Nov 14, 2013

For the bag lovers

A couple years ago I pledged to have a handmade holiday, buying handmade gifts for everyone on our shopping list, and with the exception of one or two things I accomplished it. I started this series the next year to share some of my favorite handmade finds with you and I had such a good time I thought I'd bring it back again! For the next few weeks I'll be sharing some great handmade items in hopes that you'll join me in making handmade a part of your holiday! 

Bags, totes, purses, clutches, whatever you call them, I love them, and today I want to share some of the extra fabulous with you! Let's start small and work our way up, shall we?

First up, this tiny clutch from Moop. Perfect for a phone, keys, an ID, and maybe some lip balm when you don't feel like hauling around a bigger bag to the store or the gym. Easy for when you're on the go - I think this could work for men or women, don't you?
Photo courtesy of Moop
Next we have a bag so perfect as a catch-all it's even in the name! I would be embarrassed by how much I've bought from Jenny's shop except that everything she makes is delightful! Great customer service, fast shipping, and totally fun and unique designs. Sorry I'm not sorry.
Photo courtesy of Chandelier Jenny
At this point you might be thinking - Becky these are adorable and great, but I carry a lot of sh*t around with me, what else have you got?

Funny you should ask.

If you haven't learned this by now, I am a sucker for anything Lisa Leonard. She has a new paper and cloth collection and this tote is part of it. Maybe not something you would first pick out as a gift but I love the message!
Photo courtesy of Lisa Leonard
Or how about a great print, a great price, and a great cause? You will find all three in this Safari African Travel Tote through the organization Amani Ya Juu. I learned about this organization after Ashlee's trip to Liberia, and after reading about the pride these women take in creating something handmade it's been on my heart ever since. I've ordered a few things for Christmas and I cannot wait to gift them!
Photo courtesy of Amani Ya Juu
Are you a bag lover like me? (Or are you more a shoe kind of gal?) Are you trying for a handmade holiday this year?

(Feeling romantic? Be sure to check out last week's handmade post!)


Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

I am obsessed with that last bag... I need it and I need it now. But I won't buy it, I swear :) This month...

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

That last bag is my favorite one as well! I love big bags, but I do not buy them very often. Right now I have been mostly using 2 bags that are both striped (of course). My favorite bag ever was my cream & blue striped one that I bought off Etsy. I want another one, but shipping is SO expensive as the bag is made by a shop owner in Paris... So I am going to put off any bag purchases for now.

Amber said...

Ooooh I absolutely love that last bag you posted! So pretty and the colours are so nice!

We are putting together baskets for people this Christmas. I have been picking up random things to stuff them with as I've come across them but the main components will be wine (we "made" a huge batch at the local wine making shop) and baking! So kind of a handmade Christmas still :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for featuring Amani!

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