Recycled Hand Painted Gifts & Denim Fabric Handbags

York, Pennsylvania · 68 Sales


Recycled Hand Painted Gifts & Denim Fabric Handbags

York, Pennsylvania 68 Sales On Etsy since 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars
Stacey Winter

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Stacey Winter

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From Butterflies to Bags

I like butterflies, nature, gardens, and pets, as well as protecting Mother Earth. I love to paint & create visual art that reflects my folk, hippie, colorful, nature style. My creations take form as decorative slates, upcycled purses, & polymer clay beads.

My parents have old slate shingles in their shed from a past girl scout folk art project. I began recycling this slate for hand-painted novelty magnets that feature butterflies, flowers, & garden items.

My first purse was made from a design I had painted on a pair of jeans. The jeans had worn out, but I saved the design. Years later, I combined that applique piece with khaki fabric from an old pair of pants. The purse strap was inspired by my uncle's 35mm camera neck strap. Wherever I went, people would comment on my purse. This inspired me to make more designs that would eventually be put together into my Etsy shop.

The body of each purse is made from recycled denim and twill fabric from jeans and pants. Flowers and butterflies are painted from nature, often sketched on paper with colored pencil first. Each completed purse is ironed to heat-seal the acrylic paint. There may be small imperfections, but each purse is made with care and is a unique piece of art.

Where does the name Snowywinds come from? I was trying to come up with a clever email address to represent my music & art studios. 'Snowy' happens to be my hippie name given to me by my parents (& while I'm glad it's not my real name, it's a cute nickname - Snowy Winter.) 'Winds' represents the fact I am a professional woodwind player (see

All designs and photos are property of Stacey Winter-Davis & SnowywindsStudios.
Reproduction rights do not transfer with sale of items.
Use of photos/designs without permission is not permitted, please contact me with questions/inquiries.

Shop members

  • Stacey Winter

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I have been artistic since childhood. I studied Art while attending Dallastown Area High School, then developed my talents further while studying Art at Millersville University.

  • Denise Winter

    Senior Assistant

    My first sewing teacher, my Girl Scout leader, my Mom. Denise assists with sewing and ironing, and especially with photography.

  • Lilly Winter

    Junior Assistant

    Lilly is a budding artist. She is an inspiration! My niece loves to help out with photos, as well as butterflies, horses, and flowers.

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Last updated on Jan 16, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Care instructions

Yes, these fabric bags are washable. All hand-painting is heat sealed. Wash on gentle cycle cold and tumble dry low.

Do you have any pets?

Many of my items incorporate pet themes. I do have a dog. Fabrics are kept away from the dog. Fabrics and bags are stored in plastic bags in a plastic bin.

How sturdy are the straps?

The durability of straps may vary due to material. All are securely sewn to the inside of the bag. Though my bags have a 'rough edge' look, care is taken to ensure stitching is strong and secure.

My personal testimonial - I have used the same strap on 3 different bags over 10+ years. The strap has outlasted 2 bags.