Saturday, May 26, 2012

"The Leather Lady!"

 At shows, I am referred to as the "nun lady", so I am transferring this salutation to my friend, Karen, who could be known as "the leather lady" for the beautiful leather collections she creates! Karen Gunna, of Karen Gunna Designs presents her beautiful handmade leather creations at shows across Canada. This photo shows Karen presenting at the 'One of a Kind" show in Toronto this past spring.
 Karen creates a multitude of fine leather goods in her home studio, everything from handy change pouches, to large leather bags and knapsacks. She has some wonderful items for travelers, and her work shows her fabulous sense of style.
 One piece that I own is this little 3-zipper pouch. Karen uses one of these as her actual wallet, with cards stored in the middle compartment, change and cash in the other two side compartments. I am finding this piece to be very handy indeed, and store all of the cards that one seems to collect for airmiles, department stores, etc. They are much easier to find when I need them, plus the bright orange color that I have is very easy to find in all of the "clutter" that I seem to accumulate in my actual handbag!
However, my favorite piece of all is my red "Ella" handbag which Karen is sporting here. It has many zippered compartments on the outside of the bag, and a few on the interior as well. I receive many compliments when I carry this bag! So nice to have something made by hand than something mass-produced!
I hope that you get the chance to visit Karen at one of her many shows throughout the year. Unlike me, Karen is busy doing shows all year long, and across Canada, so you may have a chance to meet her in person, and find your own special 'Karen Gunna" creation. If not, please visit her website and enjoy "browsing" her fine work!

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