Monday, December 31, 2012

A Bag That [Not] Only A Jersey Girl Could Love

I live next to this town. True story.
In keeping with last minute 2012 posts, as I spent most of December keeping up with last minute orders and playing catch up on my quilting bees and sewing swaps, I'd be remiss if I didn't post about this particular tote bag.

Especially considering the fact that I am a bonafide, New Jersey Clam Digger, meaning I was born and raised at the Jersey Shore.

Ever hear of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band? Well, the E Street they speak of is in Belmar, NJ, which was the town next to the town where I grew up. I spent a good chunk of my time at the Belmar Boardwalk, at the Belmar Marina, and on Main Street as cool places like Nostalgic Nonsense.

This area was hit very, very, very hard by Sandy. The boardwalk I grew up on is gone and while I still only live about 20 minutes from Belmar, I haven't been down to see the actual devastation. That will make it real. I want to remember how it was with the old McDonalds and Playland (yes, that disappeared long ago, but for nostalgia's sake, I have to mention).

Just a few towns north of Belmar, along Ocean Avenue, is Asbury Park, NJ. Asbury Park is a town that has been having a recovery since I can remember. A champion of Asbury Park is Bruce Springsteen. Yes, while they practiced on E Street, Bruce used to play his guitar on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. I now live one town over from Asbury Park.

This is the stuff of Jersey Shore legend.

Understanding this will help you realize how excited I was when I was asked if I could make a Bruce Springsteen bag. No easy feat and not one I wanted to take lightly. While I'm not as die hard of a Bruce fan as many of my fellow New Jerseyans, I still respect what he has accomplished and what he means to the Jersey Shore.

Therefore, this Jersey Girl is proud to show you the Bruce Springsteen inspired Totes Reversible Tote. A tribute to Bruce and the Big Man, with a nod to the Jersey Shore.

Tramps like us may have been born to run, but bags like this were made to be worn. 

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