Dave and Zim Salute Camp Follower Bags!
Historically, camp followers were families who followed their husbands and fathers into war. Often, they would support the troops by cooking, mending clothes, and doing laundry. We think the name Camp Follower Bags is the perfect name for Mrs. Curtis' company, as she provides a wonderful service for what she calls her "fellow Camp Followers." She says of her own Camp Follower Bag, "I remember how much my silly bag meant to me when my husband was in Baghdad...I am sure it will be as important when he goes back (whenever that may be). I hope they give other Military wives as much comfort!" We're sure they do! What a great way to keep a reminder of your special warrior close to you!
Each Camp Follower Bag or quilt that Mrs. Curtis makes is an original, made from only the best materials. She says, "No two have been alike. Each one is as unique as the lady I sew for." She even names her bags after these special friends! She also makes bags for civilian ladies who just want "a glorious little hand bag to sport around".
Check out this darling picture of her mother-daughter Becky Messenger Bags:
Mrs. C pairs up the uniform fab with fun designer fabrics! What a great idea! Take a peek inside this Cathy Bag!
It's got a changing pad and wallet in there! Here's the outside:
What military spouse or daughter wouldn't love one of these bags? Or quilts!?!? We love this one:
Mrs. Curtis does such lovely, lovely work! Our favorite part of her business is what led us to ask her if we could do this Salute. It touched us deeply - and made Mom get those salty wet things in her eyes. They're called the Hero Bags - she makes them for the widows and wives of fallen and severly wounded service men. We read on her web site, "On the whole these bags are free of charge to the widows. A portion of each bag I make is set aside to cover the cost of fabric for these bags. I also get donations from Amy Butler and Westminster Fibers for my Hero Bag cause." She also says, "The Hero bags are the most meaningful bags I make. I love them. They break my heart each time, but in the end I think it is worth it." Her generousity in sharing her talent, time, and business with these special women is such an incredible gift! Thank you so much for your kindness, Mrs. Curtis!
Mrs. Curtis is a former Army nurse, an Army wife, and is raising three lovely Army brats! In addition to her Camp Follower Bags business, she writes a blog! You can also check out her gallery at her Flickr site.
Mrs. Curtis, for all you do, and especially for your lovely, generous gift of the Hero Bags, we salute you! And we thank both you and your husband for your service to our nation!
The Army of Four