Monthly Archives: April 2013

day 30

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gold pebbled leather bag by the sak

20130430-232517.jpgi had a rough day today – i was sick all day and couldn’t pull it together. at least i got my kids where they needed to be. i grabbed this bag to drive j to school this morning, pick her up and pick up n from work. it looks so small, it surprised me by fitting my stuff and water bottle. until today, i’ve just enjoyed looking at it and wanting to use it, and now that i have i’ll definitely use it again. the lining is nice, too.

i got this bag at goodwill because it had this cool bottom. it was brand new, got it for $6. by the way – when i give a price, if it’s from goodwill it’s usually the 50% off price.

so i admit, this started as a purse rescue – but now it’s officially part of the family and not getting sold.

yesterday, i mentioned all of the things i do on mondays – i forgot to mention thrifting. don’t ask me how i could forget! mid 40s mental meltdown, who knows. but it is definitely one of my favorite monday activities that is not just limited to mondays. hello, sale weekends!

 

 

day 29

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jil sander pebbled leather dome bag

Imagewell, this is a case of a very, very lucky find at goodwill. maybe a couple of years ago, i saw this bag hanging on the rack at my favorite goodwill. the leather looked real, and when i saw jil sander stamped on the front, i was pretty sure it wasn’t a fake. so i checked inside. the interior is just as luxurious as the exterior. there’s a low pocket that acts as a divider, and a zipper pouch reserved for my phone. the straps are long, and it holds my water bottle – win. it elevates any outfit and, well – it makes me feel special. all that class for $10.

i saved this bag until the second half of the journey so that i wouldn’t use all of my favorite favorites in the first week. mondays are my day for errands, dr. appointments for myself or the girls, and volunteering. i also try to catch my friend jill for a commiserative chat about our hs seniors. realization of the day – life comes at you fast. take it slow as often as you can. peace.

day 28

2013-04-28 21.38.57i was excited to bust out purse i got a few weeks ago at st. vincent de paul’s. this whole east-west thing with purses having a trapeze shape is happening right now, and while i think it’s cool, i’m not so into my purse looking like you should be trying to tuck in the sides. so when i saw this purse i thought ok, i’ll rock the shape but in this cool pattern and for $3. score! wore it to church today, which is always fun. today was our heifer fair – if you don’t know about this wonderful organization, check them out at http://www.heifer.org.

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back to the purse. once i saw the pattern, it was mission: no bag left behind. here are a couple of closeups of the boat and trees. the handles are wire covered in black tubing with leather top handles. the inside has 3 pockets, which help. this is definitely a purse i’d use for a special occasion or for sunday, but it’s just not practical enough for everyday wear – it doesn’t hold my water bottle, and you know by now that’s the dealbreaker.

my girls really like this one, especially my youngest – she’s been waiting for me to use it for several days now. she’ll have to find something else to think about – like whether or not she packed her dance stuff in her backpack. hmmm?

day 27

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michael michael kors bag

i let my three each choose a bag for today. i ditched their choices for this bag. i got this michael michael kors bag at my birthday party and purse swap this year. my friend chris brought it, and she got a dooney & burke that i rescued from goodwill and a red patent leather maxx new york that i hardly used and no longer wanted. what a good deal. i would never buy this purse for myself, but it was fun to carry today for errands and then the party. and it’s got green leather. right?

the soiree was at a friend’s house whose home overlooks the river. it’s on a steep hill, and fortunately i could justify stopping short of the front porch to gaze upon the ohio river, but really i didn’t want to be huffing and puffing as i walked in the door. as i caught my breath, and inhaled deeply several times, i considered the other side for a few moments. it made me thankful to be living in 2013.

so i took thie picture of today’s bag on the steps of this amazing house, a historical landmark here in cincinnati. i had a great time with my friends, all the while feeling thankful to be present and in the moment. the time passed too quickly, as usual. tgff. thank goodness for friends.

day 26

 

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bag from Eric Carle Picture Book Museum in Amherst, MA

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Stone Mountain hobo

my youngest is paying attention to what i’m doing. this morning, as i sat and stared, she  and remarked, “you’re halfway done, mom!” “go choose a bag,” i responded. she brought this bag we got from the Eric Carle Picture Book Museum. i will tell the eric carle story another time, but i steered her in a series of questions that led to her choosing the stone mountain bag: “get a green one. not that green one. not that green one either. yes, that’s that’s the one!”

i got this stone mountain bucket style hobo at a.j. wright maybe 10-11 years ago. it reminds me of spiring.

peace

day 25

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no-name faux patent leather hobo

it was hard to get up, being back on east coast time again was rough. my body is still in burbank. so when i overslept this morning, i couldn’t even think about what bag to choose. so i chose one of my to 5 of all time, this no-name black patent pleather bag with handles and a long strap. first of all, the pleats are cool looking, second, it holds a loooot of stuff and still looks polished, third, it was $19.99 at this tj maxx in w. hartford, ct.

i remember seeing it and grabbing it, along with a beautiful bag sort of like day 12. it was much more expensive. i decided on this one, and in line, someone tried to buy it from me. i knew then that i made the right choice.

the strap is like a belt, so it’s a crossbody and handle bag. bonus. it’s a bit cavernous inside, but that’s ok for me – and there are 4 interior pockets and pouches. i have used it so much, with it being cheap and faux it’s going to go eventually. i don’t want to be there when that happens.

day 24

eddie bauer backpack

eddie bauer backpack with my blessed water bottle

my eddie bauer backpack comes to the rescue once again. my brown leather laptop bag’s strap broke, so i went to my old standby. it takes a licking and keeps on hauling all of my stuff. i remember getting this at the eddie bauer outlet store in jeffersonville, oh several years ago – maybe 10 or more – because i loved the color. while green is my favorite, and i love purple too, there’s nothing like mustard or yellow to brighten my mood.

when my oldest n was a toddler, she was diagnosed with asthma. i read that yellow is good for asthmatics in some book about decorating with color. i can’t remember why, and i didn’t mention it to her. when we moved into our house a couple of years later, she announced that she wanted to paint her room yellow. so we did! i don’t know if it helped her asthma or not, but i can’t say that it hurt. within three years, her symptoms were virtually nonexistent. we never repainted the room. i don’t mess with stuff like that.

so i’m home again, after several long and productive days. so this photo is of the bag where i will soon be – in my bed, hitting a z. thanks be to God. peace.

day 23

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wilson’s leather tote

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wristlet and nylon tote

i shared a beautiful, spirit-led and spirit-filled day with a wonderful group of people. today’s bag was needed to haul my laptop (i’m taking minutes for our board meeting) and all my gear for a long day away from the hotel. this wilson’s leather tote fit the bill perfectly. i got it for $10 at my goodwill last week. it came with not one, not two, but three bags. the big silver leather bag, a wristlet, and a nylon shopper. i used them all today and i was so thankful to have such a beautiful way to shlep my stuff. i checked and found some on sale at ebay for $75 – the retail price is $100. what! another good score.

i took these photos at All Saints Episcopal Church in Highland Park, just before meeting with their youth group. and i do mean just before, and sorry i’m too tired to crop the top pic. we were there to learn from the people in the church about their ministry, and learn we did. it’s easy to see why people love this church – everyone was warm, welcoming, hospitable, and happy to share with us. i feel so fortunate and blessed to have had such a wonderful day with them and with my colleagues.

but frankly i am wiped out. i will sleep hard tonight, with a last meeting and then all day travel tomorrow. peace.

day 22

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travelon butterfly purse outside of the burbank airport

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tissues and luna bars in the huge exterior pouch

so i’m on the west coast again, this time in burbank for Forward Movement’s board meeting. since there are no do overs, i found a reason to use this travelon bag that i got at goodwill for $3. it has a butterfly on it, and i thought my oldest daughter would love it. i thought wrong. so, i kept it, thinking one day i might travel and find this bag useful. i thought right.

as it’s designed for travel, it has 2 exterior front zip pockets, 2 interior pouches and one interior zip pocket, and the back has a big organizer section that i couldn’t even begin to fill. it fit perfectly in my backpack and is super lightweight. and to top it off, i love the brushed nickel zipper pulls. i’m a sucker for brushed nickel.

ok if you’re ever in burbank, go to this restaurant called the castaway. i’m sitting here now eating my leftovers and it is delicious. http://www.castaway restaurant.com/burbank i can vouch for the tempura shrimp, the broccoli and the crab cake. and when you take leftovers, always get the sauce. unless, that is, you don’t like sauce. then don’t. here’s a couple of photos of the view. thankful to be here. peace

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day 21

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shiraleah vintage velvet beaded bag

Imageit’s sunday, so i went fancy again with this shiraleah velvet beaded bag with horn handles. this is another bag that i got at st. vincent de paul that is just so beautiful, i love to look at it hanging on my closet door. so when i chose it for today, i had no idea it could carry all of my stuff, plus water bottle and Godly Play teacher’s book. but it did, thank goodness. $4 – score!

then i wore it to A Midsummer Night’s Dream ballet at SCPA. an amazing show, with lots of talented students giving their best. the set was beautiful. i’m so glad j is getting a wonderful dance education there.

anyway, i’m off to burbank tomorrow, so i’ve got to go find some packable bags for the trip. praying that my flight is better than the last one a couple of weeks ago.