Welcome to Thistle + Things
Welcome to Thistle + Things all you wildflowers!
Who am I?
I am Amberleigh and I consider myself to be a "strong independent woman" as my husband often says. I have spent 6 years working as a middle school teacher and have enjoyed working with kids, creating, and feeling like I am part of something bigger. I hope that this company carries over the passions of working with people, inspiring and supporting those in need, and of course, creating.
While I hope to continue to make many things, I am starting off with some handmade bags. I love to sew and often find myself drawn to fun patterns and cool textures. I had a blast mixing textures for the exteriors of my bags and then finding a pop of pattern for the inside. I will admit I am a little OCD at times and enjoy being organized so I noticed I was collecting all kinds of zipper pouches and bags. Why not make my own? However, there are many people who make bags, why make room for me? Well, I love how versatile the prints I found where and how they match many different outfits, but what makes me different in the message I hope my products convey, I want my bags to make you feel good about yourself too.
Making a Difference
I still have a desire to make a difference in the world, whether its through teaching, community service, or my products. So I am starting with trying to empower the individual, I find that if someone is confident and realizes that they can make a change in the world, then that is the first step. To do this, I have included a personal message inside all of the "Essential Bags" that says "You Matter". I think knowing that you matter is the first step to empowerment. I have also included two cards in each bag. One card says "I am . . ." with room to write down what trait you would like to focus on such as "I am powerful". You can save this card as a reminder in the pocket inside your bag or tape it to a mirror or something you look at daily. I also included a "You are . . ." card so that you can pass it on and spread the kindness with the hopes of empowering someone else.
This is Just the Start
I would love to continue to build a community of women supporting women to build self confidence and inspire them to make changes in the world around them. However, that will just be the start. I am hoping that I can find a way to donate proceeds from each purchase to local organizations that also help out women and are supportive of women. I am also looking to eventually source materials from companies that source materials ethically and support women in their communities.
So join me on this journey and maybe together we can make a difference!