Vera Bradley, Wendy’s Frosty, and Gasoline!

Yes, you read that right - Vera Bradley, Wendy's Frosty, and gasoline.  Seemingly unrelated, right?  Well, not this time...

Yesterday, I made a quick stop at our local downtown Wendy's.  The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer has collaberated with Wendy's and Marathon.  For every $1.00 donation to the Foundation, you receive a coupon for a Wendy's Frosty, as well as another coupon for $0.75 worth of gasoline.  Not a bad deal, eh?

Sure, I know at these prices, $0.75 will buy you, oh, only about two ounces of gas.  But hey, it's still a bargain!  And the coupon is for a Junior Frosty - not the big one.  But that's better for the waistline anyway!

I am not sure if this offer is citywide, statewide or nationwide, but it's a great way to support a good cause, so I thought I would share it with you, just in case it's also available in your community.  I did check Wendy's website and the Vera Bradley Foundation's website to see if either made mention of the deal, but nada.  If it is available where you live, feel free to leave a post and let other visitors of Discount Fabric Handbags know... 

Vera Bradley on Desperate Housewives

I always finish the weekend by kicking back and watching Desperate Housewives, but this season there has been a new guest star that has appeared in almost every episode.  If you know me, and you read this blog, you will know I'm talking about Bree's "sidekick", Vera Bradley! 

I noticed Vera Bradley on the show when Bree (Marcia Cross's character) moved into Susan's house after her house was damaged by the tornado.  Since that initial appearance, Bree has been sporting a Vera bag in just about every scene that shows her out and about. 

I think this Sunday, when I cuddle up to watch my favorite ladies of Wisteria Lane, I'm going to start a new drinking game.  Every time I see Vera Bradley in a scene, it's bottoms up!  Who's with me?  Think we'll have a hangover on Monday - Mondays are rough as it is, so what the heck!

My husband says that he doesn't like me watching the show - that he thinks it's a bad influence...

I guess he's probably right! 

2008 Retired Vera Bradley On Sale Now

The 2008 retired Vera Bradley patterns are now 25% off when you shop online at VeraBradley.com.  Retiring colors include Windsor Navy, Capri Melon, Medallion, Classic Black and Petal Pink.  I'm not sure how long this deal will last.  As they say, here today, gone tomorrow.  I will keep you posted if I come across any other Vera Bradley coupons or deals.  And as always, don't go without checking our selection here at Discount Fabric Handbags.

Free Tote Bag Patterns for Reusable Grocery Bags

This past weekend I was looking through the JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores sale flyer, when a free fabric tote bag pattern caught my eye.

Whether you are new to sewing or a seasoned seamstress, you can always use a few free tote bag patterns.  Right?  With this particular pattern, you can make reusable grocery bags, an environmentally-friendly way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.  Not to mention, it's also a good way to use up old fabric scraps. Whip up a half-dozen of these cloth grocery bags, and not only will you use up some of those spare fabric scraps you have laying around, you will keep a few more of those break-too-easy-don't-know-what-the-heck-to-do-with-them plastic grocery bags out of the landfill.

The free project sheet also includes instructions for making a matching coupon holder.  You know us Vera Bradley fanatics, we do like to coordinate!

Of course, you can also use these bags for hauling around library books or packing the essentials for a day at the beach. However, I encourage you to give it a try for bringing home your store bought goodies, even if you don't think of yourself as an environmentalist.  As a matter of fact, I have a short story (somewhat unrelated to handbags) about going "green"...

When my youngest son was born, I decided to give cloth diapers a try. Admittedly, I was much more concerned about saving money than I was about saving the environment.  However, not too long after starting cloth, I found that I actually felt embarrassed when purchasing disposables at my local Wal-Mart - imagine that!  I started out trying to save a few bucks, but ended up caring about something bigger. Of course, I'm sure my washing machine probably didn't share my enthusiasm...

Anyway, that's enough rambling on my part.  This project is the first of many free tote bag patterns that will be featured here.  Make sure you check back often for more.  Give this project a go - I bet you will agree that making your own cloth grocery bags really is "sew easy"!