Where to start? Hello, my name is Anne and I have taken over the day-to-day running of Onbag. I first spoke to Sarah shortly after she opened her custom list, I ordered a bag and we chatted about the possibilities for Onbag. Later that year in the summer of 2008 we shared a stall at the London Summer Sling Show.
Things have been a bit quiet which is partially because both of us gave birth to our third babies in the autumn. Eleanor was born on the 29th of September and Christopher on the 6th of October. Something else that is exciting is that Custom Onbags are available in the UK again. Christina is a fabulous seamstress and a creative artist. You can see her work here: http://chrizzakearney.wordpress.com/ which is also where you can find out more about how to get your own Custom Onbag.
Stay tuned there will be more news to come!
Jolijn writes, 'The first Onbag Baby is finished. It's made from pieces of a Didymos Waves wrap in 7 different colors (Lind, Aqua, Silber, Sequoia, Purple, Allegro and Violet). It was fun to make!'
What a great looking bag, the contrasting colours work so well together!
So we have a small batch of our exclusive special editions bags available once more. There are two Baby sets, one classic set, as well as some 'zone' accessories.
Another wonderful DIY bag to share.
Nerida has used different fabrics to accent the bag with this lovely pattern being used on the straps. She has also enhanced the finished bag with the beautiful embroidered design on the front. Great stuff!
Eva used colours from her favourite wearing wraps and slings to provide inspiration for the beautiful handpainting on her Onbag. The 'triskel' symbols and brightly coloured triangles look fantastic. Eva says 'this is my favourite bag now, even when I go out without my baby'.
The design was completed using standard textile paints and colours. Eva's friend Petra sewed the bag for her, leaving parts of the bag fabric white so that the textile paint colours remained vibrant and clear.
A stunning bag!
Jolijn has made these two amazing DIY Classic creations for herself and her sister, both have unique personalities using different fabrics, patterns and textures.
The black velvet bag is very stylish and classy, with the richly patterned and coloured red lining it really stands out.
I love the vibrant green colour of the cotton Classic. The patterned lining suits it so well and is sure to brighten up even the dullest winter day.
Jolijn writes that her next project is two DIY Onbag Babies! I can't wait to see what colours and fabrics she uses.
Don't the special red DIY Onbag labels look smart too?
You'll be hearing more from me in future as I'm going to be taking over the day-to-day running of Onbag at Sarah's request. She has been finding it increasingly difficult to balance running a small business and looking after two small but energetic boys, so I have jumped in to help out. This will give her the time to develop some more ideas and projects of hers which have had to take a back seat until now, so watch this space!
I just wanted to introduce myself to the many readers who check this site regularly, and I look forward to chatting with you all here or on other forums.
Well done to everyone who worked so hard to make International Babywearing Week a success!
Two lucky ladies won Onbags as part of the celebrations, one in Southampton, one in Hungary!
Zsofi who helped to organise the Hungarian event (http://hordozas.hu/hordozashete2009/) sent me this lovely email:
"I just got these from the happy winner, Viktoria, mum of two little girls from north east hungary, Eger.
She loves the bag and sends you her fond wishes!
Here is her daughter Laura also sporting the babywearing week t-shirt."
Viktoria was lucky enough to win an Onbag ByEthicals Special Edition, in Autumn Scrappy Stripe.
And, nearer home, in Southampton, Debbie wrote to tell me about their event:
We had some very generous donations which enabled us to hold a charity raffle and auction, as well as having a cake stall.
One of the prizes which was donated to our auction was an Onbag Classic, which was won by Carol.
The event was very well attended and we raised over £200 for the charity of our choice, Best Beginnings.
For more details and pictures of the event, please see http://www.southamptonslingmeet.com"
Many congratulations to the organisers of both events, and many happy years of babywearing to all concerned!