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What’s in your bag?

What is it about peaking inside someone else’s purse? It’s kinda like peaking in someone’s home: you want to see how they use their space, whether for inspiration, to ooo and ahhh or just to satisfy your curiosity.

Jordana did a post awhile ago about what was in her purse, and we thought we’d show a few more. We started with Donna Druchnas and her L.J. Kaelms. We were thrilled when she offered us a peak into her latest super-secret design project.

 Here’s my bag. What’s in it? The inspiration and ideas for my a new pattern line I will be publishing next year. I can’t say much more now, but you can see in the photo that travel is involved.

Donna Druchunas L.J. Kaelms knitting bag using

And as in most of my design work, there will be strong cultural and historical influences. When I travel, the bag becomes my all-purpose carry-on + knitting bag, but when I’m at home for a stretch of time, it becomes my business-planning tote.

donna druchnas travel knitting bag l.j. kaelms

I love that my L.J. Kaelms is so versatile, light-weight, and comfortable to carry. Don’t know how I ever lived without it. An exaggeration? Maybe just a little.

Aww can you feel the love? And since Rebecca hasn’t opened up her purse to you yet, let her spill her (handbag’s) guts:

I went to Minneapolis awhile back and decided to check a bag, which meant I could carry something fabulous on board instead of the usual backpack/luggage blahness.

When I pulled everything out after I’d set up my Rio, I realized I carry two of pretty much everything. And my husband couldn’t believe I fit it all in there. He has no idea. This isn’t even as packed as I’ve had it.

rebecca's knitting bag travel rio

Two cameras, two pairs of glasses, two journals, two books, two yarn projects — that’s Sante’s fancy scarf there and a crochet creation I’m just playing with. Plus I need snacks and LOTS of water when I travel.

I was pretty impressed the Rio closed with all my stuff stashed in there, but honestly that’s kind of what I use my Rio for. I love my Bella, which goes with me everywhere, but if I need more than one way to entertain myself (long bus rides, plane rides, car rides) the Rio is my go-to. It gets abused even if it isn’t used every day.

What’s in your Jordana Paige bag? We’d love to see how you organize your knitting and everyday things! Email us the photo, post it on our Facebook wall or tweet it at us. We love to see our products in action!

Meet the artist behind the L.J. Kaelms art: Tali

I’m a firm believer that everyone has a creative bone in their body. One of the coolest things about working for Jordana Paige is that her products are all about encouraging the creativity of crafty people.
But what’s really neat is all the art that’s sort of behind the scenes here. When we send out greeting cards or thank-you cards, they feature original art from different artists. Her straight needle box also has original art on it.
And her latest bag, the L.J. Kaelms, is featured in a lovely piece of artwork  by Tali, who took some time to talk about her inspiration,  her craft and a few other fun things.
lj kaelms art tali
JP: How did you meet with Jordana?

T: Beyond being a marketplace to sell and buy handmade art, Etsy is also a great community of people. Jordana saw my paintings there and contacted me.

JP: What is your primary art medium?

T: I love painting in several techniques, which are: color pencils, oil pastels, acrylic paints, and even ink. My favorite at the moment is acrylics.

JP: If you could eat anything with no consequences, what would it be?

T: I could eat hamburger and chips several times a day!

JP: What project are you working on right now?

T: My work is primarily taken by private commissions. It seems like I don’t have enough time to paint for myself, but I love painting for other people and making them happy.

JP: What kind of constraints did you have for the L.J. Kaelms bag?

T: Jordana asked me to make the bag the star. Her work is beautiful so it wasn’t hard to concentrate on the bag. The medium is an oil pastels done on kraft paper.

JP: Do you knit or do other crafty things aside from paint?

T: I love photography. A lot of the time, I paint my portraits from photographs I took. In the past, I also danced, but less so now.

JP: How did you get your inspiration for the art you did for Jordana? 

T: The picture Jordana sent me was all I needed to get me motivated. I really enjoyed painting this commission.

JP: Have you been commissioned to do other work or do you mostly do your own and sell it?

T: Mostly I am my own boss. I like deciding what to paint for myself, and most of the time the paintings I do are not constrained by my clients.

JP: What inspires you?

T: Sunshine! I wish days full of sunshine and happiness to us all!

Thanks so much for taking your time to speak with us Tali! And thank you for the sunshine wish … it’s a bit overcast here today. You can see Tali’s work at her Etsy stores: Tush Tush and Tosya.