Since childhood, I’ve watched my mom make. It didn’t necessarily matter to her what she was making. Rather, she just needed to make something.
One Christmas, it was stained glass art for everyone. Another year, it was handmade dolls. Yet another year, it was hand-woven baskets. She made elaborate Halloween costumes for my brother and I that meant we won costume contests every year… She made a wall of art made entirely from wallpaper scraps… She built an incredibly sturdy chair entirely from cardboard… She hand-painted intricate flowers on furniture… When she and my dad were young, they didn’t have money to buy a couch, so she made one.
As I was growing up, “Where’s Mom?” was often answered with, “In the garage doing something.” We knew it didn’t matter what. Mom made stuff, and that was just normal.
It wasn’t until I was a woman myself that I started to understand, really understand her need to create something beautiful from something not. That’s how I’ve always felt about words. When I sit down and type out a beautiful turn of phrase, for that moment, I’m dipping my finger into the current of purpose that runs through my life. (Yes, I make jewelry, but my purpose in this life is words.) That’s how it is for her, too.
Of course, for basically all of her life, my mother (and father) worked hard in countless unfulfilling day jobs so that I could sit here comfortably and postulate on such things.
And, that’s why it has been so special that I’ve had the opportunity to help her launch her own line of handbags. No one deserves to do something they love more than she does.
Linnajax (a combination of my mother and father’s names — Linda and Jack–) is a sweet line of handbags made entirely by my mother’s two hands. Each handmade bag includes designer cotton fabrics that we’ve spent many hours discovering and purchase in small quantities, which means virtually every bag is a one of a kind.
I am incredibly proud of her for going out on a limb and putting herself out there. It requires a lot of bravery to launch a business. I should know.
Here are a few examples of her work.
You can click through to any product to read more about it or to view additional images.
Her bags feature:
- Designer Fabrics (even on the interior!)
- Buttons as accent or as closures
- Reclaimed handles and hardware
- TONS of pockets for great storage
- Very large sizes, which makes these fully functional as purses, totes, or diaper bags
One of my favorite things about her work is that she uses upcycled handles and hardware, which means that practically everything in her shop is completely one of a kind. This also means it’s ready to ship, so she’ll be taking orders until December 17 to arrive to US addresses by Christmas.
If you are interested in putting your holiday dollars into a new business, we would love if you’d consider Linnajax.