tropical 2016It all began when…

I left corporate America after almost 30 years to spend a couple of precious last years with my youngest teenage daughter. She would be going off to college before I knew it and I wanted to be more deliberate in spending time with her through her final high school years.

My career had been in Marketing and Sales Operations. I needed to find a new creative outlet. My mother taught me to sew when I was a kid so I always had an affinity for handmade treasures.  I pulled out my trusty sewing machine that my husband had given me for Mother’s Day a couple of years earlier and made a colorful drawstring backpack for my teenage daughter. She wore it EVERY day to school and always received compliments.  I made a few for her friends (and several more for her) and before I knew it, others were asking “Where did you get that adorable backpack?” She would wear one on errands, to the beach, to the gym, and on vacation. Her drawstring backpacks consistently caught the eye of others who would ask, “Where can I get one?”

Voila! I had found my new creative outlet and OC Drawstrings was born. Each bag is handmade with care right here in Orange County, California.

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