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Ashley & Her New Purse

My sister and I finally finished her purse!

It turned out really well. It’s so cute! We followed the instructions for the “Charming Handbag” from Amy Karol’s .

There she is, all giggly and proud.

Tomorrow is that little girl’s 21st birthday!

We will be taking her to the same wonderful place I went to for my 21st… .

It’s the best Tiki Bar ever.

We will be drinking Hawaiian Sunsets, Zombies, and Mai Tais. Per tradition, we will also try to get someone to drink a Tahitian Milkmaid… gin, grenadine, and cream. Yum?

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    January 30, 2008 at 10:30 am

    If I hadn’t know you made that beautiful purse, I would’ve thought that it was a Vera Bradley.

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    amy purple
    January 30, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Happy Birthday, Ashley!
    The purse turned out well! The size is perfect!

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    January 30, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    What a lovely purse. So chic! Happy Birthday to your sister and have a great time.

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    January 30, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    The purse is wonderful! I love the orange. I hope she has a wonderful 21st :)

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    January 30, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Oh please do tell us what that fabric is and where you got it! It is fabulous. And, of course, the purse is great too :) You could make a killing selling those. You know, in all your spare time!

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    Sues is not Martha
    January 30, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    I want one, I want one!! That is seriously beautiful!

    Happy birthday to your sister :)

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    January 30, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    You should totally sell these on Etsy! You really could make some big bucks! I would buy one in a split second! So cute!

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    Patricia Scarpin
    January 31, 2008 at 8:11 am

    The purse is absolutely gorgeous!
    And Happy Birthday to her!

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    January 31, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    I have the tiki bar envys over here. Have fun!

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    February 1, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    I made a purse from the same pattern. It’s fun! What dimensions did you use for the handle? Yours look thicker and longer than mine and I like yours much better.

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    Making it Lovely
    February 1, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Erika, I don’t remember! I think we made the straps 1.5″ wide, but I don’t know how long they were. We just held the fabric up to the purse and decided what length looked good before we cut. ;)

    Oh, and Ashley thanks everyone for the birthday well-wishes!

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    February 1, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    I’m late but I hope Ashley had a wonderful birthday!

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    February 5, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    I think it’s kind of funny that nicole talks about the purse “we” made together…the real truth?? If I were more involved in the process it would look like something a home ec student would make. (I would use a stapler because i SUCK at sewing!)

    Annyhoozle- thank you you to my very talented sister for “helping” me with my purse! It’s so cute but next time a little bigger :P

    Also a big thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes. The snow stopped us from going to Hala Kahiki but Rockband at Nicoles was just as fun :)
    xoxo ashley xoxo

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    Making it Lovely
    February 5, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Ashley, you were an excellent seam ripper though. Don’t give me all the credit. ;)

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    just corby
    February 6, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    I love this bag! I love how much it can stand up on its own! I’m looking up Bend The Rules Sewing on amazon right now!

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    Betsy Ross
    February 8, 2008 at 10:47 am

    I have some crazy memories of that place! Russian mobsters, intense rules for behavior, no food except pretzels, and finally… my drink was on fire. Awesome!!

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    February 12, 2008 at 12:16 am

    That purse is adorable!

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    October 28, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    LOVE the “charming handbag”!! You should sell your designs to a manufacturer – very eye-catching and lovely colours.

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    November 11, 2008 at 1:40 am

    Very fashionable colours – agree that these could be sold to a manufacturer – see a lot more drab handbags being carried around in the high streets of the UK – would be great to add some colour.

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    November 28, 2008 at 2:55 am

    The bag is addooooooraaaable :)

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    November 29, 2008 at 12:07 am

    At last a designer who is imaginative enough to try out wholly new colour schemes – love the design of this. It’s very very pleasing on the eye – lovely colour pallete.

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    January 14, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Aw, I would never lose a bag so precious! Love it!

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