A Mary Frances Bag

Yep, you heard right…it’s snowing in Georgia. All you folks in the Northeast are laughing about right now, because this is nothing compared to what you’ve seen this winter.

I am TOTALLY a warm, weather kind of girl…but I do see the beauty in Mother Nature’s decorating.

And this…well, it is certainly not the view I normally see from the porch.

A Mary Frances Bag:
I always carry a small purse because I don’t like the weight of a heavier one. This Mary Frances bag is my favorite for an evening out. You can dress it up or down. It looks great with an evening dress or with jeans…I’ve carried it with both.

Front view…I love all the little details…like the beading.

Back view… This little bag is covered in a wonderful mesh-type fabric, under which appears to be a silk fabric. I fell in love with it because it has the look of an antique or vintage piece.

Mary Frances purses are known for their intricate detail work…they are usually covered up in beading…and I do mean, covered up! This bag actually has a lot less beading and detailing than most of her bags. I love the pink beads you see here. The other beads you see running all over it are a gorgeous green…they are the same color as the fabric, with which the bag is lined.

More details…do you see the pink in the darling iridescent butterfly? I love the soft colors of all the fabrics used to make this bag…like the little pink flowers under the butterfly.

Isn’t this just the cutest clasp?

This bag reminds me of Mary Poppins’s bag because it looks like it wouldn’t hold very much, but it’s actually very roomy down inside.

It’s lined with a beautiful deep-green fabric…hard to capture in a photo. Each Mary Frances bag is a little different since so much of it is hand-made.

Mary Frances bags are available at some department stores and on eBay. Β All the Mary Frances bags have style names, but I can not remember the name of this one for the life of me. If someone recognizes it and remembers, let me know, and I’ll add it to this post. It’s retired now, so about the only way to find it would be on eBay. I normally remove the dangly ‘Mary Frances’ name thingy when I’m using it…I just like the look of the bag without it.


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  1. I love that purse. I will go and check out her website. I love the big windows in your home.

  2. Famille Gerdel says:

    What a nice porch… oh luckey your are!

    Bien de la chance.

    QuΓ©bec City

  3. That is a gorgeous bag! I feel a new addiction coming on…

  4. I love your bag! Mary Frances was my great grandmother's name, so I should be able to remember the name of this talented designer for sure! I love your snow pictures. I take it your porch floor can withstand a little rain and snow? We are expecting our snow later this evening. Happy Valentine's Day too.

    From Virginia

  5. The Tablescaper says:

    Your yard looks beautiful with the snow, but it is a bit hard to see your lovely porch so naked.

    Lovely bag.

    – The Tablescaper

  6. I was born and raised in Florida but I lived in Georgia for 5 yrs. and we loved it. I understand about the warm weather thing. We just moved from Florida to a suburb of Cincinnati Ohio and I am not loving the snow. We are getting snow for the next 9 days out of 10! That will add to the 10 inches that are already on the ground:( Stay warm and I will try to do the same.

  7. Glenda/MidSouth says:

    What a beautiful handbag! Yes, the snow is beautiful to look at, but to get out and deal with everyday life in it, it is a pain. We are not equipped to deal with it and people around here DO NOT know how to drive in it either.

  8. Annesphamily says:

    I love your pink bag & butterfly! Happy weekend to you with a great PS and Valentine's Day!

  9. Atlanta made the national news! Snow in Mobile Alabama–for Heaven's sake πŸ™‚ Love your purse! Happy Valentine's Day!

  10. Hi Susan! Oh, your Georgian snow is lovely! Stay warm.

    Now your little purse is gorgeous! Didn't you show this last year? Seems like I remember it. Oh, I went to check out those purses and they are pricey! I'll have to start a savings account before I can get one ! πŸ™‚

    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  11. Happpy Pink Saturday. I love the little purse. I'm sure you get lots of comments when you carry it. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Low Tide High Style says:

    You bag is beautiful and I love all of the detail!

    Your snow is beautiful and snow is a relative thing. When you aren't used to getting much (we used to be like that until this winter!!) it's always thrilling to see some of the magical white stuff outside your window!

    Kat πŸ™‚

  13. We had snow here in Alabama too! It has been beautiful! Love your pictures!
    The Mary Frances purse is gorgeous! Love it!

  14. Lovely Mary Frances purse! And I can't believe your snow!

  15. Susan, I love your snow pics. The view from your porch is nothing short of a fantastic winter wonderland! Do I sound like someone from Florida? I am…a little envious too. (Only a little). πŸ™‚

    The Mary Frances handbag is exquisite.

  16. Debbie@Debbie-Dabble says:

    What a beautiful purse! Simply beautiful!

  17. I am not laughing! We only really snow in NC if it comes by your way first! We have almost 2 inches here and it is still snowing. Enjoy your snow!
    Happy Valentine's Day!
    Happy Pink Saturday!
    Hugs, Lisa

  18. Beautiful bag!
    Have a fun weekend with all the snow!

  19. I LOVE that Mary Frances bag! I used to have a small store and we sold them there, but I've not seen the one you have. All her bags are fabulous, though, aren't they?

  20. vignette design says:

    I've never seen a Mary Frances bag before. Yours is a work of art. I'm going to have to do a little research for myself! Thanks for sharing. BTW, I also didn't realize Georgia could get snow, let alone that much!

  21. just enough snow…looks like everything is sugar coated! gorgeous

  22. The Quintessential Magpie says:

    Neat that you got snow, Susan! Be safe! And I love your beautiful bag. Stunning!

    Happy Pink Saturday and Valentine's Day to you…


    Sheila πŸ™‚

  23. Becolorful says:

    You know, until a couple years ago I had never heard of Mary Francis bags. A group of women I know were talking about them and I just played along like I knew what they were talking about. So then, I of course came home and googled it. Then one of my friends bought one. Hers is pretty but yours is fabulous. Lucky you.
    As for the snow it looks so pretty off your porch. I live in the midwest so it is nothing new here. Most of us are complaining about it by now but it is kind of nice to have an excuse to stay in sometimes.

  24. Allie and Pattie says:

    LOVE the purse-vintage looking and girly! This is by far the winter-iest winter we've had since moving to NC!
    xoxo Pattie

  25. oh, I wish I could experience snow…summer's almost here in the Philippines… I love every photographs you've shown today esp. the purse it's so beautiful…Happy Valentine's Day=)

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  26. Susan, The pictures are Gorgeous of your yard!! The Purse too! I am a MF addict, I even sell them online and my boutique is having a sale this week~end. Contact me for the sale code. But I am drawing a blank on the name of your Purse, but they are so spacious inside!
    Happy Valentine's Day!

  27. Cindy (Applestone Cottage) says:

    I love that beautiful purse Susan! We are used to tons of snow in Wisconsin. I prefer snow to bare winters because it's at least pretty. Our snow plows don't even go out if it's less than 3 inches. We just get used to driving on crappy roads. hehe. Stay safe and warm. Cindy

  28. Jeanette P. says:

    Hi Susan! We also have alot of snow here in NJ. Quite frankly I am ready for my flip flops and some where warm. We had a big storm on Wednesday this past week that dumped alot. Now I ready for it to melt and go away. Those purses are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  29. Beautiful snow pictures.

    The purse is amazing. Love all the details.

    Happy Valentine's Day, early.

  30. Susan, Your purse is darling.. just the right size for some mad money, a lace handkerchief and a tube of lipstick.
    The snow is a great excuse for staying indoors and decorating or tablescaping.. not that I need an excuse.
    Have fun and stay safe.

  31. Beautiful snow pics and a stunning purse! Almost makes me want to try to re-create it using tulle and my embroidery machine!!

  32. Your bag is lovely and I've never heard of Mary Frances but will be sure to check it out! What can we say about all this snow in Georgia? I am enjoying looking at it but ok, now it can go away so I can get out of the house. Happy Valentine's Day Susan!

    Linda @ A La Carte

  33. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove says:

    Very pretty bag. Happy PS!

  34. Lara Harris says:

    Wow!Just beautiful!Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!:)

  35. Smocking with Gwen says:

    It is snowing!!! We're in TN this week and was wondering if Atlanta would be getting snow! I don't know yet if a bit further south..Fayetteville…got any! Love the handbag. My sister carries these bags ALL the time. I didn't know who made them but have always loved each of hers.

  36. I remember you showed that bag one other time and I feel in LOOOOVE with it then! It is the perfect size and you are right: you can dress it up or down! Fantastic! Your snow pictures are beautiful!!!!! Mother Natures beauty is hard to argue with!!!! XO, Pinky

  37. Pink Roses and Teacups says:

    Gorgeous bag! Will have to check out that site. Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Valentines Day!


  38. vintage frenchhen says:

    That bag is to die for! I need to check out more of her divine goodies.
    This weather is crazy isn't it? My niece was snowed in in Dallas of all places! I, on the other hand am sorry to say am in sunny weather wearing my flip-flops! Please come stop by my blog if you have a chance, Marcia in Cali

  39. Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com says:

    I bet your lovely bag looks great with jeans! Love it!

    Happy PS,

  40. Love the snow and your pretty bag πŸ™‚

    Happy PS and Valentine's weekend~~I went to Disneyland yesterday with my Valentine..even got a little sun burned!

    Kay Ellen

  41. Sandi@ My Yellow Door says:

    Happy Pink Saturday, Susan! That little bag is the cutest. I don't blame you for loving it! Happy Valentines Day to you too!


  42. Hello! Just Skyped with my Atlanta son who moved the webcam around so I could see his snow! We don't have any snow on the ground right now but the mountains are covered! It's Winterfest here in Bend ~ lots of outdoor going-ons!

    I love the precious purse … it looks like YOU!

  43. We had snow in Natchez too, Susan, but I am not there to appreciate it. My daughter in FL just had a baby so I am staying with them for a couple of weeks. Did you see my new grandson on my blog? I love your purse, so many adorable details…Christine

  44. Enchanted Rose Studio says:

    Happy Pink Snow Day, Susan! I so miss the snow. It makes such an enchanting backdrop to your charming porch.

    Your Mary Frances bag is so pretty! I'm a tote-it-all kinda gal. A habit that started with my first born. My mom says, even if you don't need to carry everything all the time, it makes a pretty good weapon in a pinch. ha!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  45. Dear Susan…may the day of love…be one that stirs your soul and makes a memory…that will last a lifetime πŸ™‚

  46. Girl, we got snow all the way down here in Charleston!! I had three inches in my yard! I have started my journey into the wonderful world of blogging. I am blogging all about my trip to Germany first, printing it through Blog2Print, ad then will hopefully join you in some memes! You have definitely been an inspiration to me to start a blog! Please check out my snow pictures! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

  47. Tamara Jansen says:

    Snow at your place is beautiful. Snow at my place….not so pretty πŸ™‚

  48. Maybe we should have a blog event called "Show Me Your Mary Frances" — I, too, have just one, because while it's just too cute, it holds mad money, a lipstick and that is about it!


  49. FRENCH LAUNDRY says:

    What a pretty bag. Stay warm on this snowy Pink Saturday and have a Happy Valentine's Day!


  50. Oh I think you received some of the snow left over in Ohio…The purse is so Victorian, may I borrow it for the Queen's ball next week. It is lovely

  51. Your windows are just beautiful – I love snow. The purse is so lovely. I have enjoyed this post very much.
    Happy Valentine's To You !
    Happy Pink Saturday !!! and have a lovely
    new week.

  52. Your purse is beautiful! I will check out the website. Happy Valentine's Day and Pink Saturday.

  53. Just popping in to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day!

    Suzann (The Olive Cottage)

  54. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    I love your handbag…I'm on my way to look at them. I carry a small one for evening, but I carry a big one during the day. I don't like the weight either, but I have so much stuff!

    I'm glad you are all getting a dose of snow, it must be a nice treat. I'm ready for it to stay away from us!


  55. Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage says:

    Welcome to the winter many of us have been in the midst of for awhile. The way I see it, if it has to be cold, I prefer the loveliness of the white stuff to accompany it. LOL

    That bag is gorgeous! Every detail of it is exquisite. You have great tastes!


  56. Hi Susan,
    I love visiting BNOTP there are always beautiful things here to discover. I hadn't heard of Mary Frances bags before but I am a handbag addict so will be checking out all your links tout suite.
    Happy Valentine's Day.

  57. Beautiful snow scene from your back porch. Yes, God is the ultimate decorator. We had snow in lower Alabama too. Nice surprise.

    Your handbag is very pretty. Makes me want one too.

  58. tales from an oc cottage says:

    Well, I may not be a northern snow-covered Yank…but I am very impressed with your snow! That shot…looking out onto your snowy yard from your porch…will be perfect for the book!! ;}

    m ^..^

  59. Β© Jennifer Raley says:

    Hi! I finally made it here – came by way of BJ's Sweet NOthings. I was looking for tablescape stuff curious what it's about and decided to browse – I read about your FIL and the heart cakes, which I love. And, just a little bit here and there. Very enjoyable. (I've peeked here before but I cant remember if I've commented and I'm too tired to try to recall… dejavu or not -it was fun browsing and reading! And I love the purse. I need a new purse. Thanks, Jenn. <><

  60. Susan, I have to tell you that no one I know laughs
    at your snowfall. Mostly the conversations are about the fact you are not as prepared as we are to weather it. Yes, sometimes the plows are late, but that is because there usually is an emergency somewhere.
    Years ago, back in my hometown, we took our new baby down to see my parents and it started to snow.
    A lot. For one whole week if you can believe that. My sister came home from college with a friend and at the end of the week we were all zombies ! Claustrophobia, big time. It was a horror story with a happy ending — it stopped snowing on day 7 ! !

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