The Busy Bean

Creative blank = giveaway!

So, this whole idea of making handbags came about because I wanted a little bag that would hold all of the essentials, fit into my regular purse, transfer well to the diaper bag, and still be cute and functional enough to stand on its own. Not asking too much of a bag, right?

I started my search. I had heard references to etsy quite a bit, but had never ventured onto the site. I finally did, thinking that I could find something awesome to meet my needs there (as I was having absolutely no luck at the old standbys of Walmart & Target). And boy did I ever find everything I could want to fit all of my needs! But here’s the thing, as I was browsing these cute wristlets all I could think was “That’s adorable… but I could make that.” And so I did.

Here’s the bag that started my business:

(the green and white one is what I carry now. Yeah, I’m pretty much in love with it.)

On to my conundrum. I have no name for it. I’ve racked my brain (and let’s be honest, considering the past week I’ve had at work, there isn’t much left to rack), and come up with nothing. I had one, then I lost it. Maybe that’s why I can’t think of one now. So I’m turning it over to you faithful friends of my new blog to name this wristlet. Leave a comment on this post with your name suggestions. Whoever submits the winning name will receive a custom “insert name here” bag in their choice of fabrics!

One might ask, “How would one pick fabric without knowing what is in stock?” Excellent question. I have big plans for this weekend. “Project Organization” is in full swing at my house. Notice that I’ve been quite sporadic in my posting? That’s about to change. I have printed a daily calendar with tasks and room for my personal to-do list. We are buying a new computer desk with room to organize paperwork. I am cleaning off craft room shelves to make room for fabric and a new sewing table (I’ll share a post about that tomorrow). Maybe if you’re lucky I’ll soon have before and after pictures of my studio (because now that I’m in business, I prefer “studio” to “craft room”). All of this to allow for time to run my business. I’ve been so busy with the custom orders I took at the boutique in December along with a few extra special requests that I haven’t even set up my etsy shop. Not the best way to run a business.

If you’ve made it through my super-ramble, you’ll now get the answer to the question I asked for you… this weekend I will be posting pictures of all my current fabric stock. I will be loading my etsy shop with available bags as well as custom bags where you can pick the style and then choose from my fabric stock to suit your fancy. I will hopefully also have one more new style available. All made possible by Project Organization.

So, leave those name suggestions and you just might win a free bag. Spread the word. And if you come back next week, there just might be another giveaway to celebrate actually opening shop.

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11 Thoughts on “Creative blank = giveaway!

  1. Candice Jorgensen on January 6, 2010 at 8:43 am said:

    Wristlet Names:
    “Go Everywhere Bag”
    “Monica” (because it’s a breezy bag but you can’t say breezy because it negates the breeziness)
    “Grab and Go”
    “Go-Go Bag”
    I’ll try to think of more!

  2. Jessie Deetz on January 6, 2010 at 10:09 am said:

    Candice is so funny!

    Here’s mine:
    Wrist Pocket

    I’ll keep thinking. Even if I don’t win I deem this a must have! How much are you selling them for?

    • Great question Jessie! This lovely bag will be $15. But watch the first week of my shop opening (scheduled for Saturday) for amazing celebration specials.

  3. Stephanie Johnson on January 6, 2010 at 10:11 am said:

    Dana … because this could be a favorite like she is!
    Hillary … because I think she should win something

  4. Little Letties – derived from “wristlets”

    good luck!

  5. The Penny (named for the smallest increment of currency as the purse is small)


    The Charmer

  6. Katie – stylish,yet simple

    The LottieKels- in honor of your girls

  7. Julie K. on January 6, 2010 at 8:34 pm said:

    I love your stuff! So cute 🙂

    My suggestions are:
    Marijke (pronounced Muh-RYE-kuh – it’s Dutch)

  8. I’m in love with my wristlet so in honor of my love for it, you should name it after me! The Kalee is a perfect name, and to up the ante, I’ll design a quilt block that I will call The Colleen!

  9. Everything’s better with Umaluts. And spelled funky.
    So I suggest:


  10. Cute ideas! The first one that popped into my head was a Beanie Baby…Busy Bean…get it? Or just Baby Bean.

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