May 29, 2011

The Rose Queen Tote Bag...

The big purse fad has spoiled me,
I carry way to much stuff!

Lately I have been preferring to carry a
 "wallet on a string",
but I still want all my stuff with me,
so I have also been carrying a tote...

(click photos to enlarge)

I bought this fun graphic
from Beth at Tattered Chic
and have been waiting for a fun project
to use it for....


the bag came from Michael's
I liked the flat structured bottom...


I used iron-on t-shirt transfer paper...

when you make your transfer...
it is so important to make it a mirror image!
I didn't have a program for that
so I used a free program at Pixenate,
it was super easy...


I gathered some vintage and vintagey goodies...
an old corsage rose..
vintage crocheted pillowcase edging...
and gypsy curling ribbon (new)...

(I didn't end up using the pink ribbon)...


I am so happy with my big roomy tote:-)



I did have a bit of trouble with the transfer...
it didn't stick as well as it should have...
(I think it may have been the humidity or the heavy fabric)
 
so I took advantage of the situation
and distressed the edges even more...

before the transfer cooled down,
I rubbed the edges with a rough emery file...
 it enhanced the vintage feel :-)


I collect a lot of vintage crocheted lace
for using in projects..

but I am always reluctant to use them...


so everything here is easy to remove
without any damage to the pieces...

the lace is hand whip stitched in place,
the rose is safety pinned on from the back
and the ribbons are just knotted...


today I am joining...
and

Thanks for stopping by today!

42 comments:

Bernideen said...

That is just darling - you did GOOD!

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

Loooove it! So pretty!

LV said...

What a world of difference you made in that bag. I carry very little stuff. I use just a small string shoulder bag. Thank goodness we are not all alike.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Great Job Bella. V

Ozma of Odds said...

...this looks FABULOUS!!!
I simply adore Beth's romantic downloads!
hhhhmmmm...i'm sure i have a canvas bag laying around here somewhere:)
xo, Rosemary

Pink Princess said...

That is one fabulous tote, love it all ♥

Olga said...

Bella, your tote bag is absolutely adorable. You did a fantastic job!

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

I LOVE your tote!! Gorgeous; well done!!

rosarod said...

Hi Bella, That beautiful final work! looks very feminine, greetings. Rose marie

Kathy said...

This is perfectly perfect Bella - Love everything about it!
Kathy

Janie said...

Love it Bella! Very cute.

Janie
Romantic Domestic

stefanie said...

it turned out perfect!!!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

That is fabulous! So romantic and now people will know you are the Rose Queen!

Carol

Lavender Cottage said...

That's quite the stylin' bag you made Bella, love the vintage look it evolved into.
I will never be able to get rid of my big purses, old habit I guess to have everything I could possibly ever need with me at all times. :-)
Hugs,
Judith

Meg said...

Oh, so cute. You made that bag a piece of art! I love the distressed flowers, great job!

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

This is so amazing!! I would love if you link this to my party on the 1st! You can win you post being featured for 1 month on my side bar!
Grab a button to remember!
http://lechateaudesfleurs.blogspot.com/2011/04/grab-button.html

Dorthe said...

Hi Bella, I love your tote-bag, whom would have thought it startet out like a simple piece.
The rose image you transferred is very beautiful.
xo,Dorthe

Catharina said...

What a transformation!. you`re bag is just beautiful!ღ
Hugs,
Catharina

Miss Char said...

Love your new bag, the graphics and embellishments are so sweet for this time of year. Thanks for sharing.

NanaDiana said...

Bella- I love it-You did a fabulous job! I am the same way. I HATE to use things that I have for projects- why is that? Fear of loss or what? I have yards of old saved trimthat I keep "saving". I really need to start using! Your bag is PERFECT and I love it! xxoo Diana

Miss Gracie's House said...

It turned out so pretty...I just picked up some bags at Hobby Lobby...I so know what you mean about not wanting to use your lace...whip-stitching...that is a good idea!
hope your weekend is going well,
Rene

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Soooo cute! You amaze me, Bella! It is just perfect. I love the little ribbon streamers on it! You *are* the rose queen!!!

Roselle said...

sooo beautiful! you should sell these! LOL i would be first in line to buy one thankyouveddymuch!

xo
Roselle

Debbie said...

Absolutely beautiful, Bella! and soooo you!
Hugs,
Debbie

Ashley said...

this turned out so pretty!!!

janice15 said...

YOur tote is simple sweet turned out wonderful...thank you for sharing.........Mz Witherspoon

Donna Heber said...

Bella,

Your tote bag is stunning and so you! Beautiful creation.

Madelief said...

Hi Bella,

How an ugly bag can turn into a beautiful tote. It looks fabulous!!!!! WELL DONE!!

Lieve groet & happy new week,

Madelief x

The Dragonfly On Iron Gate said...

How nice !! These would be so cute for wedding favors !! I'm going to be looking for an ugly bag to redo now ! Have a nice day. I "liked" on FB .. happy that I stopped in! Jules ♥

Sherri said...

Bella, just beautiful!!

Karen said...

Love the vintage feel, it's gorgeous.

Sherry said...

That is adorable! Bella that bag is so you. Just love the way you embellished it! Very pretty. Thanks for linking it up to HSH!
Sherry

Lesley Litrento said...

Wow....this little bag is so sweet. Thanks for sharing....

Erin said...

That is absolutely precious!! I love it! :)

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Hi Bella,
GREAT project! Sooooo adorable! I love it!

Lydia said...

Thank you for showing me why I've saved that lace! Your project is WONDERFUL.

Honey at 2805 said...

This bag certainly says"you", Bella. It's adorable!

Angela said...

Hello Bella, Your bag looks so nice and vintage,
I have the same problem and can't cut up my old doilies but they are stacking up! Use them for something 'special' like your pretty bag.
Hugs,
Angela.

Liz said...

I LOVE IT!!!! :) That turned out too cute for words! :) That graphic is just perfect.

~Liz

Susan said...

That bag is so awesome!

The Tablescaper said...

Great bag! So neat to fill it with all of your special touches - luv each and every one of them.

- The Tablescaper

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Yep..I am so the same way about my lace pieces..they are just so precious... hate to use them really.
But you have a great idea here of just "whip stitching" them on.

DARLING, DARLING...I am sure you are proud of this, as you should be.

Rose