Helen's Daughters Studio
is now making "Stadium Pouches"
Most sport stadiums now restrict the
size handbag you can carry into the park.
a mere 4 1/2" x 6 1/2 ".
Pictured are the Wisconsin colors.
$20 plus $2 shipping
tax included with cash/check.
PO Box 438'
Sunday, September 8, from 10 AM - 5 PM
we will be at the Mt Mary Starving Artist Show
Just off Burleigh in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
We luv this Show.
Everything is priced at $100 and under.
See you there!
Thanks you Evanston!!!
Lots of SMILES this past weekend.
Thousands of feet passed by my booth.
Many came in and emptied my racks.
I will be very busy this week.
Another show in Green Lake, Wisconsin!
I'll be burning the midnight oil!
Char from Helen's Daughters
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Ann Arbor 2013
is just a very hot memory.
No time to explore this time.
Thanks to all of you! I'll be back next year.
Remember our booth is across from the big red sculpture on State St!
The 2013 Strawberry Festival
is now a memory.
The first HOT day on Sunday with Saurday cool and cloudy..NO RAIN!
With shops, strawberries, music, authors, art, craft and thousands of people
enjoying a summers' weekend.
Now back to the studio - filling orders and making new work.
Saturday and Sunday
we will be showing our handbags at The Cedarburg Strawberry Festival,
June 22 and 23, 2013
We will have these lovely backpacks and a whole lot more!
See you there...Opens at 10 AM.
Omaha Summer Art Fair.
It was wet - friendly - always interesting.
We had one great day - Friday!
But...it rained every minute of the show on Saturday and Sunday.
The sun finally broke through at 5 PM Sunday
as I headed East and home.
Always a lovely drive - so green it hurt your eyes.
Thank you Omaha - you'll see me again.
You couldn't be more accommodating and
A new twist on a past design....
The envelope bag!
Getting ready for Omaha Summer Art Fair
in Omaha, Nebraska
Right downtown in Booth #126.
We will be there rain or shine....
from 11AM to 8PM!!
11AM - 5PM Sunday!
We have been going to the Springfield Art Fair
for almost 25 years!
They do this wonderful activity that no other fair does.
They have a children's shopping tent.
No parents allowed!
The kids go in and shop.
And...here's the delightful young ladies
with their moms/grandma's - happy Helen's Daughters handbags carriers! Thanks Springfield...
you are sooo good to us!
This Saturday and Sunday,
Helen's Daughters, Char
will be in
Springfield, Illinois at the Old Capitol Art Fair
- Downtown -
Helen's Daughters, Mariella,
will be at the
Stillwater Art Fair
in Stillwater, Minnesota.
We'd love to see you!
Helen's Daughters - Mariella -
has one more day to exhibit during
the Bluff Country Studio Art Tour.
The Art is fabulous,
the Scenery is spectacular
and the Community of artisans are top notch.
Good Job Bluff Country - Good Job!
AND Always Minnesota Nice!
A stack of Smart pouches ready the 13th Annual Bluff Country Studio Art Tour, April 26 through the 28. See Mariella at the Son of Norway, Lanesboro, MN. Check out the website for more information www.bluffcountrystudioarttour.com
Question #2 - What kind of sewing machines do you use? We make our handbags with Viking Sewing Machine. We learned how to sew on a very very old Singer sewing machine. When we were little, our parents went to the Minnesota State Fair and learned about a "new" sewing machines - Vikings made in Sweden - they were green at that time. Our dad sold a cow to buy mom that machine they saw at that fair. It didn't take long before every spare minute we had, we were sewing! We've had several Vikings over the years - preferring older machines over brand new one. We do not used computerized machines. Our stitching is pretty basic.
We've decided to answer the twenty most asked questions about Helen's Daughters! Question #1. Who was Helen?? Helen is our mother!! She was born in the mid 1920's. She grew up in Minnesota. Had to leave her home to work at age 14. Met and married our dad at age 19 and had her first child at 20. She had a total of six children. Lived on a farm, milked Jersey cows, grew a huge garden,worked very hard and LOVD to sew. She taught us how to sew when we were five years old. She was creative, hard working, community minded and said girls can do anything! To honor our Mom, we've called our business "Helen's Daughters!" (Helen is on the left hand side and she's standing with her sisters - Mary and Murna.)
We often have questions about how we price a handbag? Here's a simple breakdown. Our upholstery fabrics are $12 to $60 a yard (many handbags can take more than a half a yard upholstery fabric), we use a quality taffeta for lining, a interlining, buttons, thread, beads, tassels, cording, etc. Then there's studio - electricity, heating, insurance, sewing machines, sergers, scissors, pins, paper, and more. Art fair fees, hotels, gas in van, website, printed materials, postage. All this goes into the price of a handbag. We appreciate you all and how wonderfully you have supported us over the years. Thanks! Char and Mariella
Only a few days remain for this mid-winter Buy Now Boutique. www.helensdaughters.com
It will return early April until Mother's Day.
The Boutique will be closed all summer.
We are out seeing you - at shows and fairs.
Check our schedule for dates and locations.
We always have handbags in Baraboo at Raven House.
and Lanesboro, Minnesota, in the Art Center.
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We'll keep you posted all Spring and Summer
(Email box located on right hand side of this post)
Just finshed Revelle's Red Purse.
Katie in Wisconsin, owns the red handbags from
the January Challenge.
Revelle in Connecticut, wanted one just like it.
Revelle, it's on it's way to you!
So...now there are only "two" like it in the world!
Thanks Katie and Revelle!
On snowy below zero day.
Mariella and Char from Helen's Daughters
headed to the Twin Cities.
It was time for Febraury fabrics.
In an ocean of fabric, each made their fabric choices.
Now the fun begins -
designing and making new spring handbags.
We no longer purchase 10 - 20 yards of fabric.
3-5 yards keeps our designs fresh and interesting.
Can't wait to get back to the studio!
First Late Winter Show
Weaver's Guild Fair
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The 2013 January Challenge
Make A Handbag-A-Day COMPLETED!!!
What fun this was!
All the designs in this Challenge were from
Helen's Daughters Artisan,
Char terBeest Kudla
the Baraboo, Wisconsin
faction of Helen's Daughters.
" I learn so much about my patrons, my work and myself.".
Thanks for following the progress!
Back to the studio and work, work, work!!!
My first show is only four weeks away.