shelter: a prickley mountain bag giveaway.

May 21, 2013

The Prickley Mountain Bag in Cove Green Waxed Canvas and Pink Ikat When it comes to bags, I’m more or less a monogamist. I’ve never been one of those women whose closet is jammed full of bags to match shoes and belts and special occasions. I like to carry one trusty bag and to have it do all the work that I need it to. If a bag treats me right, it’s guaranteed a lasting spot on the crook of my arm. If it doesn’t? Well, it doesn’t get a second look.  Lately, my go-to bag has been the Prickley Mountain Bag from Shelter.
The Prickley Mountain Bag in Cove Green Waxed Canvas and Pink Ikat The Prickley Mountain Bag in cove green waxed canvas and bright pink ikat is every bit as lovely as the woman who makes it. Karie Reinertson of Shelter makes consistently beautiful bags from her Asheville, North Carolina studio. Made from thoughtfully sourced leather and one-of-a-kind fabrics, the bags are works of art in the best kind of way: they’re every bit as functional as they are nice to look at.
The Prickley Mountain Bag in Cove Green Waxed Canvas and Pink Ikat With straps that can be worn across the shoulder or carried briefcase-style, the Prickley Mountain bag makes the perfect companion for early morning trips by subway or Saturday afternoon bike rides to explore a new neighborhood. The Prickley Mountain Bag in Cove Green Waxed Canvas and Pink Ikat An interior pocket helps keep things organized and bright brass hardware is both sturdy and handsome. Good qualities in a bag and other things, don’t you think? The Prickley Mountain Bag in Cove Green Waxed Canvas and Pink Ikat Kindly, Karie and Shelter is offering a Prickley Mountain Bag to one lucky Reading My Tea Leaves reader.

For a chance to win, follow Shelter on Instagram and Facebook and leave a comment here with a description of the kinds of things you’d tote around in your Prickley Mountain Bag.

The giveaway will close on Thursday evening at 5:00 pm and a randomly selected winner will be announced on Friday. Lots of luck and thanks for reading! As always, many thanks for supporting Reading My Tea Leaves sponsors.

(This giveaway is open to folks in the US and internationally; international participants are responsible for their own shipping fees).

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Kimberley!

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  • Reply Rachael May 21, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Such a cool bag! I love that it actually makes me think of Asheville & yet it fits perfectly in NYC too πŸ™‚ Looks like a great traveling bag that could go anywhere and hold anything!

  • Reply Cassandra Gonzalez May 21, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I'd tote around my camera & yummy snacks for all my adventures!

  • Reply C & A May 21, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Looks like the perfect size for a book and a small sketchbook. Perfect! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Reply nishaantishu May 21, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I would carry around my camera, the latest copy of Kinfolk for reading, my oyster card, lip balm and keys – just the essentials!

  • Reply Ginny May 21, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I would carry mango slices and my water bottle, cause that is what I forgot on my counter at home this morning!

  • Reply Eleonora Festari May 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Hello there!
    I'm now following Shelter on Instagram and on Facebook.
    Well, I'm always go around with a backback (except on Saturday nights): when I go to work, when I go out with the dog… Because I usually bring with me a lot of stuff: a bottle of water for me (or the dog), my Moleskine to take notes and update my agenda, a lunch-pot when I go to the office, a book to read when I'm on the bus or the train, pencils and pens to write when I'm inspired, and often also my DSLR.
    That's a lot of things! πŸ˜€

  • Reply Kristin May 21, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    This bag would be perfect for my Tuesday-morning off plans: a small blanket & a book to take to the lake!

  • Reply Roxanne May 21, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Well, I can't follow on Instagram (I don't have a smartphone), but I followed along on Facebook. Currently, I'd carry some thank you notes (I've got some to write), my dog's trusty bone, and a treat for me. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Erin May 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      No worries about Instagram! Thanks for entering!

  • Reply Chase @ The Smell of Summer May 21, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I would carry around lots of books, my camera and art supplies!

    Chase Miller
    The Smell of Summer – A Boutique Lifestyle Blog

  • Reply Emily May 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Fantastic bag! It would be perfect to tote my notebook and blanket over to the park πŸ™‚


  • Reply evanoff May 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    I will be carrying my phone, kindle, and notebooks for school…thank you for a chance at this wonderful tote!

  • Reply Elizabeth May 21, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    What a lovely bag! I'd be toting my laptop to keep up with the endless late-semester grading and diapers and toys to keep up with my busy six-month old! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Reply Deeds May 21, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I would tote a bike wrench, my copy of The Monkey Wrench Gang, and my phone for Instagramming classic cars as I ride around the city))

  • Reply Elysabeth Ratto May 21, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Love the bag! I'd carry around my books, notebook, planner, and camera for impromptu cafe sessions & bike rides <3

  • Reply Nina May 21, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Oh, yippee! What a great giveaway. Thank you Erin and Shelter.

    I'd tote around my camera, my iPad, sunglasses, pencils and probably some books for my little one. πŸ™‚

  • Reply emily @ cabin fervor May 21, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Beautiful bag! It looks as though my little work laptop would fit, along with my wallet, phone and keys. If only I had the discipline to keep it to just those essentials…

  • Reply Emma O May 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    That bag is just stunning! I'd probably carry what I have in my bag today: lots and lots of ball point pens (never a note book when I need it though), a random assortment of nuts, wallet, phone and an extra diaper for the littlest family member.

    Great giveaway, thanks!

  • Reply Dani May 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    What a great giveaway! I'd bring around whatever novel I'm reading at the time, a few snacks, an extra scarf and my essentials kit (chapstick, phone, pen, sunnies, and headphones)!

  • Reply Julia Barger May 21, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Oh my word! LOVE this bag!! It'd be perfect for toting around some of my camera equipment and maybe a few books, a journal, and other odds and ends that always manage to worm their way into my bag.

  • Reply Clara May 21, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BAG! I'd carry thousands of things… computer, book, wallet, phone, keys, a pencil case, a tiny agenda, a scarf, sunnies and something to eat!

    thanks for this giveaway

  • Reply danika k May 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I'm now following on instagram and facebook and oh, this bag is stunning; I think is exactly what I've been looking for. My trusty old bag gave up the ghost a month or so ago {I, too, am monogamous when it comes to bags πŸ™‚ } and instead of rushing out to buy the first replacement I see, I've been waiting for the right bag – and using an old tote bag in the interim. If I were to win, this bag would carry my everyday things: wallet, a book & notebook, phone, keys, wipes, my toddler's epiPens, and a motley assortment of matchbox cars, stickers, and board books. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Reply Ashley May 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I liked on FB. That looks like the PERFECT summer 'around town' bag to bring my book, sunscreen, and sheet to Central Park every weekend πŸ™‚ Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Reply Pakou May 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I'm a Facebook follower of Shelter. The bag would be perfect for a journal, snacks, keys, and enough room for other finds on a walk or the market (i.e. veggies!).

  • Reply Elspeth H. May 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    This bag would be perfect for my everyday essentials plus a packed lunch!

  • Reply Claire Brandow May 21, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Me thinks this bag is perfectly sized and styled for a wallet, bike lock, e-reader, sunscreen, and some snacks, i.e. accoutrements for a perfect day in the park.

  • Reply SarahE May 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Gorgeous! I would put my nifty new sleek laptop in it and make it my go-to bag for work and well, everything. These days I've been biking to work with all my things in my bookbag- practical, but less than stylish, and undermines that "take me seriously" professional-vibe I'm going for.(Hello, mid-twenties in a college town, where every new acquaintance asks if I'm a student.)

  • Reply tbstone May 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    ah this bag is amazing!! I would bring a book, snacks, and my instant camera on a fun roadtrip!

  • Reply Emily Tapp May 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    My keys, purse, sketchbook and a few pens and pencil to scribble down any inspiration or ideas. Oh, and my beautiful film camera. He's called Oscar, I love him, and we go everywhere together. Camera geek alert!

  • Reply Suzan May 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Ohhhh, what a nice bag! Big enough to carry my life, but not so big that the contents would be way too heavy. The wallet, checkbook, camera, phone, pocket knife, snack pack, and the day's knitting. And that touch of ikat makes it stand out from the crowd.

  • Reply sonjelita May 21, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I've been wanting a bag like this! I would carry around books I've been reading and crafts, like my knitting.

  • Reply Hannah Margaret Allen May 21, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Ohhh LOVE! I would carry my journal and a book and little trinkets. I would love it. I've liked both Insta and Facebook. [email protected]

  • Reply Joanna Giordano May 21, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    distinguished casual. I'd carry my juggling props to the park. It would match well with my future bike in my someday lifestyle.

  • Reply MartiC May 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    This bag is beautiful and would be perfect for those days that I don't want/need to lug my backpack. I'd carry my ipad and my camera and my always with me notebook.

  • Reply jodi May 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    What a generous giveaway, thanks ladies! I'm a long-time admirer of Karie's work and would happily put this bag to work accompanying me in my adventures. It would likely be filled with the bare essentials – lip balm, sunnies, snacks, journal – plus whatever treasures I find along the way. I hope my choice for the simple life (free of FB, Instagram, etc) doesn't preclude me from entering…

  • Reply Bethany May 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    I love a good multi-purpose bag. I carry a little bit of everything around with me, my iPad (Christmas present), a small notebook, dry shampoo (for my nasty roots) and everything inbetween. This bag seems like it could do all that and more!

    Liked on Instagram (@bethanyandis) and Facebook (same name).

  • Reply Jill May 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Oh I love giveaways! Lately its been that kind of warm weather you can't quite trust, so I'd be carrying extra layers just in case.

  • Reply Krista May 21, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Great bag! I'd use it for my read-on-the-subway book, and chapstick!

  • Reply amiechristo May 21, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    This is gorgeous! It would be perfect for carrying around my laptop and/or journals/camera. Looks like it'd be super flexible between business and pleasure!

  • Reply Yelle May 21, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Oh my this bag is amazing! I'm following on Instagram and Facebook! I would love to keep all of my notebooks in here and my camera for when I'm exploring and wanting to blog about it!

  • Reply May 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Since I'm doing my first summer of summer school, I'd love to be able to just toss in a notebook or the macbook air, a light sweater for those breezy classrooms, and a few pair of sunglasses (never know when you need a quick change.)

  • Reply simplychicforcheap May 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I think this would be the perfect book bag for trips to the library!

  • Reply Tiffany Husband May 21, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Well I'm starting my nursing degree this fall, so I'd definitely tote my laptop, stethoscope and all those goodies. I honestly think I'd probably use it to smuggle snacks into the movie theater ha ha.

  • Reply Sheila Nakata May 21, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I love this versatile handbag! At 50, as I am close to getting my B.A. in Communications and Bus. Admin., this would be the perfect bag to take on job interviews. I have never had to work outside of the home, so entering the job market is terrifying! (lump in throat). This bag would give me that boost of confidence and the look of having it all put together, even if I was trembling on the inside. Good luck to everyone who has an eye for this beauty!

  • Reply Molly May 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    These bags are beautiful! I would carry around whatever book I'm reading.

  • Reply Kristina Baumgartner May 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Zines, novels and art supplies!

  • Reply Beautiful and Tiny May 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Lovely bag! I would carry around my current book (The Dovekeepers), my small journal, wallet, sunglasses and any number of small matchbooks and stones I collect through out my every day life.

  • Reply Kate May 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I'm often early, so I usually bring a book or a magazine along. And a sweater. And thirteen types of lip balm. This bag would be perfect…

  • Reply Anna May 21, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    This bag is perfect! That extra color makes all the difference.
    Let's see…I'd carry some good reading material, lip gloss, and probably a couple of comic book action figures or wooden trains belonging to my 4 year old, who carries them around and invariably ends up asking me to put them in my bag for safekeeping!

  • Reply Katie May 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    What a gorgeous bag! I would definitely carry soooooo many things… daily effects, books, snacks, computer… and it'd all fit!

  • Reply LIN May 21, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Talk about serendipity… I have been trawling the internet in search of a new messenger bag to replace a wonderful tote that I have. I haven't seen quite the right one and then you post this and I know it's the one! I am returning to grad school and want a bag that I can wear cross body and that has a handle for carrying. Inside will be all of the grad school/life essentials: notepad, laptop, textbook, wallet, sunglasses, phone and keys. Really like this bag A LOT! Torn between the pink ikat and teal, but the ikat design is calling me. Thanks for the post and the opportunity.

  • Reply heather May 21, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Beautiful, and I love that it's bike friendly. I just quit my job and started freelancing, so I can work from anywhere. I'd carry my laptop, which is now my mobile office.

  • Reply Sarah Noel May 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I have been dying for a bag like this. I'm a momma of two under three, so I tote a lot of stuff wherever I go. And we travel by bike a lot here during the Denver summers–so strapping it to my back would be a major plus. With this bag, we'd pack up some fresh fruit, a diaper or two, a camera, and some sunscreen and bike ourselves to the zoo for a day of fun!

  • Reply Shya C May 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Oh wow, these bags are perfect! I'm starting grad school in the fall and the Prickley Mountain Bag would be perfect for toting around my laptop and books!!

  • Reply Wendy Coykendall May 21, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    What beautiful bags! I'm also a mama, and I prefer to carry all the necessaries in something that doesn't scream "bought at Babies R Us." This is exactly that.

  • Reply Norma May 21, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    well I started following the instagram but I don't do facebook so I hope I can still enter. I too am a one bag woman. For years I carried a Queen Bee bag but now that I bus to work, I've been using a backpack lately. Easier with our rainy mornings. I'd tote my usual lunch, Bible and journal, wallet, bus pass, pencil, pen, phone, ipod, work/house keys and my little pouch with first aide kit, nail file, mending kit, lip balm, cuticle balm, hand repair balm and small leatherman.β™₯

    • Reply Erin May 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      No worries about Facebook! Thanks for entering!

  • Reply Stephanie L May 21, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    These are so beautiful. I'm in medical school and transitioning from the classroom to the clinics this year, and this is just what I'm looking for. I need to trade in my ugly, utilitarian backpack for something that is more professional but still easy-going so that it fits with my personality.

  • Reply Caitlin @ Our Natural Heritage May 21, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Thank you for this generous offer!

    I would definitely tote around my cell phone, wallet,keys, cardigan and the magazine and/or book I'm reading at the time (sorry so boring!). It looks like it also has room for a water bottle too πŸ™‚

  • Reply Emily May 21, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Gorgeous! I am also a one-bag woman, and am currently looking for something larger than my ancient cross-body bag from Target that I've had since high school, and this bag is totally a perfect size. The Prickley Mountain Bag would DEFINITELY class my life up a whole lot. If I happen to win, I would use it to carry books and lunch and purse-ish things as I walk and bike around my west-coast city.

  • Reply Emily May 21, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Gorgeous! I am also a one-bag woman, and am currently looking for something larger than my ancient cross-body bag from Target that I've had since high school, and this bag is totally a perfect size. The Prickley Mountain Bag would DEFINITELY class my life up a whole lot. If I happen to win, I would use it to carry books and lunch and purse-ish things as I walk and bike around my west-coast city.

  • Reply Abbie May 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I would use this bag every day to carry all my necessities to and from work!

  • Reply Lori Plyler May 21, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    What a lovely bag! I would most definitely carry my typical goodies (wallet, keys, phone) along with my iPad mini. Yes indeed, it would be perfect. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Reply carasponddance May 21, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    my ipad, so i can get started on my new blog and business venture πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ellen Platts May 21, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Gorgeous! Perfect for my 13" laptop and a notebook for class. Thanks for hosting this giveaway Erin!

  • Reply Kelly May 21, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I love Shelter! And this bag rules too! I would use it to carry a sketchbook and all my little scraps of papers/ideas.

  • Reply Alondra Karwowski May 21, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    This is a beauty πŸ™‚ It looks like I can carry everything in it! My main essentials would be my Filofax, camera, phone, pencil bag, glasses, and my notebooks.

  • Reply velvetmortar May 21, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I would carry my notebooks, a great novel, and my iPhone of course πŸ˜‰

  • Reply seattlemegs May 21, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Gorgeous bag. I'm a mom of a 2 year old, so along with my own essentials, I'm sure it has room for my little girl's essentials too πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mary Roeder May 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    What would I carry in this rad bag? A photo of a purse-sized dog. And my MacBook Air, of course.

  • Reply JC Carter May 21, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I don't have instagram, but I followed on Facebook. I love large bags like that because I always carry a book,a waterbottle and a notebook, along with the typical wallet and keys. I'm a dork who reads alot, needs to make lists, and is always thirsty. I would love this bag!

    • Reply Erin May 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      No worries! thanks for entering!

  • Reply Whitney Brennan May 21, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    This bag would be a welcome change from my school backpack! Much more chic while still being practical. I'd definitely need a notebook and pen for moments of writing while out and about, my reusable coffee mug, my Iphone/life line/camera, my sunglasses AND umbrella because I live in oh so unpredictable Vancouver BC, and a good lip balm. πŸ™‚ This bag is so Vancouver!

  • Reply Alison Pearldiver May 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    OK I just spent way too much time on their website looking at all their beautiful bags. This would be my everyday bag, so it would be carrying all of my everyday essentials: small makeup bag, tiny brush, notebook and pencil, current read (Portrait of Dorian Grey), phone, wallet, and hopefully my soon to have tablet, and as always an apple.

  • Reply Angie May 21, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I would traverse the wild, urban jungle of Greensboro with my keys and camera in tow with the Prickley Mountain Bag. It would be my companion on mountain trails during the summer time carrying my water bottle, sunscreen, and map. In the winter, it would carry the large load of my coffee thermos, gloves, and books from one city to the next. This large and lovely bag would be my forever goto in my purse collection <3

  • Reply Kerry O'Connor May 21, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Lovely bag! I would carry a book, lunch and a thousand crumpled receipts at the bottom.

  • Reply kv May 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    great give-a-way! i would carry my everyday items, plus my current knitting project. fingers crossed!

  • Reply Dee May 21, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    I'd definitely lug around magazines and my kindle and ipad too!

  • Reply lisaathome May 21, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    This is an incredible company! I'd use it for everything- weekends away and daily use including: a notebook, wallet, pens, lunch, a book, etc.

  • Reply Dapper Paper May 21, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    love their bags! and this is no exception so lovely! I would tote my day to day items like water bottle, chapstick, and sketchbook. it's so perfect for every day.


  • Reply LARY @InspirationNook May 21, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    This bag is gorgeous. I would take it with me everywhere! Specially for weekend adventures.

  • Reply Niamh Roisin May 21, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Just followed on Instagram! I would bring a copy of Tim Robinson's Connemara, my umbrella for rainy Irish days, a notebook for writing poems otherwise lost, a pen!, bus card and some stamps and gallery postcards for sending to friends. And maybe a picnic! An awesome bag

  • Reply heathnoyo May 21, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I would carry a legal pad, a folder full of lesson plans, handfuls of half used pens, and clementines. It's so lovely!

  • Reply urbanrhetoric May 21, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    as a working mommy, i'm always thinking about the cutest way to carry all of OUR stuff….this bag would be great for trashy mags, coloring books and plenty of snacks!


  • Reply Camille May 21, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I'd stuff it full of books and root vegetables. Congrats, Karie, on your recent engagement!

  • Reply Kylie May 21, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I travel a lot for work (and fun) and this would be the best bag to slip under the seat of an airplane, full of magazines, my kindle full of good reads, my Warby Parkers and bottle of water. It would also be great to tote to the farmers market for fresh veggies.

  • Reply June May 21, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    The latest issue of Food & Wine, sunglasses, sunscreen and a snack.

  • Reply priscillafierros May 21, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Love the bag!! I would tote my red journal, and that's pretty much it. I would love to go on bike rides with that bag though!!

  • Reply Kimberley Stemshorn May 21, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    The perfect trendy tote to hold my books going to and from the office!

  • Reply Kimberly Kelly May 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Beautiful bags! I would carry a good book and my journal!

  • Reply Aurora May 21, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Lovely! I'd carry around my New York essentials and some simple work things – a big notebook for meetings and jotting down inspirations.

  • Reply wrapped up in books May 21, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Books, snacks, journal, camera, water bottle!

  • Reply miss_angie May 21, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I would carry around my netbook, a sketch pad, my union's contract language and a bag of granola. That's all I tend to need these days!

  • Reply Caroline | Wild Folk Studio May 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    floral supplies! the perfect accessory for my floral gigs. thanks Erin and Karie for the chance to win!

  • Reply kristyn May 21, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    love this bag! i would tote my various writing notebooks, pencils, camera, reading books and a bottle of water–and head to the nearest park πŸ™‚ thanks for offering this giveaway! (followed on instagram, but i don't have facebook)


  • Reply jmf May 21, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Probably my essentials: notebook, headphones, ipadmini and waterbottle

  • Reply Julia May 21, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    ooh! i love her work. it's probably on the small side, but at this point i could use it as a super stylish diaper bag, which i'll need in just a couple short months!!

  • Reply Emily May 21, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Following! I would carry around school stuff, or take it on a weekend trip. It's a gorgeous bag!

  • Reply Alison Maurer May 21, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I'd keep all of my work essentials. It's super cute!

  • Reply fibreandspice May 21, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    A journal, extra fine tipped pens, and a good book.

  • Reply Cinder May 21, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Love this bag!
    I would carry my
    reading glasses, sketch book, pens and anything else needed while out and about.

  • Reply Sarah May 21, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I would tote my favorite notebook, a copy of Grace: A Memoir, a tube of Chapstick, and a couple dollars for a latte!
    Fingers crossed!

  • Reply Fey May 21, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Would love to have one to carry my magazines, books, coloring books and snacks for my little girl. It'll make me look more stylish for when we go to the park.

  • Reply Mackenzie Field May 21, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I would love one to travel with. I'd use the small pocket to carry my passport, journal and money.

  • Reply Pearl May 21, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    I would carry some pretty paper and different colored pens, a blanket and some snacks, and would head to the park for a cozy nature writing session! Thanks for the chance to win such a beautiful bag!

  • Reply Anni Rezac May 21, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    WOULD LOVE THIS BAG! I am trying to chose more practical items as I just moved into my very own tiny studio – using your blog for so many tips and tricks!!

  • Reply amtbecker May 21, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    This bag would be perfect for holding a good book, ipad and a snack. Hit the road!

  • Reply Olivia Craig May 21, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Oh my this is beautiful. I'd carry my beloved moleskine planner, my notebooks, my favorite fountain pen, my spankin' new iPhone, and my oilcloth makeup bag.

  • Reply Kate Todd May 21, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    ooh lala.

    i'm currently a nanny, so i would tote:
    diapers, the little guy's favorite giraffe toy, loads of sunscreen, my insulated smoothie cup, note paper, and cocoa butter.

    yay summer!

  • Reply β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘ May 21, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Gosh! That's a really darling bag. I'd take the bag to Tulum, Mexico for a week of bike riding and standup paddle boarding (I'm going this August). I'd also use if for hauling around my daily essentials (pad of paper, snacks, headphones).

  • Reply Claudia May 22, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Easy! I would tote my doula documents for prenatal classes πŸ™‚

  • Reply kathleen May 22, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Oh man… I LOVE shelter's stuff! I got a Ripton Clutch for Christmas a couple of years ago, and I adore it!

    And I'd tote around my sketchbooks, planner, and print samples from my shop πŸ™‚ Never know when inspiration will strike!

  • Reply Jenny B May 22, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Books, snacks, toys for my daughter, chapstick… Basically everything I have to tote around, all day everyday. Amazing shop!

  • Reply Katie Shill May 22, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Amazing! I absolutely love this bag (especially the hardware!) I'd be using this to tote around my camera for taking impromptu photos around the city, my headphones & some snacks! Sounds like a perfect summer city bag.

  • Reply Lindsey May 22, 2013 at 1:02 am

    This Prickly Mountain Bag is so gorgeous! S H E L T E R makes such amazing bags! Hmm, if this were my bag I would pack it for a leisurely morning walk downtown for coffee. I'd carry the latest issue of The Sun, a journal for my thoughts, my wallet, my phone, maybe some type of nut and seed mix, and depending on where exactly I was walking I'd take a plant i.d. book!

  • Reply Jamie May 22, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Just lovely! I'm learning to identify trees so I'd take my tree ID book and water and snacks to wander around all day. I'd also have room for whatever treats I might find on the way.

  • Reply Ruzka Radwamina May 22, 2013 at 1:49 am

    It's a lovely bag! I'm an Indonesian, so I really love the tenun ikat fabric that makes the bag pops.. πŸ™‚ Would love to carry around my laptop in it, along with my wallet, phone, and of course my umbrella cos you never know when is it gonna rain here in Jakarta! πŸ˜‰

    Been following your blog for quite a while. I find it very inspiring Erin. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Char May 22, 2013 at 1:51 am

    I'd carry around my camera, journal and pen, bike lock and key, and a good book!

  • Reply Mel May 22, 2013 at 2:17 am

    Following along and dreaming of toting around my books and notebooks in this!

  • Reply Stephanie Khoury May 22, 2013 at 3:05 am

    I'd carry a book to read during down time, sunglasses, a pack of gum and my camera.

  • Reply Anonymous May 22, 2013 at 4:09 am

    My phone a notebook and wallet along with a small toy for my daughter. Moms of toddlers can be stylish, too. – Raquel R.

  • Reply lydia and david May 22, 2013 at 4:13 am

    I would carry my water color travel palette, journal, bird book and folding hat … and a few pieces of parchment paper for pressing flowers. its late spring here in oregon and time to capture the amazing wildflowers in bloom.

  • Reply Irene May 22, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Aw so fun! It would definitely be my summer biking bag – so a bottle of water, my keys, sunglasses, and a good paperback

  • Reply Priscilla May 22, 2013 at 4:19 am

    following on:
    instagram: @priscillaphits
    fb: priscilla.phitsanoukane

    I'd carry some magazines, sketchbooks, brush bens and sunglasses!

  • Reply Caroline Grace Stefko May 22, 2013 at 4:50 am

    I'd carry some sunglasses, a water bottle or juice, my wallet, and a pen and notebook. Maybe a book depending on where I was going πŸ™‚

  • Reply fifijj May 22, 2013 at 5:23 am

    beautiful bag! thank you for the opportunity πŸ™‚ i'd be toting summer adventure supplies for my boys and i: sunscreen, sun hats, snacks, field journal bits and pieces – fiona

  • Reply Nicole May 22, 2013 at 5:38 am

    I already follow Karie on instagram! She is so very nice. And I don't have a Facebook, otherwise I would follow her there as well. I would carry around my reading glasses, a good book, and an apple.

  • Reply Diana Brito May 22, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Oh this is a perfect "getting lost in the city" bag (I live in San Francisco), yes, perfect for roaming North Beach. I would carry a book, sunglasses, my i-phone for photos, my sketch pad for inspiration, a fountain pen, colored pencils and my wallet for lunch or a glass of wine money.

    It would also be perfect for work – my leather writing pad (yep, I am old school, I like pen to paper), some pens, my agenda, my i-phone and my ever present sunglasses.

    What is so great about it is that it is cross body, so that I can walk around like an urban-warrior, hands free.

  • Reply ebru oz May 22, 2013 at 9:02 am

    lucky bag πŸ™‚ you will be with me here in Δ°stanbul , for our summer trips to forests, seasides and everywhere we will go with hubby.. we will be totting it with all our needs πŸ˜‰ vallets, keys,sunglasses,bottles of water, books, newspapers.. it will depend to where we will be heading off that day.. you will be with us Prickly Mountain Bag!!!

  • Reply Miriam May 22, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I love Shelter bags, they're just so beautiful. My own monogamous relationship with my favourite handbag just ended when the clasp broke so this competition has come at just the right moment. If I won this bag it would carry my phone, wallet, ipod, diary, notebook, pens, various snacks, water & sometimes a camera or a book.

    I'm following on Facebook but unfortunately I don't have Instagram as I don't have a smartphone. I hope I can still enter! Thanks!

  • Reply 123 May 22, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I would tote around a compass, maple pecan scones, a book (currently, "The Omnivore's Dilemma"), a delfonics pen, a notebook, a packet of peanut butter, and hand cream.

  • Reply Anna May 22, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I'm the same as you – one sturdy leather bag for the essentials to take with me, that's all I need. But lately I have been noticing that shoulder bag is getting too small. Sure, it's perfect to store my phone, wallet, keys and a book in, but what about my camera, laptop, and mail that needs to be send off? Lunch, snacks and a water bottle? It's time to have a bag that's big enough to store my everyday needs in. I hope the Prickley Mountain Bag will be the one. β™‘

    I'm following on Facebook as well as Instagram (@funeral). Thank you and SHELTER!

  • Reply Lydia May 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Oh wow…that is one pretty bag. I just moved to Germany so I would carry around:
    – Map of my new city
    – German language book
    – Passport (always forget it)
    – my little camera
    – Lakritz ( liquorice?)
    – I-pod
    – Lipbalm…always.


  • Reply kate May 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    My current bag is wearing out after three years of rough use (like you, I am a one bag at a time sort of person)and this bag from shelter looks like it could be a worthy replacement! I always carry a handful of things in my bag: my journal, a camera, a wallet, a water bottle, a few pens and chewing gum. You can never be quite sure what the day will bring. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for this lovely giveaway!

  • Reply Julia May 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    How cool! I love it! I would carry my list of things to see and do in New York! I would also carry my son's sippy cup, my daughters favorite blanky and my trusty camera!

    Off to go follow on FB!

  • Reply Liz May 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Wow! What a beautiful bag! I love the pictures of it you included on the blog. If I won the bag, I would use it this summer–I am getting married and I would carry all of my little notebooks and things for wedding planning as I cruise around rural Vermont where the ceremony is. Then I would take it on the plane to our honeymoon in South Carolina to the beach and sightseeing! It is beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Reply Elizabeth May 22, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Oh wow! I've been looking for a new cross shoulder bag for a while now — going on nearly 7 years with the one I've got now. This bag would be perfect for my usual — a book, wallet, a notebook (or two), 5 or 6 pens (that I can never find), and a few random things that get forgotten at the bottom of the bag…

    Might just have to get me one of these beauts!

  • Reply ocombe May 22, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I've been eyeing this exact bag for weeks now!

    What to tote around… latest book (Tiny Beautiful Things, by Cheryl Strayed), my iPhone, a small notebook and pen, an apple, and a jar of sun tea with lemon. Lip balm. And some extra socks, because you never know when you might need them.

  • Reply mindyourmotherearth May 22, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Beautiful! I would carry my books, notebook, and a mini umbrella. (Always prepared…)

  • Reply Julia G. May 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    This bag would be great for every use. I put my lunch in it to bring to work and gym clothes. It'd also be great when I go to flea markets, just enough room for my wallet, water bottle some snacks. Love the low-key green color.

  • Reply Molly May 22, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    What a great pop of color on that bag! Its uniqueness makes me feel like it should be used during creative strolls, so I'd toss in a pretty notebook, some pens, and some carmex since all of my bags seem to wind up with a tub of carmex in them. Also, Shelter's instagram feed makes me have a hankering for some blue mountains.

  • Reply Kate May 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    So beautiful! I'd carry with me my knitting project (currently a fair isle sweater), my trusty immune boost tincture, phone (duh) and whatever random thing my boyfriend asks me shove in my bag for him.

  • Reply sarah e. May 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I'm a bag monogamist as well but I've been relying on not-so-suitable tote bags now that I'm in school again. This would be perfect for my laptop, notepad, and books from my frequent trips to the library plus all of the essentials and a snack or two. It would certainly make a much better impression when I go to my internship and jobs!

  • Reply Kate May 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I'm never anywhere without a good book and an apple πŸ™‚ Maybe I'd slip in a little camera to capture spontaneous adventures since the bag appears to have a rare abundance of room.

  • Reply Rachael May 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    My bag always has my wallet, gum, phone, a smattering of bobby pins and change floating around the bottom, keys, a book/my Kindle and my lunch.

    rachaelclayson (at) gmail

  • Reply Berri-Lynn May 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Love, Love this bag. I would carry library books, crafty needlepoint projects, and snacks.

  • Reply Cole May 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I would carry around my sketch pad and loads of colored markers and pens, I love to doodle! I liked their facebook page and am now following them on instagram

  • Reply marissa (stylebook) May 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    it's reaaaally pretty. definitely perfect for a magazine, kindle, and some sunscreen!

  • Reply Katie Contests May 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Following as katiecontests & Katie Contests

    This would be perfect to carry my tablet & textbooks!

  • Reply Sabriel May 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    These bags are so lovely! I'm following as sabrielparker. This would be so lovely for my trip to Ireland and the UK this summer! Room for notebooks, lippy, passport, and a bit of chocolate πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Kirstin May 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    So pretty! I'd definitely carry around my Kindle, a notepad and pen (I'm always taking down little notes), my wallet, some chapstick, you know, the typical stuff.

  • Reply ShalomRav May 22, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Love that bag, that artistic style! I would carry my lesson plans and teaching materials, my journal, my favorite fountain pen and stabilo markers~~and I know my kids would think I was the coolest teacher with that bag!

  • Reply hobosandhightops May 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Gorgeous bag! I would carry my library books, my moleskine, a bright scarf for cool breezes, and snacks – always snacks!

  • Reply Zoe May 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    This bag is so so pretty!! I would use it to carry around books (I always have at least three at once with me), a moleskine, a spare scarf, lots of pens, my phone … the essentials.

  • Reply Megan May 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I'm following them on instagram/. This bag would be perfect for my summer adventures & road trips. I would put a swim suit, sunscreen, camera, iPod, book, notebook, & an extra pair of clothes.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    – Megan

  • Reply caitlin May 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Love this, the color is perfect for all seasons. I would tote around my pup's leash and some treats for summer walks, my sunglasses, iPhone, latest book and magazine and my trusty thermos water bottle.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • Reply Meredith W. May 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    My bag doubles as a diaper bag, so the only personal items I carry are my wallet, lip gloss and trusty Camelbak. The rest of the space is taken up with sippy cups, snacks, emergency diapers and a few toy trucks and stickers for good measure.

  • Reply ashlyc May 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I'd tote around my medical textbooks so I can read them in the park!

  • Reply Soledad May 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    OMG I love Shelter bags!!!

    I'm a monogamist, too. I've used the same bag almost every day for over 4 years.. I even got the same one in red (the original is brown) so I can vary a little, but somehow I always end up using the brown one. The only downside is that it doesn't fit my new MacBook Air, so that's why I would be more than happy to transition into the Prickley Mountain Bag. It would also carry my wallet, phone, altoids and most importantly my sketchbook πŸ™‚ All their bags are gorgeous and so well made, having one would be amazing. Thanks!

  • Reply Sonya W. May 22, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I love this bag! I tend to use the same bag everyday until it gives out (even then I still milk every last day out of it). This would be perfect for carrying the essentials like my wallet, iphone, sunglasses, but also would be great for throwing in my macbook/a real book for when I want to get out of my apartment and study at a nearby coffee shop.

  • Reply carrie May 22, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Love this bag! I usually throw everything I possibly can in my bag – laptop, camera, wallet, journal, and at least a few books. In fact, I wrote a whole blog post about it a few months ago:

  • Reply Jill May 22, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    It looks so gorgeously crafted! It would for sure consist of a disposable camera (I can't leave the house without one, it's actually an issue), at least 4 chapsticks, a pen and notepad, a book, my wallet, phone, and keys. And i'd look good carrying it!

  • Reply Inge May 22, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    I love Shelter! Their bags are so beautiful. This one looks like it's big enough to carry my sketchbook, pencils, water bottle, sunglasses, a tote bag for groceries and of course my wallet and phone. And I think there's also still room for a couple of sandwiches and a cardigan to take with me on a hike!

    (p.s. I don't have instagram but I've been following her on twitter for some time now, hope that's okay too!)

  • Reply Suzie Monk May 22, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Just went through their site and I love their products. I mostly carry books around with me. And the mundane essentials, but I love bags that can fit a good book in it.

  • Reply Camie May 22, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I'd tote around my iPad and my school books

  • Reply Bgmarie25 May 22, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Love it! I'd definitely carry my kindle, sunglasses, chapstick, iPhone, keys, wallet, notebooks and mints πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jonathan Royal May 22, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    What lovely looking bags! I'm a teacher so inevitably I'd end up carrying grading, a case of fun pens and markers, along with my planner, wallet, phone, keys, camera,the usual.

  • Reply kathleen May 23, 2013 at 12:47 am

    I had my last bag for 3 years and just had to throw it out as I wore it to bits! looking for a replacement and this would be perfect. would hold my books, scarf and snacks! I 'liked' them on fb.

  • Reply gjoshi May 23, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Since I am studying for the bar exam, I would carry around books, highlighters, and note cards!

  • Reply Jackie May 23, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Such a lovely and non-fussy bag. I'd throw in my camera and keys for an aimless morning walk.

  • Reply ann ladson May 23, 2013 at 1:39 am

    If this were my bag I'd fill it with laptop, clippers, calendar and my favorite pen, daily. On weekends it would be full of snacks and supplies for weddings. It'd be a great pleasure to carry this bag.

  • Reply melissa May 23, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Such a sweet bag. I think if I had it I'd fill it with my herbal class notes and maybe watercolors and pens. Creative stuff that needs a special place.

    Thanks for the chance to win it. Your blog is so lovely, and even having this opportunity is a treat.

    Btw, I'm a lurker, but an enthusiastic one! πŸ™‚

  • Reply lauren michele May 23, 2013 at 2:42 am

    this would make a great alternative to a diaper bag!

  • Reply Heather May 23, 2013 at 2:52 am

    I work on campus at a University, so I would definitely carry files and maybe my laptop since I have to walk to my office from the parking garage! That bag is so very lovely. Thanks!

  • Reply Camille Henry May 23, 2013 at 4:03 am

    I'm following them on both sites now, they have such great looking bags. I would use the bag to carry my notebook and pens for my internship as well as a book for reading during my breaks.

  • Reply rou May 23, 2013 at 6:14 am

    what gorgeous collection of bags, especially this one in particular! I would most likely use it for school purposesβ€” books, notebooks, laptop, pens, and other knick knacks that always mysteriously end up at the bottom of my bag πŸ™‚

  • Reply devon May 23, 2013 at 6:24 am

    a picnic!!

  • Reply Anonymous May 23, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I love this bag but I have to admit it's your photos and your outfit that sold it to me, amazing! I've never been to New York but this is exactly what it looks like in my head. I'm a one bag (backpack) person too and always try- and fail- to carry less stuff around but I just can't- book, notebook, wallet, mp3 player, emergency supplies pouch (hehe), snacks, umbrella.. the list goes on..

    I'll follow on facebook, thanks for this giveaway. Won't leave my email address here because of spam but I'll keep an eye out and I follow your blog on RSS anyway.

    Thanks Erin!

    Marianna from London

  • Reply Joyce May 23, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I live in Boston and take public transportation, so I would carry around everything I need (food,phone, wallet, etc). I love these bags!

  • Reply Karen Anderson May 23, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    I am a very simple person, and this bag would be perfect to carry my usual day to day stuff in. It would also allow me to bring a craft magazine, a few of my art supplies and a small crochet project because I never know when I may get to squeeze a quick moment to work on something I love to do !! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Anonymous May 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I love shelter! I bought a beautiful shelter purse for my sister for Christmas! If I had this bag, I'd use it for work (I work at a little law firm) – court rooms need more colour!
    Clara: [email protected]

  • Reply Kirsten May 23, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I'm not on Instagram, but I liked Shelter on Facebook (and boy, do I like their products and concept!). I'd use the bag to carry student papers and everything else I need for work. And probably some pinecones, rocks, and other bits of nature from time to time. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Celia May 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    That bag is stunning! Now that it's warm in NYC (one would say a little too warm) I would definitely stuff it with a few books and my tiny moleskine notebook and march myself straight to Prospect Park and plop myself under a tree. Bliss!

  • Reply Ally May 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    following Shelter on fb now too! My tote would fill up quick with notebooks and lists, my knife and clippers (for spontaneous harvesting), and my ever important calendar.

  • Reply Sarah M May 23, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I don't have a facebook or instagram account, but I follow Shelter on Twitter now!

    I tend to be a girl scout when it comes to bags (even though I was never one in real life). I carry around something for many different situations-band-aids, gum, Swiss army knife, keys, a book, etc.

  • Reply sara kristen May 23, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I'm somewhat of a monogamist when it comes to bags, too. I've always wanted one of Shelter's Mountain Bagsβ€”the design is brilliant. In fact, everything about shelter isβ€”their designs, aesthetic, materials, business practices….

    I've been living a life in the country, lately, so I'm pretty practical when it comes to what I carry in my bag. Some essentials include: camera, iPhone, swiss army knife, bandaids, lip gloss, water, a snack, dog cookies, a good book (right now it's The Paris Wife), a scarf or cardigan, raincoat… if i'm travelling, I'm usually carrying either my iPad or MacBook. The Mountain Bag would be absolutely perfect for my lifestyle.

    Thanks for such a lovely giveaway!

    Oh, and I already follow Shelter on both Instagram and Facebook.


  • Reply folksy May 23, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    I love this! I would use it to carry some magazines, some snacks for my kiddos, the socks I'm always knitting and my wallet, phone, etc. Thanks for such a great giveaway opportunity!

  • Reply IndiaMorgan May 23, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Liked and followed, let's be twins!

  • Reply wily wiley May 23, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    This bag is perfect. Would make an excellent purse with enough room to lug my books through Boston.

  • Reply lyss May 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Such a beautiful bag! I'd tote around my camera and snacks for my little ones (:

  • Reply demibrookephotography May 23, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    recently found out I am pregnant (seven weeks this weekend!) – this bag would be absolutely divine to hold all babies needs, as well as my own camera i tend to lug everywhere. Such an awesome giveaway! thank you for the opportunity. xx

  • Reply Ellen Arneson May 23, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Wow, how lovely!. I would love to carry around my books and lunch when I ride my bike to work. Seems like there would also be space to pick a couple things up at the grocery on the way home. This bag is truly a wonderful piece with amazing craftsmanship. I would very much enjoy being the owner of this bag.

  • Reply Ellen Arneson May 23, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Wow, how lovely!. I would love to carry around my books and lunch when I ride my bike to work. Seems like there would also be space to pick a couple things up at the grocery on the way home. This bag is truly a wonderful piece with amazing craftsmanship. I would very much enjoy being the owner of this bag.

  • Reply May 23, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    prickly pears for a prickley mountain bag. maybe a book and my drop spindle too. yay!

  • Reply zoe May 23, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    So Lovely. It would be perfect for transporting picnic essentials to a lake by bicycle.

  • Reply Abbey May 23, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Wow, what a beauty. I'd tote around books and notebooks and more books.

  • Reply Allie May 23, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    This bag is so perfect! I'd love to stash a notebook in there as well as my ipod and iphone and glasses while I dash around town! so lovely.

    Allie xx

  • Reply Jenna May 24, 2013 at 2:01 am

    I love this bag. I'd definitely put books, magazines, pens & the like in there!

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