Friday, April 13, 2007

I finished it at 9:15 pm last night. It’s for a girl I work with. Her birthday is today on Friday the 13th. I’m not superstitious, though I don’t believe in tempting fate. And wouldn’t it be incredible if fortune cookies were true.
Ok – back to the bag. The pattern is called Kimmie's Tote by Indygo Junction. I really can’t picture her carrying the bag, I can see her hanging it on the door and filling it with flowers. Here's a snapshot of the label I sewed on the inside. The card is a fabric postcard with a red Popsicle.
I wrote on the opposite side, “I hope today is one of those days that there’s nothing that a Red Popsicle can’t fix…” Remember those days.. A skinned knee, a broken toy, a rainy day.. A Popsicle cured just about everything….

Inside the bag I put ‘Flair’ pens--- The Brand name suits her. Oh, And Packs of Gum. We both work in the ‘Guy’s’ world. But as women, sometimes you can get so angry tears come to your eyes when you don’t want them to. Last week I went into her office, and said, “ I can’t do this, I’m so angry, look at these tears, how will I be taken seriously?” She opened her desk drawer and handed me a piece of gum. “ I don’t know,” she said, “But this works for me, when you feel the tears, just chew harder…” Hey, it worked.

We’ve talk about stamping, scrapbook paper, and quilting, oh and ribbon (If I had planned better, I would have filled the bag with ribbon) She’s got this wild ribbon thing. She’s about the first person that I can be a friend with and still tell her she’s wrong if I think she is. And when I’m out of line or wrong about something she pipes up. We don’t dwell on work, because with confidentialities, there are tons of things we can’t talk about. We don’t talk on the phone. I don’t see her before or after work. Both of our lives are way to wrapped up in themselves to do that…but every now and then it’s really great to have a friend at work.

I hope she has a great birthday.

22 comments:

Beemoosie said...

Sounds like a wonderful friend to have...makes it easier to go to work I bet!! And that bag is HEAVENLY!! oh you did an awesome job!!!

Linda said...

What a wonderful bag, just adore your gift tag. How nice to know that you have a friend at work who understands.

Norma said...

You have put a lot of thought into a wonderful gift for a great friend at work! I am sure she will love the gift! I love the tip about chewing gum--I am going to give that a try!

Laura said...

Lucky, lucky friend, the bag is fantastic! And the card is too cute!

paula, the quilter said...

Friends like the two of you are extremely hard to find.

Leigh said...

What a great post! Love the bag and the label too.
By the way my birthday is in June.....???

Holly said...

Cute tote and thoughtful things inside. She's going to love it for sure.

Jane Weston said...

What a nice gift. I'm sure she'll love it. BTW love the advice about the gum...good idea!

Wendy said...

Fantastic bag you made, I'm sure she will love it. Nice to have a co-worker you can share with. Great saying with the red popicle.

Connie said...

I enjoyed reading your post, all about the bag & things inside and the friend at work. :)

Finn said...

Happy Friday...you are hereby granted a reprieve from all the little nagging things until after later..*VBS*
The bag is absolutely gorgeous..love the button, the gift tag and the contents. How often do any of us receive a gift with so much thought attached. Through your eyes, I can see that hanging with flowers tumbling out of it. Your artists' soul shines on everything you do.
Loved the comment about finding passion in what we love, and the idea of putting a patch on things. Just what I needed to hear today. Thanks for being my 'bare woods with lack of color' friend. Big hugs, Finn
P.S. Love the new header..perfect!

Kim said...

In this life, there are all sorts of friends--the friends we have at work are no less important than the ones we see outside of work; more so, maybe, since we spend so much time with them! It sounds like the two of you have a very special relationship. I bet she'll love the purse and all the other goodies you put so much thought into.

KCQuilter said...

Wow, what a wonderful post, Mel. I especially love the quote about the red popsicle and will add it to my book of favorites! Your bag turned out fantastic!!! I miss my at-work friends!

Darlene said...

Wow, what an incredible gift. She's lucky to have you as a friend. Yes, a popsicle cures everything - even today! LOL

Libby said...

A wonderful gift - I'm sure her birthday turned out just right.

Jeanne said...

Your entire gift is wonderful! The bag is so cute, the postcard gift tag, and the contents. It's very evident that you spent time and much thought making this a great gift for your friend. I'm sure she'll love it.

Happy Valley Quilter said...

Oh, I just love that bag! One of my quilting friends made one for me a couple of Christmases ago using Thimbleberries fabrics and I have used it for almost everything! It's been several places around the world and has carried a wide range of items, from sea shells to scriptues, handwork to paperwork. Your friend will truly love it! How thoughtful!!!

Cynthia said...

what a lovely bag. I'm sure your friend will like it. Must remember about the chewing gum.

YankeeQuilter said...

Love the bag and love the "just chew harder" comment! Lots of cool bags in blogdom today!

Fiona said...

Fabulous bag, I'm sure she will appreciate it.

Greenmare said...

That is a great bag, and an even greater friendship. I love the red popsicle comment.
I haven't visitied your blog before and I have to say, your banner is lovely! So, you're a Yooper? I'll just say yah den hey.
;-)

MOLLY said...

I am new to blogging and I wish I knew how you get your pics in "just the right place. I seem to have so much trouble moving them. I love the way you post your "gratitudes".