think spring!

All the sunshine this week made me anxious for spring!  It's still too cold to bust out the spring clothes, but I had to find something new and colorful to match the weather.  I went down to my basement and pulled out the bin of purses I've collected over the years.  (I used to have a serious purse collecting problem...)  I found this pink bag I bought a couple years ago at TJ Maxx.  It had a big leather bow on the front which I liked at first but eventually it drove me crazy.  It was just too big.  So, a purse redo was born! 

I cut out the leather bow with an exacto knife.  I made a double layer ruffle strip with this beautiful Amy Butler fabric.  I threaded the strip through and secured it with my trusty hot glue gun.  I'm still thinking about adding a flower on there somewhere...

I was asked to donate something to a raffle for a fundraiser benefiting one of the pastors at my church.  He and his family are moving to Kenya later this year with Africa Inland Missions. (Their blog).  I used this same fabric to make this cute clutch to donate to the raffle.  If you live in Des Moines, come on out and buy a raffle ticket!  There will be lots of great stuff donated by local businesses and artists.  It will be a great family friendly event!  Holmertz Family Fundraiser

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