Thursday, October 24, 2013

Autumn bag

The weather in Greece is still beautiful. Sunny with temperatures around 24 degrees at midday. Because Sparta lies in a valley, the nights are much colder, which gives you an autumn feeling. At this time of the year I miss Holland a bit. The whole country is dressed in yellow, orange and red, while here the trees are mostly evergreens. I have to go to forests in the mountains to see the leaves change colour. This weekend, though, I will  probably go to Arna, a village high up in the mountains where they will be celebrating the annual Chestnut Festival.

I might take the bag I just made with me. It will fit the chestnuts I am going to buy!

It is made of different kind of  fabrics: cotton, wool and pieces I cut from upholstery fabric samples. A very dear friend of mine, who passed away last year, left me a bag of crocheted granny squares. I used one of these for the bag. The flower on top of it, is cut out of the upholstery samples and appliqued on. 

The back also has a flower. The "tweed" fabric is cut out of a skirt I bought at the second hand shop. So, most of the patchwork pieces are recycled. 


The cats in the garden use the tree the bag is hanging from as a scratch pole! Luckily it doesn't bother the tree, a Lagerstroemia, which colours beautifully at the moment.

As, in summer,  I don't sit in the garden a lot because it is too hot, most of the times, I really enjoy having a cup of coffee in the garden at this time of the year. Doing some hand sewing in the meantime. I started making Christmas decorations, as you can see.

Now, back to work, lots of things to be done!


  1. Prachtige tas heb je gemaakt. Ook mooi met de herinnering erin.
    En ja, de herfst is een prachtig seizoen. Kan me voorstellen dat je dat een beetje mist!

    Lieve groet,

  2. Loved your bags,loved the autumn colors,my favorites!!!!And Im soooo jealous of your garden!!!!!!

  3. What a lovely bag! Such rich autumn colours. I hope the weather holds for your trip to Arna and you enjoy the autumn countryside

  4. Wat een leuke vrolijke tas is dit.

  5. Wat een originele herinnering heb je van die gehaakte bloem gemaakt, en dan alles bij elkaar in de kleuren van de tijd van het jaar. Veel plezier op het kastanje festival en dat je maar lekker veel kastanjes in je tas mee terug mag brengen.
    Groeten, Janneke

  6. ¸.•°♪♬♫º° ·.
    Passei para conhecer o seu blog que é um encanto.
    Gosto da criatividade e da combinação harmônica de cores das suas bolsas.
    Amo as fotos de flores e dos gatos.


    Bom fim de semana!
    Beijinhos do Brasil.
    °•.¸♬♫° ·.

  7. Leuke tas! Al die verschillende stofjes vind ik erg mooi. De haakwerkjes maken het helemaal af. De kleur is prachtig. Er kan heel wat in de tas. Mooie kerststerren.
    Geniet van het mooie weer. Hier wordt erg harde wind voorspeld. Afwachten, je kunt het toch niet tegenhouden. Fijne zondag.
    Groet, Willemien.

  8. Wat een mooie tas, helemaal in herfsttinten. Leuk!!
    Groetjes Carolien


  10. Ik dacht dat ik mijn reactie onder deze tas had gezet, maar dat maakt niet uit want ik vind al je tassen prachtig. Deze vind ik ook wat kleur betreft helemaal super.

  11. Such a lovely, useful bag! Mine are so basic. You're inspiring me to think more creatively Thanks.

  12. Hello Ada! I like this bag very much and the combination of various fabrics!
    And I was impressed by the size of your lagerstroemia!!! Mine are just small bushes ( I have two which I bought in Volos) and they don't grow very well in Attiki.
    Polla filakia !