Canteen -The Nature Handbag

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We recently were commissioned to create two special handbags for a mother (Jenny) and daughter (Annie). They enjoy visiting their family’s lake cabin and spending time on their boat. Since today is Earth Day, we thought it would a good day to show the sketch of Kristy’s vision for these nature-loving gals. We’ve been told that Annie is also a girly-girl so don’t limit this style bag to a nature lover 😉 Although I bet both Annie and Jenny would enjoy having one of our fishtail key rings attached to their bags!

The larger bag is named “Jenny” and the smaller bag is named “Annie”. They requested canteen style handbags. Though they haven’t yet decided on the color of the bags Kristy sketched them in green because it is a garden inspired color that is relaxing and tied to nature. The round shape of these bags is unique for us. They are currently in the pattern making stage and we are getting excited to see how interesting they look already.

Jenny and Annie

Our trend setting eye glass sling will be on both of the handbags. Perfect for sunglasses on the lake! Though they are similar in appearance, Kristy designed them with the center strip on top of the large front pocket in a vertical position for the “Jenny” and the center strip going horizontal for the “Annie”. What a thoughtful way to make each bag unique! Our signature look is evident on both handbags.

We thought this mother-daughter collection would give honor to Mother Earth on this Earth Day 2015!  We are proud to be doing our part in helping to protect our environment by using eco-friendly supplies whenever possible.  Happy Earth Day! Go out today and make a difference and do something that will benefit the environment!

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Something Fishy

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Wristlet shown in NEW “Goldfish” color with NEW Hand-dyed Fishtail Key Ring in center pocket. At right, inside the Muffy Vanderbear Bathtime porcelain bathtub with goldfish feet is the one-of-kind “Under the C” Bagette with black pigskin lining. A goldfish plant (Columnia gloriosa) which actually produces blossoms that look like tiny orange goldfish surrounds a small fishbowl filled with Pepperidge Farms ® Goldfish® Baked Snack Crackers.

There’s really something fishy going on here at The Kristy Bag.  For some reason we’ve been getting inspired to create cute accessories that relate to fish. It’s not something we planned but we pay attention when the universe sends good things our way.

First fish fact- we are introducing another new color for 2015. Meet our color-Goldfish! Goldfish is a happy-go-lucky color that is created using a hand-mixed dye combination. It has orange, yellow and red tones and each color batch is unique.  Our first handbag creation using “Goldfish” is the “Ivanna” Wristlet shown below with “snow” thread, a brown zipper and shiny brass hardware.

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Upon close up inspection, slight yellow shading can be seen as well as a bit of red pigmentation on this hand-dyed “Goldfish” wristlet.

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The new “Goldfish” color offers subtle shading variations which lends an organic beauty to this energetic color and young-at-heart handbag style.

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Fully lined with pigskin inside, this “Goldfish”colored “Ivanna” Wristlet has shiny brass hardware and contrasting “snow” stitching and makes a perfect accessory.

Another “fishy-tale” started a few weeks ago when when we rolled out a cowhide and saw a brand on the hide that looked at first glance like the letters “JC”.

Upon closer inspection Kristy noticed that the letter we thought was a “J” actually had another light upward extension to the right which really made it look like a downward facing arrow. Dave and I agreed and we decided to use the brand on the outside of a bagette. The brands and markings can be difficult to see on naked leather and sometimes we don’t even see them when we roll out the leather. They usually stand out when we lay the pattern down for cutting and look closely and they become very clear when cased (dampened with water).

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A faint diagonal vein line can be seen to the right of the “J” making it look like a downward arrow between the two white “x” marks on the photo

When the bagette pattern was laid out, we also noticed two barely visible scratch marks that resembled part of the body of a fish where it tapers towards the tail. So we planned to use the brand and the scratch marks for the inside pockets of the bagette rather than just the brand on the outside of it. The downward arrow and letter “C” led us to come up with the name “Under the C “. “Under” was for the downward arrow. We all agreed that this was an incredibly-special one-of-a-kind accessory and that it should take on a “water” theme.

To play up the pocket with lines, Dave applied a special leather tooling pattern inside the wider portion to look like fish scales. The most intriguing part of this bagette construction was when Dave cased the pocket with the brand on it.  The brand took on a completely different appearance!  It wasn’t a downward facing arrow at all, it was actually the letter “N”!  We didn’t see that one coming. The part we thought would form the arrow never appeared any darker when the leather was cased.

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Cased leather clearly shows the letters “NC” on the bagette pocket at left. On right hand-tooled fish scales fill in part of two scratches that remained on the cowhide.

The next chain of events is quite interesting. When Dave tooled the KBCG into the pocket, he thought that the logo was to be shown on top when open and the fish body at the bottom. So he placed the KBCG accordingly. He never paid attention to the letters and it should have been the other way around. The letters should have been on the bottom and the fish on top. I can’t express how upset I was when I saw what he had done.  So we made the best of it and flip-flopped the pockets to allow the KBCG to appear upright 😉 The bagette was specially dyed to create a water-like effect using a “secret” technique I developed. Kristy chose a black pigskin lining and black thread for this treasure.

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New unique “Under the C” Bagette from The Kristy Bag by CG.

When it was time to apply the key ring, Dave had another momentary lapse of judgement. He actually tooled it onto the wrong side. It seems that this special little bagette had so many interesting things happen to it during it’s creation that it requires a very special owner. Perhaps someone out there who has the initials NC, JC or a fish lover would appreciate it’s uniqueness. There will never be another one made just like this!

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The hide brand looks like the letters “NC” and is still visible on the specially dyed bagette.

The last little fish-note for today is this cute fish tail key ring. It was conceived from a wrinkle that remained in the cowhide. It is specially hand-dyed and the wrinkle was used as the center point of the tail. I’m completely flipped over this cute little accessory!

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Our cute little fish tail key ring made from a wrinkle in cowhide is a trend setting handbag accessory for tucking inside the tiny pocket on our wristlet or hanging on the outside of our handbags.

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Shown tucked inside of the the front logo pocket on “Wrought Iron” Ivanna Wristlet is the fish tail key ring, a new 2015 handbag accessory created by The Kristy Bag by CG.

We hope you found these fish tales as interesting as we did. If you are interested in these unique items, please message Kristy lashkm@gmail.com or on our Facebook page.

Next up on the blog we will fill you in on the interesting leather ruffles we’re adding to some special bags.