Blast From The past: Patchwork Aduke Bag

This was the first Aduke Bag I ever made! Needless to say I have made a lot more after this. This bag gave birth to the all the other versions. I have made the Ostrich skin version, the un-patched version and the current all leather patchwork version. This is one of my most loved bag. You guys never seemed to have enough of the early years I couldn't make them fast enough lol! Anyways read the post below as it was then in 2010 πŸ˜³πŸ˜†πŸ˜ƒ

Aug 10, 2010: I am currently test using this piece... and I am loving it. I wasn't sure how the reaction was going to be cos I was worried that most will find it very colourful but lets just say... so far so good, you folks might be seeing more of these but in different and/single colour theme.

I know for certain that I cannot replicate this bag even if I wanted to, not even with a gun to my head lol... so Gidan Nodza's policy of no 2 bags being the same ever is no joke

Bag is snug, just the right size, not too big not small, I have my cosmetic bag, 2 writing/scketching pads, a puzzle book, a pashmina, a small umbrella, that is apart from my wallet, card holder, 2 phones, lots of pencils and pens, sharpner and eraser and yes! a tube of hand creme

Patchwork all the way

No more rummaging through bag looking for keys esp when you need to go real quick, just pull the strap and voila! you are in the loo in no time lol!

A zipped compartment, 2 phone pouches and another wider pouch for those other stuff you have to have with you that other people esp men cannot understand.

I'm currently working on some Aduke bags (patchwork and non-patchwork) pictures will be up as soon as they are ready. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great weekendπŸ’ƒπŸ½πŸ’ƒπŸ½πŸ’ƒπŸ½. 


New Look Ini-Obong Bag

One of the absolute joys of what I do is how I can stand back, critically assess what I've done and change, modify, tweak or improve on the design. When I introduce a new design, chances are it's going to get tweaked 2 or 3 times before we are done with it. Rarely does it happen that the first design remains the same a few err batches later...uhn uhn no sir! 

Case in point; this was the first Ini-Obong Bag that I made, I thought it was the be all and end all bag!!! I wanted to worship it 😝 and to be fair, I stayed true to the design when I made a couple more i.e -these ones Then πŸ™ˆ I modified the design when I made these ones by down-sizing a bit, making the top handle somewhat shoulder-carrying-lenght longer and getting rid of the gusset pleat (gusset is the side of a bag in construction mode) the locks also changed, to be honest I was sure I had a winner when I made the last batch but errr after standing way way back and eye balling them bags, I had to admit to myself that the false flap thingy wasn't workingπŸ’πŸ½, I mean it looked awesome and all but in terms of it being practical? Nah! it wasn't werking, it was kinda confusing sef to some people who thought the extra flap was an extra pouch πŸ˜’πŸ™„ so it was back to the drawing board 😁and yeah! I'm happy to say that now we do have the be all and end all version!!! πŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎ 

The new look is minimalist-esque, was going for the simple but classic look, something for the boss lady who likes her peplum top (preferably in prints), 3 quarter pencil skirt, red bottom heels and a #KingofQueens attitude πŸ‘ŠπŸΎ...I think we got that in the bag - pun intended #ohyeah. This structured piece will keep it together, even especially for those moments when it might seem all is falling apart but as a #bosslady you are always ALWAYS in control! 

Handle is hand stitched. Please take a closer look and respect! hehehehe 😜😝 

Respect!!! πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘ŠπŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎ

Bag measures approx. 10.5" High, 13" wide and 5" base. The interior has 2 phone pouches, a zipped compartment and an extra compartment. Bag is handmade here in Lagos, Nigeria but I'm sure you already knew that πŸ˜‰πŸ™ƒ 
The mixed tone version of the bag is available for purchase on our online shop πŸ’ƒπŸ½πŸ’ƒπŸ½ head on here to make it yours, delivery is free within Nigeria but a token across the borders.  

Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoy the weekend. 


Our House Is Now A Home

For those not in the know, you can now buy GN items online directly from our website (that's what we mean/meant by the title of the post hehehehe got you there right? 😜😝) anyways not only are our products available through 3rd party outlets, you can get them straight from the horses mouth or in this case designers den, awesome right?! Just visit click "shop" and you're good to go πŸ˜‰ Delivery within Nigeria through NIPOST is free πŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒπŸ’ƒ now how cool is that? πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰ Right now we have some #bucketbags #patchwork #flatclutches and more available. Come stop by, see what we have 😊 and most importantly BUY!!! Shop will be updated steadily so subscribe to be in the know #thankmelater #handmade handmade #Leather #supporthandmade #buynow #buyNigerian #madeinNigeria #showlovetoanartisan 

If and when you do stop by, please let us know what you think, suggestions are also welcome πŸ˜‰ we are new to this managing-our-direct-online-sale-platform thingy so please don't hesitate to edumicate educate or give us some pointers #thankyouinadvance 😘😘

Gotta run... so much to do and so little time 😁 Thank you so much for stopping by and may your reality be far better than your dreams- Ameen.


Behind the scene.

Quick post: Thought to share some behind the scene pictures of some Altinae bucket bags (watch out for an introductory post on these babies soon) and flat clutches I'm currently working on. More pictures in a wee bit πŸ˜‰πŸ˜.

There I'm all done! 😊 Hope you all had an awesome Easter.
Thank you so much for stopping by and stay blessed


More Wonu Clutch/Cross-Body Bags

 The complete pictures of the Wonu Clutch/Cross Body bags. Like I said in the introductory post here these simple fold over clutches can double as cross-body bags. The interior of each just has a small compartment, nothing too complicated...the bag is sized for essential everyday items and the handle detaches to go from day to night. Check out all the variations below. Some were made with tie dye canvas mixed with leather, while others were made with batik dyed canvas mixed with our secret 3D dyeing technique mixed with leather

Just so you know, I still have the Orange (tie and dye) version and the Purple (3D) versions of this Wonu clutch still available for purchase, send a mail to if you're interested and we will send you payment and delivery details. 

Also, you can like our facebook fan page here and our Instagram page here for quick updates and to view more pictures.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have an awesome weekend. 


Today in "Random Instagram" Pictures

I update my blog my head that is *covers face* so here is me trying to do it in the physical hehehe. Truth is my Instagram page @gidannodza is much more up to date ergo the title/contents of this post lol! Anyways, check out these random pictures from my Instagram page while I get the next post ready... Did I hear you say "hope she posts it before next year?" *Sigh* I had that coming didn't I? Oh well, off to try (emphasis on TRY mind you) and redeem my self. 

Gotta run, thank you so much for stopping by and see you on the next post haha!


Getting The Perfect Edge

Someone asked me how many times my edges are filed and coated.

Ans: My edges go through a lot of filing and coating and filing and coating before I'm finally satisfied...then I file and coat one last time lol. See pictures of before and after below;

The first 2 images shows Missy wallet right after it's completed but before filing. The 3rd is the wallet after a number of filings. Now I can't say how many times I file a project before its OK... because different leathers react differently to the edge coat and filing. So I file until I'm satisfied and by 'satisfied' I mean until it's smooth and even to touch.

What do I use to file?
Ans: Sandpaper or glass paper. Sold in most hardware stores. Check the hardware section at Shoprite also. They come in different grades of smoothness from very rough to very smooth, depending on the thickness of my leather I usually start with mid rough and finish with the smooth (hope this makes sense) It's a lot of hard work if you want a perfect smooth finish but then we all know that nothing good comes easy ba πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

Gotta run. Will post complete pictures of the Missy wallet soon. Thank you so much for stopping by and my your reality be much better than your dreams πŸ˜‰


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Testing Bloggeroid App

*whispers to self* hope this blogging app will make me a consistent blogger *sigh*
The goal is to try and post... Doesn't necessarily have to be long just post. I think I will do same as I do on Instagram yeah... Picture + short accompanying write up + post! Nothing complicated no... Like someone said "JUST BLOG!!!"
So, here goes...

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New Bag Alert: Wonu Clutch/Cross-Body Bag

This has to be my shortest post ever! See for yourself ;) 

A simple fold over clutch that can double as a cross-body bag. Th interior just has a small compartment, nothing too complicated...the bag is sized for essential everyday items and the handle detaches to go from day to night. I should have more colours ready within the week and will put them up in the shop asap! See more pictures below;

See what I mean by shortest post? Hehehehe...anyways what do you think? Would love to hear from you. 

Just so you know, Gidan Nodza bags are available for purchase here. Also you can like our facebook fan page here and our Instagram page here for quick updates and to view more pictures.

Thank you so much for stopping by and may your reality be much bigger than your dreams, Ameen. 



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