Hi y'all. I thought I'd break my blog silence by talking about a few things I might buy. One thing I have to buy (and look forward to buying) is a gift for Henry's EIGHTH birthday. I remember 8 so clearly: it was the year I got glasses, broke my arm, learned long division, disliked my teacher, started German, cut off my long hair / got a sweet bowl cut, and wore ribbon barrettes that I made myself. Henry wants a satin bomber jacket, which I would also have enjoyed at that age, the better to play "bike gang" with. This game basically just involved describing our imaginary outfits in detail, and then riding bikes around the derelict tennis courts at the bottom of the hill. Once on one of these outings, my friend Holly pooped her pants and it was a manageable enough incident that she just chucked the turd over the fence. Could I be making that up? The memory is so clear to me, but it seems more like something my brother would have done. He was notorious for being too fixated on playing outside to pause for necessities like bathroom breaks. One time he peed and/or pooped his pants and came walking home with his shorts hanging off the end of a plastic baseball bat over his shoulder, like a preschool hobo.
Anyway, Henry may be getting a little Nintendo thingy from us. This is probably going to require buying one for Jude too. Which we're happy to do, as I so remember the potential emotional pitfalls of having a sibling close in age who liked the same stuff and who might feel dejected about someone else's birthday present. You know how that goes.
Aside from that, I have been shopping for bags on Etsy because I can never find anything I like in the thrifts and I want something high quality and straightforward and would rather give my money to someone toiling in a Pittsburgh studio than, you know, a department store. But oh sweet jebus, have you done a bag search on Etsy? People are so bad at tagging their stuff, and there are so many urrrgly bags. Also many that I suspect are not at all handmade (or at least, not handmade by the seller), and are merely "customized." Sigh. Here are some contenders (clicking on the pics will take you to the listings):
Pros: Minneapolis seller, rad colors, vegan.
Cons: Too damn big.
Pro: She will custom size!
Also good, by the same seller:
Pros: Colors, dude.
Cons: The strap is too thin for a bag that big. I mean as soon as I put a full water bottle in there, it would be slicing into my shoulder.
Pros: Pittsburgh seller, classic design, yellow on the inside, multifunctional.
Cons: Possibly boring.
Pros: I love the design of the bag--I mean how it's put together. There might be better examples in her shop, but I couldn't decide.
Cons: Looks a bit like an Urban Man-bag, has to come all the way from Portugal.
Pros: A great basic, it's called "Croissant," excellent shape.
Cons: Something in me obviously likes a brown canvas bag and yet fears that I will be bored by it. And it's another airmail jobby, from UK this time.
I also like this one of hers:
Honestly, all of her bags are pretty great.
As you can see, I am having a hard time balancing a need for versatility with a need for something interesting. But let me tell you, when you start looking at patterned and multicolored bags on Etsy, it becomes an absolute minefield of cutesy bullcrap and coordinating dots and florals. I sincerely apologize if these are things you hold dear; they are just so not me.
So then for a palate cleanser I look at rings. I'm obsessing over rutilated quartz right now. And green things.
Naturally, this one is sold. It was also a custom order and way out of my price range. But I love everything this seller does. I am wearing one of her rings right now, in fact.
This one I can actually afford.
It is only a matter of time before I nab something from this shop. Like for example this green onyx ring.
I've also been following this seller for awhile. I love the rough, raw gemstones she uses. I mean check out this lapis lazuli:
I'll save the rough diamonds for another post. I'm basically just procrastinating on work stuff I was going to get done this weekend, anyway.