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.

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Handbag Hottie Cookies

Handbag Hottie Kristy Lash spicy bagette with white stitching American made leather handbags The Kristy Bag by CG3I thought she was going to bake gingerbread cookies for Dave and I since she asked to borrow our cookie cutters and baking pans. I didn’t see any rolling pins or dough but I saw these rolls of leather on her table.

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Dressed in a fresh white baker’s coat holding up a beautiful “Spicy” colored bagette with NEW white stitching in front of her face, Kristy smiled as she looked into the tiny mirror that someone had vainly tucked inside the pocket.

Handbag Hottie Kristy Lash spicy bagette with white stitching American made leather handbags The Kristy Bag by CG1Her signature red lips highlighted her cunning smile. She caught sight of my reflection in the mirror but didn’t acknowledge my presence. As she leaned toward the table in front of her, I noticed that she had a candy thermometer stashed inside the arm pocket on her coat.

Handbag Hottie Kristy Lash spicy bagette with white stitching American made leather handbags The Kristy Bag by CG2Again I wondered what her intentions were. Was she planning to make candy? Or was it  just a another accessory that she needed for this covert operation that she had going on? I watched as she reached for a red and green hat accented with silver bells then gently place it on top of her head.

Handbag Hottie Kristy Lash spicy bagette with white stitching American made leather handbags The Kristy Bag by CG3She was so careful not to mess her freshly henna-coated and trimmed hair. It made her look festive just like an elf. When she finally did turn toward me, she realized that I was holding a camera. Yes, you guessed it! The Handbag Hottie Kristy Lash struck the famous pose!

Handbag Hottie Kristy Lash Trend setting handbag designer Handbag Cookies The Kristy Bag by CG Crabtree Gardens Handbag AccessoriesShe stood, one hand on hip, one knee bent, tilt to the head with a stunning smile-sans handbag.  What happened? The Kristy Bag by CG offers handbags that are appropriate for every situation that life offers. Why was she accessory-less in this particular pose?

Handbag Hottie Kristy Lash trend setting accessories henna belt American made leather handbags The Kristy Bag by CG Then as I looked closer, on her waist, where her hand artfully rested upon her hip in it’s famous position, was her Crossbody Henna Strap Option in “Snowflake” the trendsetting handbag shoulder strap from the “Cheri” Crossbody! Kristy used it as a belt to cinch in the over-sized waist of the bakers’ coat!

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The beautiful pattern of her hand-drawn snowflakes was so pretty against the solid fabric of the coat. Does this mean that if a customer purchases a henna strap it can also be used as a belt? Why it certainly must!  This is no doubt extremely trend-setting!  My eyes shifted to the table where I saw the cookie cutters that Dave and I had loaned her for baking.

The Kristy Bag by CG Gingerbread Baker Handbag blog3I scanned the table for cookies, but there were no cookies to eat. The Handbag Hottie had done something so unique, so creative, “so stinkin’ cute”(her exact words), that it left me ecstatic. Trend Setting Handbag Accessories The Kristy Bag by CG  Boutique Handbag Cookies KBCG1She used the cookie cutters as patterns for some leather “Handbag Cookies”! She never needed the cookie cutters for baking, she needed them for patterns for leather. And that candy thermometer was just a prop.  What a wonderful idea! How could she be so trend-setting? There, her cute little heart-shaped leather cut-outs laid on a beautiful holiday colored napkin right on top of the baking sheets. They were marked, punched and ready to be stitched into “so stinkin’-cute” little handbag cookies that dangle from The Kristy Bag by CG handbags.

Trend Setting Handbag designer Kristy Lash accessories handbag cookies American made leather handbags The Kristy Bag by CGKristy held two completed heart-shaped handbag cookies in her hands. I can imagine that they would also make wonderful key rings!  I was so happy that I saw the hot-hued “Spicy” Bagette once more, with it’s new white colored stitching mingled in among the cookies. I completely forgot that she had used it to check her lipstick when I first happened upon her.  It was a very appropriate handbag accessory for this Christmas cookie making session!

Kristy mixed up a batch of colorful Bagettes for Christmas presents as well as making Handbag Cookies today. She’s loaded with wonderful ideas and talents.

Trend setting handbag American made leather handbag accessories the kristy bag by CG leather rolls Crabtree Gardens handbag lineThe Handbag Hottie Kristy Lash really knows her stuff and she’s so good at it. That’s exactly how she is setting many trends in the handbag design industry.

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Wooden gingerbread men and hearts dance in front of a faux brick fireplace that Kristy painted inside of the Carriage House Artist Studio at Crabtree Gardens in Drums, PA. The Kristy Bag by CG workshop is located inside the studio.

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Henna on Handbags and Whiskers on Kittens

D'Onofrio The Kristy Bag by CG Kristy Lash Handbag Cat

D’Onofrio!

Shiny brass hardware and warm woolen mittens, veg tanned leather laced up with string, these are a few of our favorite things.


 

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Meet D’Onofrio– Kristy’s cat who, just like his owner, seems to enjoy having his photo taken. D’Onofrio is one of Kristy’s favorite things, or should I say beings? We needed a photo of whiskers and he just happened to have them! Speaking of favorite things, here’s a big secret- Kristy wants The Kristy Bag by CG wristlet to become one of Oprah’s favorite things. (Wait until Kristy sees that I wrote that. Now it’s out to the universe!)

As many of you know, Kristy Lash is an artist. She is an amazingly talented woman. When Dave and I first met her at an art show held at the Carriage House Artist Studio last year, we were taken by surprise. Her drawing skills are remarkable. She enjoys using the human body in her artwork. She also is very skilled at mehndi, which is the art of applying henna to parts of the body like hands, arms and feet.

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When Kristy mentioned this to me I asked her if she would be interested in doing henna applications here at Crabtree Gardens and she jumped at the opportunity. She definitely takes chances, that’s what so great about Kristy. She’s not afraid to try things. Just look at how we dress her as the Handbag Hottie and she’s such a sport about it.

Kristy and I came up with a unique name for her business. We called it Henna or No? (check it out on Facebook). The use of the phrase “henna or no” is a local colloquialism which means -Isn’t it so? It worked for the name of the business because henna tattoos are temporary and only last for a few days. So clients can try out a temporary tattoo in henna before they choose to have a permanent one done elsewhere, or they can just do a henna tattoo for the fun of it. Does that make sense? We thought the business name worked.

The Kristy Bag by CG is innovative and we love unique. Since Kristy is so good at drawing and creating henna designs, we discussed using her artistic talents on some of the handbags. She did a prototype of one of her henna designs on a bagette and it turned out fantastic! She doesn’t actually use henna on leather, she uses black ink, but the effect is the same and the ink is permanent.

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Kristy Lash applied a henna-like floral pattern with brown paint onto this dried gourd grown at Crabtree Gardens. The same effect can be applied to The Kristy Bag by CG handbags. A prototype of her henna art on this bagette rests against the Cheri Crossbody.

We thought it would be a great idea to offer one as a giveaway at our Christmas Open House on Sunday, November 30, 2014 from 1-4 PM here at the Carriage House at Crabtree Gardens. When we posted a photo on our Facebook page, we received great comments and feedback. That confirmed the question of whether or not to use the henna designs on some of our handbags.

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The great news is that in 2015, we will be offering an option to have custom henna designs drawn on certain panels of the handbags. Can you imagine the two lower panels on the front of the satchel covered in custom henna-like art? We can!

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For photo purposes the words Henna Here were added to this photo.  Kristy Lash can draw henna-like artwork to any panels of leather on the Angela satchel or any of the handbag in our current line, creating a trend setting handbag that’s one-of-a-kind!

What about the two front side panels on the tote?  Kristy can just do one panel for accent or a part of the back side of the bag. The possibilities are endless! She will customize it to your preference.

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Original henna-like drawings can be applied to panels on our handbags. For photo purposes, a series of x and o were added to both side panels to show where henna-like floral or geometric patterns could be added to make our trend setting tote look even more trendy!

Here’s another great henna look. We also will be offering a henna art shoulder strap option on our Cheri Crossbody!!!! The standard crossbody shoulder strap comes with our 100-inch-long, adjustable shoulder-strap that is stitch-in-nine double stitched along the length of the strap. We will be offering a strap with Kristy’s original henna-like artwork as an additional option. You can choose the theme of the henna to be seasonal, such as snowflakes, spring-like florals or just a general design as shown on the bagette. This is truly a custom touch to creating a gorgeous handbag. You can get a different look for your handbag investment just by changing the shoulder strap seasonally.

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Our Handbag Hottie struck a pose for this post dressed in her warm woolen mittens holding that beautiful giveaway henna bagette.  Henna is one of our very favorite things and we are beyond excited to be able to offer this feature as an additional cost option for customizing your handbag. Hand applied henna artwork is just another trend setting detail that The Kristy Bag by CG offers that truly sets our bags apart from the rest. One thing for sure, you won’t have the same bag as anyone else in the whole world!

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The Kristy Bag by CG Handbag Hottie Kristy Lash holds a special bagette in her warm woolen mittens. This bagette key chain/money case has Kristy’s original henna-like artwork applied to it.

And one more for whiskers-

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It’s Black Friday and Ned the black kitty says” Henna on handbags works for me”!