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Monday, November 7, 2011

Mary Alison Handbags Review and $40 Gift Certificate Giveaway



Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to a fabulous shop called Mary Alison handbags.

(From her webpage)


Tote Diaper Bag - Handmade Handbag in charcoal gray with floral applique embellishmentWelcome to Mary Alison Handbags!! I am Alison Wolf the designer and creator of these chic and fashion forward handbags. I am a stay at home mom of two beautiful daughters who just can't surpress my love for creativity and design. 

What started as Christmas presents for my family and friends has escalated into my own business!!! My husband was the one who first encouraged me to sell them, even though I thought he was just being nice :) I toyed with the idea for a while but it wasn't until I was home with my first daughter full time that I really started pursuing selling my bags. 

Since I suddenly had more "time" being at home to sew I thought I would give it a shot. My first craft fair was overhwhelmingly successful which then turned into special orders, more craft shows and now my own Etsy shop. 

It has been so much fun and I'm sure my daughters probably think of our local fabric store as their second home :) I hope you love my handbags and enjoy using them as much as I enjoy making them!!!



"I get inspired by the colors of nature but really its all about the fabric. I see a fabric in a store and I can invision the bags and designs I could make from it. I also get inspired by observing what other women are carrying. I am constantly watching handbags - I am sure there have been a few women who thought I was a bit crazy because I was "staring" at them. Really I was just checking out thier bag. I have had to hold myself back many a time from wanting to dig through a strangers bag to see how it was made and the features it has. I limit myself to digging through bags in the stores. I also listen to what comments customers have when digging through my handbags. I have added new features or dropped some, based on the crtiques I get."


Now onto my review...


I was given the opportunity to review this beautiful black and red hobo bag.  I love a good sized handbag and this definitely measures up to my standards!  It holds all of purse-onal belongings and then some.  The bag is nice and sturdy and the dimensions are 19 inches long, 14 inches tall (without strap) 15 inch twisted rope handles, and 4 inches wide.  The fabric is 100% cotton sateen, lining is 100% cotton calico, the handles are made of twisted rope. There are three inside pockets, a magnetic snap tab closure and Interfacing for added durability.  All of her handbags are sprayed with Scotch Guard to keep it looking fresh and new.




Here are the three inside pockets which can hold your keys, cell phone, lip balm, or even purse sized kleenex. I like to carry around peppermints with me, so you could put those in one of the pockets too.








To the left are the twisted rope handles.  Don't worry, the material is not stiff and hard like rope.  It's very sturdy yet very flexible.  The applique design, to the right, is made from repurposed fabrics, or from cotton fabrics, or from cotton calico
prints and are attached with a special interfacing and then stitched in place.  The applique definitely adds a beautiful touch to handbag.






As you can see, the purse can hold quite a bit of stuff.  Believe me, it can hold WAY more than what you see pictured.  I have room for my EXTRA large makeup bag, about 4, size 4, diapers AND the travel wipes.  I love this handbag and at times, I catch myself just staring at it and caring it around for no reason (hehe).  Even my mom , whom is extremely picky about her handbags, said she wanted it...or at least to borrow it!  Ummmm, at this point, she is gonna be in for a loooong wait!







My rating on a scale of 1-10 is most definitely a 12.  I couldn't have asked for a better made handbag.  I get tons of compliments and if my picky mom loves it, then it's DEFINITELY a must buy!

Alison has so graciously offered to give one of my lucky readers the chance to win a $40 gift certificate to go towards ANYTHING in her shop.  That is one heck of a discount!  Thank you so much, Alison! This contest is open internationally and will end on December 1, 2011.  Good luck to all!

Disclaimer:  I was not paid monetarily for this review.  I purchased the mentioned item for a discounted price.  The opinions expressed, in this review, are my own.

59 comments:

Birgit said...

I love the Hobo Handbag - Handmade Handbag in medium brown with floral applique embellishment!
danaan at gmx dot at

gibberish said...

I like the Hobo Handbag - Handmade in Creamy White with floral applique embellishment

*LLL with Leslie* said...

I like the Small Shoulder Bag - Handmade Handbag in cream and burganday with adjustable strap

livelovelaughwithleslieblog at gmail dot com

Mommy-Money said...

I like the hobo handbag in cream white
janetmulford at gmail

DancingBorzoi said...

My favorite item in her shop is the Small Shoulder Bag - Handmade Handbag in gorgeous blues with applique emebellishment. Thanks for the giveaway!

Stevie @ MooreBabies said...

I'd get the Hobo Handbag - Handmade Handbag in deep orange with flower embellishment

Jewelsy said...

Thank you for following me.

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Yto said...

the bags are really cute. i love the Large Shoulder Bag - Handmade Handbag in black with red applique embellishment and ribbon detail

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Meghan Haskell said...

My Favorite Handbag

http://www.etsy.com/listing/75965433/small-shoulder-bag-handmade-handbag-in

Kathy Detweiler said...

I love the Hobo Handbag - Handmade Handbag in deep orange with flower embellishment!

Bee W Bedard said...

My fav is the Small Shoulder Bag - Handmade Handbag in raspberry floral with adjustable strap

slb3334 said...

I like the hobo bag.

slb3334@gmail.com

bored2quickly said...

My favorite is the Small Shoulder Bag - Handmade Handbag pale gray with flower applique embellishment! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
Renee Walters
Bored2quickly@hotmail.com

jcarrturq5 said...

tote diaper bag
jcarrturq5@yahoo.com

Karla said...

my fave is Tote Diaper Bag - Handmade Handbag in charcoal gray with floral applique embellishment

Deb K said...

I love the Hobo Handbag - Handmade Handbag in bright floral leaf fabric

MiLulu said...

My favorite item is Large Shoulder Bag - Handmade Handbag in deep purple with applique embellishment
Lulu
redalepou at yahoo dot com

becca said...

very nice handbags

Brittany said...

I love the Small Shoulder Bag - Handmade Handbag in raspberry floral print!

carol said...

love the hobo handbag

Gloria Walshver said...

I like the small shoulder bag(handmade)
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ColeyAnn said...

My current favorite is the Small Shoulder Bag, the on in aqua blue with ruffle embellishment

Anonymous said...

My favorite is the navy/white large diaper tote (although I'm wondering if it would fit my laptop)

Shannon Egan said...

I like the Large Shoulder Bag - Handmade Handbag in black with red applique embellishment and ribbon detail. :)

prettyandfab said...

Love the Tote Diaper Bag - Handmade Handbag in charcoal gray with floral applique embellishment.. Perfect for a mom like me :)

Sarah Kay said...

Love the Small Shouder Bag - Handmade Handbag in aqua blue with ruffle embellishment

Ledford Land said...

Large shoulder bag in tan floral is my fav :)

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Dusica said...

Hobo Handbag - Handmade Handbag in creamy white with floral applique embellishment
dusica18@yahoo.com

Me said...

Hobo Handbag - Handmade Handbag in charcoal gray with floral applique embellishment

Amy Hollingsworth
amy_hollingsworth@sbcglobal.net

Dana B. said...

My favorite item is the 'Small Shoulder Bag - Handmade Handbag pale gray with flower applique embellishment' @ http://www.etsy.com/listing/76811114/small-shoulder-bag-handmade-handbag-pale
Dana Beeman: danabeeman(at)gmail(dot)com

Lyudmila said...

I like the
Small Shoulder Bag - Handmade Handbag in black and gray with silver accent weave
lusizova at gmail.com

Lisa said...

Hobo Handbag- Handmade Handbag in two-toned deep brown floral
lafittelady at gmail dot com

Madeline said...

I love the handmade clutches

andalene said...

I really like the Hobo Handbag - Handmade Handbag in two-toned purple tweed -
abrennan09@hotmail.com

lisstells said...

Would love to win :)

KIM said...

I like the Small Shoulder Bag - Handmade Handbag in silver gray with floral applique embellishment.

Kimberley Meier
momof3chaos at yahoo dot com

bruja said...

I added so many to my favorites! But I would really like the Large Shoulder Bag - Handmade Handbag in black with red applique embellishment and ribbon detail

bruja99@gmail.com

Tammy H. said...

I like the Hobo Handbag!

daisies0999(at)yahoo(dot)com

TGIF Malaysia said...

i love the Large Shoulder Bag - Handmade Handbag in black with red applique embellishment and ribbon detail

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SAK said...

Oh my god... Small Shoulder Bag - Handmade Handbag in black and gray with silver accent weave looks so nice and seeexy.

erma said...

I love the Tote Diaper Bag - Handmade Handbag in charcoal gray with floral applique embellishment.
erma2167@sbcglobal.net

beth said...

The large shoulder in tan flower with bold red applique

The Crazy Gengler Boys said...

i like the Tote Diaper Bag - Handmade Handbag in charcoal gray with floral applique embellishment

aggiegrad02@gmail.com

LAMusing said...

I like the Small Shoulder Bag - Handmade Handbag in two-toned black with silver gray tweed and applique embellishment
adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

tina reynolds said...

I really like Small Shoulder Bag - Handmade Handbag in cream and burganday with adjustable strap eaglesforjack@gmail.com

cougar44 said...

Large Shoulder Bag - Handmade Handbag in pink paisley

bbrittbrat1398 said...

I love the large shoulder bag two tone black and white zebra.


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Ann Marie said...

I like the Large Shoulder Bag black and white zebra print.

Anonymous said...

The cream and black with adjustable straps
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Ľubaša said...

I love Hobo Handbag - Handmade Handbag in deep orange with flower embellishment
Lubaska
lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

traymona said...

I like the Large Shoulder Bag - Handmade Handbag in two-toned style, black and white zebra print with grommet and ribbon detail.
traymona(at)aol.com

Jackee said...

I like the Large Shoulder Bag - Handmade Handbag in deep navy with applique embellishment
krazekatlady at gmail dot com

Laurie Pearson said...

I love the Large Shoulder Bag - Handmade Handbag in tan floral with bold red applique!! sooo cute

Brittany said...

I like the Handmade Handbag in two-toned purple tweed.

britibee@gmail.com

ninamcclain93 said...

i like the hobo bag!

Michelle Hagewood said...

My favorite is the Large Shoulder Bag - Handmade Handbag in two-toned style, black and white zebra print with grommet and ribbon detail.

boylaneely at hotmail dot com

Charisse S said...

Handmade clutch in vibrant golden tan print
rareblackbird at hotmail dot com

Mo said...

I like the hobo handbag in grey! how cute!!
smallstarshines@yahoo.com

daveshir2005 said...

My favorite is Small Shoulder Bag - Handmade Handbag pale gray with flower applique embellishment.

daveshir2005@yahoo.com

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