Sunday, December 2, 2012


Vintage Beaded Face Bag

Sold. Thank you Kimberly!

While roaming through her grandmother’s attic, the girl came across what looked to be a very ancient beaded bag. To her surprise, there was a face on the front. The look on the face was one of wisdom and of a certain knowing. It immediately captured her heart. What was the history of the bag? Why had her grandmother never showed it to the family? Now that her grandmother’s memory was waning, she guessed she would never find the answer. Still, the precious purse seemed to beckon and the girl fled with it to the rest home where her grandmother now lived.

Close-up of Face

Years later, the girl was now a woman. So often when she traveled here and there to meetings, parties and out on the town, that precious purse accompanied her. She held it’s history in her heart and would not reveal it to anyone. She often thought back to the day when she held the purse up for her grandmother to see. She remembered the tears her grandmother shed and the story her grandmother had told her of the purse and how she came to own it.

Close-up of Beadwork

More years passed and the vintage purse was handed down from grandmother to daughter to granddaughter, all vowing to hold the story of the antique to their hearts, not revealing it to anyone. The mystery of the bag remains to this day. Just looking closely at the face on the fabric purse with the subtle yet radiant beadwork of amber and browns seem to cast a spell on the beholder. To touch the soft beadwork, almost, but not quite, renders the answer to a question too intimate to even put into words.

While shopping at an antique mall, I discovered this incredible purse. I have looked up vintage bags on google and cannot find the source. Still, there is something charming and wonderful about the colors and feel of the bag. I decided to add one of my original faces and more beadwork that looked similar to what is on the bag. Of course, the story then came to me. Perhaps one of my readers can give the answer to the bag’s mystery. She is 5"w x by 9"h x and the beaded stap is aprox. 21" long. I have priced her at $89.00. Please let me know by e-mail.
if you’d like to have her as your own. You can also view and order on Etsy if you prefer.

Thank you for your patience in reading this long story~

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  1. Oh Cheryl I love it wish I could afford it. I am sure someone will snap it up what a wonderful thing to own.

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  3. Cher...what a lovely and intriguing story. The purse is a beauty and will surely become a treasured piece to be passed down just as in your story.


  4. This takes my breath away! Stunning!

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  8. She is beautiful and I believe her mysterious story will make her more beautiful. I also believe that the bag was destined to come in your hands Cheryl. You are able to add more character and mystery to that priceless bag.

    Have a great week Cheryl!

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    I decided to try and access through my google reader and it worked!

    What a gorgeous bag. I can just imagine the amount of hours that went in to creating it even before it founds its way to you. Your adding the extra beading and one of your faces makes it even more special and mysterious. It does appear she has a story to tell. Beautiful.
    Hope your having a wonderful holiday season.
    Hugs Lynn

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    Anyway...the bag!
    And the story!
    Divine Femininity.

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