Handbags, Books...Whatever

Handbags, Books...Whatever (http://vickibatman.blogspot.com/) is the website of Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction. Handbag lover. Avid Jazzerciser. Mah jong player. Yoga practioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Choc-aholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome.

HBW Calendar

  • 12/22- 01/05 - Happy Holidays!
  • 12/19 - Handbag & Book, Meredith Bond
  • 12/15 - Guest Nancy Lee Badger
  • 12/12 - Handbag & Book, Gerri Brousseau
  • 12/08 - Guest Nicole Morgan
  • 12/05 - Handbag & Book, Penny Estelle
  • 12/01 - Handbag & Book, Laurel Wanrow
  • 11/28 - Handbag & Book, Merry Holly

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December 8, 2016

Craft and Book w @VickiBatman #crafting #Christmasgifts #MFRWorg #Rssosisters

Craft and Book with Vicki

Every year, I make something for my daughter in law and friends for Christmas. This year, I embroidered holiday aprons.

This is an easy craft. I bought plain white aprons from Joann's, stamped a holiday saying on the bib, embroidered in fun colors, and added large rick-rack.

This one with Seasons Greetings I stitched in blue with silver rick rack. Because the transfer was vintage, I penciled in lettering in some places.

I found the Christmas greetings transfer in eBay. It is vintage and took a little extra heat to transfer, but well worth it.

And the finale...

I'm really pleased with how they turned out and my friends "say" they like them.

Do you make gifts for friends and family?

In my holiday story, "The Littlest Angel," from the Season of Promises anthology, I talk about an ornament my neighbor gave my mom. You can find a copy at: Amazon B&N Kobo iTunes

December 5, 2016

Get to Know author Penny Estelle and #newstory #MFRWorg #MIUP #Christmasromance #holidaystory

Let’s Get to Know...
Penny Estelle

I write for all ages, from the early reader to adults.  My books range from pictures books for the little ones, to fantasy, time-travel adventures for ages 9 to 13. I also write adult stories, including a family drama and contemporary, paranormal and historical westerns romances, under P. A. Estelle.

First, let me thank Vicki for having me on her blog today.  As always, she is a gracious hostess.  Second, I want to thank everybody for stopping by!  Below is a blurb and excerpt for one of my Christmas stories, The Unwanted Christmas Guest!  I would love to offer a free digital copy to a chosen commenter!  Be sure to leave your email address!

December 1, 2016

Handbag and Book w #author Laurel Wanrow #steampunk #DIY #leathercraft #MFRWorg

Handbag and Book with

Laurel Wanrow
I grew up in the 70s, what I remember as my first decade of DIY. We did every craft imaginable, most of them traditional since my dad ran an Appalachian Craft Center for a National Park. There, I learned leather craft, and sewing with my mother taught me how to make a pattern. Last year when I wanted to put together a Victorian outfit like the characters in my The Luminated Threads novels, I decided on a riding outfit and wanted a leather reticule to go with it to carry my necessities. After all, I had given my heroine Annmar a leather satchel to carry her sketchbook and pencils.  

November 28, 2016

Handbag and Book with #author Merry Holly #MFRWorg #Rssos #christmasbook #holidayanthology

Handbag and Book with
Merry Holly!

I love my leather mauve Coach bag that I snagged at one of their outlets. I was having a wonderful time shopping with my niece. As we walked into the store the clerk handed us each a 25% discount coupon on any purchase. Well, I found this bag on the clearance rack with 70% already marked off. And to my delight they took the extra 25% off at the register.

There’s nothing like a good leather purse in my opinion, and I use this all year round. 

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