Happy October + Giveaway!

 •Tell us a little bit about yourself. 
-I grew up on a small island off the coast of Washington State. I had a pretty magical childhood, mostly roaming the woods and rowing out in the water. As I reached high school and college age I began to travel around the world. I had a strong desire to leave my little island and see the world and would work hard in summers and save so I could travel in the winter. I contribute a lot of my creative inspiration to these trips and to my experiences in the natural world. I use all organic hemp & cotton canvas and on my way to having all 100% recycled & organic cotton fabrics. Since living and traveling away from the island, I have moved home and recently bought a piece of raw land with my sweety, so barnacle bags will forever be made from my studio on Lopez Island!  
•How did you get started making and selling your creations?
- I had just returned from a trip abroad to Nicaragua (2009) I came home with a strong desire to learn to sew. I had many dreams while traveling of making money on the stuff I make with my hands. I got a sewing machine from our recycling/exchange center and was persistent on teaching my self to sew and by June that year I was selling barnacle bags at our farmers market. And since then I have joined Etsy and put my items in a few local shops and hope to one day make a living off my creations! 
 •How did you decided on the name of your shop?
- I have always had a strong connection with the ocean. Being from an island, water was always a big part of my life. In order to leave you have to get on some type of boat. So it was clear that I wanted a name for my bags that had to do with the natural environment and kept thinking of water words then my boyfriend said one day "what about barnacle bags" and I loved it.

Lissa is kindly giving away one of her organic canvis snapp backpacks to a lucky Sappy Apple reader! Woo Hoo!

How to enter:
1. Visit Lissa's lovely shop and look around.
1. Leave a comment below letting us know how much you want this adorable bag with your email address (So I can contact you if you win.)
2. Follow my blog or be a blog follower.

Earn extra entries by:
1. Blogging about this giveaway
2. Tweeting about this giveaway (If you are not on Twitter how about Facebook?)
3. Following Lissa's Blog.

Leave a separate comment below letting me know in which ways you've entered. I will choose a winner on October 31st!


  1. Super cute! I must have it! :)

    Tracy Marcello

    I'm a new follower, too :)

  2. Great bag- my daughter would love this!


  3. I've re-tweeted your 'giveaway announcement' tweet :)

  4. Wow, that is a magical childhood. Love the style of her bags <3


  5. This is one of my favourites:
    Backpack - Organic Canvas Roll Top Floral - Fall 2011

    love her shop!


  6. What a great bag! I love her shop sooo much! I like this one best:http://www.etsy.com/listing/81752584/backpack-organic-hemp-canvas-fall-2011

    good luck everyone!

  7. oh my goodness these bags are delicious ! so cool and easy for a mama on the go to use.

  8. I love this! All of her bags are cute!


  9. That bag is to die for! I love it.

    Lucy xox


    I followed Lissa's blog too! :)

  10. this bag is super cute. I like so many in her shop as well!
    my email is chantspectacular@gmail.com

  11. Thank you everyone for your sweet comments... And thanks Krystin for being such a great host! Happy Halloween!