Helen's Daughters Studio

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hidden Studio Art Tour - October 4-6, 2013

We set up our display at Red Sky Studio today.
 Here's the easiest way to find us. From Interstate 39, 
turn east on Hwy D, travel to Almond, WI,
 turn north on Hwy A - it will curve to the East, 
go north on EE until you reach GG. Turn East.
 Red Sky Studio is fire number 8092.
 It will be the first drive left on GG. 
Go up the left hand path
 and you will drive into a beautiful clearing
 and the brand new studio - Red Sky. 

We'll be there to greet you. (From 
39 to Red Sky studio it is about 12 miles.) 

Our hosts are Gene and Mary Lee Reineking.


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Stadium Pouches!

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.
 Send to
Helen's Daughters
PO Box 438'
Baraboo, WI.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Before the Rush

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!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Vote for US - Made in America

Vote for US....
we hare looking for more votes in the 
Martha Stewart Made in American contest.  

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Thanks Agora - Fitchburg, Wisconsin

A perfect Day!
A perfect temperature.
The sun was shining.
And people were out looking, buying and having fun.  
Always interesting -  Agora.
Thank you!!! 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Thank You Evanston!!!!

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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Thursday, August 1, 2013

New Handbags For The Lakeshore

We will be at
The Evanston Lakeshore Art Fair
August 3 & 4, 2013
Evanston, Illinois
11AM - 6PM - both days!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Ann Arbor 2013

Ann Arbor 2013
is just a very hot memory.
Wonderful patrons.
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!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Sometimes We Just Can't do it All.

We are preparing for
The Ann Arbor Summer Fair
and there was just was not enough time to fit
Madison into our schedule this year.
Thanks to Normal, Illinois,
this past weekend....you ROCKED!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Normal, Illinois This Sat/Sun!

We are bringing the
 Helen's Daughters booth
Uptown Normal, Illinois.
The Show starts at
10 AM on Saturday
continues until 5 PM on Sunday!
Come see our new collections!

Monday, June 24, 2013

2013 Cedarburg Strawberry Art & Craft Fair

The 2013 Strawberry Festival
is now a memory.
 The first HOT day on Sunday with Saurday cool and cloudy..NO RAIN!
Thanks Cedarburg.
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.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

This Weekend - Cedarburg Strawberry Festival

Saturday and Sunday
we will be showing our handbags at
The Cedarburg Strawberry Festival, 
June 22 and 23, 2013
Right Downtown.
Booth #131,
We will have these lovely backpacks and a whole lot more!
See you there...Opens at 10 AM.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Omaha - Wet & Interesting

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
 "Nebraska Nice".

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Getting Ready for Omaha Summer Art Fair

A new twist on a past design....
The envelope bag!
Getting ready for
 Omaha Summer Art Fair
 in Omaha, Nebraska
June 7-9
Right downtown in Booth #126.
We will be there rain or shine....
from 11AM to 8PM!!
11AM - 5PM Sunday!

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Ladies of Springfield

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!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Working for Springfield Old Capital Art Fair

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!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sunday - Marshfield, Wisconsin

Catch in the Marshfield  Wisconsin
High School Fieldhouse
Mother's Day.
Opens at 10 AM.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Elmhurst Art in The Park

We'll have new backpacks
Art In The Park
Elmhurst, Illinois.
10AM - 5PM
Saturday and Sunday.
Rain or Shine!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Bluff Country Art Touring - Lanesboro

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!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Bluff Country Studio Art Tour April 26-28. Starts in Lanesboro, Minnesota.

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

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bluff Country Art Tour

Mariella from Helen's Daughters Minnesota
will be part of
The Bluff Country Art Tour.
April 26 -28, 2013
in Sons of Norway Hall
in Lanesboro, Minnesota.
Mariella will have a great selections of handbags.
We'll see you there.
Visit their website -

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cedarburg Wearable Show Starting Friday at 7 PM

This show is different - it's ALL Wearable ART!
Cedarburg Wearable Fair
Cedarburg Cultural Center
Friday 7 - 9 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM
We will definitely be there!!!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Sunday, April 7 - Festival of Arts in Steven's Point

Sunday, April 7 - Festival of Arts
Steven's Point, Wisconsin
Starts at 10 AM.
We'll be there!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Question #2.

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.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

20 Most Asked Questions - #1

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.)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Price of a Helen's Daughters Handbag

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

Monday, March 25, 2013

A Pile of Tablet Carriers

Sundays work...Tablet carriers.
We love working with pattern and color.
A simple pile of carriers - a pile of art.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happy Spring Friends and Fans


Happy Spring Friends and Fans!! 
 In the Spring of 1989, Helen's Daughters was created. 
 We made modest little handbags with an amazing amount of handwork. 
 The trend then, was to have an artist draw images for your catalogues.
 These are our first Helen's Daughters designs 
drawn by Julie Sutter-Blair.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Steven Point Festival of Arts - April 7

  One of the very fine shows
we will be doing in April
 Sunday, April 7, 2013.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Only a Few Days Left.

Only a few days remain for this mid-winter
Buy Now Boutique. 
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.
Sign up in the little email box on this blog.
We'll keep you posted all Spring and Summer
(Email box located on right hand side of this post)

Friday, March 8, 2013

Katie and Revelles' Red Purse

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!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Snow Day at the Studio

A Full Day of SNOW!
Just a little delay on working on orders.
Will be back in the studio tomorrow.
Hopefully this will be our last big snow of the season.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tablet Carriers - Something NEW for Weavers Guild Show

We'll have a pile of
Tablet Carries/Holders/Covers
The Weavers Guild Show
 in the 
Hilldale Mall
Madison, Wisconsin
March 2 &3, 2013


Thursday, February 21, 2013

February Fabrics

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
 March 2-3
Hildale Mall,
Madison, Wisconsin.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Thanks! What a GREAT Experience!


Thanks for following my January designs. 
 It was a exhilarating experience. 
 It was good the "play" with new ideas with input from you.
 #2 was definitely your favorite, getting 817 looks and 96 likes! 
 We gained 111 new fans! 
 With your help, I will introduce new bag lines. 
 You'll see them at my first Art Fair
 in Madison, Wisconsin at the Hilldale Mall - March 2-3. 
 Many of you purchased and ordered new 
Helen's Daughters Handbags - Thank you!!! 
 The bulk of the Design Challenge handbags will be tucked away 
and offered at our studio open house 
during the Fall Art Tour, October 18-20. 
 Over a thousand of you visit us in October. 
 Right now, we have a great selection of handbags
 at Raven House, 108 3rd, Baraboo,WI.. 
 Thanks friend and fans!    

Thursday, January 31, 2013

#29 - #30 - #31 - Challenge - COMPLETED!!


The 2013 January Challenge
Make A Handbag-A-Day
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.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Buy Now Boutique -Up

Enjoy our online boutique with
new bags for spring 2013


#26 - #27 - #28...Make a Handbag-A-Day Challenge.

Three more designs and three more left to make.
 Follow our posts on our Facebook page -
 Helen's Daughters Studio.
It's been fun and challenging.

Friday, January 25, 2013

We Lost Count - Challenge Still Going Strong

A few more days left.
 This is our progress in the last three days.
January Challenge
Make A Handbag-A-Day.
Follow us on
 Helen's Daughters Studio
Facebook fan page!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

#19 - #20 - #21 - #22 - Make A Hand-A-Day.

Eight Days left
for our Make a
 January Challenge
.  Here are the last four.
See each days design on our
Helen's Daughters Studio Facebook page.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

#15 - #16 - #17 - #18 - January Challenge

Making great progress with the
 Make a Handbags-A Day
January Challenge.
See the progress on
https://www.facebook.com/helensdaughtershandbags .
Every day before midnight we add a new handbag.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

#11 - #12 - #13 - #14


 January Challenge 201 - #11 - #14.....
Check out our Facebook fan page  -
Helen's Daughters Studio
and keep up with the challenge.

Friday, January 11, 2013

# 7 - # 8 - # 9 - # 10

We're a third of the way...20 more handbags to go.
Check out the progress
on our Helen Daughters Studio
Facebook page.

Friday, January 4, 2013

A Handbag-A-Day.

a new handbag
in design and fabrics
every day
through the month of
# 4