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Monday, July 06, 2015

C. S. Martin with a #handbag to treasure #contemporaryromance #fashion #accessories #shoes #MFRWorg

Handbag Monday
I was the successful bidder in an auction to aid in a kidney transplant. The handbag was donated by Lizzie Lee's boutique in Roanoke, Texas. I called them and found out it was hand-made and is one of a kind. 



















Pure West and Pure Vintage is a small company owned by Cheryl Long. She has been making vintage bags and wearable art for 25 years. She collects fabrics from all over the world. Some as far back as 1890. She cleans the fabric and carefully constructs the bag. There are no patterns for her work. She allows the material to speak to her on the design. She says many celebrities collect her work. Her web site is: www.purewest.net.  

The fabric on the body of the bag is French circa 1920s cut velvet. The inlay pocket is around the same time. It has the original gold metallic trim that is quite rare now. The trim on the top of the bag is hand dyed handmade silky ribbon trim to add to the vintage feel. The edging is antique netting made into trim. The netting edging is made from a vintage petticoat.

    This is the story of Texas Cowboy Garrett Loving and city girl Emily Parker. When Emily Parker escapes an abusive boyfriend and becomes the new resident and owner of Miss Rose's house in Cedar Valley, Texas,  she gets more than she bargained for as she discovers the spirit of Miss Rose Loving is still in the house and doesn't want to leave her son behind. Is she a loving spirit who wants her son to find true love or is she an evil spirit who wants to keep Garrett and Emily apart.


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13 comments:

Angela Adams said...

Such incredible patience, skill and dedication to craft those lovely bags!

Cathy McElhaney said...

Beautiful bags!It sounds like they were made with a lot of attention to detail and true dedication!
The book sounds intriguing!

vicki batman said...

Hi, Angela and Cathy! Imagine my surprise when C S Martin contacted me to show me this terrific handbag! I really am wowed when everyone knows how much I love handbags. This is a true beauty.

Patricia said...

I'm going to check out the website for the vintage creations. I love old-fashioned accessories. Thank you.
And I really like the cover of your book. The bit of paranormal in there is also intriguing.

J.M. Maurer said...

Those are adorable! The book cover, too. Thanks for sharing. :)

chris keniston said...

what a precious purse! and much like writing a book - the best results come when the characters speak to us ! Thanks for sharing!

vicki batman said...

Hi, J M, Chris, and Patricia! The handbag is super and you are all right--so is the cover. Thanks for stopping by.

Sandra Dailey said...

I love a good ghost story. Good luck.

Melissa Keir said...

What a pretty bag. I love that she's collecting fabric and making each unique!

Marianne Stephens said...

Beautiful...handbag is so well-crafted and unique.

vicki batman said...

Hi, Sandra, Melissa, and Marianne: This bag is beautifully made. I love looking on ETSy for handcrafted bags. I truly appreciate the time and skill that goes into making them. Thanks for stopping by.

Florence Cronin said...

Sorry to pipe in late, Vicki. So glad I did and so amazed at the craftsmanship and artistry of that bag. It is a gift to be able to see something new from something old ... to have the talent to piece together such a wonder. I'd hate to use it :)

vicki batman said...

Hi, Florence! I agree, sometimes, some bags are so pretty to use. If so, then why have them? Let someone else carry it? I think not.

I really like making new from old which you did a few times back. Hugs!

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