Howdy! Before we get started, you might want to grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine here, as I tend to ramble a bit...First of all, let me tell you a little bit about the reason for this blog in the first place. You see, I have another blog called, "365 Days Of The Year." Four years ago, I started it as a challenge to post a photo a day on it for a year, and I did! When my year was up, I thought I could just drop it, but I found I missed it. So, instead of the pressure of taking a "picture worthy picture" every day, I just started to post random thoughts and stories of my family and friends, with an occasional picture. After each year, I would have the entire year made into a hard cover book, to some day give to our son Landon. I also have a handbag business that I do on the side from my full time childcare business. Occasionally, I would post on my blog, things about purses or shows/expos that I was doing and it just didn't feel right. It was business and my blog was for family, friends, and my place to go to vent or just tell my little stories. I would also post a bit about business on facebook and that didn't feel right either. Now, I have started to dip my toes in a little crafty stuff. Nothing major, but a little something here and there and I needed a place to put it along with my purses that felt right. That place is here. Here I will post things about purses, re-purposing, flea marketing, or maybe just take you along on a few road trips with me. Wherever it takes us, I hope the trip is as much fun for you as it is for me. Ready to ride?

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I know. I know. The length of that purse site link is insane! But, when I created it, I couldn't think of anything short and cute that wasn't already taken, like... "The Swedish Cowgirl." Ha! By the way, I am 1/2 Swedish. On the other side it's a bit Heinz 57. English, Dutch, German, Irish, Chinese and Indian! My dad's side was the wild side! So, it is what it is. I am what I am.

You can also check out my facebook page, at:!/TheSwedishCowgirl?fref=ts

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Winter Projects

Last Saturday was my last purse show for the winter. After eight years of doing shows, the one thing I've learned, is that you can not count on the Good Ol' Minnesota weather to be good all winter long. Blizzards arrive, shows get canceled and you don't get your money back. It's the pits, but that's just the way it goes. So a few years ago, I stopped doing winter shows all together. So, now I have a little time on my hands, and am going to really focus on my Etsy store. It keeps changing as I go though. At first I thought I would be able to put all my cool funky junk I had on there for other people to enjoy or create something out of. But, I forgot something. It all has to be mailed. UGH! I can't ship out windows, doors, antique sewing machines, chairs, or cool little pot belly stoves. Well I could, but I don't think anyone would want to pay the astronomical shipping charges that would require! So, my plan for all the big funky junk is a weekend spent at my favorite flea market in Detroit Lakes. Shady Hollow. I know it would be a sell out and I'm excited and sad at the thought of it. I have most of the little vintage items on there already, my painted and distressed cast iron, and I added a lot of supplies. (Beads, material, etc.) I also added a few IPAD cases and Totes that might be able to stay on there as supplies for monogrammers. (Not sure, if they will let me, but I am certainly going to try it.) So, my Etsy store is all over the place and it's not sitting well with me. I don't want to open it until I am feeling better about it. I want it to be a fun shop, and a fun shop it will be. Soon. I hope. I'm always thinking, and I'm always trying new things. So, by the time I get it open, it just might be completely different than what I just told you! Guess we will both have to wait and see. But, I'm used to that and if you hang out here long enough, you will get used to it too. Welcome to my crazy life! I didn't say it was going to make sense, but I did say it would be fun! Just hang in there. It will happen. It will.

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