What do vacations and handbags have in common? Both are necessary in life of course! I closed my shop yesterday to take some time off to rest and recharge. I'll be taking a road trip at this time and I also plan to spend some time in my studio experimenting and trying out some new design ideas. My shop will reopen the week of May 11th. For my upcoming road trip I decided that I would treat myself to a new handbag from the shop. The lilac purse posted above is my current everyday bag. I've been using it for about a half a year. If you were wondering if I use my own handbags, I do! That is the reason I starting making them in the first place about a year and a half ago. I wanted a unique one-of-a-kind handbag for myself so I decided to buy fabric, did some research on the internet on how to sew a handbag and made my first simple tote bag out of sage green cotton velvet with a bird on a branch applique. Everyone loved it so I decided to start up a shop and sell them online.