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Hey friends!  Today I am excited to introduce to you a shop with the best name ever (good + my husband’s name), haha!  No, but really, are you familiar with this shop?  It’s full of bags of all sorts, diaper bags, yoga mat bags, clutches for your bridesmaids, wristlets for every day use, sunglass case bags, as well as colorful accessories such as scarves, cowls, and more!  Melissa, the wonderful mastermind behind it all, uses a variety of materials and fabrics to hand make each and every one of them.  And the quality just looks to be impeccable.  Read on to learn more about Melissa and enter a fab giveaway!


1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you decided to open up shop.
Hmmm, let’s see. I am full-time Mommy to a gorgeous 15th month-old girl (no bias here), a part-time Pilates instructor, an adjunct art professor (I teach sculpture and design), free-lance photographer, and a fine artist as well as an intense crafter. Know that expression – jack of all trades? Some say it would apply here, but I like to think I’ll be an expert of everything by the time I’m 64.

I decided to open up shop during the bleak winter of 2009 when I had a freshly minted MFA in Painting in hand and no full-time employment. I had a growing stash of knit scarves, a steady supply of free fabric scraps from the sweatshop next door to the studio I rented in Philadelphia, and plenty of time to experiment. I had recently met Margaux Kent, of Peg and Awl and The Black Spot Books, and was encouraged by her to open up an online shop.

2. What are your favorite color combinations of the season?
If I am completely truthful, I will have to plead ignorance here. I am woefully out of touch with fashion trends and usually google them when I start seeing them pop up on etsy. I did google the spring 2012 Pantone color report and I am really digging the sodalite blue contrasted against cockatoo. When I choose fabrics for the items in my shop, I always grab the patterns and colors that pop out at me from the shelves. It is a completely intuitive process.

3. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
This one is tough. I would say it is a three-way tie between pumpkin, chocolate peanut butter, and lemon ginger snap from Trader Joe’s. I like to eat seasonally – so the pumpkin is great for fall, the lemon ginger snap in summer/spring because it’s so fresh and tart, and chocolate peanut butter is good anytime!

4. What advice would you have wished that someone told you before you first opened your shop?
I think I got plenty of great advice in the beginning that went unheeded. I really need to learn things in my own meandering way and since this shop was a complete labor of love, I was not good about listening to advice. That being said, I think one of my biggest mistakes was not pricing my items high enough. In fact, my first customer on etsy told me my stuff was too cheap! It wasn’t until I had my daughter that I really began to appreciate how much time it took for me to make my items and to start to raise the prices to reflect my effort. Once I no longer had much time to spare, the time I did have seemed much more precious!


a Rafflecopter giveaway
This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY and closes on March 20, 2012 at 12:01AM. Good luck!

Don’t want to wait? Enter code “ALAMODE10” for 10% off your entire purchase through the end of March 2012! 😀


  1. March 13, 2012 / 6:11 am

    Melissa sounds great…love all her bags:) Off to check out the store now!

  2. Tiffany
    March 13, 2012 / 6:29 am

    The wristlet clutch in blue and brown floral is so pretty!

  3. March 13, 2012 / 6:51 am

    what cute things she makes! and that picture of her little girl is adorable! i love the happy violet flower tote!

  4. March 13, 2012 / 7:28 am

    my fav item – Large Tote Bag in Camel Gold Leopard Print with Cerulean Trim

  5. March 13, 2012 / 7:35 am

    OMG that baby is so cute.

  6. March 13, 2012 / 8:25 am

    I love the large tote in blue and hummingbirds

  7. Maria
    March 13, 2012 / 9:12 am

    I totally want the gunmetal silver and black lace clutch! So cute. It would be the perfect date night accessory! Thanks for the chance to win.

  8. Amanda A
    March 13, 2012 / 9:15 am

    I love the large tote beach bag with the floral print! xo

  9. March 13, 2012 / 9:32 am

    I love the Large Grocery Bag Market Tote Bag.

  10. March 13, 2012 / 9:39 am

    I am in love with the Happy Violet Floral Tote

  11. March 13, 2012 / 10:43 am

    I’d totally get a diaper bag!

  12. March 13, 2012 / 10:45 am

    The happy spring floral tote would be perfect! So cute!

  13. March 13, 2012 / 1:16 pm

    My favorite item is Formal Clutch Patterned Clutch in Red and White Leaves. Cute shop!

  14. March 13, 2012 / 2:36 pm

    Cute baby pic!

    I like the scarves.

  15. March 13, 2012 / 5:02 pm

    I’d love the large tote in sky blue!!

  16. March 13, 2012 / 5:46 pm

    I love her clutches, especially the Patterned Clutch Handbag in Gray, Black Beige, and Sky Blue Watercolor!

  17. March 13, 2012 / 6:46 pm

    I love all the large totes! enough to fit all my daily necessities. I especially like the one in camel gold leopard print! SO cute.

  18. March 13, 2012 / 7:26 pm

    I love the sky blue diaper bag!

  19. brooke t
    March 13, 2012 / 7:46 pm

    Handmade Yoga Bag Pilates Mat Bag in Mod Earthtones Floral

  20. Brittany
    March 13, 2012 / 7:58 pm

    I love the Large Grocery Bag in the sunny yellow fabric! Perfect for spring…

  21. Linda L
    March 13, 2012 / 8:31 pm

    i love the large yoga bag!

  22. March 13, 2012 / 8:38 pm

    I love the Large Tote Bag in Sky Blue, it looks like it would hold so much stuff!

  23. March 13, 2012 / 9:45 pm

    Adorable store & great giveaway! I love all the infinity scarves, but I like the Purple Infinity Cowl Hood Neckwarmer the best 🙂

  24. March 13, 2012 / 10:09 pm

    Its tough but I think I like this cowl the best: Handknit Neckwarmer Scarflette White, Beige and Gray with Brown Toggle Buttons

  25. March 13, 2012 / 10:28 pm

    This truly seems like a “labor of love”. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Et tu, tutu?

  26. March 13, 2012 / 11:34 pm

    These are so freaking cute!

  27. March 14, 2012 / 1:14 am

    thanks for your comment! this looks like such a cute shop, my goodness. and that picture of the baby! oh my goodness!!! so darling.

    The House of Shoes

  28. Kat
    March 14, 2012 / 4:37 am

    my favorite: Large Tote Bag Diaper Bag Grocery Tote in Pink and Green with Large Exterior Pocket



  29. March 14, 2012 / 12:36 pm

    i NEED one of those diaper bags!

  30. March 14, 2012 / 2:37 pm

    I love the large tote in happy violet!

  31. March 14, 2012 / 5:51 pm

    I love the Formal Clutch in Gold Dragons

  32. March 15, 2012 / 2:11 pm

    Very hard to pick! I do love the “Large Tote Bag Beach Bag Market Tote Diaper Bag Weekend Bag Funky Trees and Green and White Stripes”
    thanks for the giveaway!!

  33. Elizabeth
    March 15, 2012 / 2:55 pm

    Oh I’d love one of those large yoga bags – would make carrying my mat so much easier!

  34. Megan
    March 15, 2012 / 3:18 pm

    I love this hat!!! Handknit Womens Winter Hat – Striped Berry Pink, Sage Green, and Burnt Maroon Tassled

  35. March 15, 2012 / 4:33 pm

    I like the Large Tote Bag Beach Bag Market Tote Diaper Bag Weekend Bag Spring Green Leaves Print.

  36. March 15, 2012 / 4:53 pm

    I really like the Formal Clutch Handbag Silver and Gold Brocade. Pretty!

  37. Sarah P
    March 15, 2012 / 5:02 pm

    Sunglasses Case in Mod Floral Beige, Brown, Sky Blue and Lime Green

  38. MelodyJ
    March 15, 2012 / 6:15 pm

    I like Cranberry Formal Clutch.


  39. jacqueline
    March 15, 2012 / 7:43 pm

    love the blue white and black colorblock clutch

  40. Marija
    March 15, 2012 / 8:58 pm

    I love the Purple Infinity Cowl Hood Neckwarmer.

  41. Tara
    March 15, 2012 / 9:26 pm

    I like Large Tote Bag Beach Bag Market Tote Diaper Bag Weekend Bag Earthtones Tote

  42. Emily
    March 16, 2012 / 9:13 am

    I love the Large Tote Bag Beach Bag Market Tote Diaper Bag Weekend Bag Funky Trees and Green and White Stripes.

  43. Elena V
    March 16, 2012 / 10:22 am

    My favorite is the Cotton Padded Soft Sunglasses Case in Teal Green Tulips on White

  44. Melody
    March 16, 2012 / 3:16 pm

    I love the Patterned Clutch in Blue, Gray and White Watercolor Storm Clouds Clutch

  45. Rafaela Schouten
    March 16, 2012 / 4:32 pm

    my favourite item is the Purple Infinity Cowl Hood Neckwarmer , but there’s lots of cute thing 😀

  46. March 16, 2012 / 6:40 pm

    omg, I love the large totes! And i like so many patterns I’m not sure which I would say is my favorite!

  47. ishashime
    March 17, 2012 / 12:17 am

    i love the Large Tote Bag Beach Bag Market Tote in Cerulean Blue with Hummingbird and Floral Trim! 🙂

  48. ishashime
    March 17, 2012 / 12:17 am

    i love the Large Tote Bag Beach Bag Market Tote in Cerulean Blue with Hummingbird and Floral Trim! 🙂

  49. Francoise Q.
    March 18, 2012 / 1:41 pm

    This is so chic and stylish! absolutely love the print!
    “Patterned Clutch in Fuchsia and Black Ovals on White”

  50. Sandy
    March 18, 2012 / 10:12 pm

    My favorite is the Large Tote Beach Bag in Cerulean Blue with Hummingbird and Floral Trim.

  51. Jolee
    March 19, 2012 / 8:39 am

    Love, Love the gray houndstooth clutch.

  52. gail
    March 19, 2012 / 2:51 pm

    love the large tote beach bag in green & black

  53. March 19, 2012 / 7:03 pm

    I love all of the patterns for the diaper bags! Super cute

  54. August 29, 2013 / 10:25 pm

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