Sunday, October 30, 2016

Artisan Blog Tour, Day 3 - Bring on the Bags, and a Giveaway!!


Hi, all!

Welcome to the third (and final!) day of my part of the Artisan blog tour!  It's been a wild ride, helping FreeSpirit Fabrics launch Kaffe Fassett's newest line (available in stores in November - hooray!)  Isn't that picture at the top beautiful?  Brandon Mably posted that on Facebook yesterday from Quilt Market, and I couldn't resist using it.  All those gorgeous fabrics!!

I've shown you a table cover, a quilt, a couple of pillows, and a maker mat - now it's time to show you the bags I made using some of the Artisan fabrics!



First up is this fun, bright bag!  The outside of the bag is made using three different batiks in the Sunny color way.  The chevron print is so cool, with its shading of colors across the fabric.  And the wide stripes I used for the straps were just perfect!  I'm kind of fond of the checkerboard batik, too - the geometric feel of these three work well together.  


I added the dark blue ties on the sides to bring out the blue in the center.  It's lined with a fabulous big circle print from the Artisan line, and the pockets inside (you can never have too many pockets!) are the same circle print in a different color way.  The pattern for this bag is McCall's M6905.

But the next bag is my absolute favorite!  I have to admit, once I finished this one, I put it on my shoulder and I've used it ever since.  I'm going to be a sad, sad girl when it wears out!!


For this bag, I used a free pattern from Lecien Fabrics called the 1 Yard Magic Hobo Bag that I found on this blog.  Using the pattern as a starting point, I made some adjustments to create this eclectic bag.  I cut four different pieces of fabric to create the outside of the bag, creating a quartered piece.  I used a piece of the Artisan ikat fabrics, the plaid, for the interior.  I also added a piece of interlining, a fairly stiff loose-weave canvas, and sewed the three pieces together, turning it right-side out and pressing well.  I then treated it as a solid piece of fabric for the rest of the construction process.  I did make the straps wider, too, and added interlining to those too.  But here's my favorite part...


Look at that fabulous tassel!!  I was digging through a box of "stuff" in my studio one day and came across the leather tassel, one I had salvaged from a purse years and years ago.  Dug a little more and found a box of great beads in colors similar to those in the purse fabrics, so I threaded them onto the leather strips!  Now I jingle when I walk!  There are woven leather buttons on top that I can loop the tassel around if I want to secure the purse closed, too.  But usually just the weight of the tassel is enough to keep it from gapping open.


Isn't it gorgeous?  And it will hold a ridiculous amount of stuff if I need it to, but not look overly large if I'm down to a bare minimum in it.  This was a super simple pattern to make, even with the changes I made, and would make a great gift.  I highly recommend it!

So that's the end of my projects to help launch Kaffe Fassett's new fabric line, Artisan!  Although I don't think it will be the end of my sewing with them - the fabrics are so pretty, you'll see them cropping up in projects in the future!  Watch for it to come out in the fabric shops sometime in November.....

And now for the last giveaway!  I have one more jelly roll of Kaffe Fassett shot cottons for one lucky commenter...


...and, since it's still my birthday weekend, let's throw in one more giveaway....


...I'll draw one final winner and send her this bag!  Here's how you enter:

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Leave a comment and confess - are you an early Christmas decorator, a "not-until-after-Thanksgiving" decorator, a "Christmas-Eve-and-I'm-still-putting-stuff-out" decorator, or a "bah-humbug, who needs decorations" decorator?

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If you're a follower of this blog, leave another comment for an extra entry!

That's it, easy-peasy!  You can enter the giveaway until noon on Thursday, November 3rd, and I'll announce all the winners on Friday, November 4th.  And remember, there's still time to enter the giveaway from Friday and Saturday!  Entering all three giveaways gives you a chance at one of six different prizes - don't miss out!

Thank you so much for joining me for this blog tour - it's been a blast reading all your comments and has really added to my joy in being part of it all!

Hugs!

Sarah

279 comments:

  1. I'm definitely a wait-until-after-Thanksgiving gal! I can only handle one holiday at a time, and it gets my hackles up a bit how stores roll out decorations and merchandise for each holiday something like four months ahead. Can't handle the pressure!

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  2. Love both bags and thank you for the link. Well, we already have the shop decorated and set up for the Season, but I am a bah-hum-bug decorator on my side of the house.

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  3. A follower from long ago - keep up the inspiration!

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  4. Christmas Eve and still decorating, that's me to a T!!! What fabulous bags, and the Hobo one, when I make it, I will line it. Interfacing, a great addition . You have been so innovative with these Artisan fabrics.

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  5. And yes,I follow you on blogger with my blog friend list.

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  6. I definitely will not decorate until day after Thanksgiving. Just enjoying one holiday at a time.

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  7. We put up the decorations two weeks before Xmas
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  8. I follow you via blog lovin
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  9. I love this bag. As for Christmas decorations, I usually wait until Dec 15th then panic! Please enter me in this giveaway.

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  10. I am a follower and have your blog delivered to my e-mail, so please may I have another chance to win?
    technoturt@yahoo.com

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  11. Sarah you are a very talented designer. I decorate after the thanksgiving dishes are washed

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  12. I always wait until around December 5th or so to decorate - I want to keep the two holidays separate and I don't like to rush the season either - I don't early shop either

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  13. I follow you on my feedly reader and I must say your bags are wonderful!

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  14. I try to decorate for the holiday season right after Thanksgiving dinner when the men are around to take down all the boxes for me

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  15. I try to decorate for the holiday season right after Thanksgiving dinner when the men are around to take down all the boxes for me

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  16. 98% of the time I am a Not until after thanksgiving decorator. BUT for a couple years I got in a real humbug mood and didn't even care if I decorated-in the end only a tree and a few decorations came out in mid December. Great projects you have created with the Kaffe fabrics.

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  17. The Boho bag is a beauty and the beaded tassel really makes it rock. I'm a 'not until two weeks before Christmas and keep 'em up till after New Years' decorator. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  18. I've been following on BlogLovin. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  19. Those bags - I love them both! Just my kind of bright and cheerful colors! I generally wait til the day or two after Thanksgiving to begin decorating for Christmas, adding a few things every day til the boxes are empty. Putting them away however, there's always one thing it seems gets forgotten and we just let that stay out all year! A primitive angel hanging is what's already (and has been) on the wall this year.

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  20. I've always been a "not-until-after-Thanksgiving" decorator, but honestly, the last few years we have been away at Christmas so I just haven't bothered to decorate. Seemed like a lot of work to decorate a house that would be empty. This might be the year when I finally stay home and put up some decorations. But not until after Thanksgiving.

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  21. I follow your blog on my blogger dashboard/GFC.

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  22. My Christmas decorating has changed over the years. But it has always been After Thanksgiving! These days I don't decorate because I rarely have guests (I go to them! ha ha) But I do have a display of hand-carved Santa/Father Christmas figures that stay out all year.

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  23. I do follow your blog with Google Friend Connect (aka blogger dashboard)

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  24. Definitely no decorating til after Thanksgiving!

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  25. I start early with any decorations that can work into both holidays (pine cones, silver candle sticks, white lights, greenery, etc.) and usually find myself still scrambling right before Christmas!

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  26. I've been following you for a long time! :)

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  27. I am an after-Thanksgivings decorator that sometimes turns into a bah-hug decorator.

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  28. I love Christmas so much I would have no problem decorating the day after Halloween but I also love thanksgiving and all things fall! So I usually wait until after thanksgiving and put the whole house into festive mode.

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  29. I follow via bloglovin. Beautiful bags especially the batiks! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  30. Wow you weren't kidding when you said you made a ton of stuff with that Kaffe Fasset fabric! I love them all but gotta say my heart skipped a little beat when I saw the bag you're actually giving away! I really, really love it!

    I've been a "not-until-after-Thanksgiving" decorator for most of my life but lately I've been gravitating toward "bah-humbug, who needs decorations"...or maybe I'm just getting lazy! (stucker1261@gmail.com)

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  31. I follow you using Blogger.com and IG

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  32. I put decorations for Chritmas about during the second week of December. I do sometimes hang some outside lights earlier if we have warm days. I live in the mountains of the Northeast and we have had snow already. Gotta use every minute of those bonus warm days if you get them!

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  33. I love all your bags-these fabrics are amazing!-all of my favorite colors! Thank you, Susan

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  34. I'm a first weekend in Dec decorator, a second weekend in Dec cooky maker and a third weekend in Dec hostess. I like order in the chaos. So that's my story. Hope your birthday was fun.

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  35. Both bags are wonderful - especially your favorite one (adding that one to my list of sewing projects!)

    I'm an after Thanksgiving decorator - we're not Black Friday in-the-store shoppers, so we usually cut our tree on that day and decorate over the weekend.

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  36. I am a follower. Love your blog.

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  37. I start to decorate for Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving.

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  38. Christmas decorations happen the first week of December at my house. Love love love the bags and the new Kaffe fabrics!

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  39. Happy Birthday, Sarah! How lucky are we to celebrate with you! I do love that leather tassel and think "jingling" is a good thing when walking...ha! I am a "wait til after Thanksgiving" decorate for sure. I like to experience every holiday as it is and give it time to soak in.

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  40. I am a Bloglovin' follower of yours!

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  41. i used to start decorating the 1st of december, but since we now go to my daughter's i don't really decorate very much.

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  42. I follow on blog lovin
    nl@ridder.ca

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  43. At my house I wait until after Thanksgiving-but I don't mind seeing decorations out earlier than that in other places! Christmas-time is my favorite time of year! I totally sing Christmas carols throughout the entire year!! :)

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  44. I have two children with birthdays on Dec 11 and 12. So to not detract from their birthdays I often don't do much decorating until after their birthdays and it is confined mainly to the living room. Taken down just before New Years. Our family is not great with change
    nl@ridder.ca
    PS love the colours of those bags

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  45. I am a traditionalist-after Thanksgiving.

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  46. I am a traditionalist-after Thanksgiving.

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  47. Your bags are delightful, and so is this gorgeous fabric! Thanks for the great giveaway. I usually finish my decorating just before the guests arrive on Christmas eve!

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  48. I followyou via Bloglovin. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  49. I can understand why you used this gorgeous Hobo bag right away. Love it but my fave is the first one. The one you are giving away. The fabrics you used are truly sensational together. I am so in love. Congrats on the bags. As for the decoration, we don't. We don't follow a religion per say. That gives me more time to sew! :^)

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  50. I decorate Thanksgiving weekend and leave it up until January 6th.

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  51. I follow your blog via Feedly.

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  52. You have really outdone yourself with wonderful projects with this vibrant, beautiful fabric!
    My Christmas habits have changed through the years and are on the minimal side at this point. I have a quilt and a few table decorations I put out and that's about it. Just enough to enjoy but not enough to stress about. This year will be different as my house will be packed up getting the flooring changed. Movers come the 20th to move furniture back in. We will be opening "packages" for days. We will be MERRY though enjoying the new floor and surely eating some good holiday foods!
    Thank you for the sweet giveaways!

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  53. At work I am a not-until-after-thanksgiving decorator. At home I am more of a Bah-Humbug decorator.

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  54. I follow your blog through my Google reader :-)

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  56. Am always the "Not-until-after-Thanksgiving" decorator!!! Always!!! :D

    LOOOVE both your Bags!! Wowie..great beauties!! Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-ways!! :)

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  57. Already a follower thru Bloglovin & Email :)

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  58. I am a day after thanksgiving decorate for winter type of gal. Not so much Christmas so the colors are good until February.

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  59. I begin decorating on Christmas Eve day. My husband is from Scotland so we follow his family's tradition in that the decorations are up for the 12 days of Christmas so are removed the day after Epiphany. mfhagopian@aol.com

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  60. every day follower of course as i am a scrap addict too!

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  62. I start Christmas decorating long before December, lol.

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  63. I follow GFC, Bloglovin', and by email :)

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  64. oh it has to be after thanksgiving...one holiday at a time if you please! besides, turkeys and trees do not go together!

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  65. Hi! I'm a day after Thanksgiving decorator and then I'm a day after Xmas taker downer! Lol

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  66. Sadly I'm a bah humbug decorator. I'd like to get back to it though.

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  67. I follow you from my blog gadget that updates when you post.

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  68. I am in between the after thanksgiving and christmas eve. usually my goal is to have everything that I am going to put up done by dec 14

    sharongalli@gmail.com

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  69. I like to decorate mid-December, but I have, recently, found myself putting up the tree on Christmas Eve. Then, I have to leave it up all of January, to enjoy the lights. Your bags are beautiful!! Love the fabric!

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  70. The lights go up ASAP after Thanksgiving. Decorations are usually the first weekend of December. It all comes down on the morning of New Years Eve. Love the holidays! Love that hobo bag too Sarah, just fabulous.

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  71. After Thanksgiving decorator. I have a small tree that stays decorated and live in a plastic bag. I'm lucky to get stuff up by Christmas, but it stays until Jan. 1 jetanner31@gmail.com

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  72. This is the last day?? Boo hoo!! I have enjoyed it!
    Since it is up to me to put up all the decorations, and put them away, I have become more bah humbug. It is too much work for one person.

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  73. We usually decorate not he first weekend in December, I am already playing Christmas music and watching old films by then anyway. x

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  74. I do follow your blog by email

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  75. I am an "after Thanksgiving" decorator.

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  76. I prefer to decorate in December... so that would be after Thanksgiving (but later!!)

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  77. I follow you via bloglovin!! Thanks!!!

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  78. My decorating is hit-or-miss, since I'm an empty-nester. Sometimes Christmas comes around, and I'll think, "Didn't we just do this?" and only put up a few decorations. Other years, I'll get into it a little more. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  79. Christmas Eve and I'm still putting stuff out for sure, although since you've got me thinking about it before Halloween, maybe I'll get going a little bit earlier this year!

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  80. Your bags turned out great...can't believe you're giving one away. How generous! I decorate after Thanksgiving...drives my dh crazy, but I love all the decorations. Happy Birthday!

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  81. I don't decorate as much as I used to (when I had little kids at home). I definitely do not decorate till after Thanksgiving. Thanks for the chance to win some great gifts. Bschnellenberger@gmail.com

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  82. I am an email follower of your blog. Bschnellenberger@gmail.com

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  83. I am a Thanksgiving weekend decorator. If I don't do it then it will not get done. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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  84. I decorate December 20, and we leave all the decorations up until January. 6. Here in Spain it is traditional Reyes (kings day) for gift giving.
    Love your bag and great fabrics.
    Eileen ekmvalencia@gmail.com

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  85. Happy Birthday. Love all the new Kaffe fabrics.I decorate whenenver I can get to it. Sometimes right after Thanksgiving and then other times into December.

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  86. I confess that I am a bah humbug decorator. We didn't even have a tree indoors last year. We decorated 2 trees in our yard, but it wasn't pretty.
    Thanks for another chance.
    Hugs

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  87. I am a died in the wool follower.
    Hugs

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  88. Definitely after Thanksgiving. Then try to sneak in the time between cookie baking and finishing up my gift quilts!

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  89. Those bags turned out so great! I agree, the tassel is super :)

    I'm right in the middle, decorating a bit after Thanksgiving. But here's my big confession: I don't decorate for Halloween AT ALL. Shhh!

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  90. I follow you via email, although I usually see your posts on Instagram before they show up in my inbox.

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  91. I love the tassel on your bag! I think it "makes" the bag. I am the type of person who puts up Christmas decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving...and then I leave them up well into January!!! Yikes! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  92. Happy Birthday Weekend! I hope you had a wonderful time. I follow you on IG! Thanks again! sarah123quilt (AT) gamil [dot] com

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  93. I love your smokehouse photoshoot area, you should definitely use it again, I am a "Christmas-Eve-and-I'm-still-putting-stuff-out" decorator, lol, grecomara at gmail dot com

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  94. No decorations til the first of December - except for my Christmas quilt, that comes out in November 😉

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  95. One of my kids wrote in a paper for school how I usually wait until the Christmas trees are half price (just days before Christmas) before I buy one. Ha! My secret is out! erin(dot)mypatchworklife(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  96. And I follow you by email. I get so excited when I see a new email!

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  97. I'm not quite "bah-humbug", but more than satisfied with whatever my kids do and whenever they do it. I love the blue ties on the bag, and of corset the new Kaffe prints!
    Allisonpogany at Gmail.com

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  98. I'm Canadian, so decorating right after Thanksgiving here would be a BIT early! But, we always decorate the inside of the house on the first Sunday in December, so that would make it after American Thanksgiving...

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  99. I follow your blog. The highlight of my week is Sunday afternoon - the only day of the week that I have time to read all your posts from the week!

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  100. I am definitely a "not-until-after-Thanksgiving" decorator. :-)
    Love all that you've made from this fabulous material, marvellous

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  101. My start date for decorating is December 1st. I consider the whole month of December part of the Christmas holiday fun time.

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  102. I also follow your blog, some beautiful things on show here, you are one very clever lady. :-)

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  103. I decorate the week before Christmas!!!

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  104. I put up all my Christmas decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving.

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  105. I follow on bloglovin
    Caltexgal@aol.com

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  106. I'm usually behind the curve, fersure after thanksgiving, some pieces I love (wrought iron reindeer candle holders ) I leave out all year..I even have a light up snow globe snowman always on an end table, then if It gets too late I still have something going on!! Caltexgal@aol.com

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  107. I am definitely a "not until after Thanksgivng" decorator' and I follow my mother's admonishion not to "get caught" in the new year with your Christmas decorations still up! Thanks for the giveaway, Sarah. I love the tjings you ave made with these beautiful fabrics! cotten.gloria@gmail.con

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  108. I am your follower on Bloglovin. Love your blog! cotten.gloria@gmail.com

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  109. Happy Birthday, again! That's a great bag! I wait till the day after Thanksgiving to start decorating. I don't like to rush thru the different holidays.

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  110. Sarah, your bags are fabulous...I'm loving the second one also. And that tassel just makes it! Well done.

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  111. I'm a bloglovin' follower. Sarah, your blog hop makes have been fabulous! I'm sure Kaffe is proud!

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  112. Love your bags! What gorgeous fabric to work with! And I am a lazy holiday decorator some years as I get older.

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  113. I do Christmas after Thanksgiving!!! Thank you.
    kcummings71@gmail.com

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  114. I follow on Bloglovin! Thank you.
    kcummings71@gmail.com

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  115. Happy Birthday Sarah! I hope you've had a good one. The bags are stunning. Thanks for the give away....sayers.gmlren@gmail.com

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  116. Happy Birthday! I don't fall into either of those catagories. I put outside lights up when I get a nice day. The interior decorations I do over a week or two. But I find myself putting up less as I get older and the kids are grown and moving out.

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  117. I love both bags! I pinned the hobo bag pattern, I've always wanted one! I homeschool a sixth grader and my our classroom is set up in the basement. I told her we would go ahead and start decorating for Christmas down there. The rest of my house gets decorated Thanksgiving weekend.
    missysaprons@gmail.com

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  118. I follow you!
    missysaprons@gmail.com

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  119. I decorate for Christmas the weekend of thanksgiving.

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  120. Happy Birthday! I follow with GFC.

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  121. Up until a few years ago, you'd find me decorating on Christmas Eve and maybe Christmas Day. For the past three years, I've been...who needs decorations anyway. But that's because we are either traveling to or from one place to another. It's just easier to enjoy someone else's decorations.
    kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  122. I am an email and Atom subscriber. It's sure been fun visiting your blog the past three days. Those bags are gorgeous and so fun!
    kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  123. I like to decorate after the December birthday of my father! Use to be I couldn't decorate until after the 17th cause that's my son's birthday, but now he's not at home, I can do it when I want to

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  124. As need my health has gone downhill, I have quit decorating. I don't need the extra work.

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  125. Your bags are darling! I follow with Bloglovin.

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  126. I am a Thanksgiving Week decorator. Sometimes before, on, or after Thansgiving. I am also a quick to put away decorator. Quilts stay out, but everything else is put away before New Years.

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  127. Once upon a time I was among those who could barely wait until Thanksgiving dinner was over to start decorating. But then we lost both of my parents right around Christmas, and it kind of knocked the stuffing out of my Christmas spirit. I put up a tree and then find myself doing last-minute decorating because I feel bad about being Bah Humbug. Still hoping the old me will kick in, or that I'll get used to this new version of me. We shall see.

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  128. I follow you via email (wordygirl at earthlink dot net) and am ever so glad I do.

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  129. Yes, gorgeous! I don't decorate till after Thanksgiving, but as I get older I seem to decorate less ans less.

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  130. I follow your blog on feedly. Thanks for offering the beautiful fabric.

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  131. I start decorating the weekend before Thanksgiving and it's all done by Thanksgiving. If I don't get it done then, I'd never decorate at all. OMG Kaffe now has batiks? WOO HOO, I love his colorful fabrics and working with batiks is my favorite! Both of the bags you made look great with the Artisan fabrics. I save bits and bobs from old bags too. They do come in handy.

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  132. I follow via email and now GFC too.

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  133. Bah-Humbug kinda gal! Just mom and I, so we enjoy the season getting out to visit.

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  134. Early November is soon enough for me. I enjoyed seeing all of your projects!

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  135. I don't decorate for Christmas until December. Thanksgiving needs to be tidied up before setting out any of my Christmas decor. Thanks for the shot cotton roll-up giveaway opportunity!

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  136. I follow your fabric addict confessions by email... Happy Birthday!

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  137. I get my decoration fix from other people's work. I'm not bah humbug, just have other things I'd rather do than put out decorations and then have to put them away!

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  138. I follow through email, and enjoy your creativity and energy.

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  139. I used to decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving but since the kids have grown I do not decorate.
    gandn74@ymail.com

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  140. I follow through email.
    gandn74@ymail.com

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  141. Thanksgiving night or soon after is when I like to decorate. Keep celebrating your birthday for at least a week!

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  142. I follow via email. Thanks for asking.

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  143. All of the above! It varies from year to year when we decorate, if at all.

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  144. I'll confess that I don't decorate much for Christmas at all. The only thing I do is get out my little fake tree, about two feet tall, with very few decorations and one string of white lights. And the only reason I do it is because a few years ago I made an adorable tiny quilted tree skirt for it. I love my little tree skirt so much and I love getting it our every year. If I didn't have it, I don't think I'd probably decorate at all any more! I have no kids, and I get no visitors, so I decorate only for myself.

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  145. I do happily follow your blog via email.

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  146. I'm a "not until after thanksgiving" kind of decorator
    llamance@hotmail.com

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  147. I read your blog also
    llamance@hotmail.com

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  148. The last few years I have been away for Christmas so I put nothing out at home and enjoyed my daughter-in-laws decorations. But I still picked up a few things here and there so next year it will be fun to decorate at home again.

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  149. First I love the bags. Always and I mean for 50 plus years goes up the day after Thanksgiving. That's just me. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

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  150. I follow on BL. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

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  151. I follow on bloglovin' @mommaneo@gmail.com

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  152. My decorations go up sporadically after Thanksgiving, depending on when I can enlist my hubby and sons to help assemble the tree and hang outside lights. Last year I had back surgery on 12/4 so they were motivated to do it all early for me :) Don't know if I can give them similar motivation this year!! I generally do all the inside and tree decorating myself, and that's ok!
    I hope you have enjoyed your birthday weekend very much Sarah!!

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  153. I love these bags !! So bright and happy!!
    I decorate on Thanksgiving weekend . But I keep a tall , thin pencil tree up yearound in my dining room area!
    Susie

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  154. I definitely have to wait until after Thanksgiving, after all that is the beginning of Christmas :) Becky wonderlust57@hotmail.com

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  155. I follow your blog via email.

    wonderlust57@hotmail.com

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  156. I am the 'who needs decoration' type. To me, everyday can be Christmas.

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  157. I follow you via email
    gml448@yahoo.com

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  158. I am a no decorations until December person, but hubby may put up the outside lights a week earlier, if he has the time.

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  159. I receive your blog by email. It always amazes me how much you get done. It is truly inspiring!

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  160. I love the pillows in that photo from Market! Awesome! We start decorating in November as we put up six trees..there's even a small one in the largest bathroom! So it takes time to get everything out and up! Love the bag! Very trendy too!,,,
    Love your bag - very Boho!!!! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  161. Happy birthday! Hope it is a great one for you. I wait until after thanksgiving to decorate. Then I become a bah humbug for awhile since there is so much to do. But looking at all the lights and colors brings me back into a happy decorating mood!

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  162. I decorate in December, one day and done. It is a long day, but Christmas is my favourite holiday.

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