It is now to late to order a Helen's Daughters Handbag. We can next day ship items, however we cannot guarantee a Holiday delivery. We do have handbags at Raven House 108 3rd Street - downtown Baraboo. Only Little Lake Pouches at The Cornerstone Gallery and The Craft Mall near Lake Delton. Happy Shopping!
Char from Helen's Daughters Studio with her husband Frank
are the proud sponsors of The Very Merry Holiday Fair.
It takes place December 9 - 5-8 PM and December 10.
They have worked all year long to bring you this Fair.
Check out www.TheVeryMerryHolidayFair.com for tons of info.
See you in Baraboo.
Happy Holidays friends!
As you scroll down our BLOG you will find great handbags choices.
We have chosen seven different styles for our Holiday lineup.
When you find a style you'd like just email us at
with the style you'd like to order.
Include your phone number and we'll call you for your information (shipping address and credit card info.)
We accept Visa and Mastercard. Sorry no Pay Pal setup at this time.
No cash refunds, unused handbag exchange accepted within three months of order
(if a Holiday gift, info recipient of the exchange limits).
We realize this is a little more work than click and charge.
We thank you for your patience and understanding.
We look forward to talking with you! Enjoy the season!
7" x 9" x 2"
GREAT Everyday handbag!
Adjustable black cording, front zippered compartment,
large front zippered upper compartment, taffeta lining, gusseted bottom. Can be made in any color!
Black, Purple, Beige's, Blue, Green, Tan.
This little bag is perfect when that's all you need.
4 1/2 " x 7 1/2 " Back slot pocket, 48 "+ acetate cording,
button, tassels, flap hiding a zipper, taffeta lining.
Black, Circles, Bricks
Thanks goes to The Wisconsin Designer Craft Council for the first year
Winter Glory show in the Harley Davidson Garage in Milwaukee.
About 1500 very happy people came through and are delighted it will happen again next.
The three gals are the "Three Wisconsin Bag Ladies" (Pam, Ilze, Char)
..they have been making handbags for over 25 years.
We're glad we captured them doing the second best thing they do...laughing.
Of course, their bags making is #1.
So...put this on your 2012 calendar....you'll want
to come Holiday shop at this one.
Yes....we know we should be in our studios working.
But we're on the "Great Pumpkin Adventure".
Char in Wisconsin and Mariella in Minnesota.
Char will be working with her husband, Frank, on their 24 years of their
Halloween Display - 30 plus Pumpkins and more.
Mariella with her husband, Joe, will be directing the Preston Arts Council
"kids decorate a pumpkin "
on Saturday AM in Preston.
We'll put up the results soon.
Soooooo many of you asked for our Veggie Chili recipe. Here it is:
Char and Frank's Fall Art Tour Chili
8 Medium Onions -Coarsely chopped.
3-5 Tbsp Olive Oil
-------------------------------------- Blend these spices in a bowl:
2/3 Cup Chili Powder
1/2 cup Dried Parsley
2 Tbsp Cumin
2-3 tsp Black Pepper
3 tsp Basil
3 tsp Oregano
Carmalize Onions at low heat.
Stir in powdered spices - cook 2-3 minutes.
ADD one bottle of Dark Beer.
Add 6-8 Cloves of Garlic - minced.
Simmer for 5 minutes.
5 cans Beans - Your choice.
4 big cans Diced Tomatoes
1/2 to 1 cup Butter
2 tsp salt - Optional (we don't add it)
8 Green and Red Bell Peppers - Coarsely chopped.
-------------------------------------- Optional Ingredients
(We add them all when we have them.)
2-4 cups fresh Home Grown Tomatoes
More Dark Beer
2-3 Apples - Diced
Butternut Squash - 2-3 cups- Diced.
1 1/2 cup Corn
HOT..1/2 tsp Powdered Jalapeno Pepper .
More if you like it.
Simmer on low heat for one hour.
Invite your friends over, rent a movie, buy some beer
Thanks to everyone visiting our Baraboo, Wisconsin studio this past weekend!
We have done all eighteen years of the Tour
and we are grateful to all attending and shopping.
We are having a few days rest -
then full steam ahead for the Holiday shows.
Thank you we enjoying meeting the hundreds who visited the studio!
Join us at our Baraboo Studio during the Fall Art Tour!
Both Mariella and I will be in the studio.
We will be show casing our new Leslie Trewyn Collection.
This is a chance once a year to visit our studio and discuss our work. Basketmaker, Kristie Weber-Mickler
will be making baskets in the garden
and Frank will have a booth full of his work.
On Sunday we offer a Veggie Chili Brunch.
Our studio open at 10 AM on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and closes at 6 PM each day. Hope to see you in the Baraboo Studio!
Char from Helen's Daughters and painter, Leslie Trewyn,
decided to collaborate on a Helen's Daughters handbags collection.
Leslie lives, paints and has a gallery in Green Lake, Wisconsin.
Leslie's bold folk art designs, flat shapes and vivid color
complement Char's color and texture sense.
Here are the first dozen images.
Char will be showing and selling this new collection at the
Galena Country Fair this weekend
in her studio in Baraboo during the Fall Art Tour.
She will also be selling Leslie's book, showing a life time of painting.
Check www.fallarttour.com for info.
The sunflowers haven't bloomed yet; it's October
and we're still keeping our fingers crossed.
This is the finished Fall Downtown Garden.
It was awash in color in July and now we have golds and browns.
We'll leave it there until March. Many seeds for the birds to eat in January.
Thanks to someone helping us weed in September.
We'll be back in April to start again.
Yes, we're planting daffodils bulbs for a little spring color.
Hoped you all enjoy our Helen's Daughters Downtown Garden.
Mariella and Char - Helen's Daughters - met in Warrens, Wisconsin
for a Bus-man's Holiday! Thousands of people travel to this little community
and it's a huge fundraiser for every school, church and non profit in the area.
Warrens is a major cranberry supplier for Ocean Spray.
Warrens celebrates the harvest and just about everything else.
We had fun just being spectators.
What an adventure! Our friend, Karen, volunteer to join us on this Journey. We left Wednesday for the ten hour van road trip to Columbus. Traffic was light, this made the trip an easy drive. I can't believe we talked for 10 hours straight! Thursday we set up the booth on the Ohio Village State Park grounds in Columbus. We walked the village and everything said you're welcome to the Country Living Fair. Friday was the first day. People came from everywhere - New York, Atlanta, Texas, Colorado, California, Canada. One of our first customers was from Portage...Wisconsin...ten miles from our Wisconsin Studio. The grounds were divided into sections - Collectible/Antiques - Food Court - Artisans - Stars (We weren't stars this year, but we're working on it.) - Sponsors - Country Living Publications - Pumpkin and Gourd Market. It was exciting, en-lighting, and we sold quite a few Helen's Daughters handbags. Two of our handbags will even be going to Saudi Arabia during the Hajj at Mecca. Saturday and Sunday were near perfect days. Blue skies and cool temps. About 15,000 came through the Country Living Fair Gates. The tear down was easy. We were out in two hours. Headed back to Wisconsin, family and the real world. Another 10 hour drive and conversation and home by 3 PM Monday. Huge thanks go to Karen. After two weeks in Canada with her family, she jumped in our van and spent another six days with us in Ohio! We now call ourselves the "Bohemian Babes from Baraboo"!Thank you Stella Corp, Country Living Magazine, Ohio Village Staff for a successful fair - we WILL return in 2012!!
Yes..we know you've seen this fabric before.
It's one of our favorites!
Little Mini Marley
is a brand new style.
The perfect little bag for any occasion.
See us at the Saturday only,
Agora Art Fair in Fitchburg, Wisconsin.
And Artigras in Rochester, Minnesota!
This is Lake Michigan at Evanston, Illinois.
Our booth was located a half block from this view.
It rained three times. The van was only partly load before the last drenching.
Luckily, we had a dry set of clothing for the four hour drive home.
Today, it's pull out the tent to dry the top and sides.
Pull out the totes - they're covered with mud and sand.
Wash the back drapes and shoes, soxs, T's and shorts.
Dry out the charge slips.
And best of all, had lunch from our sweet cousin from Michigan City.
Thanks Evanston..we'll return...this is just all part of the biz.
Think sunshine for this weekend in Green Lake, Wisconsin.
After two days of recovering
..thanks Ann Arbor for the great show.
It was hot and sticky and wet and miserable.
You never disappoint us.
You are 12 and you are 80.
You are have different diverse backgrounds.
You have traveled 1000's of miles
you live in Ann Arbor.
There is no other like you. Thank you for loving our handbags. We appreciate your support!
Working hard for Ann Arbor.
Had a chipmunk invasion in studio this morning.
If he was looking for AC
he was disappointed - about 94 degrees in the studio day.
Opened door and about 30 minutes later he high tailed it out.
We'll be in booth 99 on State St.
Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair in A2, Michigan.
We are going to be very busy in our studios this July.
So...Here's were to find us in the next few weeks.
July 9-10 - Sugar Creek Art Festival - Normal, Illinois Booth N62 July 16-17, College Hill Art Show - Cedar Falls, Iowa July 20-23, Ann Arbor Summer Fair - Ann Arbor, Michigan Booth - State 99 July 30-31, Art Sail - Clear Lake, Iowa
One year ago today, Frank and I where victims of two smash and grab Hispanic thugs. We were robbed of all of my husband's artwork in Slinger, Wisconsin. We were followed after an art fair and robbed at an opportune moment. We watched as the robbers drove away in their powder blue mini van. The van and thugs carrying a lifetime of work and our future.. Our insurance covered only a tiny fraction of the cost of the work. We will never recover from what was stolen. So..today, one year later, we would like to THANK
the following people for their extraordinary generosity. Hugs and love to ALL!
Officer Cashin, Mariella and Joe terBeest Schladweiler
Tom White, Kristee and Marv Weber-Mickler
Roz Long, Cedarburg Cultural Center
WAAC, Michigan Guild of Artists and Crafts People
Christine Kortbein, Judy Ellinghuysen
Mary Hultman, Lake Delton Craft Mall
Judy Dresden, Barb Kudla
Bernadette Mahfood, Jeannie Lange
Baraboo Chamber of Commerce
Kae Taylor, Carol Kratochwill
Evan and Marcia Wollschlager
Olivia for all of her HUGS
And those of you who kept us in your prayers and thoughts. Thank you !!!
Helen was an avid gardener.
She did the farmer's market in
Rochester, Minnesota for years.
Helen's Daughter, Char, with her husband, Frank,
have help plant and nurture a small downtown garden
in Baraboo for her memory.
It has two benches, wonderful grasses,
lilies, a few annuals from Fox Line Gardens
and, of course, happy weeds.