JOY! and Purse Organizer

I’m not a huge Christmas decorator, but this morning, I got this up:


The wooden JOY letters were done by the incredibly creative and talented Deb who has two   blogs

The letters are hanging in my entryway.  After Christmas, they will come down, and I’m hoping to do something similar with the word “Welcome”, minus the little feet, of course.


I’m thinking of decoupaging some fabric on these.  These chipwood letters were only 99 cents each so I won’t feel so bad practicing on them if it doesn’t work out so well. 


I also made something!  I’ve seen some purse organizers around in blogland, but didn’t really think I’d use one.  Sure, I have a lot of purses, but I only transfer 5 things with each purse change.  Can it get much easier than that?  The answer is YES.  It can be a lot easier. 


The lovely English fabric is from Monica and this is the perfect project for it because I get to see it everyday!  The cute little pink notebook with the mixer on the front is from Cindy


I sewed the pockets to fit my items exactly.  You roll it up and it holds all your stuff to transfer from purse to purse with ease.  Kimberly has a tutorial on this.  If you’d like a copy, you can download it from here.

This post makes me realize that the fabric of my life is becoming more and more intertwined with threads from my blogging friends.  And the fabric is richer for it!  Happy American Thanksgiving, y’all!

30 Responses to “JOY! and Purse Organizer”

  1. 1 sueb November 21, 2006 at 11:40 am

    Okay I love the Joy display! Great idea. I did something a little similar using artist canvas boards and big letters cut from canvas. I really like that frame idea.

    Your purse organizer came out great!

  2. 2 laeroport November 21, 2006 at 11:57 am

    I have been thinking for oh, like, six months that I needed to make one of these. I can NEVER find my phone when it is ringing. Really must make one. Yours looks fab. And I love what you said about the intertwining life and blog friends. Too true.
    Cheers! And Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. 3 deb November 21, 2006 at 12:04 pm

    Linda! I absolutely LOVE what you did with the letters. So clever and makes such a statement. I’m so glad you like them. 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you come up with on the welcome letters.

  4. 4 Susan November 21, 2006 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Linda, you have to go see my comment from your comment on the difficult gift post. It is hilarious. I just might have a contest.

  5. 5 Kimberly November 21, 2006 at 1:34 pm

    Soo pretty are those letters!! I love them. I wish I had room for things like that.
    Oh and the organizer is great. But then you knew I’d say that. 😉

  6. 6 beki November 21, 2006 at 1:49 pm

    I definitely need a purse organizer. I’ve seen these around for a while, but never thought I’d need/use one. I’m learning never to use the word “never” 😉

  7. 7 Karyn November 21, 2006 at 3:45 pm

    I can’t wait to see what you do with the “Welcome” letters! And the organizer is super. I think I may need to make me one of those 🙂

  8. 8 lera November 21, 2006 at 4:42 pm

    The “JOY” letters are very cute. I think decoupaging the other letters will be very cute. I can’t wait to see the results.

    And a darn cute purse organizer with darn cute fabric!!!!

  9. 9 vicki November 21, 2006 at 6:35 pm

    I printed out Kimberly’s tutorial yesterday. I am planning on making one of this. Yours turned out great.

  10. 10 Rachel November 21, 2006 at 6:38 pm

    I love the purse organizer. I just checked out the tutorial. I think I’m going to try and make one.

  11. 11 Patricia November 21, 2006 at 9:53 pm

    Love the letters! I have to make one of those purse organizers, my purse is desperate.
    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  12. 12 Elizabeth K November 22, 2006 at 12:00 am

    The purse organizer is great. I’ve seen them before but they were always plain black fabric. Great idea.

  13. 13 denice November 22, 2006 at 12:22 am

    Love the organizer, and the “joy” looks fantastic!

  14. 14 Monica November 22, 2006 at 12:37 am

    What a cute purse organizer Linda! What really caught my eye was your red & aqua wallet! OMG… I must have one! Where did you get it? (If you don’t mind me asking) :o)

  15. 15 Joy Gross November 22, 2006 at 1:35 am

    boy you are awesome… love the Joy.. but of course I would.. and the purse organizer.. wow.. I need to make one of those.

  16. 17 capello November 22, 2006 at 9:09 am

    those letters deb made are awesome, and i love how you put them in frames.

    and that purse organizer is awesome. i’m going to get the tutorial now! thanks!

    and happy thanksgiving!

  17. 18 LauriSmith November 22, 2006 at 12:27 pm

    These are some great ideas! I especially like the letters…and now I have a great idea for what to do on the big, blank wall on the landing of our staircase, where the steps make a u-turn!

  18. 19 FIONA November 22, 2006 at 8:38 pm

    Love the letters for Christmas and love the idea of changing them to Welcome afterwards.
    Wish I had an entry….
    Love the purse organiser too. Need a back pack to carry it all.

  19. 20 Monica November 24, 2006 at 4:53 pm

    what a clever idea! Infact both of them are lovely.

    Glad you like the fabric.

  20. 21 sara November 24, 2006 at 11:03 pm

    Everything you do is SO cute!! I love visiting your blog- keep up the good work!

  21. 22 Melissa November 26, 2006 at 8:00 pm

    Everything looks so great. I really like your purse organizer.

  22. 23 Lyn November 26, 2006 at 8:36 pm

    I saw the JOY idea on a decorating show just last night. They stole your idea! Looks great!

  23. 24 Cathy November 27, 2006 at 9:22 am

    The “JOY” is beautiful! Very Martha.

    I’m not really an organizer-type person but if I was, I would definitely make one of the purse organizers! Yours turned out great.

  24. 25 Cindi November 28, 2006 at 7:02 am

    Linda, I love the purse organizer! I just bought the cutest tote from a friend who made them for an adoption fund raiser. It has no pockets, so now I know what to do! And yes be glad you didn’t do any craft shows this year. I am going crazy trying to catch up afterwards!

  25. 26 Joey December 7, 2006 at 11:26 am

    I NEED the purse organiser. . . .as a wanna-be crafty, with more drive than talent – can you send me instructions?


  26. 27 Pam Geraci January 28, 2007 at 12:12 pm


    Do you sell your purse organizers. Unfortunately, I can’t sew and was hoping I could purchase one from you. I’m looking for a solid black or brown organizer that has a pocket large enough to hold a travel coffee mug.


  27. 28 monica December 20, 2008 at 5:27 am

    oh!! that fabric looks great on that project, glad you liked it!!

    Have a gorgeous Christmas!!

  28. 29 raajia May 17, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    I love the purse organizer! I would definitely make one , keep up the good work!

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