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.