Friday, 23 November 2012

Carry-a-bag to the shops

Okay, I admit it, I've allowed myself to become distracted over the past year.  I've neglected my bags and the blog having fallen in love with a new project. 

Early this year a group of us got together and created a 
community garden on a large plot of derelict land in St Leonards. We called it the Moveable Feast, which describes our plan to grow vegetables and move to a new place if and when the land owners decide to reclaim the land and build houses. (It's also the title of one of Hemingway's books.)  This is our blogsite: 

My passion to make a difference by tempting people to carry bags and refuse point blank to accept any more dammed plastic bags remains undimmed. But business wasn't booming and I began to believe that nobody needed any more bags and indeed by making more I was contributing to the massive bag-build up. People own so many bags - how could they possibly want any more? 
My batteries needed recharging.

So I started working outdoors growing vegetables and talking to strangers about our need to reconnect with our food sources, breathe fresh air and feel part of a community.  It's been a bit like having an affair - I couldn't stay away from the garden, I didn't want to miss anything.  And the garden has flourished.

Seasons change and I'm back in the room.  
My fabrics are unfolded, spread out and pondered over. I have markets booked, I'm working in SHOP in Norman Road and I'm sewing bags.  Not masses of bags but I'm a little bit busy making very limited editions and loving it. My website's been dusted off and is looking fresh and I've a new workroom with a view of the sea.  

Happy Days




Tuesday, 3 January 2012


Yes - I am still here! I know I have neglected my blog for a very very long time and apologise to anyone who likes to read it. I fully expect to have lost all followers by now.

Its been a funny time with many distractions. These have mostly been nice ones and there are two new books to prove it. The Little Hastings & Rye Cook Book 2 was published on the final day of November and the whole process was a bit of a whirlwind. It was second only to Jamie Oliver in the pre-Christmas sales at our local Waterstones and I promise we will sort out the typos in print edition 2.
HOME SEWN HOME comes out later this year. Its a starter book on sewing for your home (it's all in the title really)with a vintage twist. I used to write 'how to' books before I started CARRY-A-BAG and like to keep my hand in. This year I plan to refresh the bag business and will begin with the website, so keep an eye on it and let me know what you think via email. I shall be introducing a newsletter and urging everyone to join up for regular updates and special offers.

I love the New Year and all the plans that come with it. I wish you all a HAPPY ONE - there is so much to look forward to.

love & peace




About Me

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Hastings, East Sussex, United Kingdom
Carry-a-bag began about five ago when I was fuming about plastic carrier bags stuck in trees, washed up on the beach and generally messing up the planet. It began as a little idea but one morning I woke up thinking "don't take a carrier bag just remember to carry a bag. And now I make bags all the time.


Take it shopping or digging...

September 11th 2007

September 11th 2007
Blue sky day


time to save the planet dudes + me in the hat