Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I'm So Excited...and I just can't hide it :o)

I have to admit that even I can get caught up in the latest trends, but when I find something I like I try to find a way to make it unique. For a few years I have been admiring BDU (the Army's old uniform) purses I have seen online. I like the idea of using Eric's old uniform for something other than yard work & the Annual Ranger Wife Swamp Walk.

But, I had a few reoccurring issues, I didn't love any of the designs out there and they were a little too frilly for me. Most of you know how I love to embrace my inner tomboy, and most of the BDU purses had accent ribbons & things that just weren't for me.

So, when the infamous Kristina was having one of her fabulous give-aways I saw a purse that I really liked. I went to the website and was very impressed with the quality of sewing & use of fabrics. The light bulb finally clicked and I sent out a feeler email to this amazing chick & she jumped at the opportunity to make me a custom purse using Eric's old BDU uniform & patches.

I've always been reluctant with ordering custom things, then waiting for the product. The other issue was that I wasn't quite sure what I wanted. I'm not a creative genius, so I sent her some websites that had the BDU purses, and told her a little about what I like. After much communication and a few sketches I was blown away with her final details.

I just received the purse yesterday, and once I opened it I was literally jumping up and down squealing "I love it, I love it, I love it!"

Lynsie was a PLEASURE to work with, and so creative. She said I pushed her to try new things & she had fun doing this project. And here are some pics.

Front, the four patches on the sides are the units Eric has been in, and his airborne wings & CIB (combat infantryman's badge) above the name tape:
Back, with room for more unit patches as we continue in the Army life:
Neat Stitching across the top of the bag:
Top closure, which is from the button closure in the front of the uniform:
Pockets on the inside:
Strap, which reads "Rangers Lead The Way" on the outside, and the inside says "All The Way," it's what is said every time you salute someone else in Ranger Battalion:

She made me a cute little bag that fits inside:
If you haven't checked out Lynsie's bags, you are seriously missing out. She is located in the Utah area, but was more than willing to deal with me all the way in Florida.

Thanks Lynsie, it was truly a pleasure!! And now I have a bag that is great with a black or brown outfit! (I know I'm not the only one that has to coordinate that!)


Wendyburd1 said...

That is such a cute bag! I am not huge on frills either.

Okay since my dad is asleep and I can't ask him, he'd know he was Air Force, but WHY do they put the American Flag backwards on uniforms? I don't get it.

Mary said...

To answer Wendy's question:

The flag is worn on the right shoulder, because, in the military, the "place of honor" is to a military member's right.

The full-color U.S. flag cloth replica is worn so that the star field faces forward, or to the flag’s own right. When worn in this manner, the flag is facing to the observer’s right, and gives the effect of the flag flying in the breeze as the wearer moves forward.

The rule dates back to the Army's early history, when both mounted cavalry and infantry units would designate a standard bearer, who carried the Colors into battle. As he charged, his forward momentum caused the flag to stream back. Since the Stars and Stripes are mounted with the canton closest to the pole, that section stayed to the right, while the stripes flew to the left.


Wow! I LOVE her bags! I too have looked at several places and not wuite liked the designs but these ones look great. I think I am sending her an e-mail for a purse for me and 2 little ones for the girls.......

Kristina P. said...

Mary, that is so great! I'm so glad you had her make this. It's awesome. And it accomplished exactly what I wanted. I hoped people would go flocking!

I hope she's doing OK. She hasn't blogged in a while or answered my comments!

Jen said...

That bag is adorable! I love the idea of using his old uniform. Is it big enough to double as a diaper bag in a few months? Cos that would be especially awesome.

Erin said...

Lynsie is such a sweetheart. And that bag rocks!!

Queenie Jeannie said...

I love it!!! Now all the other Ranger wives will want one too!!


Missy said...

LOVE this! Headed there now! This is the greatest idea! My DH is a uniformed man!