But I just couldn't do that to her. The whole purse in that material would be a little much for a 74 year old Grandma (people might think she was losing it.....although red markered nylon is not that much better). I got a nice blue to tone it down, while still having some flair.I tried to stay with the shape of the other purse and give her the zippered pockets on the outsides just like her old one, but then I added several more pockets and zippers. 3 zippered pockets on the outside, 2 Zippered pockets on the inside. 2 outside slip pockets divided into sections and the same on the inside with additional smaller slip pockets for club shopping cards. She has two D rings inside to attach keys, or other hooked items to so they don't get lost in the bottom.
I enjoy making things for others, especially for her. She used to make us Mother/Daughter outfits when I was little(maybe that's where the idea of the matching crazy print came from...pay back? jk) , my Barbie Dolls were the best dressed amongst my friends they even had red velour lugage, and Mom even made my bridesmaids' dresses and my bridal gown. She was my first sewing teacher. Our first project....aqua pants which I made too short so we put white pom pom fringe on the bottom for added length. I also remember the same fringe getting caught in my bicycle chain, so maybe not the best idea! That project introduced me to a lifelong friend, The Seam Ripper. An invaluable tool that no sewist should be without, no matter how long you have been sewing.
Some of the most treasured things in life are what is passed down throught the generations. Whether they are the tangible things: heirloom jewlry, double headed dragon fruit bowls (yes, our family has one of those), hand painted Nativity Scences from the 70s, or the intangibles : learning to sew and also learning to rip out what we sewed incorrectly to do it over again and many times again, Grandpas showing the younguns how to fix their bicycles and eventually work on their cars, spending time with each other and hearing about memories from generations past; all of these things makes us who we are and connects us through the years. Thanks Mom, I hope you enjoy your new purse and think of those blue pants from so many years ago (especially when you look inside...see below).