Monday, October 27, 2008

A New Economy of Glamour

A Western folk tale speaks of two purses set before a shopper from the East: a sleek, oversized leather name-brand bag; and a small, modest hemp version hand-printed by an independent artisan. The first purse promises to inspire adulation and envy from others, and a heightened sense of position in society. “The catch,” the shopper is told, “is that it costs more than a small car, clashes with almost anything but expensive clothes, must be frequently pampered with oil and protected from scratches, and loses 50% of its value the moment is no longer brand new.” The story stops there. After all, some endings are obvious. We didn’t choose to feature Mingus Designs simply for the eco-friendly organic composition, adorably rustic-modern design, and obvious practicality of its purses and other products. We’ve turned our spotlight on this ahead-of-the-curve accessory artist for our own collective illumination.

Without a doubt, this is one designer tailor-made for a global economy that is gradually turning all of us into smarter, more intuitive and less superficial shoppers. And the kicker is, considering its uniqueness and considerable charm, a screen-printed Mingus purse will turn heads much the way a more expensive purse might without saddling its wearer with even of smidgeon of that pretentious show-off stigma. Should nature themes catch your fancy, the agrarian goodness of The Waves is a must. Animal lovers will clutch closely the Armadillo at Sea, Rabbit Pile or Hummingbird version. And for those who celebrate craftiness itself, images such as the Origami Plane are positively perfect. But generosity may well be the greatest virtue of all, and Mingus Designs proves to have this quality in abundance as well: The winner of today’s giveaway will receive an Elephant Origami organic purse in black, courtesy of the purse’s maker. To qualify, visit Mingus Designs, then come back here to tell us about your favorite product. Mention in a second post if you happen to subscribe to Wishing Willow, since our subscribers receive an extra entry in the contest. To post without a Google account, just click “anonymous.” Be sure to also leave your email address. The winner will be chosen randomly. Contest ends 11/4/08

**We have a winner! Ann who said, "My favorite product is the Hummingbird Organic Purse, really nice. Thanks for the great giveaway!"**

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Sandy said...

hummingbird recycled cards are creative mrs.mommyyATgmailDOTcom

Melissa B. said...

The red Waves Purse is cute (90%hemp/10%yak hair.

Kimberly said...

I like "The Waves" purse. That is pretty. Like the olive green on beige colors too.

HunnyV "at" Optonline "dot" net

Kimberly said...

I am also an e-mail subscriber.

HunnyV "at" Optonline "dot" net

- Marybeth I. said...

Hummingbird Organic Purse is my fav. Waves is a close 2nd

- Marybeth I. said...

subscriber!

Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Armadillo At Sea Hemp Purse.
-Terra
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Super Blogger Girl! said...

I dig the waves purse! so cute!

jennifer.lleras@gmail.com

Allyson Hill said...

Simply beautiful! I actually love the Origami Elephant on black and would be so happy to win that one, it's my favorite. I also love the Waves Purse in red!

(p.s this is a duplicate of the last comment, please delete that one when you get a chance)

Allyson Hill said...

I subscribe!

kagey10 said...

I really like the Pile o bunnies. it is just sweet looking. wavesis pretty too.

karissag at gmail.com

kagey10 said...

subscriber!
karissag at gmail.com

Sally said...

I really like the red pile of bunnies - reminds me of my daughter!

AmandaSue said...

I like the Hummingbird Organic Purse!

nanja said...

I like the Waves purse very nice

Ann said...

My favorite product is the Hummingbird Organic Purse, really nice. Thanks for the great giveaway!

ann dot guns at mac dot com

Ann said...

I'm a subscriber.

ann dot guns at mac dot com

kktwins said...

My favorite is the Hummingbird Organic Purse. Thank you.
kktwins22@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I like the Origami Birds Organic Purse

dangotmail AT yahoo DOT com

Heather said...

I like the Pile o bunnies

Shel said...

I love the Rabbit Pile Hemp Purse!

Viv said...

My favorite item is the Hummingbird Organic Purse.

Mommy Instincts said...

i love the hummingbird organic purse, so cute!

thanks,
jen
mommyinstincts AT gmail DOT com

mverno said...

the hummingbird purse is nice

Allie said...

I love the organic texture of Mingus' products! My favorite is definitely the:

Rabbit Pile Hemp Purse!

It's adorable!
Oh, and I'm a subscriber too! :)

alliebeans19(at)gmail(dot)com

Allie said...

Oops, here's my subscriber mention in a second post! :)

alliebeans19(at)gmail(dot)com

Insignificon said...

I like the Armadillo at Sea hemp purse.

Insignificon said...

I'm a subscriber!

The Jackson Family said...

I love the origami birds purse, amazing!

The Jackson Family said...

I am also a subscriber:)
jessicajackson@cox.net

mommyjen99 said...

My favorite item is the Hummingbird Organic Purse. My grandma loves hummingbirds so this reminds me of her.
thanks
jen62728@aol.com

mommyjen99 said...

I am a subscriber
thanks
jen62728@aol.com

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I love The Birds Purse from Mingus Designs, the red drawings so light and airy against the neutral background!

Roberta said...

Hi, I like the Armadillo at sea hemp purse.

rhubbert@socal.rr.com

Roberta said...

I subscribe.

rhubbert(at)socal.rr.com

judybrittle said...

I just love the Origami Elephant on black and the gray print on black Hummingbird. Those are really nice. Thank you!
judybrittle at aol dot com

cathyhall said...

Origami Planes, the 3 card set look fantastic. thanks for the giveway.

cathyhall said...

I subscribe via email.

judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber
judybrittle at aol dot com

Norris Family said...

We love the hummingbird organic purse. - these look gorgeous, thanks for the chance to win!!


davidjnorris at ntlworld.com

Jamie said...

I like the waves purse!

jamieATohhowlovelyDOTnet

Jamie said...

I also subscribe.

jamieATohhowlovely.net

diesel51 said...

The wave purse with the hummingbird cards second.
Very pleasing to go through sect. Colors are soothing and easy to navigate.

Jenn S. said...

I think the Armadillo At Sea Hemp Purse is my favorite.

abigail said...

Love the origami elephant cards!

leftymylou at gmail dot com

Abigail said...

I also subscribe. Thanks!

leftymylou at gmail dot com

janetfaye said...

I like Hummingbird Organic Purse.

Thank you!

janetfaye at (gmail) (dot) com

janetfaye said...

I am subscribed.



janetfaye at (gmail) (dot) com

lisagee said...

Hummingbird Organic Purse is my pick.

sito50 said...

Rabbit Pile Hemp purse is my favorite.

Kirby McCauley said...

Love the Hummingbird Organic Purse!

Kirby McCauley said...

I am a subscriber.

kellyache[at]hotmail.com said...

The grey on black Elephant purse is verrrrry cool.

windycindy said...

Hello, I enjoyed the Western folktale! The "Organic Hummingbird" Purse is a favorite of mine. Please enter me in your fun giveaway drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Stephanie said...

Origami Elephant Card 3 Card Set
tvollowitz at aol dot com

reb said...

I love the birds purse.

rebbi511 at peoplepc.com

Tonya said...

i really like the Hummingbird Organic Purse

sk8fancat said...

I am a big fan of hummingbirds so I naturally would pick the organic hummingbird purse.

chromiumman said...

the waves

The Chatty Housewife said...

I love the bird purse in grey and red. Beautiful!

Jawan said...

I like the The Birds Purse, black hemp with grey print. So classy!

sandune_169 said...

The waves purse is my favorite.

offthemap13 said...

Hummingbird Organic Purse is my first choice, with the waves purse in close second!

julie said...

i love the hummingbird purse.

julie@bittybraille.com

Mar said...

I like the Armadillo at sea hemp purse.

vmkids said...

hummingbird purse

Pat said...

I collect elephants so how could Inot love the elephant bag!

Carol said...

I love the Waves purses.

Sunnyvale said...

I like the hummingbird

redron said...

Hummingbird Organic Purse

Alissa said...

I love the hummingbird organic purse and also the Waves!!!

aschrader85(@)gmail(.)com

mogrill said...

I love the Hummingbird Organic Purse! So cute.

Erin said...

I love the red waves purse!

ellybean (at) connected2christ.com

margelina said...

I like the recycled cards.
margelina@comcast.net

margelina said...

i subscribe
margelina@comcast.net

fidofido said...

The red waves purse is right up my alley
junkrug@yahoo.com

TwoWishes said...

Those are fabulous ... you have so many great Etsy finds! I was leaning toward the origami elephant in black (and would certainly be happy to win it!!) but then saw the Rabbit Pile. How can anyone resist a pile of rabbits??!

Tara
twowishesblog at gmail.com

TwoWishes said...

And I subscribe!

Tara
twowishesblog at gmail.com

LisaW said...

I like the Rabbit Pile Hemp Purse. Thanks!

LisaW said...

And I subscribe!

llinda29 said...

hummingbird organic purse is my style

dawns41 said...

I like the Hummingbird Organic Purse.
dawns_horizen@yahoo.com

vboackle said...

i like the red pile of bunnies.

kygirl said...

Hummingbird Organic Purse

toughturtles said...

Rabbit Pile Hemp Purse

Karen said...

Love the red waves purse.

ktgonyea at gmail.com

j.p. said...

I love armadillos, so my favorite is the Armadillo at Sea purse. Very original.

j.p. said...

Subscriber.

Imanoptimisticbeauty said...

I love rabbits and the design on the Rabbit Pile Purse - Stand Up Style is amazing!

imanoptimisticbeauty[at]yahoo[dot]ca

Imanoptimisticbeauty said...

I subscribe!

Ang said...

The origami plane organic purse is my favorite.

ranzangel@hotmail.com

dianerph said...

The Hummingbird Organic Purse is my favorite.Very nice.

SeptemberLovely said...

I really like the "rabbit pile hemp purse". I think its really cute.

SeptemberLovely said...

<---subscriber

ann marie said...

I like the hummingbird organic purse. Really nice products.

Bebemiqui said...

I like the waves purse.
bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

littlelatina said...

I love the rabbit pile purse

sarah said...

i love the hummingbird organic purse!

fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

Tina12312 said...

I love the Hummingbird Organic Purse! Thank you!

Ken said...

My sister loves the Hummingbird Organic Purse. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

Kristin said...

I like all of the rabbit pile purses because I love bunnies.

legenderry[at]cox[dot]net

John said...

I'm always a sucker for stationary, and I love the Origami Elephant cards.

John said...

and I'm a subscriber

Hanna said...

these are so cute.. I like the red rabbit pile purse because it reminds me of these coffee mugs we have. I also really like the green armadillo purse.

Hanna said...

I'm a subscriber.

Adrienne said...

I love love love the Waves purse! Its so cute, i like the little trees on it!
a_rose_l@hotmail.com

Adrienne said...

I am also a subscriber!
a_rose_l[at]hotmail[dot]com

oona said...

I love the Green Rabbit Pile hemp purse, it's sweet and simple

Thanks for the fun giveaway!
foxsquirrelrabbit(at)yahoo(dot)com

oona said...

I am a subscriber as well!

Thanks for the fun giveaway!
foxsquirrelrabbit(at)yahoo(dot)com

tiff said...

the waves purse is stunning!

texan_michael(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

ky2here said...

Great products. I think the origami plane notecards are under-represented so I'll go with those.

I'm concerned about the recycled hummingbird cards. Just to clarify, I'll assume that means recycled paper and a hummingbird design. Please assure me there were no hummingbirds recycled into the product. That would be sad.

Sharon said...

LOVE the Waves Purse the best. THANKS

Sharon said...

am subscribed. thanks again

justicecw said...

I like the Waves purse. thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

Whimsical Creations said...

My favorite is the Rabbit Pile Hemp Purse.

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Whimsical Creations said...

i'm a subscriber.

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Aimee M K said...

Beautiful products! My favorite is the Rabbit Pile purse (stand up style).

life.is.my.adventure[at]gmail[dot]com

silverbele said...

The beige wave purse for me.

Gill - That British Woman said...

I love the hummingbird organic purse.

Gill

ecky said...

i love the black organic flip flap bag! i can see why they are sold out!
elkesten at yahoo dot com

hazel said...

I love the Origami Plane Organic Purse
mitanari[at]yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I like the Hummingbird purse. cardeb2@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

I subscribed! cardeb2@verizon.net

Jenna said...

The hummingbird organic purse is really cute. Great giveaway!

Millie said...

The red Waves Purse is cute (90%hemp/10%yak hair. What a cool giveaway!! Thank for the chance to win such a great prize!
cadewill14ATyahooDOTcom

Millie said...

I am a subscriber :)
cadewill14ATyahooDOTcom

Jennifer said...

I like the hummingbird organic purse.

h. said...

love the waves purse.
hmcnaron gmail com

Emily N. said...

I like the The Birds Purse.

rosannepm said...

Like the hummingbird purse and cards

Tammy said...

My fave is the Wave purse

RE said...

The wave purse would be great! Thanks!

Missy said...

I love the Rabbit Pile Hemp Purse. Adorable!

M.A. said...

I like The Birds Purse (black).

Andy said...

The Rabbit Pile Hemp Purse is sooo cute.

Aisling said...

The Armadillo at Sea Hemp Purse in green is absolutely marvelous!

Becca said...

I really like The Waves Purse. Thanks!

Aisling said...

I subscribe to Wishing Willow.

CCAT45 said...

Armadillo at sea purse is nice

amy purple said...

I love the origami elephants! How cute are these? VERY! thanks.
pposwaps(AT)gmail.com

Tamara said...

I like the recycled cards. The Origami Hummingbird 3 Card Set is very pretty.
tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

Tamara said...

I am a subscriber.
tamben79996(at)aol(dot)com

shellydelight.etsy.com said...

my favorite item is the birds in the grey and black fabric.
Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Michelle
Shellydelight@gmail.com
Shellydelight.etsy.com

dddiva said...

I really like the Hummingbird Organic Purse.
I am a subscriber.

Roxanne said...

Love the Waves purse. Very cool

Anonymous said...

I love the waves purse, especially in one of the pink/reds! So pretty Love it!

Lizmariani@hotmail.com

joannaonthelake said...

The Elephant Origami purse that is part of this giveaway is just fabulous! I love it. My other favorite item from Mingus Designs is the Hummingbird Purse in the color black. That is also a really neat and cool design! These organic purses are really functional and are great for even keeping your cellphone in it! Thank you for the opportunity to enter.
joannaonthelake@gmail.com

tatertot374 said...

Thank you for having this. I like the Hummingbird Organic Purse. Very nice. Thank you!
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

SuburbanGypsy said...

I have to second, third, fourth and so on the Hummingbird Organic Purse. I love it!

Great giveaways you are hosting! Good luck to everyone!

thesuburbangypsy [at] gmail [dot] com

crystal said...

These little purses are so adorable. My favorite is the Hummingbird Purse:)

cyclona66@aol.com

yellowlabs said...

Armadillo At Sea Hemp Purse is cute!

SeahorseLady said...

The Wave purse is my favorite. I also like the cards.
Thanks for the nice giveaway.

SeahorseLady said...

I'm also a subscriber.

drming said...

The Origami Elephant on black

wwe11 said...

I really like the Pile o bunnies, so cute.
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

Jolene said...

the origami birds is cute

Deedles said...

Hummingbird Organic Purses are my favorite.

jennem said...

I like The Waves Purse. It's a soothing sort of pattern!
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

bonobo said...

I love the Hummingbird organic purse - all of the purses are so cute!

Thanks for a great giveaway!
jjdragonfly [at] gmail [dot] com

ami said...

I like the waves purse in black with grey...very cute

amib1975@googlemail.com

Nissa said...

My favorite is the Armadillo At Sea Hemp Purse. Thanks!

cam said...

Origami Birds Organic Purse are my favorites.

Anonymous said...

I like the waves purse!
vhsurvey@hotmail.com

PATTY said...

Love the Bird's Purse

smithpatty at comcast dot net

paula h said...

The Orgami Birds Organic Purses are my favorites. Very clever designs.

sachidewey said...

I love the red Rabbit Pile purse!

bison61 said...

I like the Hummingbird Organic Purse

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

scoomer said...

I adore the Origami Rabbit 3 Card Set!

heatheranne99@hotmail.com

TO said...

My absolute favorite is the Hummingbird Organic Purse! It is adorable.

Thanks
Tammy

VIVI7729 said...

My favorite is the Hummingbird Organic Purse!!

Jinxy and Me said...

I like the Hummingbird purse. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jinxy and Me said...

I also subscribed to your blog in my Google reader!

kate dunn said...

I love it all but my favorite is probably the Origami Bird Organic Purse. Too cute :)
kylienkate@aol.com

Chrissy said...

The Hummingbird Organic Purse is my favorite. Thanks!

Rachel Q said...

love them

Brooke said...

I love the Hummingbird Purse!

Brooke said...

I'm a subscriber!

Chris and Julie said...

I love the Waves purse!

Smiles Across Miles said...

I like the waves purse best.

Bonnie in FL said...

Oh my what a wonderful store I love the Origami Birds Organic Purse and the Hummingbird Organic Purse beautiful

Bonnie in FL
blday50@gmail.com

Xenia S said...

The Waves Purse is my favorite, followed by the Origami Elephant Organic Purse as a runner up.

Thanks!
xpsundell(at)gmail(dot)com

Tammy said...

The Waves Purse is really nice

arvard said...

I like the Armadillo At Sea Hemp Purse.

klp1965 said...

i love the Hummingbird Organic Purse

Amira M said...

i like the waves purse in khaki

jo1brat said...

I like the Origami Elephant Card 3 Card Set

purango said...

The Armadillo At Sea Hemp Purse is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

Laura said...

love the red 'the waves' purse and the hummingbird recycled cards

trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Becky said...

I really love The Birds Purse. Very nice.

Thanks so much!

Becky said...

I am a subscriber!

Carolyn said...

I love the Hummingbird purse.

thanks for sharing

ceashark at aol dot com

Carolyn said...

I'm a subscriber.

thanks again

ceashark at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

Origami Birds Organic Purse

ladycat713@yahoo.com

toohotforturtle said...

I like the Armadillo At Sea Hemp Purse

toohotforturtle said...

I am a subscriber

Stacy said...

My favorite is the Hummingbird Organic Purse.

hetz-junk(at)hotmail(dot)com

Candie said...

I like the birds purse (especially the black one)

candieluser(at)gmail(dot)com

Candie said...

I subscribed

donna444444 said...

I like the Origami Birds Organic Purse.
donna444444@yahoo.com

donna444444 said...

I subscribed.
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