The label reads:
Once in a golden hour I cast to earth a seed,
Up there came a flower.
The people said, a weed,
To and fro they went
Thru' my garden-bower,
And muttering discontent
Cursed me and my flowers.
I know. It's kinda weird. But it's pretty and I like the flower/garden references. :)
Sorry this reveal took me so long! For something that didn't require all that much work this little bag sure took me a while to finish. I started embroidering the flowers in August when we were in Iowa. Then I just kinda hemmed and hawed over it. And then when my hemming and hawing gave birth to this idea, it still took me a while to finish it all.
But it was worth the wait for me. I love love love every single thing about it. I love the simple embroidery, I love the lace trim (which I slavaged from an old night gown I found when we moved), I love the diamond quilting and the combination of white and taupe linen, I love the leather label on the front and the cotton tape label on the back, I really love the lining fabric - which I almost didn't use it because I hate using up my favourite fabrics ... and I love the rolled handles. I was channeling my inner Japanese Zakka girl. I think I succeeded. :)
I don't have a pattern for the bag - I just made it up on the fly. But if you're interested in the embroidery design, I found it in Floral Motifs to Embroider by Reiko Mori. A very dear friend in Japan sent it to me a few months ago and I am head over heels in love with every page. If you like to embroider flowers and girly things, I promise you this book will not disappoint. Just keep in mind that the instructions are in Japanese so you need to know some basic embroidery, and it's better if you're good with figuring out new stitches just from diagrams. The Oyster Stitch was new to me and I didn't have any trouble figuring it out because the diagrams are very clear. :)