Deborah Murphy and Her Vintage and Victorian Traveling Bags - An Interview

Photography by Deborah Murphy!
Photography by Deborah Murphy! | Source
Deborah Murphy
Deborah Murphy | Source

We met Deborah Murphy through another Deborah, Ms. Brooks Langford.

Deborah Murphy wanted to contact us and warn us about some hackers. All was fine until we checked her work. I want you readers to know that I don't know nothing about embroideries and Paris Style designs. And if you ask me where is Nove Scotia. I will have to check the map and find Terra Nova and other cities above the Niagara Falls. I bet lots of Canadian fellow writers will come and check Deborah Murphy and her simple life. Let's start by breaking down the ice watching a hockey Game...

Peacock Iridescent Quality Upholstery Smocking Fabric Bag Designed By Deborah Murphy ~Vintage~&~Lace~   Perfect for anyone that has a love for Traveling in Style.. It has 5 large inside Pockets Embellishments!
Peacock Iridescent Quality Upholstery Smocking Fabric Bag Designed By Deborah Murphy ~Vintage~&~Lace~ Perfect for anyone that has a love for Traveling in Style.. It has 5 large inside Pockets Embellishments! | Source

A poem By Deborah Brooks

Pioneer Woman
She is a simple woman
beautiful, strong and true
works from day and to midnight
with hardly any sleep......

She has a heart of gold
and carries a big load
can chop wood like the man
can sing a simple melody...

She knows whats important
she can hold your hand when you cry
makes beautiful vintage for sale
that everyone breaks their neck to buy....

Her beauty shines through
her friendship extends no bounds
of loyalty to such massive sounds
makes everything anew....

I sing this woman's friendship
I laugh her into the day
I write her words of love
I say, Deborah Murphy you are the best....

The Interview

I come with the questions and I don't even know what to ask Deborah... but let's see what we come up with...

Thanks so much for accepting our one-on-one interview, Deborah!

My pleasure Joseph. Your introduction made me smile!

Well humor makes life bearable Tell us about your bags... how did you get started? Did you get hit by a thunder and got inspired?

Ha! So to speak, I did get hit by thunder.. This small town put me through so much by stealing everything I ever worked for.

The story goes like this: I met a wonderful woman that moved to that town.. and she started telling me her stories of what all was done to her once moving. So, this one woman ended up in the mental institution.

This is so wrong!

Absolutely! I helped her a lot and she met someone.. I told her I would design a bag for her... and I did .. using a vintage curtain...

I've got to remember that term, vintage curtain..!

So I took the bag to her house to give it to her and she looked at me and said, "you know, Chris and I will always be friends.. because she has money." I turned and walked out her door .... and the next day I took out my very first overdraft from the bank... and bought a piece of fabric for $9 and made a bag that turned it into $150.00 the next day. I do still have that vintage curtain bag!


Classy Shabby Chic Paris Style Traveling Bag

Classy Shabby Chic Paris Style Traveling Bag Photograph and design by Deborah Murphy.
Classy Shabby Chic Paris Style Traveling Bag Photograph and design by Deborah Murphy. | Source
Shabby Paris Chic Bag by Deborah Murphy.
Shabby Paris Chic Bag by Deborah Murphy. | Source

So you were born in Canada I believe. We want to hear some good childhood stories besides that pigeon's incident? Well, you can say it in your own words...

Say I was. For the most part my child was happy (sigh)

(smiles) Joseph, that's right. A dove dropped its load on me, when I was a little girl!!

I did cry when the other kids laughed

I'm laughing now about that school field trip. Yes, I had a wonderful childhood... memories with my mother... all things simple are great memories. Like sitting on the front porch eating cucumber sandwiches and drinking a hot cup of tea with my mother, always talking mother to daughter stuff. Gee! It was quality time for me .. family picnics and Sunday drives!

Where did you get that artistic vein? I was wondering...

Well, I do believe I always had that in me... I was never in a lot of school plays.. they discovered I was better at making costumes and doing make up... but as a young child I was always drawing gorgeous Victorian gowns.

Reminds me of the Titanic era...

Some of my art work was on display at the big library in downtown Halifax, Canada. That was a big deal for me living outside of the city limits. Everything I do just comes natural.

I always got straight A's -- back then it was 100's in home economics

My mother was a good teacher and a big influence in my life!! Good questions so far, Joseph!


Rich warm color Shabby Flapper Girl Hat   Using Martin Velvets, Sainted Crochet and Pearls. Photo and design by Deborah Murphy.
Rich warm color Shabby Flapper Girl Hat Using Martin Velvets, Sainted Crochet and Pearls. Photo and design by Deborah Murphy. | Source

Would you consider buying one of her designs?

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From a happy customer: Mary Jane Silvestri DiMona. From Deborah: "So happy you like it!! How nice.. It looks better in your photos then mine... Maybe you should be my bag photographer!!!  Thank you!!"
From a happy customer: Mary Jane Silvestri DiMona. From Deborah: "So happy you like it!! How nice.. It looks better in your photos then mine... Maybe you should be my bag photographer!!! Thank you!!" | Source
From Deborah to another Deborah. The chemistry is so notorious!
From Deborah to another Deborah. The chemistry is so notorious! | Source

So good to read the human side of any artist! Besides bags and designs what other abilities do you have, posses or own for the sake of creativity?

I do paint and I love photography. Love setting up Vintage Vignettes to photograph!

How close are you to Deborah Brooks?

Deborah Brooks means the world to me... When I met Debbie.. I think she may have seen one of my Shabby Paris Styles Lace Hip Bags flowing around the net. She sent me a friend request and it's like we've known each other all our lives... She is very near and dear to my heart as she is to so many people. She purchased several of my bags now.. plus I designed a few other things for her.

I remember your Vintage FB page. Can you give us that link? 2100 likes, wow!

That's so kind of you Joseph! Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/VintageLace/248639585246816?ref=hl

The cliché question, do you believe in miracles?

Yes, I do believe in miracles, you are a miracle.

Where do you see yourself in five or ten years?

I see myself owning a big company, designing, creating.. and giving back. Under privileged children and abused animals need so much from this human race.

I want to thank you so much Deborah Murphy for being so honest and true to yourself.

(off the record: Debbie got hurt today and I want to apologize for making her write so much. Yikes!!)

Thanks to you Joseph. You can only imagine what this means to me!

Now I know why you are a such a great friend. It's fine Joseph ... I've have frozen bags of veggies wrapped around my wrist trying to get the swelling down!

How is really Nova Scotia... for tourism...

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Deborah Brooks 2 years ago from Brownsville,TX

This is so wonderful what you have wrote about my best friend Deborah Murphy... Yes I have bought lots of bags from her and I can't seem to quit..lol every time I buy another bag and I give as gifts ladies go crazy over them and I have to buy more.. I believe In Deborah's work so much I would somehow someway like to help her get her company started or go in with her where she can sale her bags and me sale my books and Debi and Debi coffee and poetry corner and gift shop ... what do you think Deborah??? lol.. and she has promised me to come stay with me as soon as she gets in the states... she is always welcome as long as she wants.. Joseph God Bless you my dear for writing this about my great friend ... Can i add the poem I wrote about her here???

Hugs and Kisses my dear friend.. Debbie


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Lord De Cross 2 years ago Author

Wow Deborah Brooks! I guess the check is in the mail heading to Covington Tennessee.Lol! I will add it later; and her pioneer woman hub will be added as well. God bless you my friend.


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Deborah Brooks 2 years ago from Brownsville,TX

GOD BLESS YOU Joseph... hugs..


DebMurphy002 2 years ago

Thank you very much Joseph for interviewing me.. It's a real honor for me just knowing such a wonderful person such as yourself and Ms. Deborah Brooks.. Thank you as well for sharing me and few of my designs with your Hub.. Thank you my friend..


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Lord De Cross 2 years ago Author

Thank you ladies! A pleasure always!


Louise Forgione 2 years ago

DeborahMurphy, Your one special lady with talent like I have never seen before. Keep your dream's alive as I do believe that they will all come true. I'm praying for your injury to heal fast so you can continue what you love to do.I'm so happy to have found you on face book an look forward to reading all your wonderful post's. Love when you tell us all Coffee on! Take care an have a gentle day.. Louise


Deborah Murphy 2 years ago

Thanks very much Louise Forgione for your kind comments!


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

What an interesting interview; it is down-to-earth; with elements of humor that enables the interviewee -- and her audience – to be more receptive and relaxed. I ADORE her shabby chic classic handbags and hats…beautiful! And what lovely poetry from Deborah Brooks. :-)

“Everything I do just comes natural.” I think this word describes Deborah’s wonderful creativity so well…”natural.”


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Lord De Cross 2 years ago Author

Thanks Genna East. Deborah Murphy will be happy to answer you naturally. There is more from Deborah. She has been through a lot and stayed true to herself. Louisa Forgioni thanks for those heartfelt comment!


Deborah Murphy 2 years ago

Thank you very much Genna East for your kind words.. I've been designing Shabby Chic for awhile now.. I do design using Vintage Tapestries and natural elements, gifts from mother nature such as going in the forest and finding Maple Wood Burls.. Hand sawing gorgeous burls into large buttons , hand sanding them and using them as natural embellishments.. I have my hands into so many different elements of designs and styles.. Thank you again so much!! The poem Deborah Brooks wrote for me.. Says a little about my life living in the wilderness.. She is such a great friend... Thanks again Genna!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Another wonderful interview here and, wow, on those beautiful handbags and hats! Deborah Murphy is certainly multi-talented and so is our Debbie as always. Debbie's poem is perfect and she looks beautiful. I know she will be so very successful in her endeavors, especially using Vintage Tapestries and all of the wonderful natural elements. Her passion for her designs is evident. Up and more and away ... Many blessings to all.


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Lord De Cross 2 years ago Author

Thanks Faith Reaper for your kind words. Deborah Murphy will come later to drop an answer to your wonderful comment! Happy mothers day as well!


Diane McDade 2 years ago

Thank you so much for interviewing Deborah Murphy! I am definitely a fan of her work, and it's nice to see her recognized in this way. What a great interview! Looking forward to more creations, Deborah.


Deborah Murphy 2 years ago

Thank you very much Faith Reaper, I enjoy creating different designs and styles from up-cycled materials.. It keeps things interesting and certainly get's my creative energies flowing creating things with what I have and not running out and purchasing new materials for my work!! Happy to do my part n saving the earth as well!! At the moment I'm on hold as of the day Lord did this interview I've broken my wrist in the morning.. Hoping to get back too creating in a few weeks.. I appreciate your wonder words very much!! Thank you so much!! I'll find out from Joseph how to find you so I can follow and interact with you!! Blessings to you as well!!

Thank you

Deborah


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Lord De Cross 2 years ago Author

Thanks Diane McDade! Deborah is a strong woman. There is so much about her, that she shared with me. And ahe is certainly an angel! Have a nice week!

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