Sylvia McDaniel, prolific author of contemporary and western romances, said she would love to be on #HandbagMonday. Let's hear her story:
If we were going to talk about shoes, I’d be thrilled. Fall is here and I’m so ready to dig out my boots. Handbags are fun, but I’m really not all that into purses. I’m picky about the one I’m carrying, but more than anything I’m looking for a bag that is not too big and has all the pockets inside that I want. I usually buy one bag and carry it until I wear it out.
The last two years I’ve bought leather handbags at the State Fair of Texas. I went back to the same vendor this year, specifically to buy a black leather purse like the red and brown I’d purchased from him before, but he didn’t have a black one. So I came home without one this year.
Back in the summer I splurged and bought myself a Vera Bradley bag and it’s become my favorite. I love the inside. There are a lot of pockets, which means I can place my cell phone, my credit card holder and my sunglasses in their own slot. The purse is large enough to hold my Kindle and opens up very wide, which is really nice. I can locate what I need without having to dig into a bottomless pit.
Recently, my mother gave me this purse. A family member is making them using can tabs. She crochets the can tabs into a pattern. It’s a lovely purse and I like it because it’s unique. Just about everyone in our family is carrying one right now and she makes these in several different colors. Inside the purse there is a silk lining with three pockets on the inside.
This summer we went to the Dallas Arboretum and I found a straw purse there for twenty dollars that I fell in love with. I had just bought the Vera Bradley purse, but I had to have this one. It’s turquoise and it’s beautiful. My only complaint is that you can’t open it more than about two inches wide.
While I’m not into handbags like Vicki, I do like to find handbags at unusual places. I keep thinking I’m going to buy myself a Coach bag and then I look at my other bags and think why? I like what I have.
Where was the most unusual place you found a handbag?
Wow, Sylvia, thanks for sharing about your bags. I've seen the vendor with the handbags at the Fair, and like you, I look for unique ones. That's probably when I tend to buy vintage. the crocheted piece is quite cool. You have to admire someone who can make something special out of can tabs. Rock on!
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Update on Paris needlepoint bag: Week 2
As you can see, I got quite a bit done.
I've been hearing "red sky?" That's pretty funny. In the past ones I've seen, the background has been orange, turquoise, sage. And yes, blue. But I do not have a red bag. So red it is. The thread is incredible to work with, too.