Handbags, Books...Whatever

Handbags, Books...Whatever is the blogsite of Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction. http://www.vickibatman.blogspot.com

Avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Cat fancier. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome.

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  • 4/1 - Vicki on a special day
  • 3/30 - Handbag, Barbara Monajem
  • 3/27 - Phyllis Middleton
  • 3/25 - Kathy Ivan

March 27, 2015

author @PhyllisMiddleton found a #greatbargain & is counting lives: Nine Lives, Two Down #fashion, #accessories #shoes #MFRWorg

I know that my good friend, Vicki Batman, loves – and I mean LOVES – handbags. 

Handbag Monday  

I enjoy them and utilize them for whatever my needs are at any given moment.  Big ones for carrying the kitchen sink.  Little ones to run into the store and back with. I’ve even been known to carry the little one inside the big one. For me it is the size that matters.  But I have to question if Ms. Batman could beat this deal.

I found a little clothing shop downtown Dallas that sells the overstock from the home shopping channels – the two well-known channels.  At one time, they had a large supply of new leather purses – very expensive ones that they were clearing out.  I found this particular beauty and had to have it for the price of $19.99.  I went to the purse maker’s website and found it listed for over $350.00.  Now, that is what I call a deal!

That is a deal, Phyllis. I've been given bags, but that isn't really free. And I've paid as little as $3.00 for vintage ones. Good job! 

Police officer Bethany Banks kills a suspect in a shootout and nearly dies from gunshot wounds. Though the shooting was deemed justified, her confidence is shaken. After being threatened by a psychopathic stalker, Beth is forced to leave the department and run for her life.

Former lover, Sgt. Sam DeLuca loves Beth, but thought her perceived threats were caused by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His skepticism to her claims about a stalker shattered her trust and she left him. When new evidence arises, he realizes he should have believed her.

When fate gives Sam a second chance, he’s is determined to protect the woman he loves. Can he keep Beth safe and catch a murderous stalker before Beth’s time runs out? He’ll risk everything to restore the love they lost – but is it too late? 

Contact Phyllis at: Email  Website
Find Nine Lives, Two Down at: Amazon

Thank you, Phyllis, for showing off your fantastic bargain!

March 25, 2015

Are you changing your #handbag to a spring one? author @KathyIvan on a new career #MFRWorg #RLFblog #fashion #accessories

Handbag Monday
Hi, Vicki, and thanks for having me on your blog. I'm happy you are here!
Vicki and I have been friends for a very long time, have been writing buddies forever, and we're fellow Plotting Princesses.  She's definitely the handbag queen.  Me—not so much.  I'll carry around the same purse forever before I'll switch it out for a new one.  Plus I tend to carry a ton of stuff in mine, so they always have to be big.  After all, I have to have my notebook and pen with me all the time. You never know when inspiration will strike. 
Oh Kathy! this is a very lovely bag! Good job!!

Spring is in the air, and I love it. Nice cool mornings with a hint of warmth in the afternoons. Watch the trees blossoming with flowers and buds, and the flowerbeds with their riotous colors spilling forth.  Spring always makes me think of new beginnings.

That's what I've had, a new beginning. Three months ago I made a momentous decision to quit the day job and write full time.  Oh, wow, you have no idea the gamut of emotions that race through you when contemplating something so enormous. Yet the biggest one was a sense of renewal. I was starting out fresh, paving a new beginning.  Just like springtime, I was bursting forth with new ideas and growing my fledgling career.  And what a relief it is to watch the seeds (books) that I've planted come to fruition. 
Spring is here, and with it new beginnings and new opportunities to blossom and grow.  Personally, I'm going to sprinkle the seeds of my writing, feed and care for it, and watch the words blossom and flower and pour forth, so that I can bring to the readers the best fruits of my labors.  I hope you'll come and tend the seeds with me.

I just released three new books in the New Orleans Connection Series, and I hope you'll check them out. (P.S. Book one in the series is currently FREE!)  Below is the link to my author page on Amazon.
Find Kathy at: Amazon

Kathy Ivan can be found every day writing with a bottle of water on one side and a scented candle on the other, creating new stories in her New Orleans Connection Series. 
Find Kathy at: Website Facebook Twitter

March 23, 2015

The beauty of RED! on Handbag Monday #fashion #accessories #MFRWorg

Handbag Monday
So what do you peruse on the internet when you have down time? I scroll through eBAY and ETSY for handbags. Recently, I discovered this one: 

RED!!! caught my eye. I am a huge red fan and have many handbags in that color. 

This is a red vinyl handbag, size 14 x 14. The lining is red and white striped and is stamped with the Ingber logo and Made in the USA. There are pockets inside as well. The unique handles caught my eye. Instead of being attached, they are an integral part of the handbag. Sold!

From the internet, I found this information about the company: Ingber & Company was founded by brothers, Issac and David Ingber in 1903.  One of their carpet bags was featured in the movie Around the World in Eighty Days, starring David Niven. Their designs were also featured in Marjorie Morningstar starring Natalie Wood. The company was based in Philidelphia and had a showroom in New York City.

Ingber & Company is an example of the American Dream made real by one family’s labor and creativity. During the sixties, designs were geared towards hard leather bags, such as the Kelly bag. The company closed in 1966. Their designs are highly collectible because of their beauty and quality craftsmanship.

I specifically went back to ETSY and eBAY and googled Ingber. There, I found many delightful designs, some of which may intrigue you to check them out.

What is your favorite handbag color?

March 20, 2015

@VickiBatman - The artwork of #LittleGoldenBooks , an exhibit #MFRWorg #RLFblog #childrensbooks

As the self-appointed cultural guide in my family, I’m always looking for something for us to do. An ad in my local paper’s weekend section featured an exhibit coming to town entitled: Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 years of Little Golden Books
I had to go. I read and owned several of these books when I was little and even bought them for my sons.  I had to take advantage of this enriching opportunity and take Handsome. Handsome was reluctant. But I plied him with his favorite hamburger and off we went. Disapointed?  Heck, no!

The exhibition presented the most extensive public showing ever of original illustration art from the Little Golden Books which celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2007.  (I apologize for glare on some photos.)

In 1942, the Little Golden Books were made available at very affordable prices—initially 25cents. Some of the artists included Garth Williams, Feodor Rojankovsky, Tibor Gergely, Gustaf Tenggren, Martin Provensen, J. P. Miller, and Mary Blair (think Disney’s It’s a Small World!). Other artists from America were Eloise Wilkin, Elizabeth Orton Jones, Richard Scarry, and Hilary Knight.

These books changed publishing forever. Not only did wehave the beloved and familiar books, we had various formats like records, tapes, videos, toys and games. 

Stories covered nature and science, the Biblenursery rhymes, and fairy tales. Christmas titles are popular every year. Many old titles, which are still available, show the strong nostalgia appeal of Little Golden Books. The first twelve books are:  
Three Little Kittens  
Bedtime Stories 
Mother Goose 
Prayers for Children 
The Little Red Hen 
Nursery Songs 
The Alphabet from A to Z 
The Poky Little Puppy 
The Golden Book of Fairy Tales 
Baby's Book of Objects 
The Animals of Farmer Jones 
This Little Piggy and Other Counting Rhymes

For a list of the 800 Little Golden Book titles, go here: LGB list

As Handsome and I wandered through the exhibit, we found many selections we remembered from our childhood: The Pokey Little Puppy, Tootle, Home for a Bunny. The art work was truly amazing. 
Did you have Little Golden Book/s when you were little?

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