weekly giveaway - Jenny N Design:

January 17, 2011

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This week's giveaway is from Jenny N Design. I always dream of owning my own bag line, but I probably would need to know how to sew first if I wanted to create my own bags ;) Jenny's bags are really beautiful & look so quality! This week you have a chance to win a $50 from her shop.

Hi! Please tell us a little about yourself and your shop: I'm Jenny Nguyen (soon-to-be Mrs. Nemlekar) and I hand make bags and sell bags in my studio loft in Pittsburgh, PA. I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Biomedical Engineering, but I realized my junior year that I wanted to be a fashion designer. I started my business when I was still in college, and upon graduation, I went full-time designing and making.

I have a wonderful fiance Akshay who is my rock, and a goofy little pug Hubert who is my comic relief. I share the details of my business, life, and the foods I love to cook on my blog: jennyndesign.blogspot.com

How did you get started making your lovely products: In college, I went through a stressful time studying and procrastinated by finding something else to do (don't we all?). Well, my mom taught me how to sew when I was 6 years old, so I bought an inexpensive sewing machine and starting making simple totes. The hobby soon became an addiction and I found myself sketching designs and reverse engineering the designs to come up with templates to make the final product. The addiction soon became a business and upon graduation, I knew I found my career path. I realized that I greatly enjoyed designing hand bags than medical devices. The rest is history.

Any advice for small or aspiring business owners? Do what you love because you love to do it. Your passion will show through in the quality and creativity of your craftsmanship. I wrote a blog entry in October outlining the steps that I took to take my hobby to a full-time career. I hope you will find it helpful! Here's the blog entry!


receive 10% off your entire order!

Jenny N Design is kindly offering a 10% discount on any order for readers of oh, hello friend.
Simply enter code "OHHELLOFRIEND" at checkout to receive the discount!


3 chances to win!

( COMMENT TO WIN )
simply visit Jenny N Design and leave a comment
with your favorite item from Jenny's shop.

( +1 EXTRA ENTRY )
Twitter or Facebook about this giveaway.
Come back & comment with the link!
*note: if you twitter, p
lease tag it with @ohhellofriend
so I can keep track of entries!

( +1 MORE EXTRA ENTRY )
Become a twitter / blogger follower or a facebook fan,
Leave a comment letting me know which site you follow for an extra entry!
*note: please only comment once for what site you are a follower of

Giveaway ends on monday, January 24th at 8am, pst
Check next week's new giveaway to see if you are the lucky winner!
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Last week's winner:
The winner from last week's giveaway from Mixnshop is #106 - AMY
from this nice life! Congrats! Please email me to claim your prize :)

250 hello's:

  1. Love the Baby Ruche in Pumpkin Leather! Beautiful shop and beautiful bags! :)

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  2. I adore the Clutch in Treetop Green! So lovely!

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  3. Seriously lovely. How do you find this stuff...does good taste just gravitate towards you?! I love all of the leather goodies. Count me in.

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  4. I forgot to say my favorite...any of the Baby Rouche bags.

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  5. Oh, I love the Baby Ruche and the Clutch. I've been looking for a 'grown-up bag' to replace my argyle tote bag and these are grand! : )

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  6. I love the Traveler in Barnyard Plaid. Too cute!

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  7. I twittered about it too : ) http://twitter.com/#!/Mancktastic/status/27040156255002624

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  8. Baby Ruche in Gray Leather is beautiful!

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  9. So adorable, all of it! But my favorite is this cute little bag... http://www.etsy.com/listing/62801626/traveler-in-black-and-white-damask-made

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  10. I love the Briefcase in Army Green Leather or the Baby Ruche Bag in Gray or Mustard Leather! So beautiful!

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  11. Ah, I love the Briefcase in Latte Corduroy. Gorgeous!

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  12. Baby Ruche in Grey! Love em!

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  13. love the clutch in Pecan Brown!
    I'm also one of your followers on your FB page, "oh hello friend" :)

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  14. ooohhh these are beautiful
    I love the floral print - makes me hopeful that Spring will come one day ;)

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  15. Wow, beautiful bags, I love especially the Briefcase in Wintergreen Distressed Genuine Leather, fantastic! I cross my fingers... I've become a Jenny's follower on blogger. I just was your follower, of course!

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  16. baby ruche bag in yellow. and i'm in love with all the briefcases. beautiful work!!!

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  17. I love Jenny's shop!!
    My favorite is Clutch in Pecan Brown Leather
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/57979552/clutch-in-pecan-brown-leather-made-to

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  18. My wife has been talking about getting a new purse and these totally look like her style. :)
    I'm thinking she would like the "Briefcase in Army Green Leather"

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  19. MY fave is definitely the Baby Ruche Bag in Mustard Yellow Leather! LOVELY!!

    <3 Ashley
    www.ahastylife.com
    ashley dot hasty at gmail dot com

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  20. I'm a blog follower through GFC!

    <3 Ashley
    www.ahastylife.com
    ashley dot hasty at gmail dot com

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  21. I love all of the leather purses, it would be so hard to choose just one!

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  22. I am loving the Traveler in Army Green. The color is perfect.

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  23. My favorite item from her shop is the Backpack in Pecan Brown Leather :)

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  24. Oh my...her shop is full of pretty. I love her grey clutch.

    I'm also a fan on facebook.

    Wishing you love,
    Fritzi Marie

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  25. oh goodness! I just read the engagement story and cried. haha hormonal much?! it was beautiful!


    that said, I reeeally like the briefcase design!

    [lisa@goodknits.com]

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  26. I am also a fan on facebook (and blog follower)

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  27. love the traveler in black leather

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  28. They are all so beautiful, how do you choose one? The baby ruche bag is pretty amazing though http://www.thefinishing-school.com/

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  29. I love the black leather pleated clutch bag. It's so practical, yet feminine. I love that it can go from a clutch to a shoulder bag to a crossbody messenger bag.

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  30. The Traveler in burnt orange is my favorite!! Orange is my color of choice these days!!

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  31. I lovelovelove the briefcase in black leather: http://www.etsy.com/listing/56316493/briefcase-in-black-genuine-leather-made

    It's such a chic bag that's great for business or play.

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  32. Just shared on my Facebook page!!

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  33. my fav: the latte corduroy briefcase.

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  34. The traveler in blue and white! love

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  35. Oh Danni it would be so amazing if you learned how to craft your own bags! I can only imagine what magical touches you'd give them.
    My favourite from her shop is the Backpack in Pecan Brown Leather, but you don't need to add me in the draw because $50 is too little for any of my favourite items and I'd rather give the opportunity to win something to someone else!

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  36. I love the shape of the Baby Ruche bag... it would be hard to pick a color! Thanks for introducing us to this lovely shop. :)

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  37. I love the shape of the Baby Ruche bag... it would be hard to pick a color! Thanks for introducing us to this lovely shop. :)

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  38. Oh my gosh, what an awesome giveaway! My favorite item is the Traveler in Vintage Florals, so adorable.

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  39. Her bags are really gorgeous! My favourite items from Jenny N Design are the Traveler in Dusty Green Leather, the Traveler in Red Toile and the Traveler in Two-Tone Red Leather.
    Thanks for the give-away!
    Marta
    martaplayita at gmail dot com

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  40. I follow Oh, hello friend on Facebook and via GFC
    Thanks for the give-away!
    Marta
    martaplayita at gmail dot com

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  41. I love the versatility of her bags! truly brilliant! My favorite is her Clutch in Pecan Brown Leather!

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  42. i love the Traveler in Margot Bianca Green Grape Leaves it is so springy!!

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  43. I am also a blog follower!
    Thanks

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  44. I like the Traveler in Two-Tone Red Leather. Would be great to sling on and go!

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  45. How do you pick a favorite when they're all so amazing? I think I love the eggshell blue leather clutch, I think that's my favorite but it's hard to tell. My fingers are crossed!

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  46. Ohh. What a great Giveaway! I love the "Traveler in Paisley Flowers" the most, but the whole shop is lovely!!

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  47. I am a blog follower as well...

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  48. My favourite is Traveler in Boho Paisley :)
    Love, Andrea
    http://doortopemberley.blogspot.com/

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  49. I am also a Blogger follower :)
    Andrea
    http://doortopemberley.blogspot.com/

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  50. i love them all! the one that particularly speaks to me is the Briefcase in Latte.
    just amazing!

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  51. I'm loving the Baby Ruche Bag in Pumpkin Leather. It'll make for a great baby bag come this June (i'm expecting my 2nd child).

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  52. I'm loving the briefcase in army green leather!!!!! These would be awesome day trip bags!!!!

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  53. The clutch in eggshell blue is gorgeous!

    And I just got lost in Jenny's blog for a while...lovely!

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  54. My Mr-To-Be is starting a new job and the army green briefcase would be a perfect congrats!/go get 'em gift.

    But, I also can hardly resist the Baby Ruche in Gray for myself. Love.

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  55. I love the traveler bags in various colors. awesomely beautiful and chic.
    vonbunny@gmail.com

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  56. I love the Baby Ruche Bag in Pumpkin Leather! :)

    michellemlhuynh[at]gmail[dot]com

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  57. I am a follower on Twitter (Mahalmichelel) & Facebook (Michelle Huynh)

    michellemlhuynh[at]gmail[dot]com

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  58. Ooo - I would love to win one of Jenny's amazing bags - She's so talented!

    I would have to pick her Black Canvas Traveler (I've been a fan of them for a while now!):
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/61996750/traveler-in-black-canvas-made-to-order

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Sasha
    whatnomints@gmail.com

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  59. already a twitter follower!

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  60. I follow your blog now :)

    Sasha

    whatnomints@gmail.com

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  61. also a google follower. :-)

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  62. my favorite item is the Briefcase in Wintergreen Distressed Genuine Leather. so pretty.

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  63. any of the Baby Ruches ... love them!! so beautiful.

    thanks for the giveaway!

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  64. My favorite bag form jenny is the Briefcase in Wintergreen Distressed Genuine Leather

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  65. I LOVE the Baby Ruche bag in mustard yellow. So beautifully made!

    squirrelgonutz [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  66. I'm a blog follower!

    squirrelgonutz [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  67. I tweeted the contest @jaclyn43552

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  68. I am now a follower of your blog! Jaclyn Wolfe

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  69. Beautiful bags! I really like the traveler bags. They seems as handy as a fanny pack, minus all the ugly.

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  70. I LOVE the clutch in gray leather. Simply stunning!

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  71. I follow you on twitter! @basicallyjulie

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  72. following via bloglovin :)

    elegant_storms (at) yahoo.com
    elegantstorms.blogspot.com

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  73. favorite item: backpack in pecan brown leather

    elegant_storms (at) yahoo.com
    elegantstorms.blogspot.com

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  74. Great bags! I'd pick the Traveler in Frost Leather or the Clutch in Grunge Gold Leather.

    virginia[dot]tx[at]gmail[dot]com

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  75. love baby ruche in treetop green!

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  76. the briefcases are to die for! littlegemsbykari@yahoo.com

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  77. I follow on facebook and twitter :) littlegemsbykari@yahoo.com

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  78. I'm a huge fan of Jenny's bags! I love her Baby Ruche line and equally adore her Briefcases in leather!

    jarosdesigns@gmail.com

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  79. tweeted! littlegemsbykari@yahoo.com

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  80. Beautiful things!! I love the clutches - green or gray.

    phetchedblog at gmail dot com

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  81. I love the Baby Ruche Bag in Two-Toned Red Leather.
    It's so hard to choose a favorite though - the Clutch in Black Genuine Leather was another gorgeous item!

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  82. I follow on Twitter!

    phetchedblog at gmail dot com

    @phetched

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  83. Tweetage: http://twitter.com/#!/phetched/status/27108241800437761

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  84. i love the briefcase in latte! i'm also excited to read jenny's blog post about turning her hobby into her career.

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  85. Baby Ruche bag in grunge gold is lovely!

    taffyuko@gmail.com

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  86. Love the clutch in pecan brown! Thank you!

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  87. I love everything single thing! Such beautiful colours!

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  88. i love the briefcase in black. sooo chic!

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  89. Follow you on twitter since awhile ago!!

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  90. I LOOOOVE Jenny's work and have been following her on etsy and facebook for quite a while now. I gotta admit it's hard to choose just one favorite because they are all so versatile and stylish, but I have always loved her soft grays and robins egg blues :)

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  91. I'm obsessed with the briefcase in barn red bag! So cute!

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  92. just posted to facebook!! :)

    http://www.facebook.com/joyinmystudio

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  93. What a fabulous giveaway! I love Jenny's bags and I simply adore her classic black Baby Ruche.

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  94. I love Baby Ruche Bag in Eggshell Blue Leather! :D

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  95. I am also a Twitter follower
    @shique

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  96. I love the Briefcase in Latte Corduroy!! Would love to own it!

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  97. Love bags...all shapes and sizes...especially theses :)

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  98. Twittered!
    http://twitter.com/cozycomfycouch

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  99. LOVE the baby ruche bag in pumpkin! what a FABulous shop!

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  100. Love the traveler in boho paisley! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  101. I love the traveler in Medieval Knight. SO pretty and simple!

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  102. Briefcase in army green leather...never seen something quite like it before! :)

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  103. oh im totally loving the Briefcase in Army Green Corduroy :D pretty useful ... im in :D

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  104. hip pocket in Moon Rock Leather! ummm, and everything else in Jenny's shop! :) xo, Katy

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  105. I love all the bags!!

    Such a beautiful giveaway.

    xx

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  106. I think I have decided that the eggshell blue clutch is my favorite but they are all so well crafted. They all look lovely! Good luck with the business.

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  107. I like the first one Baby Ruche Bag in Black Leather

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  108. My favorite is the Clutch in Blush Pink w Blossom.

    craftnjas@gmail.com

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  109. I'm a follower!

    craftnjas@gmail.com

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  110. I really like the Traveler bag in Suiting. So pretty!


    Camila F.
    @_CamilaF_

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  111. I follow you on twitter!


    Camila F.
    @_CamilaF_

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  112. love the Baby Ruche Bag in Mustard Yellow! gorgeous.
    great giveaway :)

    lizzyambler@googlemail.com x

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  113. Oh I love the Baby Ruche in Green. I've long coveted these bags!

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  114. I love the Baby Ruche in Eggshell blue! So cute!

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  115. ExpressionsFloral17 January, 2011 15:28

    I am in love this the traveler in pink green saree silk!

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  116. How awesome is the hip pocket in carrot :) I want I want!

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  117. SweetVegan.etsy.com17 January, 2011 15:33

    Oh my so much beautiful bags its so hard to choose! But if I had to pick on I would go with "Traveler in Mod Pods"

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  118. Just love your work. The detailing is just beautiful! I love the Baby Ruche Bag in Two-Toned Red Leather!

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  119. I really, really love the "Clutch in Treetop Green Leather".

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  120. WOW those bags are amazing!!

    I love the Briefcase in Latte Corduroy!

    And for one I could buy with the $50 gift voucher, it would most likely be the Traveler in Burnt Orange Canvas, I can really really see it being taken with me everywhere!!

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  121. I am in love with this briefcase:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/53957163/briefcase-in-barn-red-corduroy-made-to

    The barn red and the latte colors are beautiful, I don't know which one I like better!!!
    :)

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  122. Clutch in coffee bean is my fave. Love the finish on that leather!

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  123. Her stuff is so cute! I have a few favorites! Here they are: Baby Ruche Bag in Gray Leather, Clutch in Gray Leather, and the Clutch in Coffee Bean II Leather! Lovely giveaway! :)

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  124. Hi - I love everything there. My top favs are the baby rouche in stone and the traveler in black and white.

    Thanks! Also a follower and fan.

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  125. love the traveler bag! it's hard to find hip pockets that are both cute and functional!

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  126. I like the briefcase in black - works for casual and work!

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  127. Love the Baby Ruche in Treetop Green. Such a great bag for spring. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    ~Emily

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  128. love love the baby ruche bag in gray leather....totally need to learn to sew leather

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  129. The Baby Ruche Bag in gray leather is my fave. Classic! Thanks for the great interview and giveaway!

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  130. I love the clutch in black leather, it's super cute!

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  131. I am just going back to school as a mature student and would love to love to rock out the briefcase bag in wintergreen!!! She's a beaut!!!

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  132. I love the vertical briefcase bags! I follow your blog as well :)

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  133. I think my favorite is the briefcase in wintergreen.

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  134. Hard to choose! I think I like the briefcase in barn red cord!

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  135. I think my favorite is the clutch in coffee bean, but there are so many great ones! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  136. love the baby ruche in treetop green, so cute

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  137. the clutch in coffee bean leather is basic but gorgeous! love the rich brown.

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  138. My favorite is Traveler in Black and White Maze!

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  139. what a great shop! .. thanks for sharing.

    a lovely bag to own: http://www.etsy.com/listing/64627808/last-one-clutch-in-plum-leather-ready-to

    enjoy your week!

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  140. i love the baby ruche in treetop green and gray!

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  141. i love the baby ruche in treetop green and gray!

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  142. I follow you via google reader and twitter. :)

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  143. I love all the traveler bags especially red toile, medieval knight and tudor garden. I can't decide which I like more!

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  144. Lovin' the Backpack in pecan brown leather! Simple, reliable, and adorable! I am also a blog follower:)

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  145. love love love the traveler in two tone leather! following you too! :)

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  146. I love her designs!!
    I especially like this: Clutch in Grunge Gold Leather - Made to Order

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  147. I have twitted about this:
    http://twitter.com/#!/nowonder1

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  148. My fave:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/56316493/briefcase-in-black-genuine-leather-made
    Briefcase black leather, I love leather!

    ashley l.

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  149. tweet! (so mad they changed twitter...grr)
    http://twitter.com/jepeuxetsy/status/27301813526990848

    ashley l.

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  150. blog follower-
    ashley l.
    jepeuxetsy @ yahoo dot com

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  151. i love the traveller bags! so versatile! http://www.etsy.com/listing/61996750/traveler-in-black-canvas-made-to-order
    thanks for a great giveaway!
    mailmoomi(at)gmail(dot)com
    x candice x

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  152. i'm a follower on google reader & on facebook too ;)
    x candice x
    mailmoomi(at)gmail(dot)com

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  153. Baby ruche in blush pink. cuuuute

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  154. I love the Traveler in Morgot Blanca, what a great summer bag!

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  155. I adore Jenny bags!!
    particularly Baby Ruche in Treetop Green.

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  156. Twittered http://twitter.com/#!/LPthestudio

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  157. Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/nancy.lacoursiere

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  158. shared on twitter here
    http://twitter.com/#!/atelierp/status/27347131324956672

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  159. Follow your blog, great, unique products, love it!

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  160. I'm you follower of ohhellofriends on twitter and facebook!

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  161. I absolutely love this bag: http://www.etsy.com/listing/57087180/traveler-in-tudor-garden-made-to-order

    :)

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  162. I absolutely adore the Baby Ruche Bags... especially the Two-Toned Red Leather. XOXO

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  163. I love the Traveler in Vintage Florals bag.It's so cute!

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  164. Those are some amazing products! I love the briefcase bag in wintergreen. And I love your blog!!

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  165. Really love the briefcase in barn red corduroy!

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  166. I love the Traveler in Brown Tweed and Corduroy

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  167. I follow on twitter (EMSArts) and like on facebook!

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  168. I love her traveller bags...the green and pink saree one is a favorite !

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  169. I love her traveller bags...the green and pink saree one is a favorite !

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  170. Absolutely love the clutch in plum leather! Gorgeous :)

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  171. I love the Baby Ruche style! I don't think I could pick one color- they're all great.

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  172. oh i LOVE the Baby Ruche Bag in Black Leather!

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  173. The green plaid traveler is my favorite. I have three little ones, so this style is great to carry around and fits just enough for what I need.

    thericebabies(at)ymail (dot)com

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  174. all so cute! But I think I might like this one the best:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/57087180/traveler-in-tudor-garden-made-to-order

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  175. My favorite is the Traveler in Paisley forever

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  176. My favorite is the Traveler in Paisley forever

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  177. Love, love the Baby Ruche Bag in Blush Pink Leather

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  178. briefcase in bard red corduroy is my favorite!

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  179. The baby ruche in eggshell is amazing!

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  180. Ooooh, these bags are gorgeous, it's hard to choose. I think I love the Traveller bag the best though. In orange or army green :)

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  181. Love the briefcase in Wintergreen! Perfect for traveling with my camera and my laptop..gorgeous!

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Friends, Thank you so much for reading + supporting my blog, and for taking the time to leave me a comment. Your comment support truly means so much to me. Have a lovely day! xo, danni