Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Personal Gift

Last month was my birthday.

Everyone tells me I'm hard to buy for...which I never understand.  I think I'm fairly easy.  A candle or a magazine and I'm in heaven. :)

But this year I received a gift so personal and so wonderful I can't believe it's taken me this long to post about it.  

I'm a purse girl!!

The more unique the better for me.  I'm not into Coach or Dooney and Burke or any of those other big name brands.  I just want BIG, unique and fun. :)

I showed you before, here, the purse I had been carrying for the last year was this one I purchased off Etsy...which I have adored and has held up extremely well!

I was starting to get the itch for a new purse.  I mean, being the serious bag girl that I am, me carrying the same purse for an entire YEAR is really saying something about how much I loved my handmade bag.

So....after my long story before the story, LOL, let me share with you about my very personal gift I received for my birthday.

A new purse!!!

But not just any purse.  Nope. 

This purse was purchased at a Cancer fund raiser event.  As I just mentioned this weekend in my get-to-know-me award mother died of breast cancer.  What I didn't mention father also died of cancer.  And my step-mom was diagnosed with Stage ZERO breast cancer in January of this year.  (As a side note, it was caught SOOO early, they removed the lump, she did radiation, and has been given a clean bill of health since!!)

This purse is made of ALL recycled materials!!  Recycling is so near and dear to my heart.  I mentioned, here, a long time ago that I pay for curbside recycling and it has made my strong urge to be kind to our Earth so much easier.  It's also why I try to upcycle as much as I can.  I want to stop buying "Made in China" as much as possible and reuse items that might otherwise end up in a landfill.

This purse has old couch fabrics, drapery fabrics, the flowers are made from old sweaters and t-shirts, and the leaves are made from, get this, old dress slips!  I remember the days of wearing slips under your dress. Sad...but true.  LOL  There's even an old skinny tie from the 80's on the front. :)

This bag is handmade!  Being a crafter myself, I try to support other crafters as much as possible as well.  

And last but not least, the proceeds from purchases at the event, goes to the charity the event is being held for!!!  The company is called "Handbags for Healing".  The way I understand it is, they will set up a booth at charity fundraisers and give the proceeds to that charity.  So, it isn't any one can be a variety of charities.  How cool is that!  

One of the things I don't talk about here on the blog is how important my volunteer work is to me!!  Once a week, I spend 2 hours with the kids at a local Women/Children's homeless shelter.  And once a month, my daughter and I serve dinner there as well.  Those 2 hours with those precious children is the highlight of my week!!!  

That's what makes this gift the most personal gift I've ever received!  The person who got me this purse knew that each piece of this bags story was inline with my own story.

Don't get me wrong, I have received amazing gifts over the years, but everything about this bag is such a personal representation of ME!!  How sweet is that!!

I hope you are all having a great week!!  I have a huge announcement to make later this stay tuned. :)


  1. My what a wonderful is just too fantastic...interesting and beautiful and with such a history. Happy belated birthday!

  2. An amazingly thoughtful person gave you that beautiful handbag Erin. Thanks so much for sharing not only your background but the story behind the bags. Such a wonderful organization.

  3. Oh Wow! That is so absolutely wonderful and it almost made me cry. You know how cancer has touched my life as well so please thank the person for me that purchased this bag for you :) And, the person that made this bag is totally and completely talented! Amazing!

  4. know this touches my heart in a very personal way because of Tammy. What an amazing friend you have....

    Many Blessings,

    PS - Looking forward to your announcement! :o)

  5. What a fun bag - and all that it represents too.

  6. I actually gasped when I saw this purse! Gorgeous! I'm with you, nothing designer, just something unique!


  7. Hello Erin~

    I love your new purse! It's gorgeous! And I completely agree with you on preferring original over designer! :)

    I love how your friend bought a handbag for you that not only would you enjoy using, but also that it would go toward helping a cause that is dear to your heart! It is almost like a double gift! How sweet and thoughtful! :)

    I hope you had a lovely birthday!