23 February 2011

A long trek and a little bag


The other day my man and I made a pilgrimage to Ikea to choose a sofa bed. As if going to Ikea isn't enough of a hassle in itself, we don't have a car, so had to take public transport. We took a bus, a train and a tram, until we reached what can only be described as the end of time - the bleakest retail park you've ever seen. We trekked through the back end of an industrial estate, past random gas canisters and (what I'm sure were) nuclear bunkers, until we finally got to gorge on Dime bar cakes and chips. A lifetime later, loaded up with random bits of crap we never knew we needed, we embarked on the trek back to the tram station. We were laughing about close our feet were to dropping off and how we couldn't wait to be home, when we spotted a recently built, expensive looking block of flats:

"Just look at those flats! Who would live there?! Imagine being shown round the penthouse and being told, 'From here, you have a lovely view of Maplins, Tesco and... and... Hobbycraft. [Dramatic pause.] HOBBYCRAFT!!!!!!"

I have the best boyfriend in the world. Even though we were about to die of exhaustion, he agreed to trek onwards towards the oasis of hobbies and craft. Despite its stupid name.

And this is how I ended up with some wooden bag handles, with which I whipped up this bag at Craft Club the other day. You like?



[Soundtrack: 'Whole Lotta Lovin' by Fats Domino]

12 comments:

  1. Very sweet, Tilly! Love the fabric.

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  2. You have got a very patient boyfriend. Love the bag, methinks it will go perfectly with the first dress you ever made! x

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  3. HA! Think you just found the reason for living in those flats ;) x

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  4. I love that bag, wooden handles are such a cute idea!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  5. Very nice, I love the wooden handles! That fabric looks great as a dress and a bag ;o) Must find a Hobbycraft near me!

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  6. Love the bag and the handles. I SO feel your pain on the IKEA front. We don't have a car either. I must tell you about the time my boyfriend and I went to IKEA. I was so depressed (hungover?) that I walked around the store openly weeping. I kept picking something up and saying, 'Is this what life's about?' and putting it back down again in disgust. Ian dragged me off to the Tesco cafe (can't remember now why the IKEA cafe wouldn't do) and I sat weeping there making everyone around me feel extremely uncomfortable. I think we bought some shelves in the end!!! I'm not even going to tell you about the time we were running across dual carriageways to get to another store. WHY do they make these places so inaccessible if you don't have a car?!

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  7. It's so cute! & love the way you've attached the handles - I've tried sewing in round handles before in a folded over tunnel with a zipper foot - not easy & mine was v messy!

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  8. That's a v lovely bag! I had almost the exact same experience last month - DH was wonderfully patient as I raced around HobbyCraft very excitedly for half an hour. I didn't buy anything though... two hours in Ikea took it all out of me.

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  9. *lol* Could've been me... It's great when boyfriends put up with your hobbies. :)
    And yes, the bag is lovely!

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  10. A hobbycraft? Near Ikea? That's a recipe for disaster. Can't resist crap in Ikea, can't resist crafting crap to fill up the drawers that are already full.

    Nice bag too :)

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  11. cool and odl. I like this :) I must make one for me

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