This is going to be a post loaded with pictures. Mostly because I just can't choose a favorite. Here we go!
About a year ago I was in the market for a new handbag. As most ladies will tell you, it is hard to find the perfect handbag. It needs to be the right size, color, material, price. It needs to be functional. It needs to have style. I really can't believe someone hasn't invented a match.com-like website to pair women with their soulmate of handbags. Maybe they will, and in that case, the world will be a better place.
But for now I'm here to save the day, along with peace.love.n.polkadots!
Of course, I turned to Etsy.com to search for my handbag soulmate. And when I came across the precious little gems made by Arizona mother & daughter team, peace.love.n.polkadots, sparks flew. Fireworks lit up the sky. My knees became weak and I started to sweat. At least, that's how I remember it.
Peace.love.n.polkadots creates beautiful handbags they call "carpet bags", most of which are made from vintage upholstery fabric. The actual cotton lining used in each bag will vary, so it'll be a nice surprise upon arrival. I purchased the medium gray carpet bag with double handles as shown in the photos above.
As a seamstress myself, I was so pleasantly surprised by the quality of my bag when I received it, and am still beyond happy with it a year later. My handbags take a beating, too, but my peace.love.n.polkadots bag still looks brand new. The bag is so sturdy that it stands up nicely, keeps its shape, and looks gorgeous even when strewn on the kitchen table, or uh, the floor of a bathroom stall...pretend I didn't just say that.
As you can see, there are plenty of colors to choose from. There's a nautical stripes one that I'm particularly fond of. Each bag has a strong, sturdy magnetic snap closure and a deep zippered pocket on the inside. Customers have the option of replacing the regular straps with adjustable ones if they want. And get this, Mommas and Mommas-to-be...
...Peace.love.n.polkadots' handbags come in a larger diaper bag size! Yep, that's right. I said it. That's almost enough to make me want to hop right back on that baby makin' bandwagon just so I can order one. Almost.
And, (I'm totally throwing one of my "I wish I had a girl" tantrums) they come in little girl sizes too.
Have you ever seen anything so precious?! Prove it.
The carpet bags range in prices from $20 for the little girls' version to $60 for the diaper bag size, with the regular handbags falling somewhere right in the middle. Totally affordable. And the well-made, something-not-every-single-one-of-your-friends-has factor makes these bags must-haves. The seller was as friendly as can be. Shipping was fast, too, which is always a plus in my book!