wed morning…

I am happy to announce the winner of the LIZ EATON JEWELRY giveaway!

Wendy

Congrats! You are so lucky… email me your contact information and I will make sure that Liz gets in touch with you! I do have a link to Liz’s Etsy shop here on the side of my blog… would make some awesome Mother’s day gifts! So think about ordering SOON so you have time to get something just right!

I would like to introduce you to Tiffany Jenkins… aka the 'tiny seamstress'

TJ 
I have become acquainted with her through emails, and she is just the sweetest thing! I am amazed with what she sees in her head, and can create… I was asking her how she learned how to sew these amazing bags… (ok, so I can’t wrap my head around sewing something like this) here is what she said:
“While attending BYU-Idaho, majoring in English, I signed up for Sewing 101. I loved every stressful minute of it. My teacher was so hard on me…one time she took my sewn fabric from me and tore it up. She told me to start over and to stop trying to take the easy way out. So I did. In that short semester, I learned more that I had learned in all four years combined”

I also thought this was cute:
“I have two favorite sounds in the whole world. The first is the sound of my diet coke can opening and the second is the sound of my blade cutting into brand new, crisp, fabric. This routine begins every night at 7pm when I put my kids to bed and I love every second of it!”
She just makes up the patterns for these! They are her own designs… super cute.

Couldbe

I love this funky bag! So fuN! If you would like to WIN this cute thing… leave a comment about what is ESSENTIAL in your bag… and I will be picking a winner Friday morning…

I will kick off by answering my own question….in addition to the obvious ($$$ and cell phone) I am all about snacks (mostly candy) and a little camera.

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260 Comments

  1. Cyndi 4 March, 2009 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Wow, her stuff is darling. Apparently, I need to have lots of lip balm and gloss options in my purse. Carmex, Burt’s Bees, and the FABULOUS Buxom glosses by Bare Escentuals.

  2. Denise 4 March, 2009 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Hmmmmmmmm… I am all about the bag itself:) I actually have just started knitting and felting purses. I am having a ball! BUT you may ask what is the essential IN my bag? A small notebook and pen…I have alot of downtime waiting for my kids, etc…and it is when I do my most creative thinking…if I have the notebook i can write it down!
    Thanks for asking…
    Dancingly Denise
    http://www.dancinglydenise.typepad.com

  3. ruth 4 March, 2009 at 9:37 am - Reply

    My #1 essential is lipstick or lipbalm…….gotta have it always and have to be able to find it quickly. 🙂

  4. Grace 4 March, 2009 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Great bag to carry “all” of my essentials : Make-up – bandaids – q-tips – deoderant – wash cloth brush and hairspray and a sewing kits and my perfume..and a small note book with my camera so I can jot down ideas and thoughts or where a great piece of jewelry is. I live in NY so “need” everything and that big bag! Hugs Grace

  5. Dawn Hobbs 4 March, 2009 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Chapstick! A must have!! Dawn H

  6. susie l. 4 March, 2009 at 9:41 am - Reply

    I need Burt’s Beeswax Lip Balm–love the feel, love the smell.

  7. Denise Morris 4 March, 2009 at 9:44 am - Reply

    My essential is my camera – goes everywhere I go. Can’t do without it.

  8. Amy A. 4 March, 2009 at 9:47 am - Reply

    My sunglasses and lipstick.

  9. Cat Gieger 4 March, 2009 at 9:48 am - Reply

    A camera is a must in my purse-never know when you need to snap a picture!

  10. Danielle 4 March, 2009 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Lip close and Excedrin Migraine are absolutely essential in my bag. I always several different lip glosses cause you just never know 🙂

  11. Tifany D. 4 March, 2009 at 9:49 am - Reply

    I love bags…they are essential on their own. I love to be able to stuff things in them!
    My first essential is a pen…okay, about seven – including a highlighter and a Sharpie. Then paper, my wallet, gum, maybe some snacks, band-aids, pocket knife, nail clippers, sewing kit, fabric tape measure (you’d be surprised how handy it is), coupons, a pacifier, maybe some diapers…the list goes on.
    I’d love to win that bag!

  12. Nicole C. 4 March, 2009 at 9:50 am - Reply

    The essentials in my bag are tissue, cellphone, and lifesaver mints.
    I also need to have my Camera of course!!!

  13. Chris 4 March, 2009 at 9:55 am - Reply

    What a great bag! I always need my wallet, cell, and keys

  14. BRENDA KELLEY 4 March, 2009 at 9:55 am - Reply

    WHAT IS OF IMPORTANCE TO HAVE IN MY BAG? WELL FIRST AND FOREMOST IS MY BANK CARD TO PURCHASE ANY OF THOSE FUN CRAFT SUPPLIES WHEN I GET TO GO TO TOWN. I LIVE OUTSIDE OF CHATTANOOGA AND WE REALLY DON’T EVEN HAVE VERY MANY OPTIONS THERE. ALSO HAVE TO HAVE THE CELL PHONE AND OH A MUST HAVE IS MY LIPSTICK PENCIL:) GOTTA HAVE THAT. I LOVE THE PRINT ON THAT BAG. IF I COULD HAVE DAMASK ALL THROUGH MY HOUSE I WOULD. WELL HAVE A GREAT DAY.

  15. KateinCleveland 4 March, 2009 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Always, always a blank book/notebook/journal for jotting down ideas, websites, inspirations, lists … it’s my essential!

  16. Lori 4 March, 2009 at 9:58 am - Reply

    ditto on the chapstick/lipstick – also gum, hand sanitizer and hand lotion!
    thanks for the chance!

  17. Caryn 4 March, 2009 at 9:58 am - Reply

    I carry a tiny bag so this is easy. A few essential cards: drivers licence, insurance card, mac and credit card, an inhaler, Aquafor for my lips, keys and phone.

  18. Heather S 4 March, 2009 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Lip gloss, planner, sunglasses, and water bottle.
    Such a great bag!

  19. Nan Fowler 4 March, 2009 at 10:04 am - Reply

    I was lucky enough to get a REAL pair of
    Channel sunglasses on my last trip to Vegas.
    I never go anywhere without them in my purse. It was well worth the cost. they look
    marvelous.

  20. Bianca 4 March, 2009 at 10:06 am - Reply

    One essential I always have is Burts Bee lip balm. My lips have a tendency to dry out and this is the best stuff ever!

  21. Mel 4 March, 2009 at 10:08 am - Reply

    My cards, and the photos of my kiddos..and oh yea, business cards (need those to support the habit!)

  22. amy 4 March, 2009 at 10:11 am - Reply

    a diaper and wipes. no doubt if I go out without them, the little guy will mess his pants. SO I like big bags I can fit that stuff in, but it doesn’t look like a diaper bag!

  23. Liz Hagage 4 March, 2009 at 10:11 am - Reply

    well mine has a camera ,4 different kinds of lip gloss, wallet, keys, cell, snacks (for kids), some pens, notepad.
    hope i win im a oure freak LOL
    Liz Hagage

  24. Nancy in CA 4 March, 2009 at 10:14 am - Reply

    I carry a sort of medium size bag, so it’s the essentials…plus camera (just in case I see something inspirational for a scrapbook page), sketchbook (for the same reason as before) and grandkids pictures. I love to show them off, so those pics are a must have. PS Heidi it was so much fun spending time with you at CHA (you probably don’t remember me, but take my word for it…it was fun). Love everything you do, so thanks for sharing with the world. Nancy

  25. Kate 4 March, 2009 at 10:17 am - Reply

    So funny that you said the obvious $$$…I rarely if ever carry cash anymore. How things have changed! Essentials for me are my cell phone, debit card, camera and Bare Essentials Buxom lip gloss. It is a pick me up any time of the day – tingly and pepperminty! Love this bag. Thanks for doing another great giveaway!

  26. Kathryn Johnson 4 March, 2009 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Yes, the obvious-wallet, cell phone-sunglasses are a necessity (I’m here in sunny Phoenix). Lip balm, and usually a diaper or two for my littlest one!

  27. Sue Bone 4 March, 2009 at 10:21 am - Reply

    I carry a veyr small handbag which has just room enough for my purse and mobile phone. If I forego the mobile, I have room for a digital camera.

  28. Misty Watkins 4 March, 2009 at 10:22 am - Reply

    My essential is kiddie treats (for my 2 1/2 yr old) – I am not above bribing, especially before a tantrum hits in a public place and of course my little digital camera, to capture the tantrums! LOL!

  29. Wendy 4 March, 2009 at 10:23 am - Reply

    What is is most important in my bag is my chapstick/HS lip gloss, my camera, and a pencil. I use these items everyday! If I don’t have one…it’s not a good day! Thanks Heidi for the giveaway!!!

  30. Candi 4 March, 2009 at 10:24 am - Reply

    As the mommy of three you will find it all!! But is ESSENTIAL??? I guess we’d be in a mess without Piper’s diapers & Wipers 🙂
    And we can’t go anywhere without my camera!! How else would we blog and scrap??

  31. Amber C 4 March, 2009 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I have to have my inhaler and a few Scentsy catalogs! I hate being caught without either of those (beyond the obvious cell phone 😉 )

  32. laura j 4 March, 2009 at 10:28 am - Reply

    I always carry a large bag so the list of “essentials” is long. Here is my top five! cell phone, wallet, camera, keys, sunglasses! Thanks for offering this giveaway Heidi.. I love it!!

  33. Valerie 4 March, 2009 at 10:30 am - Reply

    I have so many essentials! my Iphone, lip balm and sunglasses, but the most important thing is juice boxes for my son with type 1 diabetes- you never know when he’ll need some sugar!

  34. kiki comin 4 March, 2009 at 10:31 am - Reply

    wet wipes and snacks…everything can be done with these two things in my bag!

  35. Vickie Jarvis 4 March, 2009 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Mine is my medical kit, rolaids, aspirin or tylenol, bandaids, etc. I never go anywhere without these.

  36. akbuilt 4 March, 2009 at 10:50 am - Reply

    I have two essentials! First, a tube of Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm (a toal must!) and second, a handful of my nylon Baggu bags so that I can forge using plastic or paper bags at the store. Can you tell that I am trying to live a “greener” life? Thanks!

  37. jenni 4 March, 2009 at 10:52 am - Reply

    a diaper and wipes and we’re good!

  38. lynda p 4 March, 2009 at 10:54 am - Reply

    omg, i’m so into sewing now. i took it in hs, but never really “kept” up with it. well this past xmas my mom gave me a sewing machine. i’m taking lessons from my bf’s mom. it’s real casual.. but i’m so into making bags, totes, purses…..
    i carry a purse, but i also have a tote in my front seat, where are my essentials, a book, notebook, pen, coupons and my “mom binder”
    the purse i carry has these essentials, wallet, ck book, iphone, ipod and make up bag.
    thnx for a great giveaway

  39. Stacey 4 March, 2009 at 10:58 am - Reply

    What a excellent idea…my essentials are:
    1. diapers/wipes
    2. bottle/formula
    3. snacks
    4. binkies (lots) 🙂
    5. lip gloss
    6. pens/notepad
    7. sunglasses
    Loved reading everyones stuff…hey…what’s in your bag?

  40. Marlene Moore 4 March, 2009 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Living here in Arizona the most essential thing apart from the obvious keys, phone and money are a couple of chapsticks. My kids are always asking me “Hey Mum do you have a chapstick with you” -which is why I always have 2 with me !

  41. Asha Patel 4 March, 2009 at 10:59 am - Reply

    I cannot go anywhere without my wallet, Stila lipgloss, and iPhone! Plus a couple of diapees and snacks for my sweet little one!

  42. Pam S. 4 March, 2009 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Lipbalm (rough winter here!), cell phone, debit card, hand sanitizer, and gum.

  43. Theresa 4 March, 2009 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Besides money, debit card, and cell phone, my essential is a little notebook I can write stuff in, like a grocery list or just thought or things I want to remember. Thanks for the giveaway.

  44. Abby 4 March, 2009 at 11:05 am - Reply

    It’s funny how much “stuff” is in my purse…I didn’t realize until I looked to see how MANY things I carry – phone, wallet, camera, bath & body works tinted lip gloss (x2), note pad + sharpie marker, travel size hair spray, planner, mirror, speed racer car, gum, tic tacs, sunglasses, mascara, bath & body works midnight pomegranate body splash 🙂

  45. Laurie Turpin 4 March, 2009 at 11:05 am - Reply

    hmmm – I think all of my “musts” are electronics…
    cell phone, ipod and point and shoot camera (in pink of course!)

  46. Jaime Benavides 4 March, 2009 at 11:05 am - Reply

    What a great bag! As for my essentials, I’d have to say my camera, hand sanitizer, snacks for the little ones, lip gloss and oil blotting sheets for the Mama. Thanks for the chance to win;)

  47. Amy 4 March, 2009 at 11:06 am - Reply

    I have to have gum in my bag at all times. Bribes for the kids and good to stave off the urge to eat… sometimes anyway!! Love the bags, I have admired Tiffany’s bags for a while now.

  48. Jessica Kirkland 4 March, 2009 at 11:08 am - Reply

    gotta have my sunglasses – (love that florida sunshine) – & a pack of my favorite gum – orbit sweet mint…mmmmm….yummy!

  49. Katherine McKamey 4 March, 2009 at 11:13 am - Reply

    My WhoMi calendar and a pencil – I’m super lost if I don’t have these 2 items in my purse.

  50. shelly gushue 4 March, 2009 at 11:14 am - Reply

    A pen, my planner and a hair tie! Most importantly a hair tie. Sometimes my wallet. Usually its been misplaced, ha!

  51. Stéphanie Pouliot 4 March, 2009 at 11:17 am - Reply

    #1 essential is lipstick, lipbalm or gloss! Then $$$, camera and Cel!
    Would love the bag!
    Love the look of your couture this week on your blog!

  52. PatriciaA 4 March, 2009 at 11:18 am - Reply

    A billfold and a small flashlight. You would not believe how many times I have used it!

  53. Cassaundra Lala 4 March, 2009 at 11:18 am - Reply

    My essential…the bag itself! I rarely have the same thing inside it. Too often I forget my cell phone or my wallet, but I always have the bag!

  54. Angel Robeen 4 March, 2009 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Diapers and wipes must always be in my bag since my baby goes with me every where! For me, my essentials are cell phone and debit card.

  55. shannon 4 March, 2009 at 11:28 am - Reply

    That bag is soooo awesome! Let’s see…essentials in my bag are, cell phone, day planner b/c I’m completely retarded without it, keys, lip balm and snacks for my kiddo!

  56. Andrea 4 March, 2009 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Well I hardly ever have cash on me, so definitely MY CARDS, camera, and Chapstick. And by the way, bag is gorgeous!! You have a knack for finding the most interesting things!!

  57. Michelle 4 March, 2009 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Several things come to mind. Definitely my calendar/idea notebook. I don’t go anywhere without it. Second would have to be my sunglasses followed by my ipod.

  58. Kiersten 4 March, 2009 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Besides the usual stuff… I HAVE to have GUM!

  59. Angela Holt 4 March, 2009 at 11:37 am - Reply

    I love this bag! Oh how I need a new bag! I would have to say the “Essentials” would be my phone, a camera, my rolled up tattered issues of Memory Makers and Creating Keepsakes magazines for when I need a reference for new products or something to read, my little black book of blogs that I love and read when I’m around a computer; you can’t take you favorite places everywhere! Finally, the emergency kit for being a mom and college student; you never can be unprepared.

  60. Suzanne 4 March, 2009 at 11:40 am - Reply

    I hate to admit but after 4 daughters, my youngest is 6mo her bottle is the most essential thing. I love purses and tend to spend too much on them and my husband can not believe I use them as diaper bags. After almost 9 yrs of diaper bag duty I had to make a switch. This bag would work perfect!! I love following your blog. You give me inspiration from crafting to mothering to being open minded! Blessings to you & yours!!

  61. Terri 4 March, 2009 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Oh gosh….. my sun glasses, lipgloss, and GPS

  62. miss h 4 March, 2009 at 11:47 am - Reply

    a pack of gum, apart from the obvious money (or plastic), cellphone and keys.

  63. anne 4 March, 2009 at 11:50 am - Reply

    My Ray-bans. Can’t leave home without them!

  64. Charlene 4 March, 2009 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Lipstick:)! I even take lipstick places when I don’t take my purse. Love the cute purse.

  65. Jamie 4 March, 2009 at 11:57 am - Reply

    I don’t keep much in my purse since it usually get weighted down with stuff the kids get tired of carrying (sippy cups mainly). But I do have to keep a notebook in there so I can make lists or write down ideas as they come to me. This bag is fantastic, thanks for the givaway.

  66. Dawaila 4 March, 2009 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Always have Carmex and most of the time a book. Do alot of dropping the kids off and waiting, waiting to pick up. Would love a new bag, thanks for the chance.

  67. Karen B 4 March, 2009 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Essentials in my bag? I don’t carry it most of the time. I made a paper wallet that carries my ID, a debit card, a credit card, sometimes a little cash. But when I’m carrying my purse, my go-to items are my nail file and my Leatherman multi-tool.

  68. LenaS 4 March, 2009 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Tiffany’s designs are wonderful! Enjoyed her Etsy site. The bag she’s giving away is the nicest one–love the colors, esp. and the fabric patterns. i must B honest here…i stopped using a purse years ago because of a bad back…every essential goes into pocket or must do without. With Tiffany’s wide strap and wearing it over the chest i could probably use this w/out back pain(usually leads to a migraine). There’s nothing as good as homemade! Thx for a chance. This certainly would be more stylish than using my pant pockets. 😀
    Essentially, cards(credit, debit, insurance-car,medical,dental; Michael’s or Joann’s gift cards, Macy’s, Sephora,driver’s licenseID), usually Mapquest or directions printed out cause i have a poor sense of direction,gum,Scrapbooks,Etc coupons,grocery coupons,a few dollar bills,film,sunglass clip-ons,swatches to match colors, and a lucky penny.

  69. Lisa 4 March, 2009 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    My essentials are my iPhone and sunglasses. Thanks for the giveaway!

  70. Julie, momto7 4 March, 2009 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    so cute! my purse necessities add up to a little mini bathroom cabinet: allergy meds, lip balm, hand lotion, tylenol (adult and childrens’) and…ahem…feminine supplies. 🙂

  71. DIxie 4 March, 2009 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Got to carry my Burts Bee Beeswax Lip Balm. Also have a few pictures, my phone, work badge, coupons every week to Michael’s & Hobby Lobby. I would love to win this bag.

  72. Lorrie 4 March, 2009 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    I always have crayons, a small pad of paper, and some stencils for my kids, I also have a book for myself, right now it is one of the books in the Sookie Stackhouse series, it is just a fun read that relaxes me when I have an extra few minutes.

  73. Cori Leiterman 4 March, 2009 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    who could leave the house without the little notebook filled with all the new scrapbook stuff that you are on the look out for and the many pictures of the kids!!

  74. Noel Holly 4 March, 2009 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Let’s see now…lip balm ( I am a Burts Bees fan from waay back), hand lotion, cell phone,bandaids, denit card, hand fan ( I get warm alot..always have)a small notebook,and oh yes,a calligraphy marker pen and…a pair of deckle scissors….because one never knows when one will need them!Obviously my bag is never a tiny one!

  75. Regina 4 March, 2009 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Hi Heidi. I’m a bag lady and would love to win this little cutie. Besides the obvious cell phone and debit card, I always have a tissue, my datebook and a pen.
    Reggie

  76. Kristina Paschalis 4 March, 2009 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    My lipstick…I can conquer the world as long as I have my lipstick on
    Thanks for the chance to win

  77. Danielle 4 March, 2009 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    cutie cute bag!! LOVE it! essentials in my bag are a mini bottle of lotion (i like to stay moisturized) and lancome juicy tubes in berry bold (it’s the PERFECT glossy pink) and smells yum too!

  78. Katy Young 4 March, 2009 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    I have to have my cell, debit card and gum! Love your blog!

  79. Kim Brown 4 March, 2009 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    my cloth for cleaning my glasses. Spotty glasses drive me craz-e!!

  80. lutin 4 March, 2009 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Wow, this bag is really cute ! The most important thing??? well paper tissue, but with children, it is difficult to make it different ! lol

  81. Trudy 4 March, 2009 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    I must have my Burt’s Bees lip balm and rhubarb lip shimmer and spearmint 3 hour mints. That bag is a beauty….I also love the sound of my diet coke opening 🙂

  82. Kami in AZ 4 March, 2009 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    That is one CUTE bag! LOVE IT!! The essential for my bag is baby wipes. Man, those things are handy little fellers! And have saved me from messes becoming even bigger messes!! Of course like many others started carrying them when I had my 1st baby but now I find that I use them for myself just as much as for the little ones!!! 🙂 That really doesn’t say too much—I am a cronic food spiller!!!! haha
    P.S. I think I had the exact SAME teacher at BYU-I and she was brutal!! But the story made me laugh and remember when she basically told me I had no sewing skills! LOL!

  83. Amy Nabors 4 March, 2009 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    essentials…hmmm….definitely chapstick besides the obvious of cell phone and money. 🙂

  84. kimberly 4 March, 2009 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Essential for me is pink lip gloss and Ice Breakers Sugar Free Gum. But most importantly, my Accuchek. Never leave home without it…it saves my life!

  85. Shelley Smith 4 March, 2009 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    First of all… Great bag! Love the fabric!!
    Essentials for MY bag…. WHEW….this is a hard one. If you ask my hubby he would say…”She ALWAYS has a Michaels, Joann’s, and Heartland Paper coupon in her bag!!” (and he would THEN follow by THIS comment, in a high pitched “mocking me” voice) “Because you NEVER know when you’ll need to “get your craft on” … at a discount…right girl??”
    LOL LOL. In my defense, I only said that ONCE in my whole life, to a friend on the phone, when we were BOTH in the car, and I haven’t lived it down since!! ha. I WAS joking at the time… but I seriously always DO have some kind of “craft store” coupon in my purse. It’s a MUST! 🙂
    I also ALWAYS have:
    *2 Diapers (for the baby)
    *2 pullups (for the twins)
    *3 extra pairs of socks (don’t really know why. My Mom always carried around extra socks for us when we were little… and it just kind of stuck. Maybe she thought she should be ready if we were to stop and go bowling somewhere or something)
    *A Plethora of baby wipes (yes, I carry an ENTIRE pack of wipes from Costco in my purse…and get made fun of, by my friends on a DAILY basis) But when YOUR kid decides to squirt a ketchup packet all over their little sister in the car and YOUR not prepared with tons of extra wipes… well…pshh, who’s laughin’ NOW?
    And last but not least…
    *My Vinyl applicator (it’s like a hard spatula, without a handle) I ALWAYS have one in my purse. I have single handedly… removed gum from my shoe, killed a bug, and scraped snow from my car, with that baby!! I never plan on it, becoming my tool of choice, but if it’s there………why not?
    K, long answer to a short question. lol.
    keeping my fingers crossed!
    Have a great day.
    Shelley Smith

  86. Tara 4 March, 2009 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Since I have a baby I would have to say a diaper and wipes. But I also need to have lip gloss, gum, and my phone. I think this is such a cute bag!

  87. nichole 4 March, 2009 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    love it!
    i seem to be able to got out of (or into) most trouble with just my debit card and phone.
    thank you for the giveaway.

  88. Cori 4 March, 2009 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    ….for me I can’t live without chapstick….not even the fancy kind- just the plain ole’ chapstick we had as kids- not even the flavoured ones either- just the dull black one….I am in Canada and our winter is not kind to the kisser!

  89. Lynn Furr 4 March, 2009 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    My essentials are my billfold, sunglasses, chapstick, and a little bottle I carry with tylenol, advil, etc. (I’m prone to sinus headaches and ALWAYS have some drugs with me).

  90. Elisha 4 March, 2009 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Hmmmm–essentials in my bag are chapstick for the kids (they are always asking for it), goldfish crackers or cheerios, hand lotion, and enough change for my daily diet coke!

  91. Lori S. 4 March, 2009 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Besides the obvious like you…My DRIVER’S LICENSE!!! I got pulled over without it once and in the state of Idaho, it is a MISDEMEANOR!! Imagine a mother of 4 in a mini van going to court for a misdeameanor because she forgot her driver’s license!! So it is my mission in life to inform all residents in Idaho…Don’t forget your license!!! hehe 🙂

  92. Bobbi-Jo 4 March, 2009 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Essential is my debit card. I hate carrying my bag because it’s stinkin’ uuuugly! SO, if I had a cute number like above, I’d probably carry things like lip gloss, cell phone, photos of the kiddos, oh, and my CAR KEYS!

  93. Sheilah 4 March, 2009 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    ok, gotta have lipstick & an extra diaper. With my 3rd baby, I’ve decided it’s much easier to stick an extra diaper in my purse than carry a large diaper bag.

  94. LynetteC 4 March, 2009 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    In the real world I would have car and hosue keys, cell phone, credit card, driver’s licence and some money in my bag all the time.

  95. Barb 4 March, 2009 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    I feel like my camera is my essential…when my dh took it with him on a business trip, I felt naked and my son said my purse was lopsided!

  96. stephanie 4 March, 2009 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Must haves … a backup passie for my littlest girl and a favorite pen or two and paper. You never know when you might need to write something down! 🙂

  97. Trina McBride 4 March, 2009 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    adorable bag…you would find in my bag a notebook and a cute pen! I am so forgetful lately that I have to write everything down!
    Trina McBride

  98. AZAnjanette 4 March, 2009 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    Any kind of lipstick or good old fashioned cherry chapstick, my phone, keys, camera, DEBIT CARD, Ipod.
    If I had any $$$, it would quickly spend itself right out of my purse! LOL
    cute, cute bag! Would love to win it!

  99. Lori 4 March, 2009 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Heidi, I can’t live without my Cherry Chapstick! It is a must have at all times! I hope to see you at CE this year!!!

  100. erin 4 March, 2009 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    an essential in my bag is my smaller bag- the one that has the strap so that i can pick up and go with my lil one in tow!
    and in that bag- it is chapstick that is my true essential!

  101. Stephanie 4 March, 2009 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Bath & Body Anti-bacterial pocketbac…midnight pomegranate, Origins lip gloss, lipstick, lip balm(my new fave: Brambleberry Rose by Rosebud perfume co), hair shine serum for those fly away hair days, cell phone, wallet, ipod, gum, mints….lol!! Just depends on the size of handbag I’m using…oh and there is always, old Target receipts…lol

  102. Robyn S 4 March, 2009 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    lipgloss and my travel tylenol!!!

  103. Cheryl 4 March, 2009 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    It’s definately my iPhone! The other item would be my lipgloss.

  104. Karen Kennedy 4 March, 2009 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    I am all about that bag too and that one is FABULOUS!! Dental floss is a must for me…plus lippie, small camera, diapee and wipee, cell phone, debit card!, and little notebook to hold all kinds of interesting things my 2 year old says. That is the best way for me to remember all his little “Ethanisms!” as we like to call them.
    Thanks for the opportunity! I am so addicted to your site!

  105. Jen 4 March, 2009 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    My blank notebook – besides sketches, journaling ideas, photo explanations, whatever, I also stick all sorts of post-it notes, receipts, bills, whatever in there. Yes, I have a planner and a wallet in my purse as well. Do I use either of them? Not really. I think my blank notebooks should be used if someone ever needed to research my day-to-day life (now what a thrilling story that would be!)
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  106. Amy 4 March, 2009 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Usually I would say something like keys or chapstick. However, recently, it has been my mini-album of our son that we are adopting. We are not allowed to post photos of him until we pass court, so if I want to show people I have to have the album. Seriously, what new mom does not want to share photos. 🙂

  107. tammy g 4 March, 2009 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    With 3 boys, I carry a large container of baby wipes! How can one kid collect so much mess on his face in the minute it takes me to unbuckle him?

  108. alma 4 March, 2009 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    must have in my purse is a camera and notebook!

  109. Casii 4 March, 2009 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    I confess to having at least 10 lipglosses and lipsticks in my purse at any one time. Mostly from MAC or Urban Decay. And a cute emery board from Sephora! My nails always get raggedy when I go out.

  110. Donna T 4 March, 2009 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Well….I’d say that enough room for my sunglasses and my camera. I never hear my phone anyway but some space for it it also a must:) These bags are Great stuff!

  111. Tina Veselka 4 March, 2009 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    What a precious bag! 🙂
    Essentials for my bag are: watermelon sugarfree gum, hand lotion, my cell phone, sunglasses, lip gloss, and a few extra pacifiers for my little guy! 🙂

  112. Kristin R 4 March, 2009 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Just one … For sure then baby wipes, and not just for my 1 year old.

  113. cori 4 March, 2009 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    My greatest essential is FLOSS!
    So important to always have on hand.

  114. amanda 4 March, 2009 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    My essential just started a few months ago but it is my coupon pouch….I love coupons now. I also have a dress that the bag would look great with so I hope I win.

  115. Susanne N. 4 March, 2009 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    My essential is Kleenex. I can’t stand not having tissues when I need them! Darling bag!!

  116. Charise 4 March, 2009 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    The essentials: chapstick, lip balm, lip gloss, or something to smear on my lips, my wallet & a pen. Seems you always need a pen for something! Cute bags!

  117. Deb Beschler 4 March, 2009 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Hi Heidi! I have to mention my advil (I’ve got 5 kids and boy, sometimes it’s really necessary, lol!). And I CANNOT do without my lipstick – totally addicted to the stuff. Thanks for the chance to “play!”
    Deb

  118. Whitney Seeman 4 March, 2009 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    I need chapstick….at least a few choices and lipgloss too! I also need some snacks….candy and fruitsnacks for the kids and or course my sunglasses! If only we could take our can of diet coke in our purse and make it stay cold, it would be great! 🙂

  119. TracyBzz 4 March, 2009 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Top 3 purse essentials:
    1) Wallet
    2) Lipgloss
    3) Camera

  120. shannon weber 4 March, 2009 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Essential in my bag after my burts bees shimmer? A ‘Juju’ – my current good luck charm/piece/inspiration. My kids carry a ‘juju’ from me in their pockets when I travel, or when beginning a new adventure. I loved their tradition and now carry something lucky with me, too, even when I pare down to a going-out handbag.

  121. Alison Carlson 4 March, 2009 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    I absolutely HAVE to have my hand cream, especially here in MN. Oh, and my camera, too.

  122. Gaylyn 4 March, 2009 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Wallet with credit cards, ipod, and my organizer, gum and Alba Coconut Cream Clear Lip Gloss 🙂

  123. Betsy 4 March, 2009 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    My essential would be my planner…it holds appointments, lists, numbers…basically my life!

  124. Jasey 4 March, 2009 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    Unfortunately over the last 3 years of my life, diapers have been the essential…. but in the ideal world when they are potty trained… lipgloss!

  125. Emily L. 4 March, 2009 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    My essential that I always have in my purse is Orbit Sweet MInt gum. My kids love it, not too minty, yet refreshing after a lunch out.

  126. Vicki J. Wade 4 March, 2009 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Oh! How cute is that bag!!! An essential carry-everywhere for me is my… lipstick! I feel lost without a touch of raisin color on my smile!

  127. tirzah 4 March, 2009 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Oh, how I love handbags! I always keep my Avon Dew Kiss in every bag, along with extra pens, planner, and one or two unmentionables.

  128. Yvonne 4 March, 2009 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    First, I have to say I love Tiffany’s bags. I have bought one and am waiting for my matching wallet now. She is a sweet person to work with and I absolutely LOVE the quality. Anyone who wins will be very fortunate.
    As for the essentials. I have to say cell phone, debit card, lip gloss and pen with notepad to sketch down spur of the moment inspiration.

  129. Christy Boron 4 March, 2009 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Lipstick…never leave home without it!!

  130. Carla T 4 March, 2009 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    cute purse! My essential for my purse is a tape measurer.

  131. sheriL 4 March, 2009 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    I totally have to have my hot pink coolpix camera in my purse at all times! I use it constantly and people always want to borrow it.

  132. alise 4 March, 2009 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    besides the wallet and cell phone the things I reach for most are my lip gloss, hand cream and hand sanitizer for the kids!!!! thanks

  133. kat-in-texas 4 March, 2009 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    More oily-than-waxy lip balm in the side pocket, sunglasses, and pocket camera are the must-haves!

  134. heatherc 4 March, 2009 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Have to have my MAC lustreglass and some hand cream! And I’m a cash girl (hate to use plastic if I don’t have to).
    Tiffany’s bags are super darling! Hope I win “)

  135. hannah 4 March, 2009 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Lip balm and gloss! I cannot live without those, I always have to have something my lips! I have so many in my bag! Also need concealer, mints and snacks!

  136. Olivia 4 March, 2009 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    My essentials (besides money and phone) are my camera, thanks to Becky Higgins’ Project 365, and chapstick. I’m not a chapstick-y girl, but this winter has been so dry, that chapstick has become my new best friend, because the lip gloss just wasn’t cutting it.

  137. cindy johnston 4 March, 2009 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    ohhh…love this bag! My essentials in my bag..cell phone for sure, and my camera! 🙂 thanks for the fun!

  138. Tambur 4 March, 2009 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    Burt’s Bees….I can not have dry or cracked lips. Drive me nutso.

  139. kim harter 4 March, 2009 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    gotta have my credit card,sunglasses,and little change bag oh ya and my daily calendar must have that!

  140. Kimmie 4 March, 2009 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    I am a real ‘bag lady’ 🙂 It’s not clothes shops my husband has to drag me past but bag shops! As for what’s IN my bag – everything .. LOL If I don’t have it, it’s not worth having!! My phone is probably my most essential item

  141. Leah Shreeve 4 March, 2009 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Ya know, with the weight of my purse you’d think that everything was “essential” in my bag. But when I really stop to think about it, all I really need is: lip gloss, keys, debit card, sunglasses, kleenix, nail clippers, campho-phenique for cold sores, camera, the set of key’s to our ranch, (always at the bottom of my purse so I don’t forget to take them when I go.) and a small flashlight just in case. (flashlights are very entertaining for little people at church.)
    Thanks for introducing someone new. I loved Liz Eaton’s stuff. She is now on my new favorites list. I’ll be buying from her as soon as I get paid. 🙂

  142. Julie S. 4 March, 2009 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    My most essential is my camera, but I would count my little tiny scrapbook of my son and husband right up there.

  143. Michelle P. 4 March, 2009 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Floss:)

  144. Shirley 4 March, 2009 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    I have way too much in my bag. I guess a couple of the most important things is my camera and my “stuff” notebook. I keep a list of my punches, stamp pads, inks so I always know what I have when I go to the store and HAVE to buy something. This way I don’t buy doubles. Also a place to jot down ideas, lists, etc.

  145. LynnAlt 4 March, 2009 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    I would have to say my calendar and BE Buxom Lip Gloss in Melon

  146. Anna-Marie Still 4 March, 2009 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    I am a sucker for a bag! And black & white and orange???? – oh my…bestill my heart it will match my orange flip camera!
    I have to have my planner and a mechanical pencil, my camera, my cell phone and my CO Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine – everything else is negotiable (although you wouldn’t know it from all the crap that is in there right now! LOL!)
    Ahh…but winning this new bag would clearly give me an excuse to clean out the bag I’m currently using!

  147. Tanya 4 March, 2009 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    I’m all about the Tums & Ibuprofen, those are most essential…well besides the phone, car keys and wallet!

  148. sue p 4 March, 2009 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    Essential! My cellphone, a Lipgloss, wipes, a diaper, lollipops for little people meltdowns, a wallet and a tape measure (you never know! teehee.).
    HOpe i win!! the bags are super cute!
    Sue

  149. Annamarie 4 March, 2009 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    Half the stuff in my bag does not even belong to me. Among the Polly Pocket dolls (and their very tiny accessories) are stale old pretzels, ponytail holders, crayons, jelly beans and McDonald Happy Meal toys.
    Not very original but I have to agree with everyone else above, lip gloss is the most important item. Aquafina (yes, the water company) makes a great hydrating lip oil. Oh, and must always carry a supply of Crystal Light drink powder packs.

  150. Tami R 4 March, 2009 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Cell phone, Ipod, pics of my kids, $$$, pens, lipstick, floss………..

  151. Susan Westberg 4 March, 2009 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    My essential is my camera, batteries and my Bonnie Bell LipLites. I can’t live without it! Thanks for the chance to win. Love reading your blog and all your inspiration!

  152. Jeannine B. 4 March, 2009 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Instead of cash – the essential in my bag is my debit card. I don’t know how I ever lived without it! Sadly, my reading glasses are also an essential in my bag! I guess my age is showing!

  153. Corinne Braun 4 March, 2009 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    in my bag? i’ve got besides the wallet and keys, kleenex, lip stuff (blistex), some allergy pills, mp3 player for the bus ride and daytimer. oh yeah and some hard candy for that long bus ride to and from work. and sometimes there’s a book or magazine in there too.

  154. sweetjilly 4 March, 2009 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    I have to have those little mesh bags to organize the vast amounts of crap I carry around in my purse. I use about 4 of them.

  155. Danielle 4 March, 2009 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    My must have would be any kind of lip balm, I think I have 5 in my purse right now. Just in case I lose one 🙂 The other item i have to have is mints, peppermint!

  156. Nicole R. 4 March, 2009 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Chapstick. Got to have it and go nuts when I can’t find it.

  157. Mrs Frizz 4 March, 2009 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous … and very generous …
    In my bag atm … probably too much junk … but if it was cleaned out more often, then the bare essentials would be pen, notepaper, wallet, cell phone, keys, mints, chewing gum, lippy, hanky, camera, jacket in a bag, perfume and headache pills … think I could handle that for a day or two and then it would just fill up again with life’s other essentials.

  158. Lizzy 4 March, 2009 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Along with the obvious keys & wallet, I have everything but the kitchen sink, LOL! I always have mints, gravol pills and motion, sickness bracelets and crackers (I get motion sick, so these are essentials), hand lotion and lip balm (for my dry lips and skin), water (I like to stay hydrated at all times, LOL!), MP3 player and something to read (in case I have some time to kill), eyeglass repair kit (you never know when your glasses will need fixing, LOL!), my planner and a pen, and an assorted miscellany of other items. I hope I win the bag, and I hope it’s really, really roomy, LOL!
    Lizzy

  159. Erin T. 4 March, 2009 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Cute bag! My essential is baby wipes! …for the obvious but also to clean up any dirty faces or hands that were missed at home!

  160. Sue Taylor 4 March, 2009 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Ooh, cute bag! I never go anywhere without my sunglasses, credit card or headache tablets! Gosh, that says a fair bit about me, LOL! Sue

  161. Kimberly 4 March, 2009 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Super cute! What I currently have in my purse…..
    I have keys, mints, a pen, a pencil/fine point and ultra fine point sharpie, a cell phone, pics of the kids, a stack of coupons, 2 boxes of (4 ct.) crayons, checkbook, mini sewing kit, nail file, hand sanitizer, mini lotion, mini perfume (love spell), mint carmex, frosting lip gloss, wallet (credit card, debit card, punch cards, ID) and sometimes even my camera (Fujifilm Finepix S5700). And surprisingly it all fits into my Miche purse!!! Goodness Gracious that’s a lot of stuff.

  162. Wendy Smidel 4 March, 2009 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    I have to have lotion. Everytime I wash my hands or get them wet, I have to lotion them. My friends say I have OCD with it. I just laugh. I love soft hands. Thanks for your giveaway!

  163. Michelle 4 March, 2009 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    that bag is too cute! My essentials include softlips lipgloss – I hate having dry lips! – sunscreen, because I almost always forget to put it on before I leave, and a small notebook. I am a listmaker, and I love using the notebook to jot things down as I think of them. It’s good for card or scrapbook ideas, journaling, or just to record thoughts, as well.

  164. Charity 4 March, 2009 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Ok this is what I carry. (Too much stuff) special K protien water packet, water bottle, wallet, nail file, multiple lip gloss, vitamins, ibuprofin, blackberry, ink pen, children’s snacks and variety of busy toys, kleenex

  165. Carla Ganske 4 March, 2009 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Def a cell phone, and I always carry double sided sticky tape! LOL! Well you never know when you will need a little “repair”. Also essential are wipes and my camera…always.

  166. Kathryn 4 March, 2009 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    I always carry disinfectant drops! I love the fresh smell of them and they are so essential after changing nappies on the go!

  167. Paula 4 March, 2009 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    What cute bags! The essential for me would be chapstick and sunglasses, aside from the wallet and cell phone. I’m thinking this would be a super cute diaper bag since I’m not a mom who has to carry everything but the bathtub..just need a few diapers, wipes, burp rag and binky 🙂

  168. cher 4 March, 2009 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Hi…yes the bag is definitely a wanna have for me…I don’t carry much cash either, gotta have the cell, debit card and lip gloss too. But I also must carry a few pics of my Cadet and my Daughter cuz I do miss them so much while they are away. I also have my emergency chocolate…in case I just can’t wait til the evening! DO NOT TURN ME IN! Ty for the chance…Cher

  169. cher 4 March, 2009 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    and I am so bummed I did not win that necklace! I love her jewelry…so ty for turning us on to her link…
    I must say, your blog is so unique..really glad I found ya ! Cher

  170. Diana K. 4 March, 2009 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful bag! My essentials are my wallet, cellphone, ipod, chapstick (another thumbs up for Burt’s Bees), pen, notebook and when there is room, my camera. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  171. kmethot 4 March, 2009 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    In addition to the obvious wallet, keys, and cell phone, I have to have something for the lips. I can’t stand dry lips! I also have to have a pen. When I need a pen and can’t find one, I go a little nuts!

  172. Jeannie 4 March, 2009 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Wow what a cute bag! Besides the obvious things like cell phones (I carry 2), debit card, and camera. I can’t leave home without at least 2 colors of MAC lipstick and gloss along with a minty light pink lip balm. And can’t forget my Starbucks mints! Thanks for the giveaway!

  173. Lou Ann 4 March, 2009 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Gum and lip gloss would be my essentials. After I eat I have to have a piece of gum to freshen my mouth along with lip gloss.

  174. cheryl yelverton 4 March, 2009 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    ABSOLUTELY have to have my camera. You never know when the moment will come and you need your camera. Mine is small and digital so it doesn’t take up much room.I always have an assortment of ink pens. On most days my bright yellow stethescope,and a couple of hemostats can be found stuffed in my bag. A must have for work.
    This bag is totally CUTE !!!!Thanks, ms.cheryl

  175. tammy s. 4 March, 2009 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    I LOVE purses and bags!! It’s one of my fave accessories and this one is soooo darn pretty! 🙂 What is essential in my bag? I always have my Blackberry and my sunglasses, but then also gotta have the lipgloss and some lotion, and maybe some mints too!

  176. Shirley K. 4 March, 2009 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    I MUST have chapstick or lipgloss in my bag. I think if I were stranded on an island and could pick only one thing to keep, that’s what I would choose.

  177. Angie 4 March, 2009 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    Lipgloss, green Extra, and a few small trains to entertain my two year old wherever we go. I would love to put all my essentials in that bag, so cute!

  178. karen davidson 4 March, 2009 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    lipbalm, my LOULOU lemon gloves, notepad and pen, Starwars “dudes” for my dudes, and chocolate! Love the bag!! Thanks.

  179. Emily Barklage 4 March, 2009 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Gots to have the Burts Bees Chapstick!

  180. Janelle Shultz 4 March, 2009 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    lip gloss & phone…i’m a light packer!

  181. Darby 4 March, 2009 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    What a darling bag!
    For me essential is Baby Wipes, hands down. Carried them even before I had kiddos 🙂
    What a fun giveaway!

  182. Patti Martin 4 March, 2009 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    For me it would be my chapstick. Not only do I use it but my DH does too. We’re always together….
    Hugs,
    PattiM
    (Pattie’s passion)
    (**pattihmartin@yahoo.com**)
    I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!!!

  183. Kristine in WA 4 March, 2009 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    Adorable bag!!! I cant live without my little credit card holder…that holds all my various gift/punch cards in one spot. Im hopeless without it.

  184. Megan 4 March, 2009 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    I never leave home without my purse loaded down with my wallet/organizer, cell phone, keys, nail file, dental floss, hairbrush, hairspray, makeup bag, calculator, and sunglasses. There is usually a variety of other “junk” in there as the week goes on, and it weighs a ton by Friday when I have to dump it out and start over! Those bags are all to die for!!

  185. Anastasia 4 March, 2009 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    Pretty simple really…my wallet, a pen and my blistex. I’ve been carrying a purse that’s really too small for months now and I need to change back to a larger one. SOON!

  186. Fiona 4 March, 2009 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    There are 2 items that are considered essential (aside from the wallet and ph) snacks and keys !! Can make for a very long afternoon if either (or both which has been known to happen) are forgotten !

  187. Jean Shen 5 March, 2009 at 12:15 am - Reply

    My essentials in my purse are wallet, phone, pen, mini calendar, and some gift cards. Ever since I got my purse stolen in September, I’ve been wary about carrying too much in my purse.

  188. Karen 5 March, 2009 at 12:23 am - Reply

    Things in my bag: the new cell phone that my kids bought me, my work pager, my name badge, gum, calculator, cheque book, change purse, lip chap, make up bag with mascara and lip gloss, and eye liner, note book for inspiration gathering, pens, keys, camera, hand sanitizer, my work schedule. and a handful of bills to be paid.
    No wonder my shoulder is sore!

  189. Sabine SR 5 March, 2009 at 2:45 am - Reply

    Very important are cell phone, money, first-aid-kid, camera and pen and paper. Since I started scrapbooking I threw out my hammer and nails and tucked in camera ,pen and paper so that I am ready for every situationn.

  190. Eileen 5 March, 2009 at 3:40 am - Reply

    What is essential? Beyond the obvious, I always carry lip gloss, usually hand moisturizer, tissues, mints, Tylenol Migraine (don’t ask), and the required assortment of shopper’s club cards

  191. natalie hochberg 5 March, 2009 at 3:55 am - Reply

    The things that are important to me in my bag are my pictures, pens and paper for doodling page layouts, tums of course and my needle and thread just in case.

  192. Ari 5 March, 2009 at 5:06 am - Reply

    I think I’d put everything possible in my bag if just I could… apart from money and docuements and my mobile, I currently have hand and face cream, a Moleskine just in case I have an inspiring idea while I’m out, some pens, my Bach flowers, 2 tissue bags for shopping, my camera, chewing gums, home keys, office keys, car keys… and I couldn’t choose what to eliminate if I had to!!!

  193. Sally Hall 5 March, 2009 at 5:22 am - Reply

    Great bag..!! Essentials for me are Camera, cell phone, napkins for small sticky fingers,pen & paper,keys, extra hairband to tie up out of control hair and also my yellow Leatherman tool..has helped me many a time. 🙂

  194. wendy 5 March, 2009 at 5:27 am - Reply

    It’s ME!! I can’t believe I won and I can’t believe you have my picture on your blog, with my blog link no less.
    Your the BEST!! Rock on Heidi!!!
    And Thanks, Thanks, and more Thanks!

  195. amber 5 March, 2009 at 5:41 am - Reply

    pictures of the bestest little boy in the world! i’m always asked if i up-to-date photos to share with friends during outings and co-workers during meetings. as a proud momma, i have to be prepared to do a little showing off! 😉

  196. Amy Coose 5 March, 2009 at 6:18 am - Reply

    Def. my lip balm, lip gloss and my clean and clear cloths. LOVE THAT BAG!!

  197. Meredith 5 March, 2009 at 6:46 am - Reply

    I love cute bags! Gotta have lip gloss (Lancome or Bare Essentials) and hand lotion, and usually throw in a thing of wipes for the kiddos!

  198. LaWanda 5 March, 2009 at 7:10 am - Reply

    I love your bags! I will turn 30 this year and one of your bags will be on the top of my wish list! The bags are gorgeous!!! My essentials are lip gloss and my camera. Have a wonderful week! How very sweet of you to do a giveaway. I wish I knew how to sew. Maybe one day.

  199. NANCY SMITH 5 March, 2009 at 7:14 am - Reply

    My essential is my camera. Thanks for the chance to win!

  200. Amber 5 March, 2009 at 7:22 am - Reply

    The number one essential for me is my camera, I just started carrying it again, and I am so glad I did…I have been able to capture so many great pictures I would have missed otherwise. I think my other essentials are my wallet (w/debit card) and my cell phone, and a bottle of water, I don’t leave home without those things!

  201. Valerie 5 March, 2009 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Aside from the obvious cash, ccard, license and cell phone…I’d have to say my Carmex lip balm.

  202. Crystal LaDoux 5 March, 2009 at 8:09 am - Reply

    My cell phone, debit card and chapstick are essentials I carry in my purse.

  203. Brandy 5 March, 2009 at 8:10 am - Reply

    Other than the essentials, my favorite item is a good book. You never know when you are going to get a few moments to read. Weather you are waiting in line, stuck in traffic and early for an appointment, it’s nice to have that time to read.

  204. kreativekate 5 March, 2009 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Bag essentials for me: wallet, cell, SUNGLASSES, a small notebook, camera, dental floss (I know, right?) and of course, my iPod.

  205. Holly S 5 March, 2009 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Loving that bag! My must haves in my handbag are:
    lip gloss
    cell phone w/camera
    pen/note pad
    dh’s credit card!
    thank you for the great giveaway!

  206. connie 5 March, 2009 at 8:35 am - Reply

    I have to have several tubes of lipstick and chapstick. I live in a very dry climate (Montana) and always have chapped lips. I also have no color in my lips and feel naked without lipstick.
    Thanks,
    Connie

  207. Reneescraps 5 March, 2009 at 8:40 am - Reply

    I always have my camera I keep it in the cell phone pocket in my purse… I always have a romance book in my purse to read on lunch to get thru the rest of my day… my mini ultra sugar machine and strips… wallet and lots of ink pens… that’s me in a handbag… thanks Renee in Kentucky

  208. Grizellie 5 March, 2009 at 8:56 am - Reply

    My essential is my DEBIT card! And now that I live in Italy I have to carry euros:) I love this bag!

  209. Juli 5 March, 2009 at 9:06 am - Reply

    I never carry cash, but I always have a cellphone, camera, lipstick and a pull-up in my purse (potty training kids will do that to you!)
    Oh and my debit card, I never leave home without it . . .

  210. Raimi 5 March, 2009 at 9:07 am - Reply

    you can alwasy find a pack of gum (or two) & about 6 different lip sticks/lip gloss. Total essentials in my bag!

  211. Sara Amuso 5 March, 2009 at 9:12 am - Reply

    I have a cute little makeup bag with many lipsticks in it, its part of my “Auntie Bag” — when I’m out at a restaurant with my neice, Caitie, she carefully looks at each lipstick rolling it up, rolling it down, putting the top on…it keeps her busy for HOURS!

  212. Stephanie Matlack 5 March, 2009 at 9:13 am - Reply

    CHAPSTICK. That is a must in my “bag”, coat pockets, scrapping bag, desk drawer, car. I always say if I go on Survivor that would be my essential item.
    Think of how many chapsticks I could fit in that adorable bag. Beautiful.

  213. Beverly 5 March, 2009 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Essential in my bag is a variety of lipstick and lip glosses. Once, I cleaned out my purse and found at least 10 DIFFERENT LIP PRODUCTS. Can you say obsessed?! LOL!

  214. Heather Miller 5 March, 2009 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Lip gloss of course ! My camera, gum, biosilk best stuff to keep hair from being frizzy, Love it ! I hope I win it would certainly be a first.

  215. Dondalee Southern 5 March, 2009 at 9:23 am - Reply

    My “must haves” in my bag are, lip balm and lip gloss. I also have my wallet and my most important item is the “brag” photos of my children. Thank you for the chance to win one of your beautiful bags.

  216. Paris 5 March, 2009 at 9:25 am - Reply

    Must.have.chapstick. Yes, I’m a chapstick addict 😉 Thanks for highlighting such talented artists.

  217. chelle 5 March, 2009 at 9:31 am - Reply

    My bag essentials are chapstick/lipstick and my wallet.

  218. Teresa 5 March, 2009 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Burts Bee lipbalm, cell phone, notepad/pen, wallet and coupons.

  219. Christine Drevo 5 March, 2009 at 9:48 am - Reply

    I love this bag!!! Let’s see what are my purse essentials…. Cell phone, wallet, camera, Burt’s bee’s lip balm, calendar, and pen.
    Thanks, for doing this giveaway!
    christinedrevo@rocketmail.com

  220. scrappinseminole 5 March, 2009 at 10:45 am - Reply

    I have to have my camera in my bag – feel naked without it!

  221. Ashley Hansen 5 March, 2009 at 11:18 am - Reply

    I can’t live without my nail clippers! I use them for alot of non-nail issues! Gotta have them to cut everything, and safe to take on the plane (rather than scissors!)

  222. Debbi 5 March, 2009 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Grandson’s pacifier, a REAL essential….then normal women stuff, coupons, spoon to eat with at any given time or place, about 100 yellow post it notes stuck on everything. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Debbi

  223. Tertia Jacobs 5 March, 2009 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Essentials are my notebook and pen. Not for inspiration, but to write down all the noise in my head when I have to hurry up and wait for doctors, kids, hairdressers, coffee and… I find it very therapuetic to read through these random notes years later.

  224. shannon weber 5 March, 2009 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Essential in my bag (LOVE Tiffany’s bag!) after the Burts Bees Lip Shimmer, is a ‘Juju’ – my current good luck charm or inspiration. My kids carry a ‘juju’ in their pocket when I travel for work. I’m inspired by their tradition and found I move best in the world with a ‘Juju’ of my own. Even when I pare down to a going out back, a Juju goes with.

  225. lNicki Lundeen 5 March, 2009 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    My essential in my bag is of course my cell phone, hopefully my car keys, and a vial of dexamethazone and syringe in case of an accident…without it I would cease to exist.

  226. Elena 5 March, 2009 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Wow – her stuff is just adorable! Let’s see… Some musts for my bag: lip balm (it is sooooo dry here in Wyoming), cell phone, my wallet, and my little camera are always in my bag. And I have LOTS of bags – I am a purse-a-holic!

  227. Josiane 5 March, 2009 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    My essentials are: chapstick, lotion, nail clipper, mirror, pens, post-its… Cool bag! Thanks for the giveaway!

  228. Shari Anderson 5 March, 2009 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Essential? LIP GLOSS!
    I never go anywhere without lip gloss, but it was a few years ago that I met you at a trade show and you were giving out lip gloss. You commented that everyone looks better with a little lip gloss and now I carry extras in my camera bag just in case someone needs a little glossy boost!!!

  229. Gloria Baures 5 March, 2009 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Gotta have gum. Never know who you might meeet! lol

  230. Carol G 5 March, 2009 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    My VISA card, because I get great “rewards” with it (just got SIX round-trip tickets to Europe!), driver’s license and my iPhone.

  231. mandie segura 5 March, 2009 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    So cute!!! love the bag!

  232. mandie segura 5 March, 2009 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    oops! i didn’t see that I was supposed to write about what HAS to be in mine- a camera and gum for SURE!

  233. Janice Selby 5 March, 2009 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    My essentials, first debit card,then cell phone. I love carring cash, but that doesn’t last long enough. I am trying to make a bag also, just from my made up pattern. I need help. Maybe I will just win a new bag.
    Janice In Missouri
    selbyj@missouri.edu

  234. Louise Murr 5 March, 2009 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Lip gloss and camera. And money would be good if I had any. Oh well 2 out of 3 ain’t bad as the ole saying goes…
    Louise

  235. Caroline 5 March, 2009 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Well my bag is always HUGE. When we are at the kids sports things and somebody needs something, they come to me, chances are I have it. But most essential things are gum and tissue.These 2 things are a must must must !!!!!

  236. felicia 5 March, 2009 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    my kiehls lip balm and gum!

  237. anne 5 March, 2009 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    For me,
    what’s essential?
    LIP GLOSS
    (also in addition to the necessities like $$, phone and altoids)
    lip gloss can make you look better in ANY situation! (from the gym, on the way to the office, or just running errands!)

  238. andreat 5 March, 2009 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Hand sanitizer and Lip Gloss!!!! I love my gloss. I keep it everywhere. I even have had some Heidi gloss in there at one point 🙂

  239. Amanda 5 March, 2009 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Mine would be lipstick..planner..wallet…pen.

  240. Amanda Pickup 5 March, 2009 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    So CUTE!!!!

  241. Amanda Pickup 5 March, 2009 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Just realized I was supposed to state an essential-that would be my CAMERA!

  242. Anna A. 5 March, 2009 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    The essential in my bag right now is itty bitty baby diapers for my 5th son. I forgot how much mess these little ones can make! And at 2 1/2 weeks old, he’s quite messy already – but oh so sweet. 🙂

  243. Sam F. 5 March, 2009 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Essential to my bag is a little black Moleskin notebook that I use to write down quotes, sayings, thoughts, etc. I always keep it with me. I also always have advil and chapstick!

  244. Linda Ford 5 March, 2009 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Chap stick and nail clipers for those hang nails that always show up at a bad time!
    Linda

  245. Aleta 5 March, 2009 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    #1 Essential
    CANDY!!! I keep dum dum suckers as bribes for the kids in the store – gets me at least a good 20 minutes of quite in the scrapbook isle of Michaels 😉

  246. Melissa 5 March, 2009 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Besides $$$ and the cell phone, I HAVE to have gum, sunglasses, camera and chapstick!

  247. Missy 5 March, 2009 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Hey … that’s my friend Wendy … and she is a “joy” to know! Congratulations Wendy on winning!
    My purse essentials are:
    Lip Balm, Cell Phone, Wallett, Spider Man Toy (for my 4yearold son), lots of “smiles” snacks, a change of clothes for my son and an extra pair of socks.

  248. Andrea Tuttle 5 March, 2009 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    Let’s see . . . #1 is easy CHAPSTICK & LIP GLOSS . . .#2 would have to be something to write on and with . . . love to jot down ideas at random times!! I love that she’s from IDAHO!!! Yahoo!!

  249. Trish 5 March, 2009 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Let’s see…wallet,keys, 2 cell phones,pen, sunglasses and mint lip gloss. Everything a girl could need!

  250. Julie Lilly 5 March, 2009 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Wintergreen life savers are a must. Advil for DH & DD and maybe a bandaid & kleenix. I also keep a qt ziplock bag for airplane travel.

  251. Kim Su 5 March, 2009 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    I ALWAYS have my camera with me, a definite must have. thanks and have a great weekend, Kim

  252. nikki 5 March, 2009 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    a condom – never know when I’m gonna get some – lol!!!!
    Okay kidding – really I can’t live without is my flip camera. great to pull out on a moments notice and capture some of the very best “out of the mouth of babes moments” that come out of my little guy…

  253. Lisa A. 5 March, 2009 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Hmmm…other than goldfish crumbs, which never seem to disappear, I have my camera, my planner and wallet.

  254. heidi 5 March, 2009 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    so cute! an essecial in my bag is my calendar, i’m so forgetful, it’s necessary!

  255. Amy Miller 5 March, 2009 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    ok, so my #1 essential-ty would be… chapstick. It works in a pinch as lip conditioner. It totally keeps stray eyebrows in place. It if fun, yet stainless for my babies to play with. it won’t kill you if you (they) eat it. And if you get a menthol kind with sunscreen in it, it can disguise your breath from lunch! totally cannot pack a bag without it!

  256. jenny 5 March, 2009 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    My essential item would be…my mary kay compact with powder and sparkly lip gloss! Thanks for the fun contest! 🙂

  257. Robyn W 5 March, 2009 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    definately my camera…and money…lol

  258. Sher 6 March, 2009 at 5:49 am - Reply

    Well yes, the obvious cash & cc, but my HEIDI lip gloss (that’s almost gone, sigh) so that I’m always picture ready! Sher B.

  259. Samantha Wales 6 March, 2009 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Debit card, lip gloss, lip stick, lip balm…notice a trend…pens, paper and the shells my dd gave me at the beach and the eraser off the 2 ft. long pencil I got in England, when my Daddy was stationed there. Since it fell off the pencil it has moved from purse to purse with me. I’ve carried it since I was about 10 or 12 years old. Oh and breath mints, gotta have those.

  260. elizabeth 6 March, 2009 at 9:37 am - Reply

    lipstick, nail clippers, weight watchers book, hand cream, tape measure

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