I've been so super busy these past couple of weeks that I'm still scratching my head a little, wondering where all that time went. I was able to finish a couple of (small) projects, but never got around to posting about them. July's been a month full of guests; my mother and sister came to stay with me for a full two weeks (I miss them already), and another friend is here now, just for the weekend. I'm expecting two more house guests next weekend. Busy, busy, busy. But I am totally enjoying the company, so my crafting will just have to suffer a little.
Environmentally friendly shopping bags have really gained momentum these past months, and I found myself compelled to join the bandwagon. While I lusted over bags that could fold into its own pocket, like this singlet style shopping bag and this crochet reduction tote bag, I wanted a super-quick project, so the pattern that I finally settled with was the Saturday Market Bag, with Liesl from disdressed's modifications.
The pattern was very easy, and Liesl's modifications made seaming minimal, so I finished my bag in no time at all. It's wonderful, it keeps stretching, and stretching, and stretching... There's a bottle of maple syrup, apple cinnamon pancake mix, a box of cereal, a loaf of bread, a package of walnuts, several apples, and a large carton of yogurt (mmm....breakfast!) in the bag, and there is still plenty of room to comfortably carry more.
Since I can wear the bag on my shoulder, it's much easier for me to carry home heavier items than it has been for me using the traditional plastic shopping bags. And I look *much* more chic coming home with my groceries in this great looking bag. After unloading all of the groceries from the bag, I can ball it up so that it's no bigger than a ping pong ball. Then I just toss it in my purse, where it takes up minimal space, and pull it out again on my next grocery shopping excursion. Cool, huh? Hehehe.