Handbags and more

Edited to add, the giveaway has been moved to a separate post HERE, after reading the rest of this post, and commenting (please) visit the other post to enter the giveaway. Thanks

This week my Show and Tell is all about bags and this birthday card was my inspiration for this post.

My lovely friend and neighbour at our cottage is a very talented knitter, and she made me this beautiful little black handbag for my birthday.

It is even lined, and with her own label inside.

The next bag is one a bought in a street market in Paris in May. It cost 8 euros (£5 or $10), and I love the shade of blue, the fabric and the shape. Costing so little, I was not sure it would last for long, but I have already more than got my money’s worth, and it reminds me of the wonderful trip.

Do you bring your own reuseable bags to the supermarket? I TRY to remember, and now have a great collection of various shapes and sizes.

My favourite however, have to be these new ones in Tesco’s designed exclusively by Cath Kidston. Each month there is a new design, they only cost £3.50, and they are made from recylcled plastic bottles. What is more, for every one sold they are making a donation to the charity Marie Curie Cancer Care, a wonderful charity.

So far I have bought two, and I look forward to seeing the rest of the designs (I believe there will be 3 more). Not only are they in gorgeous colours/patterns, but they are comfortable to carry, and may be even too nice to just use for supermarket shopping. I have already used mine for my library books and the beach.

I have one of the stripy bags to GIVEAWAY (and I haven’t used this one yet – promise!)

Please leave a comment on this post and then go HERE to enter the giveaway. Thanks

Finally, I found a quote to share with you about handbags by comedian Billy Connolly:

” A woman’s mind is as complex as the contents of her handbag: even when you get to the bottom of it, there is ALWAYS something at the bottom to surprise you!

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  1. Wow, I’m the first commenter! I LOVE my reusable shopping bags. I can’t believe how much I love them. They carry so much and make the job of hauling groceries so much easier. The few bags I do have aren’t nearly as cute as that stripped one, however! Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  2. Hello, JanMary!! I LOVE CATH KIDSTON!!! I was in London in March and bought a Cath Kidston oilcloth market bag that is my absolute favorite. I would love to win another Cath Kidston to share with my daughters.

  3. Wow, what pretty bags! I love the one you found in Paris! So pretty!
    The reusable shopping bags are awesome!
    Thanks for letting me enter!

  4. I love all of the bags, but I would have to say that my favoriate reusable bag is a bag that I picked up years ago it is a brown and pinkish color and I take it to every grocery store I go to I even put it back in my car so that I will have it for the next shopping trip. I have been know to use it for other things besides shopping like carry the children toys to a play date, or on a beach trip or one of our homeschool trips… They just come in handly. I love the bag you brought from Paris, I would love to go there one day. Have a great weekend, and please add me into the giveaway…..

  5. I haven’t used handbags in years! I just carry my cellphone and my card in a pocket!

    Beautiful bags tho…love the dark blue one.

    My show n tell is all about Fall. Starting with the fireplace! Stop by if you can find time. Hot mulled Apple Cider is being served!

  6. I love bags, I have too many (according to hubby:), and I haven’t even started getting shopping bags yet! Yours are such pretty colors! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I too have a things for bags! I really like the recycled bags! Would be great as a lunchbag for school.

    I would love to be entered into your drawing.

    If I was close to a Tesco, I think I’d have to go shopping today. lol


  8. Wow, I love those bags. I have a knit black one that is so handy–mine can even fit small books and all sorts of treasures.! You can enter me in the drawing 😉

  9. Hello Jan Marie, I like all your bags! The one your friend knitted for you is really cute! They have been making those reuseable grocery bags really nice lately. I think to make us want to use them!
    Ann from Southern California

  10. All great bags and I love the quote. I haven’t gotten one of the re-usable bags yet but we do shop at a store where we take our own paper bags back and re-use them.

    I love the bright colors in the re-cycle bags. Really such a wonderful thing to do.

  11. Beautiful bags, I love the little black knit one, it’s beautiful. I try to recycle my bags but this would make it easier, especially if you left some in your car.

    Have a Fantastic Friday!
    Kathi 🙂

  12. I LOVE that birthday card! I make my own cards sometimes and I’m definitely going to remember this one!

    p.s. When I came downstairs this morning, FirstHusband said, “I like that JanMary in Ireland.” He had gotten up this morning and read blog comments before coming downstairs himself. Before 7:30 a.m. he had already serenaded the kids with “Some Enchanted Evening” and told my son that “this isn’t a hotel.” I think he’s building his own idiom list. (by JSM)

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