Wednesday, October 14, 2009


I started this business of designing handbags based on the joys of expressing who you are and on the beauty that comes with being the unique individual that God made you to be.
I wanted this business to be an outfit where fun, creativity, and personalization could be experienced by each and every client as well as myself in the designing process.
And the best part of it all to me would be the relationship I built with each and every individual I invested my time and craft with along the way.
And so far, I have done just that.
Meet April from Straight From The Heart. She was one of two lucky winners who won a 50% off design session on any size k.Mac "Sling Fling" from this giveaway. I cannot say enough sweet, wonderful things about this amazing mama and blog friend. She is kind, fiery, determined, a visionary, consistent, a perfectionist, and so upbeat.

And the crazy part about all of this is, I have NEVER even met her!

That's my impression of April from reading her blog daily as well as working with her in designing her custom handbag.

I truly enjoyed sending her fabric collections until she found just the right one. It was my pleasure to talk with her regarding the choices she was making with her purchase. The details are everything to me as I want them to be just right for my customers.

She was back and forth on whether to do a monogram or just a "W" for her last name. I love the bold and classy look the cranberry "W" provides.
After receiving her custom design, she had this to say about her purchase:

Oh, my goodness, I ever LOVE it!!! You did such a fabulous job and it's a million times better than I envisioned...which was pretty darn good! :) Thank you from the very bottom of my heart...


And that's exactly what k.Mac is about.

Giving people the opportunity to express exactly who they are in the handbag they carry.

Upon each and every bag design giveaway, I wanted to be intentional about celebrating the uniqueness of each winner in true k.Mac fashion.

So, I devised 21 questions. #21 being my lucky number.

21 questions for each winner to answer. These questions are based upon the every days of my life in a sorta silly way.

So, without further adieu, let's enjoy April, shall we?

What is one thing you do everyday and never miss?

I pray...and I eat a big bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios for breakfast! What better way to start my day off right!

Approximately, how many pairs of shoes do you own?
Around 40...some of them I REALLY need to donate!

What is your signature color?
Now, that's a tough question! I like so many different colors, it's hard to say! I'm a huge fan of red, but I don't really like it on me. I love burgundy A LOT, but I'd probably have to say black because it's such a versatile color...goes with just about anything.

If you were stranded on an island and could only take one make-up item, what would it be?
Well, if I were stranded on an island, I don't think I'd care too much about how I looked, so I'd have to say that it would be my Eurcerin Facial Moisturizer with SPF 30. I've got to protect my skin, you know! I wear it every day under my makeup.

Have you ever played in the rain?
Yes, on several occasions. However, I don't particularly care for how it feels when your clothes are soaking wet and they stick to your skin. Ugh!

What do you love most about your husband?
Simply put, I love that he loves me...and he's short, too! It's not easy, at times, when I'm suffering from PMS and pre-menopausal issues, but he understands and accepts me just as I am. He even tells me that I'm beautiful when I roll out of bed in the morning with no makeup on and my hair going every which way! I think he's way past due for an eye examination! :)

What are your children’s biggest strengths?
Abby, my 13 year old, has the sweetest, most sentimental heart. She never fails to say or do just the right thing whenever I need it most. Brittany, my 17 year old, is a talented athlete and has an amazing sense of humor. She makes me laugh about something every single day!

What is your favorite season?
I love Fall! That's when my hubby and I got married almost 20 years ago (our anniversary is next week!). I love all the changing colors on the trees and how the air is so crisp.

Best vacation you ever took was:
Sedona, Arizona. It was so relaxing and laid back. We spent our days exploring and hiking. We made some of the best memories as a family! I would definitely have to say that it's one of the prettiest places I've ever been in the US.

Peanut butter and jelly or ham and cheese sandwich? Which do you pick?
I'm a huge fan of good ol' PB &J.

What are you passionate about?
LIFE! I lost my mom, brother, and dad in a period of 6 short years beginning in 2000. It taught me to never take a single breath or day for granted...and to cherish those I love with all my heart and soul. You just never know what tomorrow might bring.

What is your favorite piece of jewelry?
My wedding ring. It's a constant reminder and symbol of the vow I took nearly 20 years ago before God, and family and friends to love, honor, and cherish my hubby forever and always...and I DO!

Name one dream that has come true for you.
To be a stay-at-home mom. I have a Master's degree in speech-language pathology, but I gave up my career 17 1/2 years ago to raise my girls. It's a decision that I can honestly say I've never once regretted. HOME is where I want and need to be.

You can only pick one: watch TV, read a book, take a nap, or go for a walk. Which would you pick?
Well, normally, I'd choose to go for a walk. I'm a huge nature lover and I enjoy being outdoors, especially this time of year. However, being that I get up every morning at 5:15 AM to see Brittany off to school, I think I'll go with a nap. I'm so sleep-deprived, it's not even funny!
In my spare time, I : exercise, organize, or blog!

What’s the best advice you have ever given?
Well, Abby went through a period when some boys on the bus were picking on her. She tried to handle it on her own for awhile, but I ended up having to get the vice principal involved and the issue was resolved in a timely manner. However, I sat Abby down and had a long talk with her. I told her to "never allow anyone to make you feel less than what you are." I explained that she had to believe in herself and to always remember that God was watching over her.

What makes you unique?
I might be short, little, petite...whatever you want to call it. However, if someone hurts my family or anyone I love dearly, I'm a spitfire, as my dad would say!

One thing people would probably NEVER guess about me is…
I'm a Broadway musical fanatic! Ever since I saw "Cats" with my mom years ago, I've been hooked! In fact, I know just about every song from "Cats" by heart! It's my ongoing lifelong dream to sing on Broadway one day. It isn't that I have the set of pipes to, actually, pull it off, but I'd love to stand up on that stage and be in the spotlight. Oh, what I'd give!

Favorite room in your house is? Why?
I'd have to say our basement because it's the place where we have "Family Movie Night" and play the Wii together. We're a very competitive family!

Are you right-handed or left-handed?

What do you love about your k.Mac design?
It's so ME! I love the pretty Fall colors and the mixture of polka dots and stripes. It's so roomy inside, too!

I told you she was just THE best!!!

You want a stab at these 21?

What's up for grabs?

Well, in honor of about we say....April's bag!

No, we aren't taking April's bag from her and no, you don't need to be bummed if your last name doesn't start with a "W"!

The winner of this giveaway will receive 1 medium k.Mac "Sling Fling" in our "Freshly Fallen" fabric collection WITH your monogram.

To enter: Leave me a comment answering one of the following:
{cause I like it when I have choices}
1. I like your handbags because ___________________.
2. My favorite Halloween candy is ____________.
3. My favorite toenail polish color is __________________.
4. A good book I just finished reading was ________________.

To be entered 3 times in addition to your 1st entry, you could mention this giveaway with a link to this post. You could. Just me me know if you do!

The winner of a replica of April's "Sling Fling" will be announced, Monday, October 19th!

It feels good to be in the spotlight every now and again.

Good Luck!

.mac :)


Red Writing said...

I like your handbags because...of the attention to detail and the beautiful textiles you use. I hope I win! I will do a post in the next couple of days about the giveaway.

April said...

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for featuring me today! made me sound like some sort of superstar, when in reality, I'm just a simple gal who's doing her best to live in the moment. So glad our paths have crossed! You are such an inspiration in so many ways! Have a blessed day and GOOD LUCK to all who enter your giveaway!

Shelley said...

I came over here from April's blog! Her bag was beautiful! I loved the colors and style - you do wonderful work. So kind of you to have a giveaway too!! I will mention your contest on tomorrow's blog post on my log cabin blog -
To answer one of your questions - my favorite Halloween candy is CANDY CORN!! I've always enjoyed them since I was little. I even had them as wedding favors at our fall wedding. My anniversary is coming up on Oct. 28 and I know my hubby is going to make sure i have a big bag of them! :-)

Darlene said...

I came over from April's blog to visit you. The handbag is FABULOUS and she did a great job picking out the fabric to use on it. I'm going to enter the giveaway by answering that I just re-read New Moon since the movie will be out in November. Hope you have a great day.

southerninspiration said...

I like your bags because they are stylish and cute! (and I like April! :)
Toenail polish --brownish Red
Favorite halloween candy--chocolate, any form!
Book I read? Phillipians


mysteryhistorymom said...

I came over from sweetie pie April's blog! Your bags are amazing! I love them because they are unique, fun and your offer monograms- perfect! My favorite Halloween candy is Milky Way bars! mmmm.... I am getting ready to read The Time Traveler's Wife with some friends- hoping it will be a new favorite! Thanks for this fabulous giveaway!! Lori

ClassyChassy said...

My favorite halloween candy has to be "Smarties" - love the small size and the tart/sweet flavors! Your bags are very cute and stylish - you have a great eye for color. Came to visit by way of April's blog, and love her handbag! Would like to enter your giveaway.

Beth said...

You know I can not resist the chance to win one of your handbags! The reason I like them is because of the attention to detail you put into one. Each bag is unique and made to match the personality of the owner. You just can't buy that!

Anonymous said...

My favorite toenail polish color is any random shade of one area of life to go crazy with (haha)

What a sweet tribute and interview! And the bag is awesome (which bag isn't?)

So, are we ever going to meet up? We are enjoying Fall break in the mountains this weekend, but maybe next weekend we could meet halfway?

Ruby Red Slippers said...

1. I like your handbags because they are so unique!
2. My favorite Halloween candy is Baby Ruth's.
3. My favorite toenail polish color is Any!!! Always wear it on my toes...
4. A good book I just finished reading was Summer Affair By Elin Hilderbrand.

I thought I should answer them all-maybe up my chances...
And I will mention your giveaway on my blog with a link-
Because I am nice like that.
Or, maybe because I REALLY love April's Bag!
Love the colors, the stripes-everything...YOU ARE SO GIFTED!!!!

Special K said...

I like your hand bags...because they are beautiful and your creativity shines through! All the choices and personal attention are amazing!


a good book I just finished reading is Created to be His Helpmeet! Great read...hard at first but God used it to do mighty things in my marriage!

BTW, I came over by April's blog! LOVED the bag and had to come check them out...and lookie lookie a give-a-way! How awesome is that! :)

Melissa G. said...

Oh April's bag is beautiful!!!
I like your handbags because they are so personal and unique and show each person's personality.

Thena said...

I also found you through April. She is an awesome woman. Love reading her blog, and look forward to now reading yours. I love the purse not too bulky. Favorite halloween candy would be candy corn.

-stephanie- said...

April sent me over. Love her! What a beautiful bag! I'll answer question #1. I like your handbags because... The quality looks incredible. Looks like you really put your heart in to creating these. And to make it personal to the carrier makes it so much more special. You do a fabulous job.

Rebecca Jo said...

Can I say first... I LOVE LOVE LOVE April - she's the sweetest woman & best mom! Glad you featured her.

Second - OH MY GOSH... that bag is ADORABLE!!! And the inside - SHUT UP! That's too cute!

So my answer - One of the best books I've read lately is "The Noticer".. I've recommended it to EVERYONE... sooooo good!

Live.Love.Eat said...

I loved her advice to her daughter ~ don't ever let anyone make you feel less than you are. I should add, in the spirit of the funk I have been in, "including yourself" to the end of that sentence.

1. I like your handbags because you make them & put love & care into each. And they happen to be pretty too. 2. My favorite Halloween candy is Twix. It's not Halloween candy but it's usually the only time I eat this favorite candy of mine.
3. My favorite toenail polish color is a coral type. I'll always remember my husband loving it and telling me so when we were dating.
4. A good book I just finished reading was Catching Fire, sequel to the Hunger Games.

Kim's Treasures said...

I love your bags because of the attention to detail and the fabric are so delicious.

Today is my first visit to your blog but I already love everything I've seen!

Have a great day!

TateandLily'sMom said...

I am not sure its a candy, but I love caramel apples in the fall...especially when the caramel is kinda soft. I will post your shout out on my blog tonight!

Nicole said...

Here you go, I answered three of four:

1. I like your handbags because I am constantly stopped by people saying "Where did you get that gorgeous bag!?" & because I get to co-design it!!
2. My favorite Halloween candy is Reese's chocolate peanut butter egg.
3. My favorite toenail polish color is "Nicole's Mall Queen Mauve".

Nicole said...

you are going on my FB page!

Tennessee Tech Basketball said...

So Bobo needs to win a bag for Igglers!! My favorite Halloween Candy is Reece Cups or Reece's Pieces!! Love you bag lady!!!

Anonymous said...

1. I like your handbags because they are made special for their owner each has its own identity.
2. My favorite Halloween candy is little boxes of Nerds.
3. My favorite toenail polish color is anything red.

I just had to put my comments in bc I would really love a new purse and you do such a great job!

Anonymous said...

4. A good book I just finished reading was ________________.

My Sisters Keeper.. Actually the book was very sad, I tried to finish it while sitting in the coffee shop having "me time", but had to leave cause i was balling like a baby.. The reason I love this book so much is that I have 2 wonderful sisters who i consider best friends and would do anything for them.. To top it off, when it came out as a movie, we all went to see it ( with my fabulous mom as well).. I will post your link so I can be entered 3 times :)
jaymie owen

Jennifer said...

That was just me- the anonymous- tried to put my name in and for some reason did not do it right!

2 Little Irish Boys said...

You are so creative and wonderful! I just adore your bags because they are wonderful and because you are such a fun, fiesty spirit!!

My favorite polish is OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark!!

Ohh, I would love to talk cameras with you. Maybe in the near future I will have a thriving business like yours--will need your advice on that.
But, e-mail me--we can call each other and then love to get together!! I am a Canon girl but my step-dad has a sweet camera, too! I am just starting to buy lens'!!

E-mail hot mama!!

A Year in the Life of..... said...

1. I like your handbags because of the colors.
2. My favorite Halloween candy is candy corns and sadly I will miss them this year.
3. My favorite toenail polish color is OPI's 20 candles on my cake. The color is great for summer and winter.
4. A good book I just finished reading was Disordered Eating Among Athletes by Katherine A. Beals. The book was very interesting. Writing a paper on eating disorders in Judo, but I have to say this book makes me question eating disorders in all sports.

K.MAC- YOu know i love your bags. I use my bag you made in the spring all the time and get great complements on it. I love it very much and would love another one one day. Maybe when I finish school and I get a job that pays money.

JennyMac said...

A great book I just finished reading is The Help. Fantastic.

And I like your bags because they are such a cute and positive reflection of you and all your creativity!

Norma Jean said...

Wow!...your handbags are Wow! I totally adore the one in the picture at the top of your blog! And the fall colors and patterns in the give away are gorgeous!
I love your bags because they have
This is my first visit to your blog and I spotted your link at ruby red slippers.
I will be posting a link to your blog very soon.
My favorite Halloween candy...homemade popcorn balls. Nothing says or tastes like
Halloween better to me than homemade popcorn balls, unless of course it's a caramel apple..hmmm.
Book I have read..Hunger Games and it's sequel Catching Fire. Both are Great!
Toenail polish...I like to go with a hot pinkish red color, that way it goes with just about anything I wear and because it's sooo pretty!

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