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  1. Great rehab – it looks beautiful. I have to admit, I get lazy with things like that – I buy them, seeing the possibilities, then never get around to actually remaking them. Great work.

    1. Sara Tetreault

      Heidi, don’t feel bad – I had to let go of 13 chairs recently that never got re-done because I couldn’t do it all! Also, I’m out of room in my house! Thank you for the nice compliment.


  2. I have an affinity for baskets and woven bags – and I love your briefcase! If I were going to BlogHer, I’d be keeping my eyes open for both of you, lol.

    1. Sara Tetreault

      Thanks, Cynthia! I’ll be testing the limits of the strength of those new straps for sure this week. I’m planning to pass out lots of business cards :) I love woven bags and baskets, too. Chairs and pillows are other items I have a hard time passing up. It’s my entertainment and lovely – altogether!

    1. Sara Tetreault

      Thanks, Petra! We’ll need to chat when I get back about some fabric ideas. More projects means picking out more fabric ~ which we love!!

  3. Darcy

    As usual the bag is beautiful, Sara! I always admire your handiwork and aspire to be you one day!

    1. Sara Tetreault

      Oh, Darcy, you are so sweet!! Thank you. You can do this easily but use tape and not sewing pins :)


  4. This is wonderful! Like Heidi, my project eyes are often bigger than my “get it done” tummy–but this is inspirational. Pinning it just in case the perfect bag comes along!

    1. Sara Tetreault

      Thank you, Rita. I see lots of bags like this around and many are in need of minor fixes only. Just keep your seam ripper handy!!

    1. Sara Tetreault

      Thank you, dear Minnie! I can’t wait to use it – I just filled it with business cards to pass out this weekend. It holds lots of business cards, too!


  5. I love the briefcase! Where do you find a good deal on oilcloth and the leather straps? I love reading your blog every day! You have great tips!

    1. Sara Tetreault

      Thanks, Ruthie! The fabric is from Fabric Depot and the leather straps are from Oregon Leather. Both are great local resources if you live in Portland – and they both have websites, too.

  6. Michelle

    Be sure to tuck a “before” photo into the briefcase, just in case you could work it into your “elevator speech”.

    P.S. Since we’ve come to know her, I think your briefcase needs a name . . . like Belinda or Beatrice or . . .

    1. Sara Tetreault

      Good idea, Michelle! She does need a name…I’ll have to time to think about one on the train ride later this AM :) Thank you!

    1. Sara Tetreault

      Oh, Kerry, thank you! There’s a lot of ripping out of seams, too.

    1. Sara Tetreault

      Thanks, Julie! Can’t wait to use this thing both with wine bottle in it and without!


  7. This is an AWESOME post! You did such a nice job and the photography is really good. I am so impressed that you had time to do this project – as you are getting ready for all of your events! It looks top notch! Great job!

    1. Sara Tetreault

      Annie, I’ve been working on this for a bit – I just needed something to kick start me into finishing it! It was a hit at the conference! Thank you.


  8. I really love the concept of woven bag as a briefcase for the said event. It is an eye catcher bag indeed, pretty lovely.

    1. Sara Tetreault

      Thank you, Natalie! I must say it was the belle of the ball and everyone wanted to take a peek inside the bag in Seattle at the conference. It worked out quite well and it’s now my favorite. Thank you for leaving a comment.

    1. Sara Tetreault

      Ah, thanks, Carrie! It was so fun to spent time with you at BlogHer Food. I look forward to our next adventure….

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