Merci Vintage Handmade Satchels on White On Rice Couple

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I love curating, collecting and shopping. And I love finding handmade or one of a kind pieces to giveaway on our blog. I purchase these treasures myself, so my little giveaways are never sponsored. If anything was ever sponsored, you, my readers, would be the first to know. If this post really needed a disclosure, then this is it.

Last week Todd and I ventured out to Austin, Texas again to speak at a conference. This year it was the BlogHer Food 2013 conference where we gave a presentation on mobile photography. As always, we had a blast meeting some super fine folks in this blogging community and best of all, we were able to talk about mobile photography, a topic we are totally enamored with. It’s always nice to not talk about technical gear and just get down to the basics of shooting on a mobile phone where light-composition-and timing rule supreme!

As we do on most of our work or travel trips, Todd and I, EAT. Every minute of the day, we’re planning our next meal and in our case, our next five meals. It always is more fun when we have the most awesome “Good-Eater-Crew”, where it’s a gathering of some really food fixated folks who can eat up a storm with us and plan five meals in a day. Our crew this year was Rachel, Jill and Kelly, all of whom are daring eaters with bottomless pits! More of these food adventures to come, promise.

Aside from all the wonderful local Austin food and meet-ups, we managed to escape for a few hours and head out prop shopping at antique malls and along South Congress. I found some gorgeous vintage platters at the huge Austin Antique Mall and was thrilled to be able to fit them all into my and Todd’s (he’s a great guy!) carry-on bags. They arrived home without a dent, scratch nor crack. And I didn’t spend a cent for shipping them. I’m so excited to use these platters in my next photo shoots.

Another great find were come cool handmade stalls along South Congress street where one of a kind handmade pieces were for sale. On Sunday, artist Barbara Pate from Merci-Handmade Vintage had set up a little tent with her very cool handmade satchels. I loved the colors, textures and attention to detail on each of her one-of-a-kind bags. Visit her facebook page to see all her latest textile satchel designs and here’s her website.

Barbara has such a beautiful earthy and vintage aesthetic to her collection, it was hard for me not to want to pick up every single piece. But what I did manage to snatch up were these super cute little satchels that are all handmade by Barbara and best of all, all the materials she sources are eco-friendly and “green”. So I immediately was drawn to her designs and artisan made satchels.

I picked up a few and want to share two of these satchels with you all on the blog today! Two winners will each win a satchel.

hugs,

-diane

The satchels are made from a soft, textured fabric and the knotted handles are made of soft leather.Merci Vintage Handmade Satchels on White On Rice Couple

They’re perfect for holding a small wallet, phone, and essential lip gloss.

Merci Vintage Handmade Satchels on White On Rice Couple

This one is lighter, with a delicate checkered design.

Merci Vintage Handmade Satchels on White On Rice Couple

This one is a nice earthy brown color that matches with everything.

Merci Vintage Handmade Satchels on White On Rice Couple

Here are the Satchel Giveaway Details:

  • I’ll pick two winner via random generator. Each winner will get one satchel.
  • Giveaway only available to folks living in the continental United States.
  • Just leave a comment below and tell me what you’d hold in the satchel!
  • You are welcome to have another entry if you want to Tweet or Facebook the giveaway. Just leave the link in another comment.
  • Giveaway ends Sunday June 23, 2013 at midnight pst. Check back here for the winner on Monday June 24th.
  • and let’s always support our small business folks!

Thanks to Twitter for helping be our random number generator. Congrats to comment winners #13 Lily Sheng and #34 Chandi !

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