Design Your Own Handbag

May 7th, 2014

Ladies, I know I speak for all of us when I say haven’t we all wanted to add our own personal touch to a handbag of our own design? Sure there are a lot of choices for clutches and duffle bags out there but here’s a really fun gift to give yourself or a special gal in your life, it’s the opportunity to design a small crossbody or large tote (among several other styles) right down to the colors and hardware.

I was approached by Wink & Winn a few months ago with this concept, how fun! Wink & Winn allows anyone to design their own handbag; to get me started, they sent me a key ring of colorful premium leathers to examine and a little instruction booklet too. You can find all of these details on how it works on their website.

wink and winn leathers

It was a fun process, I contemplated a two tone blue duffle at first, choosing the leather and trim, the website is user friendly and allows you to drag color options and save different designs before you buy.

wink and winn design

 

I decided to do something fun and bright, I chose an orange and white palette on the East West tote to cart to the beach or pool and for traveling this summer.

wink and wynn tote

wink winn tote on beach

 

There are ten styles of bag and many leather and hardware combinations, which one would you choose? Or give one as a gift!   wink and winn bags

For one week only, Wink & Winn is offering a $50 gift code to CG readers, simply email frontdesk [at] winkandwinn.com with subject line “$50 Gift Code”.

And today Wink & Winn is offering one lucky winner a chance to design any handbag of your choice (up to $390 value). To be eligible…

– Hop on over to Wink & Winn and pick the shape of bag you’d choose for your design (clutch, duffle, etc.) then name it in a comment here on this blog post.

You can connect with Wink & Winn on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest. This giveaway ends Sunday May 11, 2014 at midnight PST. One winner chosen at random. By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. Winner #112 Megan S., notified via email.

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Etsy Art I Heart: Ceramics

May 5th, 2014

Oh hello! We had such a great weekend! We finished up a fun DIY project (I’ll feature it next week, you’ll love it!) and yesterday we took a drive out to the coast for clam chowder and to watch sunset, one of our favorite family outings. We did some gardening too, everything is sprouting in the yard. Matt and I walk around outside in the evenings with a glass of wine and we talk to and about the plants, which ones are thriving, which ones need a little food or pruning while the kids run around like crazy.

All homes need something living inside but even if you don’t have a green thumb, low maintenance succulents or air plants will survive with little water and attention. This month’s Etsy artist feature is all about ceramics and pottery, these planters and chic decorative objects are handmade accessories that look lovely on a desktop, styled on a bookcase, or anywhere you envision unique original pieces, enjoy the roundup!

I love pottery with modern touches, like these bowls, jars and vessels at Red Raven Studios. (I bought the horseshoe).

red raven studios etsy

 

Revisions Design offers beautiful bottles and kitchenware, how pretty is the faceted planter?

revisions design

 

Find planters, spoons, and a unique air plant wreath at Cor Pottery.

cor ceramics etsy

 

I love the gold detail or marbled motifs at Meilen Collaborative

gold and marble ceramics meilen collaborative

  

Don’t miss this porcelain lace collection at Hideminy, so pretty!

lace porcelain hideminy

   

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