6.02.2009

The "Shoppe" is Open!

Remember when I worked on a purse called the "buttercup bag" and I just couldn't stop?
And remember when I made a few (dozen) flower pins?

Both crafts were obviously addicting...

Like any junkie, I had to figure out a way to feed that addiction...

Flower pins + Buttercup bags = Perfection

Despite months and months of protest at the idea of ever opening a shop of my own, this crafty combo (the perfect bag with the perfect accessory), has made me eat my words. Now I can pursue my addiction with gusto (after all, I can only justify so many bags for my personal use!)


I am very excited about the design that I have chosen to focus on (pattern from Rae Hoekstra of Made by Rae). The enlarged version of the Buttercup bag is the perfect size to tote around everything a woman needs to get through her day. 


Each purse is constructed from 100% cotton canvas and lined with a bold graphic print. I specifically chose canvas as the exterior of the bag because of its effortlessness (it will go with everything) and durability (you can throw it in the wash!). 

The bag's interiors are a surprise element; peeking from the inside of the strap or the top of the bag - the lining provides a striking juxtaposition to the simplicity of the exterior.  

A coordinating flower pin adds a pop of color and femininity (plus, the flower can be removed for washing or to simplify the look of the bag). 


I would love for you to check out my new Etsy shop, and let me know what you think! I have more bags in the works, and will add them to the inventory soon. I appreciate your feedback!




26 comments:

Jennifer said...

You always have the cutest stuff! I blogged about you today. Here's my link: http://loveyoumucho.blogspot.com/2009/06/not-even-close-to-tutorial-but-cute.html Thanks for being an inspiration to me!

Katie said...

Wow, your bags are gorgeous and the pin just adds the right amount of that extra something special. Having just started sewing, these bags look flawless to me and I aspire to make it to where you are now. Good luck with your shop, I'm sure it will be a smashing success.

Missy said...

So cute! Those look awesome!

Sara said...

yay! it's about time! :o)
i made your shop one of my favorites. :o)

kaylin rose and mara anne said...

Cute stuff. Good luck with your shop!

Jenny said...

OOOOOOHHHHHH! You know the only person more excited about this than you...is me!!!! They are fabulous! Anything coming in a wonderful turquoise??? GOOD LUCK with the shoppe!

Adams Family said...

Congratulations!! How exciting. I opened an Etsy shop a few months ago and it is very fun. Best of luck with your shop. I know you will do well!!

Adams Family said...

By the way, after your post on the flower pins...I also ran to Dollar Tree and spent one evening making a dozen of them. So fun!! I am even using them on some of my Etsy creations...thanks for the inspiration! Your blog is one of my favorites.

Cassie said...

That is the perfect combo. I love the Buttercup bag. I just made one of my girls the smaller version for her birthday. Lovely, Kristen.

Autumn said...

Yay, I love it!! Everything is so cute and the pictures are great:) I am sure your shop will do very well.

Lorie said...

Man! If only our budget wasn't so tight I'd buy one of these in a nano-second. VERY cute. I might have to try to save up my money to buy one. I'm envisioning some very cute fall colors. A nice chocolate brown with a bold color on the inside with a matching flower. Very cute.

Krista said...

LOVE it, Kristin!!! =)

Jennifer said...

Those are beautiful!

Carina Olsen (Kat's Photography) said...

That's wonderful! Congratulations! I'm in love with this bag. I can't wait to see what other colors you come up with.

For Your Inspiration said...

Congratulations! I'll definitely be checking in.

Anonymous said...

I love your blog and am excited to see you marketing your great creations. I have bought a couple of purses off etsy and my only suggestion would be to include a "shoulder view" pic (you sideways with the purse on your shoulder). I always like to see how the bag will hang on my arm. Good luck!!

Infarrantly Creative said...

That is so funny...I just posted about one of the buttercup bags that I made today. I love what you did with the strap. They are gorgeous!

KLC said...

Your bags are darling! I just added you to my Etsy Favorites. Best of luck with your shop!

Heidi said...

I love them! I might just order one because its still American prices for you to ship one here:) Hmmm....

Tiff said...

Congrats on opening your shop! I'm working on doing the same. The name is what's stalling me! UGH!

SoBella Creations said...

Congrats on your Etsy Shop!

Kim said...

I love it! Very cute! I may just have to order one:) It's exciting to hear that you will actually open a shop...it's been a long time coming:)

Heather said...

so beautiful! good luck with the shop!

muralimanohar said...

Congratulations on breaking open the shop! Good luck!

DM said...

If I was female, I would get one. - Dad

Alissa said...

I am so proud of you! Not that you need it... you have such great supporters already! Your work is lovely and fresh! The colors are bright amazing! I think I'm obsessed with your blog! Your shop will be a huge success I'm sure! Just don't get overwhelmed when the orders start rushing in!!! I think I'm going to make these purses my first choice for girl gifts for a while!