I’ve been a lover of handmade products for quite some time and I love supporting small businesses that make their own handmade items. Melissa Elayne is not only the Etsy shop owner but also the talented designer and creator behind Melissa Elayne products.
You can learn a little about Melissa Elayne and her shop here. I asked her a few questions of my own and here are her answers:
Q1. What inspired you to start making handmade bags/purses?
A1. It is hard to say what got me started making hand bags/purses……I guess it all started when I went to a Thirty-one party! I began by making Binder Covers……which were very time consuming and expensive to make! Then I made a wristlet for myself with credit card pockets, which I loved, and put that in my shop. Eventually, the wristlet became so popular, I was able to remove the binder covers & focus just on purses :)
Q2. Is this a hobby or are you full-time into your business?
A2. This is a full time business for me……actually, this is how my husband & I support our family of 5. (we have 3 children…1 boy and 2 girls, ages: 14, 12, 5)
Q3. What are a few things about you and your life that you would like to tell us about? (maybe just some things you enjoy, what you spend your free time doing, favorite things, etc.)
A3. I don’t have much free time anymore, but I enjoy getting out side to do some gardening when I can. (I do not have a green thumb, but I try anyway!) I love going to local farms with my children to pick straw berries, blueberries, apples and pumpkins. I love the fall in Central NY, the kids & I look forward to picking as many apples as we can! I enjoy knitting/crocheting occasionally :)
Q4. And last but not least….what are your favorite products in your store?
A4. My favorite item is my Large Wristlet :)
I made one for myself out of waxed canvas, which is my favorite fabric choice (I don’t have waxed canvas in my shop yet, but I plan to offer it soon). My second favorite fabric is Black Linen….it is a grayish color with specks of black. It is a nice alternative to a solid fabric, it is plain without being too plain.
Thanks, Melissa Elayne for answering those questions for us! Melissa offers a variety of sizes and styles in her handmade wristlets and purses and each one is handmade to order and designed by Melissa. Her husband Roger is the photographer behind their product photos and Melissa currently has one seamstress-Debbie that helps them out part-time. You can also make requests for custom orders. These wristlets and purses make wonderful gifts! All items are made in the USA-specifically in Oswego, NY.
I had the opportunity to test and review one of her lovely wristlets. You can find the link to the specific one I received here. There are over 40 different patterns to choose from. The one I was sent is mini turquoise chevron with a lime green zipper.
There is one outside pocket which I use to keep my phone in so I can get to it quickly, however, you can use the inside pocket as well to keep your phone in. Either pocket will fit an Iphone 6 plus Otterbox or Galaxy Note (mine is a Samsung android phone). I use the inside pocket to hold my checkbook and notepad with a pen. I also attach my keys to the included removable wrist strap because I have a tendency to loose mine. There are pockets for lip balm or lipstick as well. You can easily store everything you need in this wristlet and it’s perfect for those times where you don’t want to bring along a big and bulky purse. You can also use it to place into your purse so you can quickly grab the things you use the most.
In the inside pocket there are:
4 slots for credit cards (each slot holds 1-3 cards)
2 little pockets for lip balm
1 zippered main compartment
1 exterior zippered pocket
1 Removable wrist strap
Exterior Measurements: approx. 8.5″ x 5″ x 1″ (zipper opening: 7.5 inches)
The front zippered pocket is 4″ deep, giving you the option of using this pocket for your phone!
Both the front compartment and the main compartment are lined with cotton fabric, and zip closed to keep contents secure.
To clean you simply wash with water and a mild detergent and let the wristlet air dry.
(Information above found on Melissa Elayne’s product details.)
I loved my wristlet so much that I’m going to purchase one for one of my lucky followers! Enter on the Rafflecopter by clicking the link below. Giveaway starts on Wednesday, April 1st and will end on Wednesday, April 29th. Good luck!
I received this product for free in exchange for my honest thoughts and review courtesy of Melissa Elayne.