Monday, April 15, 2013

Brushing off the Cobwebs and Venturing Back to Blogging

Gee, apparently it takes over a year to re-launch things - at least it has for me. I am so grateful to my sweet, faithful friends and customers who have continued to follow and order from me through this sabbatical I've been on. It truly encourages and inspires me!  My life has taken so many turns over the past 2 years and I have healed and grown and found love and found myself again... Amazing, wonderful blessings have been abundantly rained on me and my kids!

I expect to be 100% back in business with Mama's Pocketbook by early Summer, with a revamped website, new designs, lots of OOAK bags, new fabrics, new everything! This is my year of REVIVAL. I'm Refreshed, Renewed, Re-Energized and EXCITED about my NEW LIFE!

I'm engaged to the love of my life, Kim, and we are planning for our life together. There will be lots of changes going on over the next few months, but he totally supports me in my passion for bringing Mama's Pocketbook back to it's full potential! So the waiting is over, I'll be ramping things ups a lot more starting in May. I guess that's pretty good timing since I originally started my business in May of 2006. Kicking off my 7th year calls for some special ideas.  I'm thinking giveaways, contests ... How about telling me your ideas for making this 7th year special? THANKS!!! ~ Dianne

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Hey friends! I just wanted to let you all know I am going on vacation as of tomorrow (Aug 16) and I will not be open for business again until Mon. Aug 27th for shipping. I appreciate all the orders I've received this month ... it has been so reassuring that my business is not dead after my hiatus of the past year and that I can bring it fully back to life again over the next few months! I'm excited both to be getting a real vacation with my sweetheart and to be able to create and enjoy my little business again - and maybe make it a big business one day!! See y'all on the 27th!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Re-Launching Takes Time!

Getting back up and running with my business is taking much longer than I'd hoped it would. I'm looking on this time of growth and renewal as a kind of long winter's nap that has given me the rest and nourishment I've needed. And now Springtime is coming - both figuratively and actually- and I'm preparing to unfold and blossom and unveil all my creative little heart can bring forth! Thank you for any of you who have checked in on me, encouraged me, understood this time of transition, and waited for me to return. It is such a blessing to have you all in my life and to feel the love that you give. I can't wait to catch up with everyone and share and see what you've been doing all these months. It's still going to take time to get back in my groove... or actually to create a new groove! So bear with me ... it's gonna be fun!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Starting Over

First I want to say how very grateful I am to those who have continued to visit my website and blog over the past four months. As you can tell, I've been away from both since May. As it happens sometimes, life turns on a dime and we find ourselves dealing with completely unexpected changes. My world turned upside down in May when my husband abruptly, without warning, decided to leave and file for divorce. Turns out he had someone on the wire and he remarried before the ink was dry on the divorce papers! So, even though it was the most painful experience I've known, I am now healed and ready to live my life with honesty and the real love of the people who guided me to the peaceful, faith-filled place I now embrace.

I know it seems miraculous to claim to be healed in such a short time. Maybe it's because I've been hurt before, and survived ... many times in fact. Mainly though, I was fortunate enough to have an amazing support network of friends, family, church, counsel, and neighbors who rallied around me and lifted me up through the confusion, pain and complete remodeling of my life over these past 4 months. The counseling I received, the love of friends and family who listened to me cry, rage, pray, repair and recover, having my children to care forhelp to cope with the changes, and getting a new job that gave me confidence, creativity and courage, all of these things, plus realizing that God has a new plan for my life, combined to bring me clarity, hope, strength and determination to move forward.

And now it is time for me to start over with my business and bring new life to it. It will take some time to rebuild, to make new product and regenerate interest in my designs. But I am excited at the chance to start fresh and get things rolling once again with my passion for this business.

Once again, thank you to all who have reached out to me, showing me support, giving me comfort, being true friends and continuing to believe in me through the darker days of these life changes. I am really, truly, very happy and looking forward to flinging open the doors of my life to see what amazing things lie ahead!

First up ... I'm preparing for my very first Fall Festival! I've never done an arts and crafts show, but a friend wants me to share a booth at our local town fair in October, so I'm going for it! Wish me luck!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Tote & coordinated Fabric Card Cases & Tissue Cover with Printed Tissues
One of a Kind - In stock - READY TO SHIP NOW!

Caitlin Tote Mama's Pocketbook

I just love this Spring-y Happy Fabric Ensemble
Caitlin Tote & Accessories Set
is a One of A Kind Original Design!
Includes 2 fabric card cases/organizers & a coordinated tissue cover with printed tissues

Caitlin Tote, 2 Card Cases & Tissue Cover with Printed Tissues
Now Sale Priced at $48.00 for the set

What beautiful fresh Spring colors!
This is a one-of-a-kind tote set with accessories!
I've fashioned my basic tote pattern from a gorgeous print called Caitlin Blooms by Alexander Henry and coordinated the outer pocket and interior lining with Amy Butler's retired Okra Eyelashes from her Belle collection. The tiny ruffle and fabric flower are created from another retired Amy Butler Belle fabric called Chrysanthemum in Okra. These fabrics are no longer available commercially, so you will definitely have a OOAK set!

The outer shell features a large lined slip pocket with a cute little ruffle, fabric rose and a perfect vintage dragonfly pin!
Not only is it gorgeous on the outside, inside it is also lined with Amy Butler's Okra Eyelashes fabric and there two slip pockets on one side that are perfect for cell phones, cameras, iPods or other small electrical devices and a large pocket on the other side that will hold your Kindle, iPad, Nook or other larger devices. There's plenty of room to spare inside for all your other essentials as well! And the included card cases/organizers and tissue cover all help keep this tote organized and ready to serve you as a great day bag or shopper!

All pockets are fully lined and corners are securely V-stitched, of course… nothing is ever flimsy about my bags!

12" drop padded and channel quilted shoulder strap from shoulder to top of bag.
11.5” tall and 14” wide, this bag wears comfortably and securely against your body. Perfect for shopping, antiquing, treasure hunting, and all manner of outings!