I participated in a Morsbag swap on Craftster. I was fortunate enough to be assigned to Leslieshappyheart. She sent her package early. It was fabulous. (I may have said something about that somewhere before.) It was actually rather stressful, as I then knew what a high standard I had to aspire to. Leslie is a fabulous seamstress.
I was out shopping with a friend and I came across the most perfect shade of shot cotton. The same little shop also had a fabulous ribbon with which to embellish it. I had a plan and was ready to go. Until I discovered that I was 4 inches short of fabric. I spent days trying to figure out how to make lined handles, put a cuff on the top or insert panels into the side. I searched my stash from top to bottom to find the right fabric to use. I got so far as to cut a strip of fabric to make the cuff. But it didn't feel right. I wasn't making a happy bag.
I went back to the computer and did some more research. I finally settled on Leslie's saying, from Proverbs. It is "A happy heart makes the face cheerful".
Going from there, I got in some more practice on my embroidery software and set up a panel to embroider that had that saying. The panel was done on muslin. I used a vintage piece of polka dot fabric to construct the bag. I am pretty happy with the way it came out. And, I played by all the Morsbag rules.
Then it was on the the extras. A little matching birdie badge was a no-brainer. I had to send a chicken. I probably should have sent a turquoise one, but I just like the black ones better. I put my brave on and made her one of my tabby upcycled t-shirt necklaces. And then I just had to make her a happy heart garland. I made one for myself a couple years ago and it makes me happy! She said she liked it all. So I am very glad and very relieved. Thanks for being such a great swap partner Leslie!