Nourish Your Soul: Introducing Bags, Bags, and more Bags!

Apr 13, 2013 | Inspiring Products

Each week, I shine a spotlight on a few creations that I’m particularly proud of. May you be inspired – and perhaps find a little something to nourish your soul.  Click here to see all the posts in this series. 

PS: All of the products featured below (and more) are sold online via Garden Gallery Works, but if you’re looking for signed/matted prints and/or originals, you can get these in my online shop

PPS: International customers, Garden Gallery is HAPPY to ship worldwide. Please email them at to get started. 

The Weekender Bag:

We had a lovely time designing this bag. It’s called the “Follow Your True North” weekender. It’s artful, roomy, and meaningful – and a best seller.

I love how the text beautifully, subtly blends in with the design yet its message is profound. It reads: In our best moments we understand that our vulnerabilities are what connect us, that we can step into the power that is uniquely ours, play hard, love bravely, offer comfort to our younger, broken selves, and soar. Always soar on the brightness of being alive. Follow your true north. 

You can find all the details about it’s construction and purchase it right here.

Bonus giveaway! Garden Gallery Iron Works is hosting a Facebook Giveaway for this bag right over here. All you have to do is “like” their page and enter a comment on this Facebook post to win!

Messenger Bags:

(Follow Your True North messenger bag is available here. )
Loving how these messenger bags turned out. Honestly, I love the idea of standing in line at the store with one of these crossed over my body – like a little hope note for whoever is standing in line behind me or beside me. 

This bag reads Radiate Possibility (dream bigger) messenger bag is available here. 
Wouldn’t this be an awesome bag for teachers + educators? Love the size, love the artfulness of them, love the brown canvas and faux leather (I’ve always preferred brown over black). 
(Trust The Journey messenger bag is available here)
Gosh, I hope you guys love them as much as I do. Casual and adorable – yes? Yes!


Swoon! These are large enough for most phones, a few cards + money. Five wristlets in the collection to choose from. Love that they’re good to go on their own or toss them in a bigger bag. A great gift if I do say so myself!


One of my favorite bags from the entire new bag collection. The fabric flower attachment, the birdie, the sentiments, the feather….all of it. Get yours here!

This is one of my favorite wall canvases turned into a tote! I think this one, in particular, would be awesome for travelers (her face is a map). Get yours here. 
I especially love the muted tones of the this bag. I’ve been using the Create tote to carry some art supplies back and forth from the studio, but I have to say I think they’re all awesome. 

Structured Totes:

The structured totes have a bit more, well, structure. More faux leather, and a bit boxier, which I love. We’ve got two of these darlings. The one above is Unleash Your Joy – a top seller across all the bags. I am smitten with it, too. I get lots of comments when I’m out and about with it (I never tell anyone I made it – funny, right? SHY!). Available here. 

Wouldn’t this bag be a great conversation starter at the workplace? Or anywhere, really? It’s hard to see in this photo, but toward the bottom, in between the wings, it reads “nurture your passion” and it is available here. 
That’s all of our bags – our FIRST ever bag collection. I have to say: I’m proud to offer up a truly unique, meaningful, artful collection! We hope you love it just as much as we do! 

Thanks, friends. Our mission is to continue to create products that blend creativity with meaning, beauty with function. I so love what I do.

Kelly Rae

Sending much love,

Show/Hide Comments (13 comments)
  1. Melanie morris

    Kelly, are you still selling your Follow Your True North Cross body bag? I love it

    • Kelly Rae Roberts

      Hi Melanie, these were made and sold many years ago, though you might be able to find one on Ebay or even Amazon 🙂

  2. Estela P

    I bought your airplane carry on luggage from a collector of yours that got tons of compliments at airports on it…and i can’t seem to find a full sized one anywhere.May i please ask if im searching in vein.
    Southern tip of Texas resident that is noe a big fan of your work here 😊

    • Kelly Rae Roberts

      Hello Estela! We didn’t actually make a full size luggage piece! I love that carry on, I have one as well!

  3. Steph

    Saw your goodies in a Hallmark in AZ recently. I always do a little dance for you.

  4. thefolia

    Looking at your beautiful bags makes me a bit sad since I left my bag at a store yesterday and when I went back it was gone. I brought it with me everywhere since I do not like to using the store plastic ones. I wish you had a Bollywood themed one to replace my lost one! Wishing you sell your bags and that people stop using plastic!

  5. heidi

    I love all these —especially the messenger bags! I think I just found my inspiration for a mother's day gift. My mom is in a time of transition right now and I think the true north bag would be the perfect reminder for her. 🙂

  6. Julie Maloney

    Love these. You are one talented lady. xxoo

  7. Kerri

    So cute!

  8. Wendy D.

    Yesterday I walked into a local shop (Wrapsody in Birmingham, AL) and was delighted to see a display of your beautiful work — the first I've seen in person. I gently lifted one of the items and — BOOM! — the whole display was airborne, KR bombarding me from every direction! No damage (your stuff is sturdy!) but you and I definitely attracted attention. (The sales staff were impressed that I know who you are.). And yes, I shopped! 🙂

  9. Valerie Weller

    …these knock my socks off KR! heading to check them out!

  10. Carol Gibson

    You're bags are gorgeous.

  11. Anonymous

    What wonderful, positive messages! Thank you. Not everyone is living their passion, so it's a sweet, and beaiutiful reminder. Thank you.


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