Happy Birthday, Krissie

So Krissie came to stay the week and it was wonderful and then yesterday we had her party. This time we got a fabulous cake from the fancy bakery at Krogers, a gorgeous sponge cake with cream and fruit filling, iced on the side with cream and white chocolate shavings and topped with glazed and sugared fruit. It truly was a work of art and I meant to take a picture, but then we ate it.

HOWEVER, I did take pictures of the purse I made for Krissie, the Krissie Multiple Pursonality Order Bag, so called because it sorts out all of Krissie’s personalities: The Writer, the Reader, the Quilter, the Snacker, and the Wife-Daughter-Mother Personal Life . . . Person. Whatever.

I started with this sketch . . .

. . . and made the four sides starting with the Reader . . .

. . . the Quilter . . .

. . . the Writer . . .

. . . and the Snacker . . .

The I sewed all four to stiffened side panels sewn to a black Krogers bag (those handles are built to take a lot of weight) and added boa handles:

After which I moved on to her personal persona and made her a cellphone case (so she could call her family easily) which I attached to the boas with handcuffs . . .

. . . and a photo/make-up/money bag tastefully decorated with a tiara-ed skull . . .

. . . that doubles as a merkin on the back . . .

and that’s Krissie’s Bag:

It weighs a ton–crochet this dense is not light–so I don’t think she’ll be sporting it around town, but she can use it as a desk organizer or something. Or put a potted plant in it. Damn thing will hold anything.

46 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Krissie

  1. It’s fabulous – as is the divine Krissie. Happy Birthday, Anne Stuart, and thanks for all the hours of reading pleasure.

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  2. Awww. A gift made with such obvious love and psychosis is a gift to be treasured forever. Best bag ever. I don’t even think the hyperbole police can contradict that one.
    Happy Birthday, Krissie!

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  3. Wow, a remarkable feat of ingenuity and engineering, indeed. Happy birthday, Anne Stuart. Your books are outstanding (as is your birthday bag, of course!).

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  4. Terrific – amazing thought and humor and work went into that bag! Happy birthday to Krissie.

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  5. Fabulous bag! I love Dee’s comment (“A gift made with such obvious love and psychosis is a gift to be treasured forever). Happy birthday, Anne! You’re so lucky to have such fabulous friends in Jenny and Lucy! And they’re lucky to have you, too!

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  6. A lot of hours of love went into the making of that purse. Amazing! Happy birthday Krissie, and as others have said, thanks for the wonderful reads.

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  7. Your amazing creative talents leave me in awe. That purse does everything, and has its own posse of attachments. You thought of everything!

    Happy Birthday, Krissie!

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  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Krissie!
    The bag is awesome. Such love and engineering. If I might ask, how long did it take you to make it? Hope you are feeling better.

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    1. About a month. I’d do a side and then wander off, then do another side. I put on a burst of speed once Krissie got here last week.

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  9. Love the handcuffed phone attachment. That is just brilliant. Could you explain the Writer panel, please?

    Many happy returns to Krissie and to all friends and family celebrating with her!

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    1. The panel is open at the top so she can put her Clairfontane tablet in there. Then there’s a pouch for supplies and a pouch for her glasses.

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    1. I had to go look up merkin. I thought the term MacGuffin was origionally a merkin, which explains the confusing/ambiguous nature of the role of the MacGuffin in a plot…
      Too bad I’ll probably never get to use either word in Scrabble.

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      1. I had to look up merkin too. Thanks for all the spam I’ll receiving in the near future. 🙂 A purple merkin? You know there’s a story in there somewhere…

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          1. In the movie “PCU,” one of the bands referenced was called The Merkins. (Yes, I’ll watch anything. Don’t judge me.)

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  10. Happy Birthday Krissie – how lucky you are to have friends who love you so much & know you so well. Sounds like you deserve such admiration!

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  11. What a great present. I got a fab cake from my best pal for my 50th last week–and a CASE of printing paper. For my manuscripts. No pressure, right?
    Happy birthday Krissie, I hope you enjoy your gift as much as the crazy lady obviously enjoyed making it for you.
    Jenny–hope you’re all better!

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  12. While I know I should go to Anne Stuart’s site to wish her a happy birthday, I’m lazy, so Happy Birthday Krissie! I also quilt so it is neat that one of the sides has pockets for stuff there. Scissors are a nice touch!

    The bag is amazing and while it probably won’t be hauled around a lot (not because of weight but to keep it from getting icky), I’m sure it will be treasured.

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  13. A purple merkin? Somewhere right now Jennifer Love-Hewitt is thinking about trading in her bedazzler…

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    1. considering what JLH bedazzled now I really need to look up the word merkin

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  14. Wow! Sometimes I forget that you are a visual artist as well as a prose one. Very cool. I’m sure she loved it.

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  15. Okay I looked up merkin & I can’t even believe they have a word for that. Who? What? When? Why?

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  16. Hmmm… I can think of a couple other “personal” things she could use those handcuffs for…

    Damn. Right to the gutter for me. EVERY TIME.

    *Ahem* Very nice, Jenny. You win the friend of the month badge. You can attach it to your merkin.

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  17. It sort of comforts me that I was not the only one who had to look up the word “merkin”. Before, I could not decide whether I would rather imagine it to be similar to a munchkin or a meerkat. (Or was it Philip Merkin, the British Poet Laureate?)

    Now I know it’s the cover of the Glittery Hoo-Ha. What are you going to crochet next? Did you already buy a skein of latex string?

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    1. Har!! Pretty sure it was Philip Larkin. I knew someone who new him. Only two degrees of separation.

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  18. That’s an amazing purse. As a desk organizer, it’s equally amazing. I love the purple boa handles! (Sadly, if I slung that over my shoulder, they would tickle me something fierce and I’d end up falling over.)

    I actually didn’t have to look up merkin, but only because I swear you’ve used that world before…or did I just dream that?

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  19. Is the merkin intended to cover the glittery hoo-ha? For those formal occasions when one does not wish to glitter. 😉

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  20. Absolutely fan-darn-tastic!! Much cuter than the hardsided Hello Kitty suitcase I saw in the window of a store in my neighborhood the other day. Had me thinking of the suitcase you made for Krissie last year.
    I’m wondering though – are they selling handcuffs at Kroger now, too, and if so — what aisle did you find them on?

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  21. (-: Amazing . . . . I had more to say, but then I got distracted by the merkin definition, and forgot it all.

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