I took my new "market bag" I just finished with leavings from my latest spate of pillow sewing. I didn't use a pattern, just eyeballed the shape, cut a matching lining in lavender-colored oxford cloth. I put some elastic in the side edges to make it more secure. It's roomy enough to be a pool/beach bag. The drawback on its size is that I need to dig for stuff, but I did add two interior pockets so I can keep cellphone and wallet at beck and call.
The shoulder straps are recycled from an old parachute harness Jon gave me years ago -- I think before we had kids (!) and the buckle is vintage bakelite (probably an eBay purchase, can't remember). The fabric was given to me by my mother-in-law when she was clearing out her stash many moons ago, and I immediately loved how tropical yet modern it is. I think she picked it up when she lived in Greenwich Village in the 1960s. It came in two half-yard pieces that were plenty for creating two pillows and my "market" bag. Here are those little numbers and their fellows:
At the market (sorry no pictures, left the camera home), I picked up squash blossoms (along with peaches, plums, tomatoes, parsley, bread, cookies, and cheese). I had been meaning to give fiori di zucchini a try since last summer. Since these were already a bit wilted when I bought them, I didn't want to wait for dinner. So squash blossoms for lunch it was (made with this recipe). I don't think using Heineken in the batter is traditional, but nobody commented.
I made some bruschetta and cut up a pineapple to round out the meal and we had pranzo al fresco on our patio. I love having a proper lunch with the whole family at the table. It makes the day feel so much more like a vacation.