11.16.2012

Cinderella story. And my very first give-a-way. So, you know, happy Friday.


Well, the moment has finally come.  Internets, we’re having a give-a-way. 

Why?  Well, because I like to feel popular.  And I've kept my son alive and thriving for 1 year.  And Christmas is coming.  And my best friend and son’s General Manager happens to one of the most generous and talented individuals I know.  

No really, she is – and multifaceted, if I may say so.  In fact, let’s list a few things that make her the president of club awesome before we get right down to the give-a-way.  This will be fun because I like lists and she dislikes people bragging about her.  I’m hoping this incites a series of awkward twinges that I’ll feel all the way from Washington.  Right now I’m guessing she has her hands on her cheeks as she peeks through her fingers, squinting more and more with each sentence of this post.  (SMOOCH!)

In any given day, you might find my best friend doing any number of the following things:

1.)    Cooking ridiculously good meals:




















2.)    Winning arm wrestling competitions:












3.)    Adopting abused animals:
Love the shirt, Nic.





















4.)    Taking incredibly cute pictures with her husband




















5.)    Or designing handbags used by famous people in famous movies. 

Whew!  That’s a multitalented bitch, right there.
I could go in to detail about each one of the items listed above, but for the purpose of today, let’s focus on #5.
Here’s the deal.  While I spent my summers by Ft. Peck Lake, listening to mixed CD’s of No Doubt and Oasis and doing everything within my power to drive my mother bat-shit crazy, my best friend was elbows deep in fabric and thread, learning to craft her talent in domesticity.   (In comparison, my mother was understandably disappointed.   I would argue however, that if it weren’t for those summers, my mother would not OWN a mixed CD.  Think about it, mom.  Your car rides would be filled with a full hour of songs from THE SAME ARTIST.  Can you even imagine?)  

But alas, under the fine direction of her mother, who to this DAY sews the best hair scrunchy this side of the Mississippi, Angie learned to craft a talent that now makes her a living.  And also makes her kind of famous.

And also makes me feel popular.

And will, in a week’s time, make you cooler.  
Fine.  I’ll get down to it.  (Drumroll!.....)

Friends, I’d like to introduce you to THE BELLA BAG:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Why is it called the Bella bag?  Maybe these pics will help clarify:

What?  What’s that you say?  You recognize the person holding that purse?  You recognize the movie?  Twilight, you say?  The final movie of which opens today, you say? 
Huh.  How timely.

This bag, hand made by my bff, Angie, was picked up by a prop designer for the Twilight series in a boutique in Seattle, where Angie’s rent payment was, at the time, dictated by whether or not she would sell a bag that week.  The prop designer bought it for herself, but then decided to use it to round out Bella’s wardrobe for the movie – so she called Angie and asked her to make a replica.  Angie complied, and a few months later Twilight came out.  And Angie was all, “You don’t suppose???” and then she watched the movie and I suppose you could say she supposed right:

 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rob Pattinson is holding Angie’s bag, you guys. Do you see that?
The year that the movie was released resulted in so many orders that Angie worked hand over fist, day after day, rarely taking even one day off - pumping out bag after bag.  And from there, she’s managed to make a good living doing what she loves to do.  And even though I try to convince her that we need to contact Opera, she simply shakes her head and tells me that sewing and touching every bag that leaves her doorstep is just too important to her to ever go that big.  And there is just something so. damn. admirable about that.    

I have this bag, and many of my friends have a version of the bag.  And we all love it.  I’m not just saying that because she’s my best friend.  I can honestly say that I have NEVER owned anything that has received more compliments than this thing.  EVER.  And what’s even cooler is that when she’s out and about, sporting one of her own bags, she’ll get compliments, too.  And do you know what she does when she gets compliments? 

SHE JUST SAYS THANK YOU.
That’s it.  She doesn’t even tell them that SHE MADE THE BAG.

Unbelievable.
I guess that’s what modesty looks like, but what she lacks in boastfulness I make up for in casual conversations with people I’ve never met.  When anyone compliments me on my bag, I take up half of their afternoon telling them how I have a famous best friend and that she makes these amazing bags and that famous people have used them in famous movies and they should go to her website RIGHT NOW and buy one because she customizes the screen print and the fabrics and uses refurbished leather and you can also pick whatever style of bag you want in whatever color leather you want.

And it isn’t until I gently rub my bag against their cheek so that they may feel the softness of the leather that I sense them pulling away.
And because she is my best friend and she knows how much I like to feel popular, she is donating one of these bad boys to one of you! 

So, what do you have to do?  Well listen, I know there are a number of you out there who silently follow, so I'm just going to ask that you speak up today.  Just this once.  And it only takes two easy steps:
1.        Follow me.  I really like looking popular. Yes, you'll have to have a google (gmail), yahoo, twitter, AIM, Netlog, or Open ID account to follow me.  That's lame and I'm sorry but I don't know how to get around it.  But really, for a bag this good?  Make up and account and then never look at it again.  I'd say it's worth it.  :)  

2.        Comment  on this post after you follow me, and poof!  You’re in. Don't know what to say?  Tell me which bag you like best from her website.  Or ask me a question. Or tell me the middle name of your cat.  I don't care.  Say something!   

3.        Want to get entered twice?  Share this post on Facebook or your blog (or both!) and tell me you did it by commenting again. 

I’ll pick a winner using random.org on Black Friday and post the number that corresponds with the comment.  It will all be fair.  Don’t worry.

And if you don't win - no biggie!  You can still buy the bag - or any bag for that matter - at her website.  Currently I have my eye on this little number, but they're all great.  Seriously.
Good luck!

55 comments:

  1. Look at you with your fancy friends and give-a-way. And keeping a baby alive for a year. You're fantastic.

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  2. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I want that bag! :)

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    1. And by "that bag" I mean any of them! :)

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  3. Seriously you are popular!!Wish my bf had a talent like that-but she is really good at drinking wine and falling off of chairs. I would have to choose the Edward bag- SERIOUSLY EDWARD IS MY HUSBAND(dont tell Shane)!

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  4. You make me sound so good, but you didn't mention my favorite amazing talent:

    #6 Picking best friends

    Congrats on one year of keeping a blog & a baby human being alive - I love you Megs!

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  5. I liked that bag tremendously before I read the famous blah blah part!

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  6. I enjoy your blog, so I started following today-I would have done it without the giveaway,but who can pass up a great bag!!

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  7. I have her Twilight bag and just love it. she does great work!

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  8. I also shared on facebook, so all my friends can see Angie's work & your blog............I signed up with Gmail, but it says unknown, instead of my name. :(

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  9. I just saw the final film today! Have been eyeing the bag for several months now & if I don't win it then I'll be buying it for myself for Christmas. I've been really good this year! lol (from Darina S.)

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  10. I have been a loyal follower forever. But I was never a REAL follower because I couldn't remember my yahoo address or my twitter account and I refused to open yet another one to forget. But! Good news. I am for REAL now because I married into a yahoo account! This husband guy comes with some serious perks. And the bag...serious motivation!

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  11. And I shared with my peeps on Facebook. Double the odds, yo! Go Big Red!

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  12. I personally love the small hobo with silver hardware on the stitch and swash website..I would love to win one<3

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  13. I have shared this to my Facebook page;Angie does beautiful work.I love beautiful things made in America!! Best wishes!

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  15. And now I've posted it on facebook....double bribe to subscribe!

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  16. I think this post should be called "Bribe to Subscribe"

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  17. I love the Bella bag and have been coveting one (even though I haven't even seen the movies)! I also like the large hobo and the zip tote. =0)

    I do request that even if we can't all win, maybe you could make us feel like winners and have Angie post her recipe for that uber delish looking meal in pic one?

    Clever blog, looking forward to reading the older posts (I've already started).

    And my cat's middle names are vicious and fantastic.

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  18. Good job Megan. Two years ago I showed Tony the bag on Angie's website and he bought it for his Sara. I love the bag too.
    Irene

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  19. I think I follow you already...just because you are so freaking funny! Kudos to you for keeping little man alive and well for over a year now - go ahead and toast to that! I would love any of Angie's bags - not because they were in a movie (which is pretty damn cool by the way) but because she is a small town girl from the Dive that is doing what she loves and is great at it!! I will try to figure out all your other damn requirements to get in the drawing. :) Love you to the moon and back Megs and I still need to love on that beautiful baby of yours too! Bethie

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  20. OK chicka - I figured out how to share it on Facebook so BAM - go ahead and enter me twice! ;)

    (Still can't figure out if I am following your or not...first time I have ever actually been asked to stalk someone!)

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  21. Oh by the way that last post was me again...Bethie

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  22. Congrats on keeping your handsome son alive, Dear Megan! And congrats on pending double aunty-dom! Angie -- I love following your life in posts and pics on facebook, and learning about your successes through your peeps (feel free to toot your own horn, you deserve it!). Love to you both :)! amber

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  23. I followed! AND shared, however, I would prefer that less people enter. I want the bag, just because I llike free stuff and LOVE name dropping!

    Oh, and I found the Fortin Center - you are as good as mapquest!

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  24. Too much pressure to say something witty. A give-away, what a clever idea. Then, I'm not surprised at all. You are the master of clever! I love reading your blog, telling other people to read your blog, everything about your blog! Keep on writing & good luck (to me) with your give-away!
    Jan V

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  25. Yeah! I thought I was gonna need an "Internet for Dummies" book to figure out how to subscribe but I figured it out! Whatdya know, it wasn't even that hard! Yay Megan on keeping little Semise (sp?) alive all year long! It's harder than most people like to admit. Anyway, I'm excited to be subscribed and am keeping my fingers crossed for one of Angie's beautiful bags! <3 Kelley

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  26. I shared on Facebook but I couldn't bring myself to wish them good luck on the giveaway cuz ya know, I don't want them to win cuz then I can't win. Ya know how it goes! ;) Kelley

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  27. Ok, toodles, you're tweeted & Googled.

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  28. So I have looked at all the bags (and of course read all the blogs :)...both the bags AND the blogs are full of greatness. Yay for entertainment and accessories!!! Love you both <3 ~kaycee~

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  29. ps shared on fb on friday, as well :) ~kaycee~

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  30. Does it count that I subscribed to you on google reader a year or so ago? (Just immediately pre-baby.) Those bags are amazing!

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  31. So, not only are you ridiculously cool but you have a best friend who makes hott (two t's) bags? Man.

    Count me in as entered to win this bad boy.

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  32. AND I still think of you whenever I see Sarah Silverman.

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  33. Megs, I love your blog. Also I love Angie's bag. Tony bought on for his wife a couple years ago! We had to share with her that we knew the famous person that made that bag! lol

    Lisa Fabian

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  34. The facebook world knows how great you and Ang are too!

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  35. I had no idea Angie's bags were so amazing! Have been following your blog since you started, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for good luck in the drawing...

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  36. Like it and can't wait to check out her website!

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  37. Cuuuuttteee! And I start sentences with and all the time..and but. But and And and So. :D

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  38. I love your stuff!!!

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  39. I shared it on my facebook so my awesome friends can read your stuff as well!! And (yup, just started this sentence with "and"!) get me the sweet chance to win this awesome bag!

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  40. Megan- I have been one of those secretly following you from a facebook suggestion. I have to tell you I love reading your blog. Your humor and monologue remind me of your dad's sidebars in class back in the day. Thanks for the laughs, I truly look forward to your child turning another month older to relive how I feel about motherhood some days.

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  41. a) I need more arm muscles b) can I get a dimple put in? No? WHY NOT??!!

    I'm totally amazed about this. That's the coolest bag!

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  42. I'm following you. :)

    I love, love, love Lucy. Instead of growing up on cartoons, I grew up on Nick at Nite!

    I also shared this giveaway on Twitter -- I'm not sure if that qualifies since you specifically said Facebook, but I think more people should come to your blog so, what-the-hey!

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  43. Angie I LOVE your bags!! I was actually going to ask for one for Christmas but why not try to win a free one. Don't worry though if I don't win I will still be buying one!!

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  44. I want THEE bag! :)

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  46. You are REALLY popular!! And obviously so is Angie! Talented Glendive girls...so proud of you both!

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  47. Followed! (Like I wasn't stalking your musings from the beginning...)

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  48. Oh, and also shared on the book of face. :)

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  49. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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