Earth-Fest 2010-Giveaway #6-Final Giveaway!
If there is one essential item that every woman should have, it is a functional and fashionable bag. Purses come and purses go, but a great bag that is large enough to function as a diaper bag, stylish enough to co-ordinate with any outfit, well designed enough to keep life’s accessories organized and strong enough to withstand being stuffed to the brim is a bag that is in a class of its own. Unfortunately, finding such a bag is no easy task.
For years, I hunted for a great bag that could do it all. I wanted a bag with a strap long enough to wear across the body. A bag that was strong enough to function in place of a grocery bag at the store. A bag that was roomy enough to carry a picnic lunch to the park for my children and me. I reluctantly started carrying a small purse with my essential items in it as I continued my quest. I dumped larger items in the bottom bin of my baby’s stroller. I began to despair of ever finding what I had been looking for.
And then…I found Lazy Dog Designs. This small, women owned business specializes in beautiful and original hand sewn pillows made from sustainable fabrics. The nature-inspired designs are hand cut from hemp and hemp-blend fabrics and sewn onto organic cotton chambray backgrounds to create gorgeous, one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly items. The pillows are stunning and unique, but when I looked at the site I was even more intrigued by the sensational looking Farmer’s Market Bag. It looked like the perfect bag I had been searching for and I was elated when I was given a chance to test it for myself.
The Farmer’s Market Bag is available in either hemp or organic cotton in a variety of shades ranging from spring green to dark blue. I received an organic cotton bag in natural to review. The color of this bag is a perfect creamy beige that looks great with any style. I was happy to see that the fabric was a thick and sturdy weave that looked strong enough to stand up to a full load with ease. The strap was both long enough to use across my body and wide enough to ensure that heavy loads would be as comfortable as possible.
The design of this bag is absolutely amazing. The many pockets allow for easy organization and maximum functionability for any situation. An adorable cell phone pocket placed near the bottom of the strap doubles as a handy compartment for to-do-lists and change. A large exterior pocket helps to keep everything from diapers to notebooks easily accessible. On the inside of the bag, an inspired “berry pocket” holds berry baskets or other fragile items above heavier items for protection. A small interior pocket provides a perfect secure place for money, identification or other personal items.
The fold-over flap is a great multi-functional feature of the Farmer’s Market Bag. It is long enough to adequately close the bag without buckles or buttons. It is also the perfect length to fold back behind the bag for easy accessibility to the interior while out and about. Finally, when extra security is required, two beautiful coconut shell buttons fasten the flap to protect the bag’s contents.
I loved this bag from the moment I first put it on. For a quick trip to the grocery store, it easily holds a gallon of milk, a bag of fruit and my main ingredients for supper. I love using my Farmer’s Market Bag for library books as well. Since my son Zackary and I are both avid readers, we often have a dozen books that need to be returned. I was thrilled to discover that every single book can be packed into the bag with ease, and the small inner pocket provides the perfect place for a library card. The outer pocket ensures that I am always prepared with a diaper and wipes in the event that Baby Benjamin requires a diaper change.
I have found an infinite number of uses for the Farmer’s Market Bag since receiving it, but my favorite use is the one for which it was originally designed. This bag is absolutely fabulous for carrying produce. I can effortlessly fit four large bags of fruits and vegetables into my bag when I go shopping, and I love being able to carry a basket of luscious berries in my bag without crushing them with heavier items. I am giddily anticipating the opening of the local market gardens so that I can fill up my bag with deliciously healthy fresh-grown local vegetables.
Lazy Dog Designs also offers customized quilts and wall hangings. All of the products made by Lazy Dog Designs show a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature, stunningly depicted in an eco-friendly way. The company is also always happy to work with customers to create specialized pieces distinctly suited to an individual.
Personally, I couldn’t be happier with my Farmer’s Market Bag. At long last, my search is over. I have found the perfect bag, and it has met and exceeded my long list of requirements. This gorgeously designed bag made with sustainable fabric is invariably at my side when I walk out the door, and with its amazing durability I know it will stay there for years to come. For one-of-a-kind products that encompass beauty, function and eco-friendliness, Lazy Dog Designs is an unbeatable choice.
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Giveaway ends 11:59 pm CST on May 31, 2010. Open to US and Canada