Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Blog Conference Tote Bag

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
You all gave me permission to make myself a new bag for the Creative Estates blogging conference.  But, I may have gone just a little overboard! :)
I found this gorgeous fabric at Wal-mart- yes you read that right, Wal-mart!!  And since it was not all that expensive I bought both color-ways of the canvas and both accent fabrics as well.  So, I made my bag- extra large since it costs money to check luggage now days and I wanted to have room to bring things home.  And I had fabric left over.  So I kept making things.  A notebook cover, a wallet, a business card holder (not pictured) a small notebook cover (not pictured), and three zippered pouches.  By the time I was done, I was a little Too coordinated.  But it was fun. :)
 This is the wallet I made.  I love this flower accent- it's easy and it's flat which keeps me from having to worry about it getting smashed. :)
These are the two zippered pouches.  I know you're all anxiously waiting for the answer to the sharp corner question, but I'm sorry to say I'm not there yet.  I will give you a heads up on what I've learned so far in an upcoming post, but quite frankly, when I do get the corners square- I like the look of the slightly angled corners better.  Hmmm.  We'll talk about it all soon.
This is the flower I made for the tote bag.  I just sort of cut out random + shaped pieces at varying sizes, singed the edges and glued them together.  No pattern, just kind of organic.  I love how it looks. 
And the final shot is my Little Miss with the pouch she allocated for herself.  I used it on the trip to hold all the business cards I received, my business card holder and my little notebook where I kept notes on who I met where so I would remember them better.  I'm so glad I did that because my brain is fried. 
I do make these bags to sell, but I have not had time to put them in an Etsy shop yet, so if you are interested, leave a comment or send me an e-mail and I'll be in touch about pricing and shipping.
I'll be back tomorrow with some lessons learned from my first-ever blogging conference.
* Edited to add- I've decided to give this tote bag away.  I owe you guys one big HUGE thank you for all your love and support!  So, even though I used it for the weekend- one lucky reader will soon become overly coordinated herself. ;) The give away will include the tote bag, notebook cover, wallet and small zippered pouch.
To enter:
1. Leave a comment- you must be a follower of my blog, since this is a reader appreciation give away. (new followers are welcome)
2.  For an additional entry- Like my facebook page, come back and leave a comment.
The give away will be open until next Wednesday April 20th!  Good luck. :)
xoxo,
Amy
Linked up to Show and Tell with Blue Cricket Designs, and Show off your Stuff party with Fireflies and Jellybeans

103 comments:

Char @ Crap I've Made said...

Missing you already. Don't forget how good you are!

Crafty Girls said...

Ya, listen to Char! You are awesome! Those bags are stinking cute too! My favorite...the biggie ~ a bag can never be too big. Can't wait to get my blog conference lesson tomorrow, since I was not able to go and meet all you fun gals!

ellie g said...

Did you say "too coordinated?" No such thing! Seriously. There isn't. Did you see the black & white situation I had going on? I LOVE coordinated! And I love your bag(s)

Karen said...

Wow - really? you are giving away this bag?? Awesome. I'm so glad you had such a good time at the conference. Love you!

Holly said...

Like, seriously, you knew I would be here right! I follow you of course...because I cannot wait to see what you have up your sleeve - or in your tote!

The Adventures of Ordy and Joon said...

AMEROONIE!!! This is the first thing I complimented you on- of course you know I love your tote and would DIE to win it!!!! And it means even more that you used it- I'd feel famous or something hahaha like bidding on justin bieber's used gum! LOL!

The Adventures of Ordy and Joon said...

I liked you on facebook!!! whoop whoop!

Lesli said...

I follow this blog via Google Friend Connect {Lesli}

Love your blog! How generous of you! :D

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Lesli said...

I like you on Facebook.

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Chrissy Farnan said...

Yippee - I loved the bag when I saw you this weekend and commented!! Such a fun giveaway!

Michell @Girl in Air said...

OMG! I just used this fabric to makeover an old chair...it goes perfect with the new colors in my masterbedroom makeover!!

I stinking...LOVE it!! How cute would that be hanging on the back of my chair:-)

Oh jealous I missed out on creative estates:(

MaddyMaze Studio said...

I am now a follower. Thanks for the great giveaway! The bag is so cute!

Mandy said...

I'm a follower. I love this bag, but I'm afraid my 3 year old would think it was hers!

Jillian said...

I'm a follower!

Jillian said...

I "Like" you on Facebook!

Leanne said...

Thanks for being my roomie. I had a great time. I hope you're not getting sick. I feel gross! The bags looked great and I loved all your coordinating. Thanks for my gorgeous bag. I'm using it in my purse now. See you soon.

VitaGirl said...

Seriously, Chrissy & Joon got here before me AGAIN?? Those girls are quick! And we seem to be stalking all the same people today! LOL!
ANYWAY....I LOVE your bags and would totally love to win them!!! And it's true, no such thing as too many matching bags. I just got called to YW and keep thinking I need a totally awesome bag like that to haul my wonderful YW things around. Wanna look 'cool' for the girls, ya know!

I also 'liked' you on FB. You are so easy to 'like'!!! Glad you had fun @ Creative Estates! It was A-MAZE-ING, wasn't it?!!! Thanks so much!

Claudia said...

Beautiful- perfect for Spring.

Sandy said...

Absolutely love the colors... keeping my fingers crossed!

Brassy Apple said...

get out of freakin' town! Count me in! :)

my fav color is green and it's a classic combo with the black and white! :)

Brassy Apple said...

just gave you a LIKE on FB! :) #2 entry for me! Boo-yah!

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melissamo1 said...

I LOVE those colors!!!! Beautiful fabric!!! I just wanted to tell you that I have had a tab open on my computer with your scalloped skirt tutorial since you posted it. I really, really want to try it!!! :)

Foster said...

Beautiful work! I'm so impressed.

Katy said...

I would love to be "overly coordinated" =)

Gypsy Thread said...

Great blog, and great bags. Pick me! Pick me! :) Following via GFC

Gypsy Thread said...

Now following you via FB as my alter ego, Carey. No need to worry, my Gypsy Thread FB page likes you too now. (not trying for extra credit or anything.) ;-)

stormybrew57 said...

I love all of your bags. I would love to win. I just became an offical follower today-but I have been following you for a while now. I made your chenile valentine pillows. sooooo cute! thank You, Beth N. (stormybrew572aol.com)

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

You know how much I love your totes. This is gorgeous... love the colors. I think it is so darn cute that you were so darn coordinated :) And I am, of course, a follower.

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Wow! I love the color combo! I'm having fun reading about all the fun all the CE attendees had! And too coordinated? No such thing!

Caroline @ Atelier Caroline said...

I'd call this zesty ... Yummy !

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

Yay Amy!! Love your bags and I would love to win it!! I would have the famous Ameroonie bag!!! :)
I'm a follower!! :)

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

I liked your FB page!! I am so excited to follow along and get to know you better! :)

Crafty Girls said...

I like you now on Facebook! Yippie!

A.Vang said...

WhooHoo! I adore your bag! I would love for it to be my bag! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Toqua's Crafts said...

I can't wait to have my own Ameroonie Bag!! Too cool!!

Toqua's Crafts said...

I liked you on FB too!

danandcami said...

Soo cute! I love the fabric choices!

Lu said...

Great fabric (go Walmart!) and I love both of the flowers you made! Super, super cute, the whole set.

Heather said...

Creative Estates was so much fun!! I LOVE the new bag with all the matching stuff!

kami @ nobiggie.net said...

Hi Aimee! I loved your bag! Turned out so cute!

It was so nice to meet you this weekend! What a fun weekend!

Swensgirl said...

I LOVE it! I am a follower and if I don't win just may have to buy one from you! ;-)

Swensgirl said...

I liked your FB page and shared the post with my friends!

Becca said...

Amy you are too much fun! Such cute bag and all the other fun accessories! I'm going to go share this on FB!

Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama said...

Hey Amy,,new follower here. I found your blog through BlueCricketDesign. Just wanted to say that I love this tote bag, the colors are great. Looking forward to checking out some of your past posts. Thanks

The Hills said...

So cute!!!! Love it!! I so wish I could have attended the conference. Looks like it was super fun!

The Hills said...

New follower on Facebook!

Ginnie said...

Hi Amy! This is Lindsay's friend, Ginnie (not sure if you remember me or not) I was over on Kami's blog and I saw a pictures of you and I thought, hey, I know that girl! Your blog is fantastic and you are so unbelievably cute and crafty! Keep on craftin' :)

Kathy said...

Great bags! I love the colors!

Lynne said...

I love the fabric! (Sure wish our WalMart still sold fabric.) Such a cute idea! Thanks for the givaway!

Lynne said...

I liked you on fb!

mekei said...

i'm a follower! i'm a follower!

liz said...

Super cute! I think I need to run to WalMart soon! I am a new follower :)

liz said...

I like you on facebook :)

Emily {WhipperBerry} said...

Yeah!!! I want that set, you know I do. I follow you of course! You are amazing, and this set is beautiful.

Amanda said...

Beautiful bag set!!! I have my fingers crossed!!!

Amanda said...

I Liked you on facebook as well! Awesome blog find!

Brande J. said...

56 comments? Wow Amy!!! I'm never going to win this. I love it though and great fabric from Walmart...who would have guessed. I'm glad you had a blast at the conference.

Michelle B. said...

I'm new to your blog and so excited to find it! I can't wait to try out some of your designs/tutorials! Loooove the bags!

SwishDesigns said...

I'm new to your blog and I have to say that I LOVE IT! And I especially love this pattern/bag/set. Green is all me! I so hope I win!

SwishDesigns said...

I'm now a FB fan - both my personal account (Donna Martin) and my google/business account (SwishDesigns)

Amy @ Increasingly Domestic said...

I came over to tell you how awesome your bags are and then saw that it is a giveaway!

OMG I want it! :)

Of course I am a loyal follower and pretty much love the heck out of of you, so I should be the winner.

Contest is over people, nothing to see here.

Amy @ Increasingly Domestic said...

I also LIKE you on Facebook:)

Heather said...

MY bag!!! Everyone else back up this bag is mine. Miss Ameroonie you are fabulous and you have an amazing talent. Shoot for the moon doll, you can do it!!

kisses
heather

Jill said...

What a fabulous co-ordinating set! I can see why you couldn't resist that fabric! I'm following you now and keeping everything crossed I win!!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Angie said...

You are VERY creative! I love this pattern! :)
Angie

Angie said...

I "like" you on Facebook :)

VitaGirl said...

Hi. Thanks.....YES, I would LOVE the pattern for the YW bag! That would be awesome! Thank you so much!! :)

Breaking Free From Old Ways said...

I am a new follower! Thank you so much for the giveaway

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Breaking Free From Old Ways said...

I like your fb page

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Emilee said...

I'm one of your newest followers.

emileenreynolds@yahoo.com

Kaytee said...

I'm a new follower via GFC. Nice to meet you and thanks for the chance!
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katelyn.j.stephens at gmail dot com

baglady said...

I am a new follower of your blog- am looking forward to looking through your old posts. Thanks for the great give away!

baglady said...

I also liked you on FaceBook

Chantelle Penrod Photography said...

I would love to be a winner winner chicken dinner!
xoxo

Chantelle Penrod Photography said...

LOVE you on FB! xoxo

nellana said...

I really like your bags. You are so creative.

nellana said...

I liked you on facebook.

Michelle said...

I'm a follower!

Michelle said...

I like you on Facebook!

WeBeHerbst said...

I'm a new follower! I love your bag - thanks for the chance to win it!!!

WeBeHerbst said...

I like you on facebook too!!!

Sassy Lewis said...

New follower. LOVE the black & Kiwi combo. I just finishd a quilt in he same colors. Here's crossing my fingers!

Sassy Lewis said...

And my toes. I'm now a liker on Facebook!

Aubree said...

I am a new follower! These totes/bags are so cute! I love them and I would love to learn how to make them one day.
a.workman29@hotmail.com

Aubree said...

I liked your FB page.
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Mare said...

I'm a new follower. I love the fabric these are made out of! Would love to win! I'm going to have to see if my Walmart has the fabric. Thanks for the chance to win.

Amy Sabey said...

Love the colors girl. Look at all those comments... you are doing amazing! Keep up the good work my friend!!!

The One and Only said...

I'm following you, do you see me in the back? I'm waving right now!! As for the walmart fabric, they've really started to carry some great colorways!! I'm really excited!! Especially at about 5ish a yard instead of 10!!!

Muireann said...

I'm a new Google Reader follower. You're very kind to give your bags away, they're lovely!

Kitten said...

I follow you as Wendy on GFC

Kitten said...

I liked your FB page (Wendy H)

Filipa Sompy said...

I'm a new follower but really like your blog already!
I also love coordinating things and this set is awesome!

Cheers!
Filipa Sompy
http://soscraft.blogspot.com

Filipa Sompy said...

I Liked you on FB!

sompy_stuff@hotmail.com

Camille said...

I would love this bag- everything you touch is gold!

VickiT said...

Oh my gosh that fabric is awesome. I sure do hope one of the many WalMarts near me bring the fabric dept. back and have this fabric. It's gorgeous. And WOW! What you did with the fabric is just amazing. You can't really be TOO coordinated can you? LOL I LOVE IT! Great job!

Kristi said...

I'm a new follower, but have "blog-hopped" into your blog a couple of times. Love the bags!

Kristi said...

I "liked" your facebook page

--Amie-- said...

I love the zippered pouches!! They are so cute with the ruffle! :)

Amy said...

I'm a new follower! A fellow Amy :) LOVE the bags! They're so stinkin' cute!

Patti Smith said...

Amy - What a cute bag! I would LOVE to win ... I'm sure I need another Amy creation!

Patti Smith said...

And I follow you on facebook ;)

Catherine said...

Oh man, I am laughing too hard at the overly coordinated comment.

Thanks for the chance - - I'm a new follower {found you on the Crafterminds chat}. :)

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