Monday, November 18, 2013

Hold It Right There Bags Review & Giveaway

I am happy to share with you a super sweet shop on Etsy called Hold It Right There Bags.

Suzanna is the beautiful owner and designer and she designing and constructing bags merges her passion to create with her lifestyle as a mother of three young children.

I am so inspired by Suzanna's story…...

"Driving past the St. Louis Arch one day, I noticed how much it resembled a purse handle.  I was on the way to the airport with my husband and children to spend Christmas with family back east.  While the rest of the family slept in over the holidays, I woke up early, made a pot of coffee and jotted down my ideas in my sketchbook for a handmade bag business.  I tinkered around with the logo, the St. Louis Arch my inspiration, and the name Hold It Right There came to me and stuck.

This was about 3 years ago.  The idea had simmered on the back burner until about Spring of 2011 when I signed up for a reupholstery class.  Sitting behind an old, black tailoring mating, learning to sew welting, I remembered how much I LOVE this craft.  I pulled my own sewing machine out of my closet and began sewing again.  I started making purses, pillows and diaper bags as gifts.

Making things with my hands is second nature.  In my bag designs, I see DNA from both my parents, from the inspiration to the design to the construction.  I grew up in a very DIY environment.  During my childhood, my engineer father built his own airplane in the basement of our house.  And, then, when it got too big, he built a hanger in the back yard to house it.  My artist mom spent her spare time writing poetry, painting, sketching my five siblings and me and sewing.

In designing and sewing bags, I see strand of many experiences, as well.  In my lifelong passion for cooking and baking, the perseverance I've gained tweaking and perfecting recipes applies to fiddling with designs until they feel 'just right'.  My experience in graphic design finds new reverence in designing purses.  Tinkering with beading and furniture refinishing the last few years, I've learned to incorporate some of the processes from these pursuits, blending them into a new composite.

Mostly, of course, I sew.  I learned to sew as a seventh grader in Home Economics class.  I am sure I would have given up had my mom not encouraged me, helped me when I was completely frustrated with a sewing project, and taught me many tricks and tips, especially in fabric layout.  (She is meticulous in matching prints; all her plaids chevron perfectly!)  I felt thrilled to wear clothes I sewed, and my mom generously shared hew sewing mating, her knowledge and mostly her patience, with me.

Years later, as a new teacher in Northern Virginia, hearing about a winter storm that could (and did!) close school for a week, I hurriedly bought a sewing machine to cope with the prospect of being home and bound.  Drinking far too much coffee, I sews into the wee hours while the snow piled up outside.  Stores sold out of shovels, skirts accumulated my apartment.

It's the same sewing machine I pull out most afternoons when I turn my dining room into a studio for a couple hours.  Designing and creating handbags is to me what Fahrvergnugen is to Volkswagen owners.  It's a wonderful way to ramble through the afternoon." ~ Suzanna

Girls Purses
Every little girl needs a purse of her own to carry her sweet treasures and must-have items with her at all times.  It's the perfect size for her little hands and the designs are as sweet has her personality!

Marker Rolls
These handy marker rolls would make the perfect stocking stuffer for the little artists in your life.
They can brighten any child's day and offer the perfect amount of distraction when needed the most - waiting rooms, church services, traveling and more.

Java Jackets
Protect your hands from the heat without the litter of a paper beverage sleeve.

Liven up your morning cup of joe with a stylish and eco-friendly java jacket.
Suzanna's elastic design easily accommodates to-go cups.

Another fabulous gift for your favorite coffee lover, your child's teacher or a neighbor!

Key Fobs
Carry your keys conveniently and fashionably with this quilted key-fob wristlet.

Suzanna creates beautiful matching java jackets and key fob sets, perfect for gift giving.

Suzanna was so sweet to send me a matching java jacket and key fob from her collection.

Now that the temperatures have dropped significantly, I am finding myself stopping for a cup of coffee on my way into work each morning.  Thinking about how many paper sleeves get thrown away, just from my cups alone is enough for me to want to make a difference.  Having my Java Jacket in my car makes it easier for me to grab while I'm on the go.  

I absolutely love the colors, quality fabric and the unique design of Suzanna's java jackets.  It easily fits any to-go cup and even my coffee mug.  It's not only stylish, but also functional.

The key fob is an added bonus.  It has durable nickel hardware that I know will last.
No more losing my keys in the bottom of my purse, this key fob makes it convenient to locate them quickly.

I just love each and every piece in Suzanna's collection.  She offers only the best high-quality fabrics that are all so bright and bold.  If you're looking for an eye-catching java jacket, purse (for women and children), key fob, bag organizer, e-reader cover or a diaper clutch, Suzanna is your gal!

Hold It Right There Bags :: Etsy :: Facebook

Suzanna would like to offer one lucky Mom-a-Logues winner this amazing set below.
Includes: java jacket, 4 pc magnet set & key fob


  1. this one is cuuuute


  3. The owl java jacket is adorable!

  4. I love these! what a great idea for traveling -

  5. love this