Summery Bags

At some point during the spring and autumn every year, many people switch over between their summer and winter wardrobes. I did that last weekend – later than usual – and sure enough, the weather changed soon afterwards.

What about bags? I switched from a black and silver chenille bag to a more summery floral denim bag with pastel pink accents. What about you? Do you have different seasonal bags?

If you need a bit of inspiration for your holiday, a wedding, garden party, or just to pretend it’s summertime (despite the weather), take a look at these:

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Fundraising for Foodbanks

You will have seen that very soon, domestic gas and electricity bills will virtually double. This will have a massive impact on the finances of the most vulnerable in our society, and foodbanks will become even more vital in supporting these people.

Throughout the 2020/21 global pandemic and lockdowns, most of our fundraising efforts have been donated to Porch Boxes, a foodbank serving those in need in and around Bury. We plan to continue with these donations, and you can help.

JeaniusBags has never before held any kind of stock sale, but we’re about to make a huge exception, and all proceeds will be donated to Porch Boxes. While stock last, you can buy anything at all from stock at a whopping 20% discount*. So get thinking – do you have birthdays or anniversaries to plan for? Valentine’s Day is in February, Mothering Sunday will be with us in March, and if you’re really organised, Father’s Day is in June!

So have a browse or our handbags, cross-bodies, bohos, messengers, totes, backpacks, “occasion” bags, travel accessories, purses, wallets, and of course, our original denim collection.

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Remember – all of our bags have been lovingly handcrafted from scratch, and every purchase will help the vital work of Porch Boxes Bury.

*P&P costs will still have to be passed on – we are unable to absorb those additional costs without impacting on our fundraising efforts – but local purchasers can of course collect for free. Sale ends 31 January 2022.

Gift Ideas

Father’s Day 2021

Father’s Day is on Sunday 20 June, so there’s still time to order your Dad a lovely gift from stock and have it posted out in good time. To see a quick demo of these items, here’s a short video recorded live over on Facebook https://jeaniusbags.com/2021/06/14/fathers-day-2021/

There’s something for every budget, let’s start with the Luxe Sac, in brown plaid waterproof cotton canvas, lined with a beige plaid water-resistant nylon. There are pockets inside and out, and the bag fastens with adjustable draw-cord shoulder straps. £30 + P&P.

The Pixie cross-body messenger is a bit Tardis-like in its capacity to hold more than you might think! The outer is brown plaid waterproof cotton canvas, and the lining is a sepia-tone cotton printed with antique map motifs. There are plenty of pockets inside and out, with an adjustable strap. £30 + P&P.

How about this wash bag? It’s in a water-resistant nylon outer with a snow sports themed graphic design, and lined in water-resistant purple nylon. There are many pockets inside to organise all your travel essentials. only one left – when it’s gone, it’s gone. £12 + P&P.

We love this idea! It the Wined Down tote – perfect for taking a chilled bottle of something refreshing to the park. Denim outer, cotton lining, insulating interlining. Wine not included! £10 plus P&P.

The Lewis Wallet is perfect for carrying in back pockets! There is a surprising amount of room for notes, coins and cards.  £10 each plus P&P.

These Bummity Bum Bags are just the thing for carrying keys, glasses, phone, and maybe a few doggy treats and poo bags! The exteriors are all denim, and the linings are cotton; they feature a variety of prints, including beer, clocks, horses and heart rate graphics. The belt is removable, adjustable, and fastens with a quick-release plastic buckle. £8 each plus P&P.

Groovy Glasses Cases make super gifts. These are tweed with padded brushed cotton linings and a magnetic fastener. £8 each + P&P.

These CosPods are perfect for organising all your essential bits and pieces. Unlined, the olive green and dark blue are both made from water proof waxed cotton canvas, and the printed CosPod is in printed cork. £8 each, plus P&P.

Sleep masks – because who doesn’t enjoy a tactical snooze? £8 each plus P&P.

Shopping Bags £5 each plus P&P. These are rollable waterproof ripstop nylon – many more on the website!

Star Trek coin purses £3 each plus P&P


Card organisers £3 each plus P&P



Not the Simister Festival

I live in Simister, a tiny village nestled just inside the M60 – Manchester’s orbital motorway.

Every year, ever since time began, the Saturday nearest St George’s Day is when Simister villagers turn out in force to celebrate. After all, our little chapel -of-ease is dedicated to England’s patron saint. There is a parade up and down the village featuring children, teens, adults, elders, a marching band – and even horses! There is a short ceremony, a bouncy castle, face painting, a café selling gorgeous sandwiches and home-baked cakes, a raffle, tombola, and many other stalls selling all sorts of goods from crafts to plants, white elephants and handmade bags. Of course, we couldn’t do this in 2020, as we were barely 4 weeks into the first lockdown of the pandemic. But that was a one-off, surely?

Saturday 24 April would have been this year’s Simister Festival. Sadly, yet again, we couldn’t celebrate, due to the ongoing covid restrictions. However, I decided I could nevertheless contribute by hosting a series of four “Lunchtime Lives” on Facebook. Sincere thanks to all who dropped by and watched the videos live, to those that watched them back later, and especially to all those who purchased items from me. As always, all proceeds will be donated to St George’s, and at time of writing, that stands at £380 – and rising!

The videos are here, and will remain ‘up’ for the time being so you can continue to watch and support St George’s:

Carol P

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Sanity Sewing #3: Done Scrubbing

It is 10 weeks since lock-down started, and restrictions are being eased. The commercial supply chain of scrubs has been in place for a few weeks now, and the national network of scrub hubs is winding down.

Personally, I had to retire gracefully from scrubbing for the NHS a couple of weeks ago, as six weeks of non-stop production line sewing triggered a bout of cluster migraines – the first in over a year. It lasted over 10 days, and took a good fortnight to fully recover.

Anyway, during my time as a proud #NHS #Scrubber I managed to complete:

  • 31 scrub tunics (ranging in size from S to XXXL)
  • 27 pairs of scrub trousers (ranging in size from S to XXXL)
  • 10 surgical gowns
  • 244 scrub laundry bags
  • 137 scrub hats

That’s a total of 449 items of PPE in just 6 weeks. No wonder I made myself ill!

Thanks must go to Joan E for collecting unwanted bedding from her neighbours for making into bags and hats, and to Judith H for helping with cutting out bags and hats.

Thanks also to the scrub hub coordinators who worked tirelessly fundraising and sourcing fabrics for the scrubs and gowns, and to the drivers who delivered fabric and collected finished items for distribution.

What a team. I am proud to have been a part of this amazing effort during the pandemic.

Salford Scrubees

Bury, Oldham and Rochdale Scrubs Hub

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