Sunday, January 9, 2011

My Collection of Vintage Purses

My collection of purses displayed on my bedroom wall.
Recently while surfing the net, I came across some vintage petit point purses and fell in love with how dainty and detailed they are. I began to purchase them as they became available on Ebay and other sights while still staying within a limited budget.


Vintage petit point and beaded purses can be quite pricey, some as much as a thousand dollars. The more stitches per square inch the higher the price. Also, the age and condition matter.


But every now and then a purse comes along that just tugs at my heartstrings and is within my price range. I will immediately purchase it (or bid on it) to add to my collection.


My very first petite boutique purse was this wonderful painted black and white metal mesh bag. I inherited it from my Nana. She carried it in the 1920's and gave it to me many decades later when I showed interest in it.

I have yet to do the research on the history of any of these bags and their makers but hope to take some time to do that soon.


Meanwhile, I will keep an eye out for some more wonderful purses. I would love a vintage beaded bag, but they seem to be even more expensive than the petit point. I know if I continue my search, I'll find the perfect one, eventually.



Smiles,
Diane

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Happy 2011 & a Download Gift For You!

I love that clean sweep feeling of a new year! As if we can simply erase all the misdeeds of the past 12 months and begin again with a clean slate.
Ecouter Chapeau by Diane Costanza
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Whether real or imagined, we all take steps forward to begin anew and make steadfast resolutions to underscore that belief.

What's your resolution(s) this year?

Of course, I myself have the standard resolutions: lose weight while getting healthier, save money, grow my business for success, get organized at home and in my business, be a kinder, more thoughtful individual...

I would hate to do the research on how often we actually keep to those resolutions after all is said and done, but I believe it says something for the human spirit that we even have the good intentions to believe we can!

I myself would like to categorize myself as an optimist, for if we don't have hope and the belief that we can be a better more productive person, what else is there to keep us going?

I want to wish you all the best in what you resolve to accomplish in 2011, real or imagined!



Smiles,
Diane