I’ve got something exciting for you my dear reader. A dear friend of mine, Marta, has just launched her brand new website and business producing unique handbags. Marta’s handbags are all individually made, with loving attention to the materials chosen, the designs and those little bits of detail that really matter. She is constantly on the look out for new styles and fabrics, for more and more exciting patterns to embroider onto the bags to make them even more unique. I asked her to tell you a little about herself:
Born in Nagybánya, a town lying at the foot of beautiful mountains, I was influenced by the beauty and unique creations of nature from an early age.
At the age of 11 I learnt the knit and I still hold onto my first project- a short-sleeved jumper. I’d always be on the look-out for new, interesting designs in magazines, take those, adapted them slightly to fit my tastes. I’d strive for practicality too in the things I’d make.
I qualified as a nursery and primary school teacher and started adult Life not alone, but at the side of my husband. We have been a great team ever since, expanding our family with three children.
My husband’s a theologist, serving in different parishes, meaning we have moved around depending on where he’s service was required. This meant I experienced teaching different age groups in different villages and towns across Transylvania.
In 2005 we moved to Oxford, where my husband was offered the opportunity to do a Masters in Theology. We got „stuck” here. 8 years on, he is finishing his doctorate.
Restarting life in a new country, in a different language has had its challenges. Striving to integrate, yet retaining one’s roots is a delicate balance.
I’ve found a lot of pleasure from indulging in crafts over these years.
As my children have grown, I’ve found a route back into teaching part time as a teaching assistant. Then in 2011, there was a sewing course that caught my attention.
I was hooked! The old passion for creating something new, something beautiful bubbled to the surface.
I totally fell in love with sewing! Starting with a dress for myself, the obligatory curtains, then got adventurous with a little dress for a bridesmaid. It was truly beautiful, if I may say so myself.
Last spring I stumbled on some designs for handbags and made a couple as presents for friends. They were very well received and my friends then started asking me to make some so they can buy them for presents for their friends and encouraged me to create a store.
That’s how Maribor Accessories was born.
I am passionate about practical designs for the day-to-day life that are just a bit different.
So now for the exciting bit. I have twisted Marta’s arm and asked her if we could do a giveaway of one of her handbags. And she said YES! Not only that: you can choose which design you like most from her site and you can choose to have your name, blog name or blog logo embroidered onto it. How’s that for a blogger perk?
Not a blogger? No problem! You can still choose a little something to embroider on there- a name, a copy of a small tattoo you have, the choices are pretty wide, though you’ll need to agree it in advance.
Here’s how you enter:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
PS If there’s anything you spot in the pictures on the homepage that you can’t find on the product pages yet, you can request that style too.