors and to use them!

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  4. Kelly Wilbur6:56 PM

    Love it! You made it even better than before.

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  5. I love it, Robin! I'd use it, too. What is this one selling for?

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    1. I don't know, Peggy. Pricing is always a problem for me because of the time I put into my work, which in this case is two long days. This one also has the factor of the $40 I spent for the purse. I was thinking of $150, but that's so much more that most would want to pay for a purse. What do you think?

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  6. It makes me happy just to see it and to know that it made you happy doing it.

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  7. I guess I'm with coral-seas - I'm happy just to see it and know you're feeling happier. That's more than I can pay for a purse, but it's worth it and someone will find it and make it their own.

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  8. I think next weekend will see a happy buyer.

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  9. It just makes you smile to look at the cheerful colours! I guess you can't put a price on the pleasure you get from making something that just works so well.

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  10. The right person will most likely come along and want it regardless of the price! Glad it made you happy!!

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    1. Crossing my fingers for that. I put it at $145. I could have made 10 fibula pins in the time it took me to do the purse, which would be about $650. Oh well, it's only money and think of the fun I had, plus the fun purse I have to display.

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  11. I love it! Makes me happy to look at it too.

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  12. OH, oh, a more flamboyant person than I... dont be so negative about yourself. As Jan uses to say: It isn't what you wear but HOW you wear it. This nice purse you certainly can wear with a big smile!. It brightens my day now I think about it!

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    1. That wasn't a negative comment, Lies... I'm very comfortable with the person I am, and it just doesn't happen to be flamboyant. I enjoy being around people who are... it's a "kick"... but me? Well, I like my rather plain purse very much. I'm glad the red balloon purse brightened your day!

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