Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sacred Handbag for a Sacred Cause.

Wow, it has been almost a year and half since I first started a round robin for the altering of my "Sacred Handbag". For those of you who are new to me, back in September of 2007, I started altering a handbag, and it became a nightmare! I got so frustrated that I almost threw it away, before getting the bright idea to blog my frustrations. I offered to pass it around to a few friends to "doctor" it up for me, and before long, everyone wanted to have her way with it, so one of my good friend's suggested that everyone get a chance to work on it. I was so excited, that I decided to donate it to raise funds for the Diabetes foundation.

Since my girl, Melody of Handmade luck has connections, I gave her the bag so that it will included in the 2009 Online Auction to Benefit Diabetes research hosted by Brenda Novak.

(Copied from Melody of the Sugar Cube Society's blog)

Not only did they all beautify the bag, they all donated swag too. this bag is filled with lots of goodies, including supplies, jewelry, video tapes, and a whole bunch more!

Here are a few pics and more details on this auction. Please pass it along and I encourage all the artists to pimp out this auction tambien!

“The Sacred Bag” which is a collaborative artistic handbag, originated from the mind of Sacramento artist, Yoli Manzo.

Yoli recalls, “The bag started out as a disaster. I was putting it together and felt that I really messed it up. I was ready to trash it. Rather than throw it away, I thought about putting the bag up for an “Artist Challenge” on my blog. I offered to send it out to someone who wanted to save it and auction the finished product off for charity. The response was so overwhelming, that Michele of Fat Thumbs, came up with the idea of letting everyone work on it. Thus the Sacred Bag Round Robin was created.”


Each artist took a turn adding a personal embellishment to the bag, or adding pieces of swag. Once they were finished adding their touches, they passed it on to the next artist. This handbag has traveled thousands of miles from the home of the first artist in Florida to the home of the last artist in California. This bag was treated with so much love and enthusiasm, all for the sake of curing diabetes.


The Sacred Bag After (front) by HandmadeDork.

The artists included in the process were:

Annamaria (, Kathy Cano-Murillo (, Shonda Honkanen (, Krissi Sandvik (, Michele Hirata (, Alisa in San Diego, Artist Alexa, La Reina of Divine Dolls, Mariah (, Hella Crafty (, Dolores, Vidriosa (, Brittany Heskett of Papermoonies (, Lorrain Garcia of Rains Embellishments , Melody of the Sugarcube Society ( and Yoli Manzo (

Here is a pic of the bag with swag!
The Sacred Bag after with swag! by HandmadeDork.

Come Chicas! This is awesome!

THE SACRED BAG IS UP FOR AUCTION STARTING ON MAY 1st at listed under the category titled HOPE IS WHERE THE HEART IS. Please check out all the items in the auction, as there is some dope stuff for writers, collectors and fashionistas!


glorv1 said...

That is so awesome. It came out just great! It was a great idea you came up with. Congratulations yoli. It's beautiful.

Sacred Yoli said...

Thank you Gloria,

It definitely was a labor of Amor!

Funky Art Queen said...

oh it is awesome and I love all that stuff inside. Gotta go check it out. Hugs!

casserole said...

Wow!!! This is amazing!! I posted a link to your project on Craft Gossip Sewing Blog:

Sacred Yoli said...

Thank you so much! I'll post your link around too!


Deb DiSalvo said...

Wow! That is utterly amazing! What a great idea - I LOVE it!

Rain said...

Very exiting to see it finally up on the auction block!