Friday, May 11, 2012

Vintage Tooled Leather Handbags

I have a new obsession!

Tooled handbags!  Do you remember these?  I was born in the wrong generation.  I love all the 60-70's style.  Look at this one:

I love the mushroom design!  These things are so cool! I was at a thrift store this week.  When am I not?  I am in and out of them all week long!  Guess what I found:

Not as nice as the ones above, but after some TLC they will be great for the motorcycle, with jeans.....anything!  They stitching is in perfect shape!  I love them.  I can strap it across my chest and not have to worry about setting it down anywear, specially when I am having drinks on the water. 

I did manage to find a nice flowered tooled leather bag online!!  I cannot wait for it to come!!  

Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Living Life....and Other Oddities

I found a passion in life that makes me happy.  We can have one or we can have many.  I have many.  It is the Gemini in me ;)  It took me a while to find the passion that fuels my creative side.  Once I found this however, it branched me out in all sorts of directions.  I love it.  From jewelery designer,  to dabbling in Art & Mixed Media & recycling/upcyclying to getting involved in groups with like minded people.  I am very happy I keep going on these multiple avenues; not to be complacent.  People can do that to you ya know.  Keep you complacent.  Burn out that flicker of light that is starting to ignite full blown passion.  Ridicule other people's choices, looks and lifestyle.  Get away from them.......FAST.

I love this show called Oddities on the Sci-Fy channel.  It is about a shop called Obsura, co-owned by Mike Zohn and Evan Michelson and a buyer Ryan Matthew:

This show is amazing to me!  They comb flea markets, estate sales looking for the most bizarre things.  They talk to the most fascinating people. They have a repeat customer Laura, who if I were to meet her  would think she is a little bizarre, strung out or who knows what.  But she isn't.  (or maybe she is, but who cares).

What she is, is a beautiful, smart business women mortician turned designer who likes the bizarre.  You know what?  So do I and who cares.  I was thinking last night about my earliest memories of something that I liked, that I had passion about.  It was junk yards.  My dad use to take me to this junk yard back in Jersey.  He went to look for parts to fix, replace what ever was needed on the vehicles and I roamed around looking at all the old cars, fascinated.  You could see this junk yard from the road.  It stretched out for miles.  I was amazed.  I loved finding trinkets, and making jewelry out of them, fixing or give new life to something.  Flash forward 25 some years later and here I am.  Designing, upcycle, redoing.....having fun!  I also like skulls and bones.

Don't forget to do what you love and explore this whole wide world. No matter what it is such as bone collector, cemetery dweller, minimalist, happy because you know what?  This is life, no one gets out alive you better enjoy the ride! :)


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spring~New Beginnings


I have not been very bloggy lately.  Winter is one of those seasons for me that is very mundane, boring, blah!  The weather here lately has been 70s-80s and I LOVE it!

I have been creating.  I made this bracelet that SCREAMS summer:

It is fun, colorful and perfect for the new summer season!  I have a Kindle Fire and I LOVE it.  I carry it with me everywhere.  I love that you can download free books.  The one book I recently down loaded is called The Silence of Trees:

I love it!  It is about gypsies, magic, it is just a great read.  Here is the gist of it:

In Chicago’s Ukrainian Village, Nadya Lysenko has built her life on a foundation of secrets.
When Nadya was sixteen, she snuck out of her house in Western Ukraine to meet a fortuneteller in the woods. Ignoring the threat of Nazis and Russians, Nadya was driven by love and a desire to learn the unknown. She never expected it to be the last time she would see her family.

Years later, Nadya continues to be haunted by the death of her parents and sisters. She clings to her traditions and stories from Ukraine, the only parts of her past that she can share with her family. The myths and magic of Nadya’s childhood are still a part of her reality: dreams unite friends across time and space, house spirits misplace keys and glasses, and a fortuneteller’s cards predict the future.

Her beloved dead also insist on being heard, through dreams and whispers in the night. They want the truth to come out. Nadya needs to face her past and confront the secrets she buried within–THE SILENCE OF TREES.

In other news, I found a metalsmith class and a blacksmith group. I am excited about learning and working with iron. It is something totally out of my norm. It is a strong interest I have, one of many.

Go explore!