Anna Hart Totes

I’m starting to feel a little inadequate when I see what all my friends are doing around the globe.

Last week I saw my friend Fionnuala Hanahoe’s awesome new interactive iPad book, Scribbaloo Pigs.

This week I’m decorating my girlfriend’s Anna Hart’s new tote bag.

Anna and I at Petra and Ryan Comerford's wedding in Phuket, Thailand.

Anna and I at Petra and Ryan Comerford’s wedding in Phuket, Thailand. Circa 2001

I seriously need to find some lower achieving friends to make myself feel better. I was thinking getting all the laundry done and food on the table today was a major feat of fantasticness.

But Anna’s energy levels always out did mine, even back in the day. And I knew Anna for a long time. I probably consider her my closest and longest friend from my days in Hong Kong. She ended up marrying one of those strapping South African men I mentioned living with from my Scribbaloo Pigs post and now lives in Singapore with him and their three kids.

Anna and I at one of the most incredible parties, Teena Goulet's 40th murder mystery. Anna's character was "pregnant" which went over well in Lan Kwai Fong later that evening, especially dancing with our friend David whose character was a priest.

Anna and I at one of the most incredible parties, Teena Goulet’s 40th murder mystery. Anna’s character was “pregnant” which went over well in Lan Kwai Fong later that evening, especially dancing with our friend David whose character was a priest.

When I left Hong Kong she was working as the office manager for my ex-boyfriend. I think she still works for him, remotely. He started a research company called GaveKal. At the time it was 4 people but now it’s grown into 4 countries and 45 employees.

Anna has also done a number of incredible things, including publishing a book called The Organizer and being the founder of the Singapore chapter of the charity Room to Read.

And as if that isn’t enough, she just started selling her own line of tote and handbags!DSC_0386

Here is my tote. I filled it with pictures of my family and some quotes because 1. My family is what my life is about 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2. I’m not very creative. But having the bag and thinking about the best way to fill it made me want to strive to have other interests so I could look more interesting to the rest of the world when I carried it around!

If you look on her website you start to realize there are all kinds of ways people can use this. Sports fans, dog lovers, creative types can all personalize it the way they want. She had her daughter do some art work for her. So far, none of my kids have that sort of dexterity. Perhaps what this bag is really trying to tell me is that I should strive to teach my kids fine motor skills instead. Fine motor skills will make me more interesting!

Either way, I love the idea. The bag is very well constructed, snaps everywhere and the photo pockets very smartly have a fold over flap to protect the contents. They also have the signature Anna Hart bright color scheme which was a joy to see, even though it now it sadly lives half a world away from me.

Not good with measurements but she sells them in two sizes. Mine is the bigger one and it is about this big…

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  1. Oooh, I love the bag! I think I’d fill mine with family pictures, too. “It’s about this big” , yep, that’s how we measure things around here, too. 😉

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