Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Train Ride Purse Giveaway

Whenever I think of trains, I think of romance.

I know that a lot of other people think of grimy city subway trains, but not me - my first thoughts flash to romantic getaways. I imagine pretty, dolled up ladies, armed with lovely bags and suitcases, headed off to a new adventure.

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My friend Kelly did just that recently. Instead of a traditional wedding, she and her fiance boarded a train and toured San Luis Obispo and other areas of California. I was so excited for her - it sounds like such a great adventure to begin married life together. The above train drawing is a slight variation of a little illustration I did for her Wedding Announcement design.

So yes, while some people think of work and the office when they think of trains, I associate it with excitement, new beginnings, and a bag packed with all my favorite things. And The Wren is just the shop I would want those bags to come from.

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The Wren is a darling store based in Cape Town, South Africa. The lovely Wendren has created a gorgeous collection of bags, pouches and clutches to fill her pretty store, and there is definitely a style of bag for everyone here. I love the texture and color she uses, and the style of each bag is absolutely darling! I could see myself with every single one of her bags!

Living in such a gorgeous city, Wendren is surrounded by a canvas of natural inspiration. With muses like the mountains and diversity in weather, it's no wonder Wendren's bag-designing talent is so impressive. Wendren says that the unpredictable weather in Cape Town "keeps you on your toes and always aware. Noticing and being aware of your surroundings is so important because there is so much inspiration to be absorbed if only you notice it."

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I love Wendren's taste and her eye for color. Her bags feature so much color, and yet it all flows seamlessly together. Her favorite color is natural indigo, and her favorite desserts are Peppermint Crisp Pudding and Apple Crumble with ice cream. You can catch Wendren at her blog here.

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And guess what? Wendren is kindly giving away her Purple Blossom Bird Purse to one lucky reader! Perfect for your romantic train ride, or your long commute to work, or even just for a coffee date with friends. I have a serious crush on these darling purses. To enter, please leave me a comment here letting me know what you think of when you think of trains.


(Product photos courtesy of The Wren).

96 comments:

Erin said...

mmm trains! When I think of trains, my mind immediately takes me to England, where I spent 2 weeks last year. We took a lot of train rides, traveling across the beautiful countryside to different cities. Good memories :-D

Adorable purses!!!!

Alicia said...

oh my goodness, I would LOVE to win this. Thewren has been one of my favorite etsy shops for a while. One day I hope to make a purchase from her.

Trains=coal for me. I grew up in West Virginia where the coal train ran daily behind my house. Probably not as romantic as other train memories huh.

Jennifer said...

I think the idea of traveling on a train is so romantic! I have never traveled on one, but I think it would be an amazing experience! These purses are so cute! :)

cabin + cub said...

I always have a glamourous image of trains too.. like the Orient Express! That would be such an adventure!

Love those bags!!

Erin said...

I think of old movies. Like The Thin Man, when they're taking a train home and sleeping in bunk beds in a tiny train car dressed in their luxurious silk and fur pajamas.
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maggisaar said...

I LOVE train rides! Did you know that Steve had never ridden a train until just recently, when we took the Coaster from Oceanside to San Diego!? Seriously, that poor, sheltered husband of mine.

Anyway, I love train rides. And I love that purse!

Melanie's Randomness said...

I love Trains. I used to take train home from college & it always made me feel so much relief that I was going home. Excitement to be away from all the drama of school. Also it's just so serene. I love reading a good book or just staring out the window. It makes my mind deliciously wander. What beautiful bags, I'd love to win one for my travels. =)

Hello, darling said...

When I think of trains, I think of...White Christmas, the movie, one of my all time favourites =.]

Nicole-Lynn said...

Cute bag! When I think of trains, I think of those intense action movies where people are chasing eachother...haha

Rebecca said...

i haven't spent much time on trains...to be honest. but the time i have has been sweet...once in italy with my best friend, in nyc during an amazing dance workshop, from philly to nyc with a dear friend.

i see why you have a crush on these purses. your friend has amazing stuff! what talent.

hope your week is going fantastic!

MYSAVIOR said...

The bags and birds are amazing. When I think of trains, I think of my childhood since I grew up in New York City and rode the subways from a very early age. Going on the train always meant going somewhere really great like the Metropolitan Museum of Art or Macy's to shop for a new dress or a wonderful restaurant to eat in when we met my great-grandfather for lunch. Not only does NYC have the subway but they also have a train called the EL short for elevator train. I would sit by the window and watch the city go by.
Thanks for the memories, Dionne.

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cory - falling star lane said...

heeheehee - i guess i am alone in this one - i think of trains, and i get agatha christie, and murder on the orient express!!!
(hope i got the title right)
so, some romance, lots of excitement.
i remember taking trains a few times as a kid, and being really excited, it's a fun time!

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I fell in love with trains when I went to Euorope the first time. I want to take a big trip across the United States in a train one day!

Love the purse!

littledeadmommy said...

When I think of trains...I think about laying in bed at night when I was little. The train tracks were fairly close to my house but I only ever noticed them at night when it was quiet.

LBB said...

Such cute purses! I think of Europe when I think of trains...the trainride I took to see Monet's garden in Giverny...the trainride from Belgium to Amsterdam on a trip with my mom and sister...and I think of the movie "The Lady Vanishes." I love that old movie!

Ashley said...

When I think of trains I think of the old west. If there was a chance I could go back in time it would be to the old west. Trains hadn't been around long, so of course I don't think I would want ot ride the train back then since that's where all the rick folk were, and that's also where all the bandits did their job!

Those bags are amazing! I would love to carry one of those beauts around!


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jeannie said...

These bags are adorable. Trains make me think of escaping on a wonderful adventure.

Gaia said...

Mr B asked me to thank you for your wishes! you've been so kind!

maybe this time I'll win the purse!
Thanks for being always so generous and kind with me!

Meghan said...

When I think of trains, I think of my husband!!! Before we were married, we lived apart and had to take the train to see each other each weekend. Even though I was always so exhausted riding the train on a Friday night after work, I was so happy and excited to see him:)

Kaye Prince said...

I have never actually been on a train (save for the commuter Go train which I do not consider to be an actual train) and would really love to! I think it would be great and old movie-esque - think Murder on the Orient Express or Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train...preferably without all the murder and stuff.

Those purses are gorgeous - I love them!

Phoenix said...

Honestly? And no laughing here - I always think of Harry Potter. And then I want to read Harry Potter while traveling on the train.

I know, I'm weird. :)

Carissa said...

when I think of trains I think of the train ride I took as a child down to San Diego. then I remember going to the zoo and Sea World and all that comes along with San Diego. I have looked at taking more quick weekend getaway trips via train but it always seems more expensive than I'd like it to be! but trains do have a romantic quality, I agree. especially if they are going by the beach or through other equally beautiful places...

Clare said...

TheWren has an amazing store and I'd love to win one of her purses.

When I think of trains I think of my little boy, who loves trains, especially steam trains, that go chugga chugga!

Hilary Leister said...

When I think of trains, I think of 3 things...

1) the horrible DC Metro system
2) the Hogwarts Express
3) that hot and heavy scene from "Risky Business" haha...

YAY TRAINS!

Iva said...

so weird but when I think of trains, I think of Germany. LOL!!

Penrose Designs said...

I think of Murder on the Orient Express! That is a train I would like to be on - not for the murder - but for the nostalgia, romance and adventure!

Elizabeth said...

I am such a train person! We're moving to the East Coast partially to be closer to them.

When I think of trains, I think of the hotel my husband and I stayed at in Munich--they gave us unlimited subway passes, so we just got on trains and got off at random places to explore the city. It was thrilling!

Pamela said...

Omigoodness! Love her stuff!

When I think of trains I think of a San Francisco getaway!

Aljna said...

I meet my ex-boyfriend in a train...I think I have nothing to add!!
For me train = LOVE

Steffi said...

Great bags of Wendren!

Tender Branson said...

Trains to me make me think of urine. I guess that's from my years in Chicago living commuting on city trains. I don't have much experience outside of that so unfortunately no romance on trains for me.

Clare said...

Trains remind me of harry Potter! The Hogwarts Express.... I get lost in the imaginary world.

L'Atelier said...

Trains remind me of happy times! i love riding in the train. it also reminds me of home. my husband and me used to go by train to visit my home when we lived in london and even scotland. everybody thought we were mad, since it is only a 5omin flight. but its so much fun, stopping over in paris, and then going in the sleepertrain... watching the landscape, relaxing, reading books....
so everytime we are in switzerland we make at least two big train journeys :), going in there next month and am already planing a train trip, maybe to spain.

on an other note, thanks for letting us know about the wren- i live in Cape Town and have never heard of it! so will definitely go an check it out.. and sure hope ill win this one ! :D

karlea said...

Trains remind me to relax. When I was 14 I took a long train ride in Malaysia, winding through forests and palm plantations. It was so amazing to stare out the window, zone out and take in the beautiful country. Later on I'd take the train in Cape Town to college and work, it was the perfect time to relax and get ready for the day.

photojoy said...

Thanks for sharing your nice story about a train, romance and handcrafts. It's really amazing to know there are lots lots women enjoying handmade stuff. How beautiful!

photojoy said...

Oops! I forget about a comment about a train. I love taking a train. It's an adventure, an excitement, a new encounter and I love enjoying spending time looking at changing sceneries through a window as well as putting myself in thoughts one after another.

Daniela said...

Trains are for me THE places where I can forget all my worries and where I let my mind wander as far as it wants to go. A travel of memories where the present meets the past and the future, where real life meets my dreams and where I can sink into unconcern.... you see, I love to travel by train ;)

Tali Schiffer said...

What a great idea, to get married while riding a train! I love trains. There's something so magical and nostalgic, not to mention romantic, about trains! I still remember my first train ride as a kid with my mom and sister :)

BTW, I got the necklace I won, and I just LOVE it!! Thank you my darling :)

Sherry said...

about train, I started to take train to college as I used to take bus. Take train is more conveninet for me.

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Andrea said...

I think of commuters traveling to work and home again when I think of trains. I also think of toy train sets under Christmas trees.

Philipe said...

When I was about four years old my baby sittter had to make a film for school. She had me sit in a train and look out the window.

Lovely Scribbles said...

Your posts are always so fun, and these purses are adorable!! When I think of a train, I think of Bing Crosby in the movie White Christmas as they're on their way to Vermont. It is such a cozy-Christmas-y feeling, which I just love so much!!

Lily said...

trains make me think of harry potter!

Annette F. Tait said...

I love Wendren's work - thanks for hosting such a generous give away!

I used to like trains - the old, clunky 1940's style with windows that could open, fresh air and no fluorescent lights. Now I get train sick in those hot, bright, stuffy carriages of today's trains.

I suppose you have to choose your train!

thank you, Annette

Kotori said...

We got married in Florence and then hopped on a train for Rome for our wedding night. So when I think of trains I immediately think of that... the excitement of the day, the rolling of the tracks beneath you, the countryside rushing past. I think trains are one of the most romantic ways to travel...

Lauren said...

This may sound weird, but when I think of trains... the scene from the movie French Kiss pops into my head. Kate (Meg Ryan) and Luke (Kevin Kline) are eating lots of French cheese (which is bad because she's lactose intolerant) and shows Luke the diamond necklace he placed in her bag. I love that movie! And love traveling by train. :)

nipitinthebud said...

mix tapes! My husband and I met at college in 1994 and were just becoming friends when I was called back home to wave my brother off for a new life in Germany. I was torn because I wanted to see my brother but was terrified some other girl would sweep G off his feet while I was away. Added to that I was more than a little nervous back then about taking the train for the first time on my own. G lent me his walkman and made a special compilation tape to accompany me on the 3 hour journey home.
Travelling on trains while listening to music and gazing out of the window always makes me think of discovering new things as the landscape flashes before your eyes. On that occasion it was a whole load of great bands I'd never heard of and the realisation that I was falling truly, madly, deeply in love for the first time. It must have been a good tape - we've been together ever since!

Tambria said...

Well, when I think of trains...I think of long rides filled with tea. The clanking of spoons against the tea cups. Birdcage hats and vintage suitcases.

Okay, Dionne! It seems like I'm going totally left here but I've never rode a train before. So my first thoughts of a train are from classic movies. I love classic movies.

I would love to ride a train though. That's on our to-do list.

:)

Dana said...

Yes ... darling bags and purses!

Trains ... well the first thought that comes to mind (remember, I'm a mother of four) is Richard Scarry books.

EfrafaFuInle said...

I love long train rides through the countryside, maybe with a cup of tea and a nice book. On the other hand, I absolutely hate short, crowded train rides through NJ (which sadly I am on much more frequently)
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Carapace said...

I think of trains as drama, a whole little moving world, closed to itself for the duration of the trip. Secret meetings, constant motion, the feel of a black and white movie with modern trappings. I love trains! Why can't we have more?

I like that bird-bag a lot, too. What a great little notion!

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Chelsey said...

when I think of trains is a day trip I took with my Grandma and cousins when I was about 10. It was so much fun. I hope to take my kids on a train trip one day. Thanks for the giveaway! mybabyappleseed(at)yahoo(dot)ca

rhaindropz said...

when i think of trains, i remember christian, and our memories together.. and i remember the last day we'd been together.. i already missed him.. that's why everytime i see/think of trains, its just he.. i could always remember

thanks sweetie, for this wonderful giveaway!!!

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Bachuchay said...

When I think of trains I remember Harry Potter.. haha, I feel like a wizard travelling to Hogwarts.

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the Lost Earring said...

Aww Dionne! You're so neat!!! It made me happy all over again to see your wonderful train illustration :)

We had so much fun on our trip. I think my fondest memory, at this point, is just the two of us daydreaming out the window together for hours. So peaceful. That's my train association now :)

Abigail said...

I think of visiting my Aunt in California along the beach! Adorable purses...thanks for the chance :)

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Paige said...

Funny... the person above me has the same thing about trains as I do! Taking the train reminds me of the ocean, because when I take the train to my best friend's house, it goes right along the coastline! I love staring out at the sparkling, changing colors of the ocean.

Erin Kay said...

hmmm, trains. I'm reminded of the train(s) that speed past my house all night long. I love to hear the loud horn blowing- they remind me of home.

dotted lines said...

Although a train is part of my daily commute, I think of the gorgeous vista of the mountains I see whenever it's clear. I've hiked many of them, so I have fun naming them as I stare out the window on my way to class.

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Bunny B said...

I love trains! But they're only fun if your friends are with you, cos the rides tend to be long :P

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Danielle said...

When I think of trains, I think of the beautiful fall foliage. Every year there is a fall foliage train ride up here and it is beautiful.

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Clare said...

Trains... we don't have many here, but we do have a skytrain. It's lots of fun sitting or standing at the very front of the skytrain as it zooms through the city: you can almost imagine it's you that's flying through the sky.

Railroad trains are more romantic. There are train tracks all over my city, with freight bunkers and sightseeing cars alike. I live near one of the crossings... sometimes I imagine being in one of the cars, from the other side of the country, looking afresh at, well, me, standing there, looking back. What would it be like?

In any case, trains.
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Rachel Follett said...

We dont really have trains in Hawaii except for the Sugar Cane Trains so that is what I think of. Beautiful bags!!

Ave said...

I remember my grandmom. She took me to my first traon ride :)

Qxela said...

Actually, the very first thing that popped into my head when i thought of the word trains was one of my favorite songs called Equal Reason. The music video was shot in an area were there was a more or less deserted railroad. Listening to it always makes me nostalgic for my old high school days. :)

The second thing i thought of was the first time my brother and I saw the trains in Singapore for the very first time. We were still very young then, and that amazing experience of riding in a train for the first time left a lasting impression of us.

And third, thinking of trains makes me think of the Hogwarts Express and of course Harry Potter. :)

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abby said...

Would it be weird if i said Harry Potter? That's the first thing i think of when it comes to trains. Sorry but i just say number 6 so it is fresh in my mind!

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Selene said...

when i think of trains i think of lovely views from train windows. going up mountains and greenery.

thanks for the chance

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Abigail said...

When I think of trains, I think of being back in Japan with the announcements being in Japanese, riding through rice fields...

Speaking of trains, today I was babysitting my cousin, and she (is 2) lined up some stools in a row and declared that she is a train.

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OceanDreams said...

Wow she is so creative and what a fun giveaway! I love trains, I always enjoy visiting mine in my home town when I go home.

emby said...

wow... a wren giveaway!!!! I have dreaming of this day. When I think of train's I think of Emily Dickinson's poem when "it lap[s] the miles, and lick[s] the valleys up...step[s] around a pile of mountains...and peer[s] in shanties by the sides of roads." It makes me think of the when trains were the new and majestic way of traveling cross-country. I would like to take a trip across the country or Europe to see those same scenes.

I guess that was a literary heavy... I am an English student.. what can I say :)

Dreaming Away said...

omg the purse is amazing!

Trains...I think about how it is my connection to distant spaces in the US right now...because I am so fearful of flying. So trains ya, my choice of travel

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squidart said...

I think 1950s, Cary Grant, and a fabulous adventure story. The kind where Cary and I are caught up in a terrible mob plot, and the bad guys have followed us onto the train... sigh.

:) Forgive the tangent; I would love to win that adorable bag!

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ailie said...

When I think of trains I think of the summer after I graduated from college when my best friend and I took a six week trip around Europe! We had some funny adventures on the trains . . . like the time we almost got kicked off because we accidentally bought the wrong ticket. But what a great way to take in the scenery!

Megara said...

i absolutely love trains. i spent 4 weeks in europe on my honeymoon this summer, and we traveled on a large number of trains from city to city, through countrysides and across borders. the scenery is so beautiful, and you can enjoy it on a train in a way you never could in a plane or while driving a car. trains evoke such an old sense of majesty and romance, of poetry and beauty, of love affairs and summers to remember. we have a train here in canada that runs across the country, and i want to take it very much (even though it costs more to train than it does to fly or drive!). ps these purses are adorable, i would love a bird to hold my cards!

Linda K said...

I love the romance of trains but haven't been on a train except for Disneyland since I was very small.

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va said...

I think of slow travel at a relaxing pace . I love the food and meeting people ! It's an experience worth trying in one's life .
I also think of the visual picture of a train in my mind like the old fashioned ones going fast on the tracks . Amtrack is a pretty good train .
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Julie said...

When I think of trains, I have fond memories of a train ride I took umpteen years ago through the countryside-peaceful. It was with my sister-no kids :)

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Katie said...

When I think of trains I think of the house I lived in during elementary school that was next to the train tracks. I used to like listening to them go by. Either that or the awful amtrak ride next to the drunk man, but I prefer the first memory.

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-- Carolyn -- said...

I thought of romance too.

Reason being i hit the replay button on my North and South DVD a lot, where Mr Thornton and Margaret meet up again at last.

One was on a train south to London, the other north. Both trains stopped at the same train station for an interlude. And there they spotted each other.

Ahh...19th century steam-y engine love...=)

Shazzabeth Creations said...

Trains for me mean hot and crowded, an awful way to commute to work!

roro said...

What an adorable purse!

I use the MTA everyday in New York and look forward to seeing some funny ads on the train. There are so grammatical mistakes and silly ads.


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Emily said...

I love trains. As a kid, we had a train that went around the Christmas tree. In college, I studied abroad in Italy and loved taking the train everywhere on the weekends! Cheers! emilyfette@gmail.com

mean green mom said...

ohhh trains are so fun. Trains always remind me of fun adventures with my mom when i was little. They are full of intrigue and mystery. I was also a HUGE "littlest hobo" fan as a kid, so trains always bring back those images.
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Kimberlee said...

When I think of Trains I think of that song by Blackfoot, when they sang these words "Train Train, take me on out of this town, Train oh train, take me on out of this town coz that women I'm in love with, ahhh she let the deal go down" or something to that effect.

Gina said...

When I think of trains, I think of one of my toddler's favorite books.

What a darling bag. Thank you for the opportunity!

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Cindy said...

When I think of trains I think of the Santa Train. The Santa Train brings candy and toys to children throughout Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky. It was started during the 1940's and has since become a huge part of the holiday season in the south.

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Dionne said...

Thanks for all your comments! This giveaway is now closed.

Michelle said...

My grandma took me on a train ride to a park when I was 6 or 7 years old, bc she wanted to teach me culture. I loved it! When I think of trains, I think of all the fun memories I have with her!

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Lindy Gruger Hanson said...

Trains bring to mind, travel and adventure...I traveled through Europe on trains...going here and there, over mts., and along the coast to discover beautiful sights, charming towns and meet other adventurous travelers.

Rachel Carlson said...

trains: romance, adventure, steam trunks filled with loads of treasures from far away lands. *sigh*

Kristin said...

You know, I haven't gotten a diaper bag yet... and boy, do I love these bags! thanks for finding. thanks for sharing!! ;)

Willow Branch said...

I think of the Orient Express, with the danger & romanticism of an old book.

Pam

Ľubaša said...

trains remind me years of my studies at the university... how hard was for me to enter the train after weekend spent at home, how full of students they were... oh it was not easy and surely not romantic. :-)
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roy said...

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