Graphic Courtesy of Jen Smith
Those of you who know me outside of this space know that my crafty skills do not extend into many areas of the traditional home arts. Yes, I can sometimes construct a fabulous meal. I can balance a checkbook. I can install a ceiling fan. And I can scrub a toilet like nobody’s business. Despite the many things I can do, for the life of me I cannot sew. Not one stitch.
I recall trying to learn to sew. One Christmas, Santa brought me a delightful Hollie Hobbie sewing machine. That thrill lasted about all of one day. And then in middle school, I have awful memories of the dreaded pillow project in Home Ec. Mine, as I recall, was a giant yellow light bulb. Really, I’m still trying to get over that fiasco. Then during college, I had the brilliant idea to make a set of curtains for Frau Poshizzle. I’m still apologizing to her for that ‘gift’ almost fifteen years later. So imagine my surprise to end up being involved in a project that is all about sewing.
There is a talented group of women who volunteer for the B’More Bags project at the House of Ruth Maryland. Let me tell you, this is not your grandmother’s sewing circle. These women design and create the most fabulous bags – tote bags, market bags, snazzy dressy bags, and uber cute hand bags. Each item is completely handmade, one of a kind, and totally awesome. Take my stylish market bag. Not only does it look good, but it’s amazing how much it holds. Even the folks at the market heart my bag. How do I know? Because they tell me so. And they know bags.
Know what else makes these bags so special? They support the House of Ruth’s mission to “lead the fight to end violence against women and their children by confronting the attitudes, behaviors and systems that perpetuate it, and by providing victims with the services necessary to rebuild their lives safely and free of fear.” How can one little bag do all that, you might wonder. The money raised during the yearly Trunk Show is used to provide emergency transportation to women and families in crisis. During the first three years of the B’More Bags program, approximately $13,000 has been raised for the Emergency Transportation Fund. These bags have heart.
The 2008 Trunk Show is Thursday, November 13th, 5-8pm. Our sales goal this year is big…$10,000. And I’m confident that we can reach that goal. So mark your calendar, tell your friends, and get on over to the B’More Bags 2008 Trunk Show.
For more information, please visit the House of Ruth Maryland and B’More Bags.