Summer Clutchlet Workshop

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Another handbag workshop has come and gone! Twenty women gathered excitedly this past Sunday to create their own Kristy Bag Summer Clutchlet.

Kristy designed this buttery soft envelope style wristlet with a beachy feel for the workshop goers to stitch up and take home with them.

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Dave and Kristy hand cut, hand punched, and set snaps on 20 bags but that’s where their work on these bags stopped. They would be stitched by excited workshop attendees who can proudly say they were “Made by Me.”

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The bag panels were laid out, ready for each attendee to find their perfect bag. Then they got to choose between white, black, or brown thread to stitch up their bag. Each bag was adorned with a fun tassel.

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Refreshments were served including matching clutchlet cookies!

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After a brief stitching tutorial, everyone got to work. There was fun and laughter throughout, and even some stiff stitching competition between friends!
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Here’s a look at a few of the beautiful ladies with their beautiful new handbags.

 

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And that wasn’t the end, we had something else happening at this workshop. Our newest bag, The Explorer was raffled off!

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Congratulations, Betty! We know you’ll have great travels with it.

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Betty even shared a picture of her Kristy Bag collection with us!

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A big thank you to everyone who attended the Summer Clutchlet Workshop.

We hope you had as much fun as we did!


Next up, Crabtree Gardens and The Kristy Bag by CG are teaming up for Garden Glamping. There you can stitch your own Glam Sack and have a day of self-indulgence.

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More information at http://www.crabtreegardens.com/gardenglampingdayretreat.html


We will also be holding another handbag workshop this fall. Check for updates at The Kristy Bag by CG on Facebook, or join our mailing list at Kristybag.com for details!

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Sunbursts and Spirals

This darling little wristlet and earrings are colorful additions to any wardrobe. The sunburst and spirals have symbolism attached to them giving this collection even more interest. Worn together or separate, they are sure to add lighthearted style.

Sunburst and Spirals on leather handbag and earrings trend setting leather handbags and accessories The Kristy Bag by CG henna on leather1Soft, supple leather is used to create the self-lined zippered wristlet which is accented with black stitching, a black wrist strap and shiny nickel hardware.

Starburst and Spirals on leather handbag and earrings trend setting leather handbags and accessories The Kristy Bag by CG henna on leather1It is also enhanced on one side by a stitched patch of antiqued leather topped by a riveted, hand-dyed leather strip that showcases Kristy’s hand-drawn henna artwork (a bit like our new necklaces).

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Her sunburst design on the wristlet started out with a spiral in the center with rays beaming out from it.  Many cultures believe that the sun is a cosmic power. Sunbursts are also said to be symbolic of the Self, which shines outwardly to others. That’s a positive thing to carry as a reminder, wouldn’t you say?

The coordinating earrings have a double spiral joined in the center which can suggest balance. Spirals are abundant in nature and can symbolize the path leading from external awareness to enlightenment. Additional positive reminders for the wearer 😉

Spirals on leather earrings trend setting leather handbags and accessories The Kristy Bag by CG henna on leatherThe light-weight, disc-shaped leather earrings are designed on nickel-free ear wires. You won’t even know you’re wearing them!

Starburst and Spirals on leather handbag and earrings trend setting leather handbags and accessories The Kristy Bag by CG henna on leather1The soft, chestnut color hints a slight touch of golden hue in the morning on this garden photo above. Here in the bright mid-afternoon sunlight below, it picks up a richer shading.

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If you are interested in purchasing our Sunburst and Spirals pair,  visit our Etsy shop or if local visit our workshop.

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NEWS! Kristy will be instructing a workshop through Henna or No? on April 23, 2016 (at Crabtree Gardens Earth Day Weekend) merging the art of Menhdi (attendees will be using actual henna paste as one of the drawing mediums) with coding through symbolism, creating their own personalized, life-vision scroll called “Asbe Kaetana“. We are over the moon with this idea and are looking forward to the workshop.

Greening up for Spring

Happy St. Patty’s Day! Seems that the fresh and verdant color is on everyone’s mind today and along with it (nipping at the leprechaun’s heels) is the arrival of the spring equinox, which is just around the corner. This year it happens on March 19 at 11:30 PM!

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We are going to spring-forth right now and share some of our new garden inspired leather works with you. In addition to working on custom handbag commissions, our new “Explorer” and the handbag stitching workshops, we’ve be creating smaller bag accessories and even some leather jewelry.

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Hand-dyed olive leather with hand-drawn henna designs on necklaces and earrings hang on a Chestnut Stretch Wristlet.

When he plays Rod Stewart torch songs, she creates a bit of elegance.

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Hand-dyed leather is made into lotus flowers and finished with a bit of bling.

From Pink Floyd to Nora Jones with a dash of Enya thrown in for good measure, we never know what mood will strike! We usually work along with his selections and let the creativity flow.

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Leather earrings and necklaces are available in a range of colors and patterns.

Our leather flowers are new and come in an array of hand-dyed colors. They can be tied on a handbag or used as a clothing or home accessory. We offer them on headbands and hair ties too.

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Don’t you just LOVE these new earrings? The hand-dyed stuffed bagette front pocket and earring leather was taken from the same hand-dyed piece. A pretty pink leather flowers adds a pop of color to the green.

Adding to our henna artwork earrings, we have some new circular shapes emerging from our leather earring line.

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Teal circles and discs with a happy moon face coordinate with the teal beads on the “RAW” leather tote.

These leather bracelets are popular among boys and girls.

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Magic braid leather bracelets are available plain, with charms or with inspirational quotes.

Our wall pockets are available for year round decorating. Here they are shown holding our earrings and other curious items 😉

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Hand-dyed patch is hand-stitched in center of valet tray for interest. Guys are proud to corral their counter clutter with our valet trays and they make great gifts for anyone!

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Our leather flowers are all hand-cut, hand-dyed and hand formed while wet. We don’t use a die cutting machine.

Don’t forget, we still have our black and tan “Fringe” handbag available. It’s a shoulder bag but it’s shortened for the photo. Orange is hugely popular now and we have it on our Goldfish-colored “Ivanna” Wristlet as well as on the flowers, key fobs, necklaces and the new change purse.

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Thanks for following along on our journey and Happy Spring!

Friends Leather Necklace

Today is “Friends Day” according to Facebook, as they are celebrating their 12th birthday.  Happy Birthday Facebook! Where would we all be without you ? 😉 Friends Day is a serendipitous way to introduce our newest trend setting leather accessory! And after checking the blog stats we are just 12 visits away from reaching 10,000 views. WOW! Where did the time go?

Trend setting leather necklace the Kristy Bag by CG tribal art on leather Kristy Lash hand drawn art on leatherYesterday on Facebook, we put some photos out there showing our necklace prototype.  We asked for your opinions. Was it a thumbs up or thumbs down? Although Facebook didn’t help us to share it to the masses, we still like them anyway. Actually, we like them even more today since we are calling our new accessory the Friends necklace, not because of Facebook friends, but rather because it’s like a couple of friends “hanging around together”!  Get it? I’m cracking up 🙂

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Friends Leather Necklace is like friends (two-three different kinds of leather) just hanging around together.

We joined two different kinds of leather pieces together (sort of like friends) to come up with our Friends leather necklace. We start with a wide piece of heavy leather, then take a tool called an “edge beveler” and shave the sides to show a bit of the softness inside (everybody has a little bit of softness inside). Then a narrow strip of our veg tanned leather, which has been treated to the hand-drawn artwork by Kristy is laid in the center and riveted onto the wider piece by Dave (friends working together). We make it a fashionable accessory with a leather calf-skin lace and in the future we may offer it on a chain. To give it the authenticity of Kristybag, we brand the backside with our CG logo.

So we’ve got 3 different kinds of leather going on here, hand-drawing, a little bit of metal hardware and possibly hand-dying. It’s really like a leather friend party don’t you think? We feel this could be a very trend setting idea in the line of leather necklaces and accessories!

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The Friends Leather Necklace displayed on the front panel of our “elizabeth” 24/7 wristlet has the same vertical design line as many of our “Signature” handbags.

We will be offering the Friends Necklace in various color combinations and of course no two will be exactly alike; however, we can custom make two that are very close in design style and color but they will not be the same, should you want to share one with a friend 😉 The next photo shows just a few colors and another hand-drawn pattern.

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It’s our own original design and an attention-grabbing piece of leather jewelry! Think of all of the possibilities! Visit our website Kristy will be adding these necklaces as they become available. Let us know your thoughts.  Oh and by the way, it would be nice if you would be our friend and share this with your friends!

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Lightweight Leather Earrings

Looking for lightweight jewelry that adds a punch of interest to your outfit? Check out our handmade leather earrings for a unique addition to your accessory cache.

These earrings are so lightweight and easy to wear. Each piece is hand cut and hand dyed, then Kristy applies her artistic talents to them with intricate hand drawn designs and cut-outs bringing them to life! These are truly unique pieces that are so fun to wear.

Henna art on leather Earrings Trend Setting Handbags She creates interesting leaf shapes with stylized veining (buy now online),

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and adorable tiny floral patterns on bright backgrounds,

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and even some simple designs using the soft natural colors that are plentiful in the garden.

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Don’t be “koi” about checking out our website kristybag.com for more of our fine leather products or to place a hassle-free order online. New items such as these are added every few days.

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Spring is not that far off so watch for our new Spring 2016 creations coming up soon!!

 

Dave’s Stuff-New Leather Accessory Line

We’ve been keeping a secret from you but honestly, not on purpose. We have an accessory line that has been in the works and we haven’t been giving it much publication. Kristy has dubbed these accessories “Dave’s Stuff” because most of them were made for guys. Many moons ago we gave a little teaser with our credit card holder that we call “Dave”. It wasn’t named for our Dave, it was named for another Dave, the husband of one of our clients, who requested a small, light-weight credit card holder .Trend setting Handbag The Kristy Bag by CG Crabtree Gardens Handbags dyed leather handbags calf skin color Deep Credit card holder

Our own Dave liked this piece so much that he made one for himself. We’ve been making them by request for a while now. Made from supple leather, they conform to the body and take the shape of the cards. They will be available for order through the website.

The next item in “Dave’s Stuff” is the “Stan” knife sheath. We posted a few photos on Facebook so it’s time to mention it here. Knife Sheath The Kristy Bag by CG Crabtree Gardens5

When Dave had his leather business, “Crabtree Naturals”, back in the day… well, I won’t say the era ;), ornately-tooled knife sheaths and belts were hugely popular with his clientele. This special request was for the classic, leather knife sheath, void of ornamentation. It ended up pleasing our client and now “Stan” will be available through our website.

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Another accessory that was a custom request is the “Sam” golf scorecard holder.

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Our “Valet Trays” were spotlighted in a previous post, where we gave a hint that we had some men’s accessories. Actually, any of our accessories can be used by anyone, they aren’t gender specific so we consider them unisex. Those valet trays make great household and office accessories in addition to travel companions. Available at Kristybag.com. Trend Setting Handbags and Accessories leather Valet Trays the kristy bag by CG 1

We must mention the “Tom” guitar strap in “Dave’s Stuff” as well. This was also a commission. It was created from naked veg-tanned leather lined with black pigskin and has a custom-designed, hand-drawn henna option along with monogramming (both customized options). We are offering the “Tom” guitar strap both plain and customized through our website.Trend Setting Handbags and Accessories leather Guitar Strap Henna option the kristy bag by CG

The most recent item in “Dave’s Stuff” is a classy, zippered, leather portfolio that has taken the name “Steve”. This commission is currently on the pattern table and just about ready to be cut. As soon as we can post some progress, we will put it out there.

There are several other new items in the “Kristy” line that we will be bringing to light later this month when the time is just right. Until then, thanks for following us on this exciting handbag journey!

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Note: Our leather products are made in America! All of the items that are created by The Kristy Bag by CG are hand-cut, hand-punched, hand-stitched and crafted by us in our workshop in Drums, PA.

Santa Belly Wall Pouch Stuffing Ideas

Our Santa Belly Keepsake Wall Pocket is completely handmade in Drums, PA. We are still currently accepting orders for Christmas delivery. Here are a few more good ideas for stuffing your leather Santa Belly Keepsake Wall Pocket for the upcoming Christmas season. Buy now!

It’s perfect for the big boys filled with a few cigars from your local cigar shop.

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Santa Belly Wall Pocket Lingerie Christmas Gifts leather Wall Pocket The Kristy Bag by CG Trend Setting handbags Leather accessories kristybag.com Crabtree GardensAnd little boys or girls will love it as their first “Santa Belly” keepsake stuffed with a gift card for books.

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Local handmade soap Christmas Gifts Santa Belly leather Wall Pocket The Kristy Bag by CG Trend Setting handbags Leather accessories kristybag.com Crabtree GardensGoing to a party and no time to cook? These Santa Pockets make good hostess gifts! Add a battery operated tea light and some white painted twigs for a nice glowing light.

Tea lights white twigs Christmas Gifts Santa Belly leather Wall Pocket The Kristy Bag by CG Trend Setting handbags Leather accessories kristybag.com Crabtree GardensFor more ideas see the previous post. There’s still time to order at kristybag.com

We will continue to put our stuffing ideas out there for you. Supply is limited. Contact us for questions email- kristy@crabtreegardens.com or contact 570-578-5117 to discuss your order needs. Sorry we cannot supply bulk orders at this time.