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Sunday, October 07, 2018

Cardiac Collage Afghan, Peruzzi Leather Purse, and Toilet Paper Rolls for Halloween

Cardiac Collage got a vacation while I was tarveling recently in Italy.  But, there is now the beginnings of the 7th square so it's coming a long.  Whether it will end up being a 9 square or 12 square ghan remains to be seen.  My current plan is to make 9...see how I like it and whether adding more to the existing squares or adding more squares is the way to go.  Since this is without a pattern....it truly evolves.  Once completed it will be donated through my charity, Bridge and Beyond to benefit the Homeless.


What's a trip without souvenirs?  Not sure I'm able to answer that question.  I'm a person who dislikes buying purses.  They either all look the same, are too big, too heavy, or too expensive...or don't have good pockets or something.  For years, I had stopped buying leather or pretend leather purses due to the weight on my shoulders and got "into" Vera Bradley's cloth purses.  But, while the prints are fun....they almost always clash with what you're wearing.  AND the particular style I liked they stopped making.  Florence, Italy is known for fine leather goods, hand crafted, durable, fashionable etc.  Guccio Gucci was a Florentine.  Even in antiquity, leather making was a big thing in Florence.  In part, because of the Arno River.  Tanning leather was a messy job, and a smelly job.  Lots of water was necessary in the process of doing the work and in cleaning up afterwards.  Peruzzi has been making fine leather goods in Florence since 1948.  I love this purse, it's not heavy on my shoulders, it's not large or small..a good inbetween size.  The strap is very adjustable to be a cross body or over the shoulder.  Italy has been the #1 country on my bucket list, so was pretty excited to travel there.  Been blogging about it with lots of pictures on my travel blog.  Traveling Suitcase.  Come travel virtually with me.


AND, yet another idea for you with re-using, re-purposing, and re-cycling your toilet paper rolls.  Just in time for Halloween.  Isn't this a cleaver idea!  Those of you with your children at home ought to get a kick out of this.

23 comments:

  1. Those eyes would freak me out if I came across them unexpectedly.
    Loving Cardiac Collage.

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    1. Thanks for the visit, always good to see you. I'm not much into Halloween, but could see a neighborhood with lots of kids really getting into those eyes.

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  2. Your purse is beautiful, I am so glad you treated yourself.

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    1. It was quite a treat. Was pretty excited to get it.

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  3. Stop in from Low Carb. Nice colors in blocks. If you have time stop in for a cup of coffee

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    1. Thanks for popping in, always like new visitors. I'll swing by your blog as well.

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  4. I am pretty dissatisfied with purses generally. I think it is me. I get bored. My needs change all the time. I moved away from leather because of the weight too. I like Vera Bradley but I get bored with the patterns quickly - so if I buy one of those I get one of the solid colors. I currently have a vegan leather (read: fake leather) purse that is ok but it isn't "quite right" either - without putting my finger on what is exactly wrong. I am not that way about shoes or clothes - bags. That one you got looks real nice.

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    1. Glad to see I'm not the only that finds getting a purse a difficult thing. I don't like to root for stuff so like pockets, this one doesn't have as many pockets as the Vera Bradley's, but it's divided nicely. Hope I don't tire of it, was more pricey than I usually spend.

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  5. haha oh I'd do the glowstick tp thing just to see how many I'd freak out.

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    1. LOL...let me know how it goes, I think it looks like fun; but I never get any trick or treeters here.

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  6. That's a really nice purse. I've been searching for a new one since...forever. I'm so picky with them.

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    1. Picking them out is hard I think. You have to envision what will go where, wonder how heavy it will be etc.

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  7. Love your knitting. It really brings back memories. My mom made 2 like these for the couches in our little cottage. It took her about a half year it seams like. She just made squares and rectangles and then began putting them together. Your layout and planning are much more organized.

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    1. Thank you Debbie, appreciate your visit and kind comments. Always fun to meet new bloggers, will add you to my blog log.

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    2. Hey Debbie, I can't find your blog. If you make it back by would you leave the link for it and not your google+ page. I don't see any blog on it.

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  8. That's such a great idea with the toilet roll tubes,s just in time for Halloween. I really like your new bag, I've got a similar one in black and it's just the right size for me, not too small and not too big.

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    1. Thanks Jo for swinging by, always good to see you.

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  9. Lovely Knitting and purse .
    Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

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    1. Thank you for your visit and comment, I did indeed.

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  10. I never carry a purse anymore. I have a tiny crossbody billfold if I go out shopping. Good to visit with you again

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    1. So nice to see you. I can't imagine not carrying a purse. I need my other glasses, my phone, chapstick, a few pills etc.

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  11. I wish I didn't need a purse, but I carry a lot of stuff, so it's necessary. I don't know how men manage to get along with just a wallet shoved in their back pocket. ;)

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    1. Me either Sherry. I'm always amazed when women don't carry purses. I don't wear make up so it's not like I have make up in there, but keys, money, charge cards, phone etc.

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