Franken-purse: Brought back to life!

Oct 12, 2011

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fix it with embroidery threadHey Internet. Poorhouse update. I bought this purse awhile back at Housing Works for a few rubles and while I’m almost positive it was some “free gift with purchase” kind of bag that was then relegated to the donate pile. I love it so. It’s woven straw, with gold threading and shiny hardware. Plus it’s the perfect size. Not too big, not too small, and the shoulder/armpit comfort ratio is just right. Goldilocks. Is. Jealous!

Then one day I noticed a small tear…

Probably from trying to lug around my ancient heavy 2006 Macbook so I can edit photos during my lunch break. Instead of fixing it right away, I ignored the problem until it ripped almost the entire way around the purse sending me into a tailspin of depression and tears never before witnessed by the hand-holding-man-friend whereupon I shook my fist at the sky and screamed “Why can’t I just have nice things?!?!!??!!?” So. Sad. I had to carry my old cross body purse for a whole weekend which makes me feel like I am being strangled by faux cheap leather. A normal person would have thrown in the towel at this point and just gotten a new purse. But I liked this one so much, plus I’m saving my rubles for a new winter coat remember?

Because I am becoming a master of the poorness I fixed it myself. A little bit of embroidery thread leftover from a long abandoned string art project and a few X stitches in a row around the bag, and in the time it took me to half judge watch Dancing with the Stars I had a working purse again! I think I love it even more now, you know that whole handmade personalized look is really in these days. Maybe I’ll Google around on my “search engine” of choice {Pinterest} for a fun pattern and go whole hog and make something really fancy. Cheers!

P.S. What do you guys think? Where do you fall in the spectrum of consumer goods? Cheap/disposable/instant-gratification vs. More expensive/higher-quality/longer-lasting. Jules over at Pancakes and French Fries is doing a whole 31 days of blogging about her attempt to live a “William Morris Lifestyle” and I was inspired by her post about bringing an old leather purse back to life. It’s definitely food for thought, and while I lament about my poorness from time to time, there is a certain peace and simplicity in living with fewer things and less “stuff.”

Let’s talk. Leave your two cents in the comments below.

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Panda October 12, 2011 at 9:58 am

You could resurrect the string art project on the purse!

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B.Strave October 12, 2011 at 10:24 am

I like where your head’s at! That. Would. Be. Epic.

sibylle October 13, 2011 at 10:11 am

hm, I think I often like to change things and i like to have a lot of different things, so this makes me a Cheap/disposable/instant-gratification person, in fact I rather DIY it, an even faster gratification;-)

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B.Strave October 13, 2011 at 10:49 am

I think thats why I started DIYing a lot of stuff in the first place. I couldn’t justify spending lots of money on something I might end up being over in a couple months. Or worse, spending a million dollars on something I’d have to tweak to really love anyway. Start from scratch and you’re in control?

lesley October 13, 2011 at 6:08 pm

I was having a dilemma today, as I tried to spend the $100 bonus my boss gave me for celebrating 2 years in NYC (I think this was his way of conning me into not quitting). I told myself I was going to go shopping for fall clothes, because I hate shopping and never do it, therefore I don’t have much to wear. I thought to myself, “Do I go to a nice store and get only a few pieces that will last a long time, but also be noticed if I wear them several times a month? Or do I go the cheap route and get many basic items that might be plain, but that I would get more use out of?” I ended up trying on a million things at Daffy’s, only to be dismayed that the cheap fabrics made me look fat, and, well, cheap. I resigned myself to Target, where I fit into extra-smalls, and bought 2 sweaters, 2 cardigans, a tank and a long sleeve shirt for just over $100. I might not be a fashionista (yes, I went there), but I feel better about my wardrobe now.

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B.Strave October 14, 2011 at 9:40 am

Gurl. I wear the same thing everyday :-) Basics are where its at. I think of it more like an office “uniform.” If I wear a different scarf/necklace/bracelet/nailpolish. I consider it a whole new outfit. Added bonus if I wear lip gloss or eyeliner. Then I’m down right fancy and it must be date night. Or I’m extra tired, that’s a habit left over from OCU days…

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