Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Rug Bag

I found myself adventuring into unknown territory yet again this week. This has clearly been a summer of firsts for me, everything from gardening, to homemade jam, and now taking on the task of purse making! There are two reasons why this whole purse thing started: first, I have not been able to find a purse worth paying for since Christmas, hence why I am still carrying my ‘Elf bag’ as my dad calls it. (I have to clarify that the purse only earned that name because of its vintage green color, and my father, well he is quite the character.) My other inspiration for making a purse came from my fashionista friend Kelli’s great find. She came home from a vacation with the most unique, jaw-dropping bag I had ever seen. It turned out that it was from a local retailer with a boutique in Savannah and by the looks of it, I could never afford it anyways. I thought I had given up on the idea until I found myself strictly looking for that particular bag each time I went shopping, knowing full well I was not going to find it! Yes, I sound obsessive and I’ll admit that it is definitely a flaw of mine when it comes to fashion. Not long ago Kelli’s amazing find made another appearance and stirred the pot all over again. So this time instead of pining over a purse I will likely never be able to buy, I decided to make my own.

It is definitely not a replica of the original purse; my skill set is not nearly that advanced to tackle such a project. In this case, I took a few of the qualities I liked and applied them to a different style purse to meet my needs, and again skill set! The result, I could not be happier J .  I am becoming addicted to the feeling of creating something beautiful and conquering new goals, even if they are short-term, I’m proud to have them again.

**Overwhelming demand for my new bag has provoked me to sell these in my Ashley Nicolle etsy shop. I'm planning on buying more materials this weekend with different colors!


  1. I saw your post about a cute purse that you made and had to of course see it!! I can't believe you made that. My skills in knitting end at making a scarf. You did a great job! hope all is going good! Michelle

  2. Thank you so much! I needed a hobby and of course it led to fashion. Miss you girl! Hope all is well in Florida :)

  3. wow, really impressive purse! thanks so much for linking to photo friday @ the hollie rogue! hope to see you linking up every week.

    blessings friend,

  4. Good luck with your purse projects! I started selling my purses/handbags/totes at my Etsy shop ( this year. As you make more, you'll find yourself wanting to become more and more challenged. Someday, you'll make that purse you love so much, but even better!

  5. thats a beautiful bag :D
    I had a similar situation a few years back and I actually got luck and found an awesome one like that in old navy for 2 dollars! :D
    I still have it and love it :D

  6. I don't know if it was your intention but your post got me to thinking that it's time I began trying new things! I tend to think that I'm going to fail sometimes and maybe that's why I always stick to the same old comfy stuff. Think it's time to change my ways.

    As for the purse thing, I totally understand. I probably have 50 purses in my closet but none of them are even close to what I think of as perfect. But I have made quite a few and I think it's time to make another. I have some new ideas of what I want.

  7. Thank you everyone for your kind words! To Sher, I'm so glad this post sparked an interest to try something new. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

  8. P.S. found you via the Blog Team!

  9. Beautiful purse, good luck! Found you through the blog team.

    MaggiePainting at Etsy

  10. Way to go! Very nice bag! Thanks for sharing. :)

  11. Sounds like you have had a busy but prolific summer!
    I love that you try new things!

    Great being on the Bloggers of Etsy team with you, too!
    I am your newest blog follower!


  12. Very cute! And even better you found a seller! =) I'm sure everyone from Etsy can appreciate that! I know I can ha

    Found you from the Etsy blog team =) New follower =)

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  13. Great job!

    Can I see a picture of the elf bag?

  14. Thanks all!! Haha the elf bag will be photographed soon :)


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