After too many funnel cakes, cheese steaks, French fries, apple dumplings, deep-fried onion rings and other calorie-laden food options, the anticipation of knowing what place KristyBag has been awarded in an Arts and Crafts Exhibition at our county fair has ended. Thank goodness for our waistlines that the judging is complete and we have been able to see her, rather, the first handbag of Crabtree Gardens’ KristyBag line, displaying our first of hopefully many more ribbons.
Although we are still a little blue that we didn’t win first place, we are grateful that KristyBag is sporting a ribbon in a lovely shade of red. Actually, the red color is not too far off from the color of our “Spicy” colorway (wink-wink). Our KristyBag took second place to a doll dress that was made from leather which had a beautiful intricate-stitched design.
When we entered the contest the only category that fit our bag was a very broad “leather” category. There were no guidelines other than the item had to be handmade and not entered in a previous contest. All leather items entered must have then been separated into smaller groups of three where the organizers felt they belonged. They placed our handbag, a leather vest and a doll wearing a leather dress together. By entering our leather handbag in this very broad contest, we really took a chance. Did we ever think that our multidimensional, lined leather bag would be judged against an intricate stitching pattern on a doll dress? Not in our wildest dreams. We had hoped that it would have been placed next to saddle bags, tool bags, harnesses, wallets, bible covers, even chaps, but never a doll dress.
For whatever the reason it was placed in the category with these other two items is still a bit confusing but we believe in destiny. There’s a tagline from a well known auto rental company that uses their ranking among their competitors as number two to their advantage. That company tagline set a new standard for the car rental industry. So with that said, we can only hope that similar circumstances lie ahead for us. Though we can’t currently put ourselves on the same playing field as companies that have been around for decades, we really do look forward to setting new standards in the leather handbag world.
In a previous post, I mentioned how The Kristy Bag by CG handbag line started from the ground up. We believed that the county fair would be a great way to get exposure and offer local folks a chance to see the beauty of a fine handmade leather handbag created here in America in our own locality. Unfortunately, KristyBag could barely be seen because of how high-up they arranged items on shelves. Her lining was not visible and the people who placed the bag didn’t close the latch on the handle (see photo above). There she sat high up on a shelf with her handle dangling down in a pitiful nature. We wondered if she had been judged only half-dressed. (Poor KristyBag!)
The county fair was an eye-opening experience for us. We realize that we must be more selective with future competitions that we enter and choose to enter those with more specific guidelines. We are very pleased that we are walking away with an award. We can now honestly say ” We are an award-winning handbag.”
Written by Sandi Crabtree for kristybag.wordpress.com