4.28.2006

effin-gamo's big nite out: oy

i met some of my friends for happy hour tonight and decided to take out the fake-a-gamo for its maiden voyage. it still needs a lining and a couple other minor tweaks...but i figured, WTF, let's go baby. well, my friends were all over it, lovin' the whole thang--esp since many of them have been privvy to the whole fake-a-gamo ordeal--and probably glad it's over with!

well, there i am, hangin' out at the bar at edibles and i hear the bartender, our favorite J.D., go OH NO. and i see my friend anne go whaaaa the-- and she has this horrified look in her eye and i whip my head around and somehow, someway, there's my fake-a-gamo sitting innocently on the barstool next to me...with four honkin' splotches of wine tarnishing her otherwise pristine image. ok, we're not talkin' sauvignon blanc here. oh no, this is not pinot grigio. it's effin' merlot. four splotches of deep, dark, oakey, tannin-laced red wine. emergency seltzer is dispersed, clean linens are tossed my way, and much blotting ensues. we even try a little white wine as my friend anne insists that white wine gets rid of red wine. four no-longer-red-though-now-quite-purply splotches remain. i decide they give the bag some much-needed soul.

20 comments:

yahaira said...

I hate effing merlot!

maybe you can overdye the whole thing?

Amy said...

Oh man, I would have wanted to throw a tantrum.

sfbookgirl said...

the horror!!

Anna said...

Oh NO!!
How horrible!
Even though you went through that much work making the bag, if you set that aside, can you imagine if you really bought the real $1,500 bag and that happened?!?!

Maybe if you remake it, you can add a few sequences between the tips of the triangles (a little pizaaz [i prob. spelled that wrong]).

Man, on the first real night out! It was just too beautiful. Someone was jealous ;-)

TllGurl said...

arggh!
well, since the bag is made with provence, you should be able to dye it. i'd go for a really beautiful burgundy (narf!) or even a deeper eggplant colour.

diana said...

Oh, for crap's sake!

knitting pinki said...

Oh no, now that blows. I love your finished product. I'm definately going to try to make it.

Maybe I should try in time for my bday. I'll let you know how it turned out. I'm thinking something sturdy and glittery.

donnac368 said...

Did you try club soda? I'm still yarn shopping, but maybe I should go for something in a dark red? ;) BTW, the owner of my LYS said she has a friend who is searching NYC (40 min away) for the handle Sal used, or something close to it. There's a bunch of stores all near each other that just sell handles.

Melissa said...

That sucks! Maybe you could dye it pink :)

Nanimal said...

Rock on! way to roll with the punches. wine splotches ARE a little soul. The purse has a history now - and it doesn't even have a lining yet, ahhh that's a life!

Tara said...

oh man. I might have cried. Good on you for keeping it together ;)

The buddhists purposely put mistakes into every art piece they make. Call it your buddhist work and enjoy it as is.

nicole said...

Ouch. Is overdying an option?

aja said...

Oh. My. God. That is a terrible story. Your bag no longer has a story, but rather a legacy behind it!

Vanessa said...

Oh dear! I'm so sorry about your bag.

Here's some links on how to get rid of red wine stain. Hope it helps.
http://www.care2.com/channels/solutions/home/313
http://www.ehow.com/how_2524_remove-red-wine.html

sarah said...

Oh the tragedy of it all! I hope itsurvives, it's such a beautiful bag.

Kelly B said...

That's a Shakespearian tragedy if I ever heard one!

KC said...

There's a spray you cn buy called wine out. I think I found it at wegmans, Pittsford.

jenna said...

Well, I guess coming home covered in merlot is a sure sign of a good night out! How were you to know that Fake-a-gamo was such a party girl?

gail said...

OK, do not panic. Boiling water. Stand on a chair and pour the boiling water from about 3 feet up through your bag. The wine stain will come out. Promise. Now, I don't know if standing on a chair is necessary, but this is what my mother did and I don't mess with success.

Shirra said...

Ok. I had a similar thing happen thanks to my mother's love of long stem wine glasses even when my three kids are running around. I found a great solution, hydrogen peroxide mixed with an appropriate detergent dabbed on the stain. The Hydrogen Peroxide is a bleaching agent, so a spot test is recommended, but it works a treat!

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