Thursday, June 30, 2011


I've known for a month that
Sally's last day was today.

Sally is my coworker.
She's retiring.
She turned 55 today and
has 32 years in with the state.
It's time to go.
I will miss her.

I thought about making something for her.
And, thought about it some more.
I was quite undecided.

As a group, we were giving her a gift card.
So, really, that would have sufficed.

But, I kept thinking of all the nice things
she's done for me over the past 7 years.

Should I make something?
Or not?

let's just wait until the last possible moment.
Ya know?

So, I decided to make a tote.
Last night.
This one measures 12.5 x 12.5 x 3 inches.
Took 4 hours...finished sewing
the binding around the top at 9:20 p.m.  
Sally was very surprised...
almost cried, even.
Let's just say that she LOVED it...YAY!  
Happy Retirement to her!

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might. - Ecclesiastes 9:10


Gail said...

The perfect gift! I love the, she'll remember you every time she uses it.

Farm Girl said...

You are just amazing. I love the colors and I love how nice you are.
You just make me so happy.
I bet she almost cried.

Rugs and Pugs said...

How lucky to retire at 55!!! I am SO jealous :) Gorgeous tote. What a thoughtful gift!
Pug hugs :)

kks said...

How sweet! Happy retirement to Sally! Lucky dog!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, what an awesome retirement gift!!!
That was very nice of you and I am sure she will always love it and think of you.

WoolenSails said...

Beautiful bag, I can see why she loved it.


moosecraft said...

Ohhhhh! Happy Retirement to Sally! The tote sewed up beautifully!!! Love the fabrics! I think it's just the right size for a book, some bottled water, snack, reading glasses.... to go sit at the beach and relax! :-) And, only 4 hours! You are amazing!

Tammy Burks said...

Co-workers always seem to be the most gracious gift-receivers.....I guess it's because they know how busy we all are and how much time we put into hand-made items.

Joanne said...

What a special gift - I think your "indecision" paid off! Beautiful!

Brenis said...

Ooh very cute! Bet she absolutely adored it!! :D

Anonymous said...

Yes, you did the right thing by making her something! That is awesome!
Love, Jill

Pokey said...

It's a beautiful red bag, Jacque! You are ever thoughtful ~