Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I feel good! Da-na-na-na-na-na-na....

Normally I wouldn't post something like this as I wouldn't want it to come across as bragging or something like that; if you know me you know I do not like being the center of attention. I can be loud and chatty, and laugh really loud like a ticklish hyena, and get lost in my story-telling antics, but only in a "Don't look at me!" way. Oddly, I truly don't give a hoot about what most people think...you'd think I would (or that I'd like to be the focus). Anyway, I'm really excited and wanted to share it with you, so I hope you forgive my self-indulgence.

But I won a contest. Not a giveaway (which is equally exciting) but a sewing contest. Now, mind you, it wasn't like it was a Vogue "Design your own something or other" contest, or anything super major, but it was enough for me to feel good about it. Some of you may remember this bag I made:

It was my first original design--I had to buy a protractor for this one! The fabrics were some of my favorites from my stash, and I was so excited it worked out on the first try. I entered it in the "Design Your Dream Bag" contest at the Januar Designs Bag Making Blog, and Daphna has graciously chosen me as her winner!! When I make a bag I usually am satisfied with it, but when I look at other sewists' creations I feel I have much to learn and live up to (as though anyone but me is keeping score). When she announced her winner I was 99% convinced it wasn't me (there's always hope--hence the 1%), but when I saw it was me my face cracked in half with a big grin. She sent me a lovely email and it made me feel really good.

The haul includes a nice bit of loot--fabric, bag-making bits, fusible interfacing (which I always forget to buy and use constantly), some fun trims and embellishments, and a bag or two made by Daphna. I'm oddly excited that this package will be winging its way to me from Israel (so far I've only got China, England and Australia under my global post belt).

So that's all--just wanted to do a quick share.



  1. Congratulations Bethany!
    A well deserved win! I loved this bag when I first saw it
    Now it's a prize winner are you going to help us to make one??????

  2. That is a pretty design. Award-winning for sure. Congrats! :)

    It was my first original design--I had to buy a protractor for this one! --> I love this. Hahaha!

  3. Congrats and I love the fabrics. This is a really nice looking design too.

    Hope you have a great holiday!

  4. Hi Bethany, thanks for popping in earlier,I value your comment. Congratulations on the award for your bag, you totally deserve it! I love the way you have decorated with the origami stars, they look wonderful.

  5. Congratulations are you well justified to be proud it's beautiful and your angles are super :)

    Kandi x

  6. I'm not surprised you won. It's a gorgeous bag and looks well designed. I'm so different from you. I'm such a bragger. (but only in blogland) In real life I'm a very quiet person. Congrats.

  7. Congratulations! It is a beautiful bag!

  8. Oops hit publish too fast...I have made 2 of your wonderful Wavy top bags (one for myself and one for my baby sister...mine us all worn out because I loved carrying it and will need to make another next year). I also have made 2 of your drawstring bags...one I carry frequently and one for a dear friend who is more elderly than I am. Love both patterns!

  9. Congratulations! It is a beautiful bag!



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