This week’s challenge: Grand. Only one thing came to mind:
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Call it conscience, call it minimizing, call it a lack of poor judgment–call it whatever you like! But some of my all-time favorite (and most are one of a kind) vintage handbags have been added to my Etsy store. I can’t even tell you the emotional pain I have gone through during this process…seriously. As I decided which ones needed to go–based ONLY on lack of use–I had to physically get all of my bags out of the closet to remind myself I was going to be OK. I know. I am a sad little human. But here are the BEAUTIES you can now find in my Etsy store:
Just doing this post is killing me.
Sigh. Huge Heavy Sigh.
But there they are and now you know. Time for me to take a glass of wine.
I am popping in a minute to share a fabulous find on Etsy. I am going to write more about Porteen Gear in the near future but until then I wanted to share one fabulous product with you. Why? Because it is on SALE through Monday!
(all images via Porteen Gear on Etsy)
I have seen these totes in person and can attest to their quality workmanship. They are huge (21″x18″) which makes them multi-functional; marketing, traveling, beaching…and gifting. Notice the description from the website:
“This tote bag is great for overnight packing, going to the market, or carrying small packages to the post office. I use mine on a daily basis for several things.
It would make a great travel bag, it can pack flat or rolled up and would be a great carry on for those items purchased during your trip.
This tote features a water repellent interior, upholstery fabric and waxed canvas. The two leather carry straps are designed for over shoulder carry even with a big coat on. Inside pocket to keep small things separate.”
And now they are only $50!! But only through Monday. CLICK HERE to go to the Etsy store. Robyn (the owner) is also offering 10% off all items through Monday too.
I have a couple of friends moving to Ecuador and I bought them each a tote (sssh! they don’t know it yet). I also have purchased one for myself to use as a carry-on for future trips.
Hope you are having a great weekend!
I resisted long and hard (as I do with most “new” technology). I was not going to let myself get sucked into the Pinterest vacuum. I have had an account for a while now but mostly I would just go in and check the boards, hit the heart button and move on. I received an email from Pinterest a few months back introducing “private boards”…I still didn’t take the bait. But then a new adventurous trip presented itself on my horizon and as I started researching our destinations, I realized that Pinterest might be a useful tool in my planning. I created a private board and…
….swiftly got sucked up.
So while “planning” my future vacation, I have discovered great recipes, funny quotes, craft projects, budgeting tips and exercise motivators. Good stuff. Fun stuff. Time consuming stuff.
I decided to make a deal with myself. Instead of randomly just pinning anything and everything I see that is interesting, beautiful, entertaining (with the exception of nature photos, vintage things and quotes), I would strive to pin things I really might try to do or make, whether a recipe, craft or exercise. Reasonable, non?
So, the other day I came across a pin that showed how to make vintage button collage necklace. Sweet! I had kept a few of my jewelry making supplies and I knew there was a set of buttons just dying to become a necklace. All I needed to buy was the felt backing. Easy peasy.
This was the goal:
I gathered my things together and went to work. Here is what I ended up with:
The original instructions called for sewing a chain onto the back of the necklace. Instead I sewed on three little o-rings (jump rings?) and created a slide for my silver omega chain. I love it! It took very little time to make and it was very easy. And now I have finally used these vintage, great color buttons that have sat in a drawer for three years. A Pinterest WIN!
Hope you are all having a great weekend! Thank you for tuning in.
Man! Fridays come around quickly here lately. Hope you all are having a good one. This week’s theme is “HORIZON”. I challenge you to find it in this picture:
Not that difficult? Well, OK. But I already knew you guys were brilliant.
I have a passive interest in being an artist. I love art–always have. I love going to art museums. I love observing art in nature. And I do want to “create” art but I have never been driven to pursue anything specific. Well, that has changed…or rather it is starting to change.
I signed up for a watercolor class. I love it. My instructor is very talented and patient. Our group meets in an old, one-roomed school-house which sits rather prettily in the middle of nowhere. So that in itself is totally vintage cool. I am
learning the ropes of watercolor technique. I say slowly because I feel like I am back in Kindergarten. Being in a school doesn’t help. But I really don’t mind because I was only in Kindergarten for 9 weeks before I was moved to first grade. And even though that may make me some kind of kid genius (not really), I have always felt like I really missed out on something BIG in childhood…I missed a first “rites of passage”. I have no memories of going to school and eating graham crackers and taking naps. I only have the full-throttled, grueling, FULL day school experience that we all endured for years. No getting my little Kmart Trax shoes wet first. Nope not for me. But through this watercolor class I am living my Kindergarten dream. How so?
So far I have painted a color wheel and experimented with pulling paints across the page. I have done one simplistic picture (two green mounds representing hills and a blue sky), dumped coarse sea salt on it to see how the salt would create a speckled appearance. That’s it. I was just getting on a roll when my instructor decided she needed a trip to Ireland…where, of course, she will paint fabulous landscapes, no doubt. She gave me “homework” to do…which I promptly lost…with the orders to not worry about creating any pictures yet.
So as the two weeks of her absence came to close, this kindergartener became restless. I decided to pull out the paints and watercolor pencils the other day and just see what I could do. I found a leaf on a walk so I painted that first (remember, I am at Kindergarten level):
I wanted to try out my watercolor pencils next so I looked to my vinyl tablecloth for inspiration and painted this:
Now that was fun! I really like using the pencils. At this point in my painting career, I feel they give me more control than just slopping paint on a page. Which is why she had me start on a color wheel. Yes, I get it now.
I really like Kindergarten. I think I may take graham crackers and milk (spiked with espresso shots) to my next class.
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