Monday, April 16, 2007

Chirp, Chirp, Chirp

That's the sound of crickets. It sure has been quiet around here, hasn't it? Ask Monique. Ask Lelia. They'll tell you it's been very quiet. (Thanks for the push, my friends!)

First things first. Thanks everyone for the nice comments about the Mary Engelbreit bourse I made for my Mom. She loves it! Monique wondered about why the stitching is on the inside of the bag, and Susie wondered just what a bourse is for anyway? I must confess, I don't really know the answers to these questions. I think the first time I saw something called a bourse it was this now OOP Au-Fil des Reves design.





Isn't it beautiful? The photo is from this website. From the photos I've seen of this design, I assumed it was a project bag. Many of you know I'm a graduate of MSU. That is, Making Stuff Up. So here is my best MSU thesis statement on the bourse: The bourse is a project bag. It's purpose is to hold your stitching tools. When you are ready to stitch you stretch out the bag and reveal the pincushion inside. You can arrange your tools in convenient spots around the pincushion while you stitch. When you're done you just pull the drawstrings and everything is neatly in the bag.

I hope someone will have the decency to set me straight if my thesis statement is in error!



I made my Mom a ME tape measure on a previous occasion. I thought in the future I might make a needle case or a scissor holder or some other nifty small, and a bourse would be just the thing to keep it all in one spot. Here's a photo of the tape measure.




So I made Mom a pincushion-free bourse. She likes it very much. I get the impression that she's not too interested in a bag full of smalls. In fact I think she might just use the bourse as a purse. Shocking, isn't it? Enjoy the bag, Mom ! Love you!

Next time around we'll chat about Camp Wannabe.

14 comments:

Annemarie said...

Sounds just about right to me, Chelle. And yes, it HAS been awfully quiet around your blog. It's good to see you back!

Tessa said...

Hi Chelle - nice to hear from you :)
I do use my Au Fil des Reves bourse as a project bag and keep all the threads I am working on at the time in the bourse.

I think having the stitching on the inside is like having a secret!

I have just made 2 more bourse for gifts without the pin cushion as the design I used didn't have the space for one.

I really like your idea of making matching bits to go inside though. The matching tape measure you made for you mum will be lovely in her bourse.

Vonna said...

Chelle...you never disappoint me :)
Your witty personality and writing just makes me laugh out loud the whole time I'm reading...do post again soon...because I'll probably need another laugh in a couple of days or even a week is ok! LOL!

Katrina said...

Sounds good to me! I was so happy to see you had posted to your blog today. You have been very quiet. Glad your mom is enjoying her bourse.

BeckySC said...

LOVELY tape measure :) It's nice to hear from you :)

Carol said...

Woo-hoo! You're back!! I've missed your blog, so it's GREAT to see you getting back to posting. Glad your mom appreciated your fine efforts on the ME bourse. It's a wonderful finish!!

Anna van Schurman said...

And she's back! Yay!!

Carolyn said...

I think your statement sums it all up for me. Thanks. I love the tape measure very cute.

Jenna said...

You know what? If that's not what it is, it should be! Sounds like a great explanation to me. :)

Emilie said...

Nice to see you back again Chelle. your explanation sounds good to me. Bourse in French is like a little purse or coinholder, so makes sense this way too.

Michele said...

lovely to see you back to blogging ;)

Debs said...

Hi Chelle--Cici at Hoosier stitchers says that a bourse is a bag to carry all your tools and goodies to stitch-ins. But if you make it big enough, it will hold your project as well. I love what you did with the one for your mother. Your's looks much better than mine. Thanks for visiting my blog. I so adore reading yours.

Meari said...

As a graduate of MSU, you did a good job of describing a bourse. I wondered what one was too! I'd seen them for the first time last year and thought they were the neatest things. You did a great job on the tape measure and the bourse.

monique said...

I'll buy that explanation :)