Monday, July 6, 2009

Shopping Find--Totes

Blue and Purple Tote Bags

I found these tote bags--two of my favorite colors--at a local store on sale for only 70 cents each!

My first thought was to sew my fabric images onto them.

Then I thought I could personalize these totes with my friends' names like I did at my recent trip to Inspired 2009 at North Carolina, and use them as gifts.

My mind was racing with ideas. I could paint directly onto them, add pockets, create a fabric collage, add beads . . .

What would you do if you had one of these tote bags?

15 comments:

Vicki W said...

I love both of your ideas!

Fotf said...

Well you know me Fannie, i wouldn't be short of ideas my problem like you would be settling on what i would do. They were a bargain, fantasic :-)

Kelly said...

oh, fannie, i have been looking for some tote bags like that for customer use at my arts festivals! coming up with packaging for a 11 x 14" framed printed is not easy! :-) be fun to paint on them. i visited a gallery in apalachicola called the "green door" that took plain brown kraft tote bags and painted just a simple green door on the bags for a custom bag. they were great!

Sherry said...

Hmmmm? So many ideas and choices.

Diana Evans said...

Hi Fannie...these are great and I am sure they will be wonderful with whatever you do with them...you are so creative!

Jacq said...

You are going to have so much fun with these. How is the studio redo coming along?

Brenda said...

The colours are gorgeous. I'm sure with your creative talents you will come up with something stunning. Hugs

Fannie said...

Wonder what you would do with them, Vicki? Add a dyed fabric pocket or fabric collage with some of your fabulous dyed fabrics, maybe?

Kerri, some painted fairies on your tote? ;-D

Thanks for the ideas, Kelly! Sometimes painting something simple like a green door is enough, isn't it? Maybe a simple heart and wings would be enough. ???

Sherry, do you "love" the colors?

How about some cupcakes or one of your cupcake dolls, Diana?

Jacq, I moved some "stuff" around today. Will probably start painting tomorrow . . . hopefully.

Hi, Brenda. Maybe one of your painted faces?

Regina said...

Really like the idea of using your printed fabric as applique along with some embellishment.

Fotf said...

Painted faries would be lovely but painting is not really my thing. Some felted shapes or an Owl or two lol!Or my latest endevour my collaged fairy castle :-)

Joyfulsister said...

Hey Fannie,,
Hmmm... I would sew your fabric images and.... Maybe add a few bling not much just in a few areas.

Gee I love your heart abn your art.. Kindred spirits..hey that's what we are.(smiles).

I am weeding out my craft area. "Geeze Louise!! How can the only person who crafts in this house have so much stuff lol. But I am slowly simplifying things areound me, ButI guess the Lord is showing me how to let go(sigh).

Keep creating and using your gifts and talents, they make my heart smile, each time when I stop by my dear friend.

Aloha Ke Akua..
Lorie

Lisa M Griffin said...

Since you found several of each color it seems like you have enough for some creative experimenting! Love the colors you choose, and I think that deep purple would be a gorgeous background for some of your fabric art. Thanks for sharing Fannie.

Lorraine said...

Love those colours..your painting looks really good on them or have you tried needlefelting or rag rugging perhaps. I got some similair ones when my sons went to a childrens play centre and I used them as liners for knitted bags, rag rugging...great as they were for free!

Kelly said...

hi fannie! i just sent my blog readers your way again. :-)

femminismo said...

I think I'd add lots of paint with my favorite "tool" - bubble wrap! I love the mix of colors you can get with acrylic paint blotted onto bubble wrap! - Jeanne