miriam' s bag
i have not used my sewing machine since early january, so i felt a bit rusty sitting down in front of it on tuesday. i think the machine itself was literally rusty because it was making this strange whiny, squeaky noise. hmm. anyway my friend sarah asked me to make a bag out of this cool fabric she found at an estate sale. there is a sweet story behind this bag that i want to tell. sarah went to uganda last spring and made friends with a man named moses in goli. moses came to philadelphia to study and didnt know a single soul in the states except for sarah. she flew him to kansas city so he could spend time with her and meet her friends so he wouldnt feel lonely, having left his wife and five children in uganda for the duration of his studies. such a sweet and amazing man that moses is, i was lucky enough to have lunch with him while he was here. anyway, recently moses told sarah how his roommate's at school celebrated his birthday and that he was so touched and a little bewildered because he had never celebrated such an occasion before. sarah explained that here we enjoy celebrating birthdays, for the most part anyway. moses then decided that when he went home to uganda and the end of term in may, that he would surprise his wife miriam with a birthday party. of course she has never had such a thing, or ever received a birthday gift before. sarah is leaving tomorrow (already sarah???) for a three month trip to uganda where she will be working with an anglican church in kampala. wow. and lucky me, she asked me if i could make a bag for miriam's first birthday celebration!!! with a little bit of nerves and a whole lot of determination, i finished the bag up yesterday following this great tutorial, and it will be heading to miriam soon. i hope she likes it!



Blogger Molly said...

What a sweet story, Hannah! Love it.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous laeroport said...

That's a great story, Hannah! And that is a great tutorial. I've made a couple of those bags and have been VERY happy with them.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Stacia said...

Wonderful story. What an honor.


1:04 PM  
Anonymous erin said...

i love that story!

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Alicia A. said...

Hannah- great bag, great story. I'm sure his wife will be stunned. I hope your friend Sarah has a safe and successful trip.

1:54 PM  
Blogger Shelly said...

It's a beautiful bag and a wonderful story! I'm sure she'll love it!

3:05 PM  
Anonymous sarah said...

You always exceed expectations Hannah. Moses' only suggestion was "make sure to bring a picture of your friend to Miriam. She will want to know her."

11:18 PM  
Blogger grace said...

What a cool story and and honor to make a gift for such a wonderful cause! I'd be honored too. By the way nice job on the bag.

6:43 AM  
Blogger julieree said...

lovely story. lovely bag! :)

6:55 AM  
Anonymous myra said...

Beautiful story Hannah!

2:32 PM  
Blogger lera said...

what a touching story. i'm sure miriam will be thrilled with her new gift.

(and that bag tutorial is a keeper.)

9:14 AM  
Anonymous stephanie said...

wonderful story and beautiful bag!

10:33 AM  
Anonymous jenny said...

what a wonderful story and bag!

12:01 PM  
Anonymous jenny gordy said...

that bag is quite cute, and i'm touched by the story!

4:11 PM  
Blogger Claudia said...

Beatiful! I'm sure his wife will be smiling for a long time!

(BTW, I thought of you when I saw that this flea market also happens in KS! Hope you live near Leawood! http://www.aparisstreetmarket.com/dir_tcp.html)

11:05 PM  
Anonymous claire said...

you are goodness.

1:46 PM  

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