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.

Sunburst and Spirals on leather handbag and earrings trend setting leather handbags and accessories The Kristy Bag by CG henna on leather1Kristy’s henna-inspired artwork on leather allows us to offer truly unique pieces to our clientele.


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.

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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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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.

Santa Belly Wall Pocket Christmas Gifts cigars leather Wall Pocket The Kristy Bag by CG Trend Setting handbags Leather accessories kristybag.com Crabtree GardensBig girls will adore it filled with pretty lingerie.

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.

Babys First Christmas Gift leather keepsake The Kristy Bag by CG Trend Setting handbags Leather accessories kristybag.com Crabtree GardensGrandma will love it stuffed with fragrant handmade soap purchased at your local soap maker’s shop.

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.

 

Santa Belly Keepsake

“He had a broad face and a little round belly,
that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.”

Our “Santa Belly” Keepsake Wall Pocket is ready to hold a plethora of thoughtful things. We unveiled it on our Facebook page filled with a little fresh greenery yesterday. Over the next few days we will be posting additional photos of it with some good stuffing ideas. Order online now.

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Santa Belly Keepsake Wall Pocket unveiled with fresh greenery.

Santa products are all the rage and the belted belly is a hot and trendy idea! This Santa Belly is our first Christmas keepsake item. It will last many years and can be passed on down. Use it in place of a stocking to present a little gift.

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A jar of jelly makes the perfect stuffing for this Santa Belly wall pocket.

The black leather “magic braid” handle adds an interesting textural accent to the aged red color leather of the belly pocket.

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Black “magic braid” leather handle adds texture to piece.

The original natural color of the leather backside shows along the edges adding nice contrast and also highlights the detail of the outline.

This Santa art is 6 1/2 inches wide and 13 inches long and the pocket can hold an array of good things or can be presented just as it is. Who wouldn’t love receiving this adorable pocket?  Buy it now!

 

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Shiny nickel rivets and a belt keeper add just the right touch of bling to the pocket keeping an old world feeling.

 

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A little something like this cute flask will keep the belly warm during those blustery, wintry days.

Each piece is cut, punched and riveted by hand making them unique works of art. On the backside our Made in America logo is branded into the leather so that the recipient knows they are receiving a fine, quality-crafted leather piece made by The Kristy Bag by CG.  These Santa Belly keepsakes make a good gift for the Santa collector out there too!  Each piece is numbered, dated and signed by “Kristy Kringle” ;)!

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Tea lovers will adore this Santa Belly filled with special flavors of teas.

Place your order online now to get Christmas delivery. If you are local, contact us at kristy@crabtreegardens.com or phone 570-578-5117 to set up a pickup date at our workshop and save 10 percent on one pocket or 20 percent on two or more pockets. There are a limited number of pockets available this year.

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White chocolate makes a perfectly sweet treat presented inside of the Santa Belly Keepsake Wall Pocket.

The Kristy Bag by CG makes leather products by hand in Drums, PA. We use American hides that are tanned with respect to the environment through a vegetal process. We are proud to be able to offer these quality items to our clients. Visit our website for other leather products and our trend setting handbags designs. www.kristybag.com

Defining Handbag Collections

Check out these 5 “Raw” bags! Our “Raw” Collection is quickly becoming a favorite among clients who visit our workshop because of its soft feel and unstructured look.  There’s a difference in the self-lined structure of this collection vs. the inaugural Signature Collection which has firmer feel and stiffer look as well as separate lining.

Raw Tote- offered in “Natural” with black stitching and turquoise bead closure. The Tote is customizable with options such as hand-dyed colored handles and/or custom hand-drawn art on the corner piece.

Shop online Tote

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Raw tote with Custom dyed leather handles on leather handbag Trend setting handbag Customization

Tote shown customized with hand-dyed handles. Shop online

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Tote shown customized with hand-drawn art on corner.

For more on the construction of the Tote see previous post “We are Raw”.

Raw Boudoir- offered in our standard hand-dyed colors with black stitching and black leather ruffle. This attractive handy accessory is totally feminine!

Shop Boudoir

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Raw Boudoir

Raw Fringe Black and Tan- offered in “Natural” body with snow stitching and black fringe. This edgy bag is has the classic tan body and edgy black fringe resulting in a style fusion! All of our handbags are made by hand here in the USA.

Shop Fringe Black and Tan

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Fringe Black and Tan

Trend setting handbag The Kristy Bag by CG Crabtree Gardens Handbag line Raw Collection Tumbled Leather handbags Leather Fringe Black and Tan

Fringe Black and Tan

Raw Hobo-Chic- offered in “Natural” with snow stitching and nickel hardware. A hobo-slouchy feel and stylish details like the crescent flap front with hardware accent blend effortlessly creating this chic shoulder bag with a relaxed style.

Shop online Hobo-Chic 

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Hobo-Chic

Raw Mini Traveler- (Currently wholesale only quantities of 10+) offered in “Natural” with espresso stitching, brass hardware and customizable color block accent. This bag is equipped with three straps (adjustable crossbody, wristlet and shoulder).

Shop Mini Traveler

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Mini Traveler

Stop by and check out these great bags and our other handbags at our Christmas Open House on November 7-8 from 1-4 PM at our Carriage House workshop. Prices on existing inventory are reduced from 10-50%.  We will be giving back to our clients with a free Kristy Bag Primping (wax and hardware polishing) and also paying it forward with a donation to Dress For Success of Luzerne County.

For more check out our event page on Facebook. Oh and I almost forgot to mention…Visit us at the shop during our Christmas Open House and enter to win the NEW HOBO-CHIC handbag!!!

Thanks for being a part of our journey!

Kristy, Dave and Sandi

FLASH Sunday Sale!

Today is the day to buy an original trend setting Kristy Bag at an unbelievable price! Seventy-five dollars!!!!

It’s only 75 days until Christmas… wow!  We are getting ready to roll out our new 2016 handbag designs  so we decided to reduce prices on existing inventory on several handbags to make room for some new creations. Today, Sunday October 11, 2015 we are reducing our stock of “Ivanna” wristlets to an amazing US$75.00 (plus shipping)!! This price is only good today from 1-4PM.

You can order online through http://www.kristybag.com or if local, drop into our workshop in Drums, PA. Contact Kristy at 570-578-5117 for any questions. This TRULY is an amazing price on the “Ivanna” Wristlet! They are priced at a 30 percent savings TODAY ONLY! These classy wristlets make fabulous gifts!! They are the perfect grab and go accessory.

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Shown above left to right-Tribal Ivanna Wristlet in Wrought Iron with silver hardware and gorgeous black pigskin lining, Spicy Ivanna Wristlet with brass hardware and natural pigskin lining, Natural Ivanna Wristlet with brass hardware and natural pigskin lining, Goldfish Ivanna Wristlet with brass hardware and natural pigskin lining, Goldenrod Ivanna Wristlet with brass hardware and natural pigskin lining. $75 each plus shipping!

Customized Handbags

Our newest style handbag, the “Raw Spa Tote is quite a popular style and is currently available with two ways of customization! It’s available as a personalized handbag with custom dyed braided handles in a choice of several available colors and/or with a custom hand drawing of something that appeals to you.These are just a few ways that help us to create even more unique handbags for our clientele and set new trends in handbag design.

Recently, one of our customers who fell in love with Paris while touring France, asked for the Eiffel Tower to be hand-drawn on the corner of her handbag. Kristy came up with some sketches and wallah! The customer was elated. She now has a gorgeous customized leather handbag that no one else in the world has.

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Another client asked for her braided handles to be dyed to coordinate with the markings on the turquoise beads that are added on the ends of the center ties. We created a blue with some teal undertones and accommodated her wishes. She’s pleased with her new Raw tote bag.

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The soft, heavily-grained leather that is used for this handbag quickly gains a warm, rich patina which gives this bag a relaxed and loved look. The unstructured, self-lined roomy inside offers softness and a sense of luxury to the touch. It’s an everyday bag that can stand up to a busy life and still look polished. We give this handbag several coats of a protective wax so that it repels dirt and has a little shine to it.

The Raw Spa Tote handbag will be available for hands on testing at The Kristy Bag by CG booth located at the 4th Annual Hazleton Rotary Club Wine and Beer Fest held at Genetti’s on Rt. 309 in Hazleton, PA on August 15, 2015 from 4-8 PM.  It makes a great lightweight handbag that stores well for festivals and also for toting wine and beer!

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Stay tuned for more of our “Raw” Collection handbag creations that are just about ready to be unveiled.

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