Quality Craftsmanship, Stylish, Colourful and Fun!
Those are a few of the words that come to mind when I think of Lil' Alice.
That and "Kid in a Candy Shop" because that's what I felt like when I started looking around her Etsy Shop. Just you wait.
A little bit about "Lil' Alice"...
Growing up my nickname was lil' alice. I was a lot like my Grandma Alice. When she passed away from cancer in August 2004, I inherited her sewing machine, a few tubs full of fabric, many with the tags still on.
After years of making odd and end things, in October of 2009, I bought my first pattern for $2 and made an apron. Over the year, I improved it and then made a tote for a birthday party.
And so it began. In January 2012, lil' alice™ became a business!
Here in Ontario, Canada, we (generally) have to pay for our plastic grocery bags. Five cents a bag. I've been using black, boring, and poorly made fabric bags that tear after a few uses. That is until I received this tote bag with matching coupon case.
Now I'm Shopping in Style!
The quality of all the products including the tote was top notch. It appeared machine made even though it's handmade with a machine. Can you see from the pictures how straight the lines are?
From looking at it, it's hard to believe that it's made of a tyvek-like material. Especially given it's snazzy design. I took a wet cloth to it but it hardly felt wet even though it's porous.
The base and handles are self supporting causing the bag to stand up on it's own! A real advantage when you have two kids to hold onto leaving no hands for loading (smile). The bag holds tons of food yet folds up to fit in your hand.
The matching coupon case is brilliant. I'm always forgetting my coupons and/or losing them in the bottom of my non-existent purse. Note that I added the carbineer. It attaches nicely to the tag on the case. Something for Alice to consider, perhaps?
Next up was the reusable snack bags which I think should be called "adorable bags for every occasion". Seeing as they were lined with an easy to wipe fabric, you could use them for your makeup or toiletries. With tons of beautiful fabrics to choose from, you might not be so willing to give them to the kids.
Measuring at 5.5x7", two cups of Cheerios fit in the bag with room to spare. I liked that the inside liner didn't have any crevices or creases for food to hide in. When we're driving to Mexico, sometimes all I can do is wipe the bag down until we get to our final destination.
Last but not least is the coin purse a.k.a. My New Wallet. For the past five years, I've been using a much smaller coin purse for all my cards, money and coin. Given all the cards I carry around now, it was too small to fit everything, however, I didn't want to go to a "traditional wallet". This works perfectly!
I really can't say enough great things about my experience with all of the products. I love that they're Made in North America, Michigan to be exact and the larger items are marked as such. Along with the lil' alice tag, a really nice touch. Well worth the money.
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