“What do magpies have to do with our handbags?” Read on, you’ll love it! Having a reputation for an attraction to shiny things, magpies belong to the crow family and there is much folklore associated with them. They’ve been regarded as thieves in some cultures and in others they mean good luck. It all depends on how you look at it I guess.
Science has proven however, that magpies don’t necessarily only pick up shiny things. We just happen to notice them with the flashy things as they fly. They pick up all kinds of things that are not eye-catching as well. So, I’ll cut the magpies some slack since science has proven their thieving only glitzy things as false. But I’m not cutting any slack to calling both Kristy and Dave “magpies”!
When they began using the Carriage House as their workshop, they started to save every bit of scrap from the leather trimmed from the leather pattern parts. Kristy picked up some cork-top bottles to store their trimmings in as art pieces. The ultimate handbag team not only makes trend setting handbags, they seem to be on the road to setting a new trend in saving everything handbag.
Kristy also started to save the tiny punched-out dots of leather and pieces of thread that were left after stitiching. I’m usually the tidy-up person and I’ve been told to separate the leather trimmings into the proper bottles! Both Kristy and Dave love the look of their stashes. They say it adds je ne sais quois to the workshop. (Remember magpies pick up everything!)
The stereotypical magpie nature of their affinity for shiny objects really comes out when Kristy and Dave are debating on the supplies that they need to order, especially hardware. This seems to be their greatest joy during work sessions. They are drawn to hardware of any and all kinds. They can be overheard oohing and aahing about the item they are focused on. Then when the package arrives with the shiny new hardware, I see them cooing over it, knowing that a future bag will look perfect sporting that special piece of hardware.
I know that they order all of this hardware planning that when time permits, they will be able to get a few new bags made using it. I am highly anticipating the day that they are able to use the unique things that they order. Currently, the handbag order backlog prevents them from doing much with it but we are thankful that we have orders in process.
Handbag Confetti*: We use three different hardware finishes on our handbags: Shiny brass, antique brass and brushed nickel. (The handbag magpies are attracted to all three.)
This is why the June “Oh! So Special” Handbag Open House that we have planned is so exciting to all of us. It is forcing us to make time to work on special handbags in between our current backlog so that we can offer some specially made pieces using some amazing colors and some of the beautiful new hardware on that day.
It also encourages us to try new things. After all, this is a trend-setting handbag-making operation we are building and we plan on continuing to set new trends in handbag design. Remember our trend setting “Kristy” Tote bag?
Today, I’m working on dying a “Hottie Pink” bag that will be lucky enough to have some special hardware added to it. This color should be popular in the collection.
It seems that I want to keep each bag that I work on and I know Kristy feels the same. I think Dave covets them too 😉
If you are all “ears” waiting to hear more about the special bags and the event that we have planned in June, you can follow our new event page called Feed the Hand. We will post photos of the completed new trendy handbags as they become available. For now, I must leave you “dangling” with this photo of the Handbag Hottie sporting a bit of her own creative “magpie bling”.
* Handbag Confetti is the phrase I use to explain tiny bits and pieces of information about our handbags and their construction. It’s useful information for handbag lovers. For more read previous post Handbag Confetti.
Following up on the previous post’s question of whether our story would make national news-Crabtree Gardens did in fact make national news after the Snoga Event! Here’s the link to Accuweather our story is second to the last.