Saturday, February 6, 2010

Not Just Any Old Bag!











***********A patient at the dental office where I work brought this cute jewelry bag with her to her appointment a few weeks ago. Shelly told me that she had made it and wondered if I was interested in purchasing one. I fell in love with the fabric on the outside and its cute shape. She opened it up and showed me all of the pockets she'd sewn into the inside of the bag.

I babbled on and on in astonishment at all of the work that Shelly had put into her creation. Before I knew it, she went to her car and returned with a carryall full of more of her handiwork. She had sewn each bag using a variety of fabrics and as she pulled them out and set them before me each one was cuter than the one before.

I couldn't resist owning a handmade "batik jewelry bag" so consequently I had to make the difficult decision of which particular combination of fabrics I liked the most. I love polka dots and thus I made my choice based on that. The colors make me happy so I found a place in the bedroom where I can make use of this necklace/earring holder and enjoy its cuteness every day.
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I keep some of my favorite necklaces inside the bag for everyday use. When we go on our vacation in March, I plan to store my earrings in the pockets and necklaces on the bottom. Then, I'll tuck it between layers of clothes so all the pieces stay put.

Shelly sells her batik jewelry bags for $25 which is a steal when you consider all of the work that goes into selecting and cutting the many fabric pieces and sewing them together, adding the drawstring, and marketing them. If you'd like to have one of your own, you can call Shelly at 608-921-5805.

10 comments:

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Adore the color Shaddy!
Batik is such an art form~ Indonesian Batik has an interesting history as well. Great weekend dear!
xo

Gullible said...

What a clever idea. But, I'm afraid the chains off my chainsaw would snag the fabric, and I can't think of another use for one. ;)

darksculptures said...

The polka dot bag was a nice choice. So colorful and happy! It's amazing the crafty things that people can find to do. I can't imagine the amount of time and imagination it takes to come up with something like that.

lindayezak said...

I hope you can convince her to start a business blog so we could see what the others look like. I need something similar to pack my jewelry when I travel. Get her to open a blog with pics and a PayPal account and she'll be in business!

Annie said...

I love it!!!! I am not much a jewelry wearer but I bet I could find other things to put in it. Very cute!

Shaddy said...

Lenore: Yay for polka dots!

Gully: Leave it to you to be talking chainsaw chains when I'm talking jewelry!! You go girl!

darksculptures: I'm greatly lacking in the patience it takes to do such time consuming crafts.

Linda: For all I know, she may have a business site. I'll find out ASAP.

Annie: Shelly is very creative.

Natasha said...

Cute bags! Has she tried etsy.com? Gorgeous stuff there; I think you also need to market in some other places (facebook?) because I think it's easy to get lost in all the cool stuff.

Shaddy said...

Natasha: I don't know if she markets them on etsy.com or facebook.

Lisa Marie Miles said...

It's adorable!

Shaddy said...

Lisa: A new visitor to my blog, how nice! I'm glad you enjoyed my post pictures.