September 18, 2008

Too Cute Iowa - Etsy finds

I can safely say that for the longest time I never considered myself to be an 'Iowan'. I was born in Arizona and spent a good portion of my young life in the southern part of the US. My father was originally from Iowa and in the middle of fourth grade, we (my siblings and myself) were plucked from our sunny, warm and exciting home to a cold, dreary and not so exciting one. I still remember being unfazed by the scenery. More hills? Ho hum.

Fast foward to about 15 years later and you've got a girl with a different tune. I see potential. What Iowa lacks in what others may consider natural beauty and excitement, it makes up for in hospitality and charm. I can't say this for everyone, but I've never been somewhere else that you'll find hellos and waves from strangers in the smallest of towns. Welcoming is the best term I can think of. And now I'm one of them.

With that said, I couldn't help but post about these CUTE Iowa pouches. Loving your state in a subtle (or not so) way? She makes them custom as well. So if you're not Iowan, contact her about making one in your state. Take a look at her shop - Monster Fashion. Lots of neat vintage-inspired items and I'd almost go as far as saying she's adding contemporary flair. Love it!

Don't forget to check out the tree brooches while you're there. Adorable! I've got one myself already and it's just darling. I can definately stand by her work. I've also gotten a custom bag made and was lucky enough to be able to pick out everything and I mean EVERYTHING. You just can't replace the excitement that comes with options. :) The bag I have you can see to the left. Excellent work and highly recommended.

Iowa scenery pic courtesy of Matt Niebur. Iowa pouch and tree brooch courtesy of MonsterFashion.

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