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

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Yet, Another Change Of Plans

Etsy. It keeps calling my name. I had decided to hang it up because I couldn't put the big cool stuff on there, and there were so many restrictions, and it just wasn't going in the direction I had hoped for. But, here's the thing. Last summer, I spent many nights/weekends painting and distressing pieces of cast iron. Here's a few of them, so you have an idea what I'm talking about.

Vintage Inspired/ Hand Painted/ Distressed/ Sky Blue/ Retro/ Metal Bottle Opener/ Man Cave/ Kitchen Ware/ Wall Decor
Vintage Inspired Bottle Opener
Cast Iron Vintage Inspired Lime Sherbert Gecko
Decorative Gecko
Cast Iron Vintage Inspired Hand Painted Wall Decor Anchor
Decorative Anchor
Cast Iron Vintage Inspired Hand Painted Wall Decor Hooks
Tie/Necklace Holder Hooks
This is just a few of several different cast iron items that I have and I only have about half of everything posted on there. But, I have put many hours into taking the pictures, writing the descriptions, posting it, etc... and it's just sitting in my basement. I keep thinking I should open the store to at least try and sell the cast iron. I still have a bunch to distress yet, but I should at least make an attempt to sell what is done. Right? I have other items on there too, but it's not the store I wanted it to be. So, what to do? Open a store that I'm not thrilled about or just forget it? I know if I open the store, I can "work on it," and add more items that I have yet to post, and make it better as I go. It's just gonna take time and patience. (The shipping part of it is a nightmare for me! Everything is a different weight and size...ugh!)  O.k. I think I talked myself into it. Thanks for listening! I'm gonna open the freakin' store!! But, I still have to weigh and measure everything. That could take a few years. Just kidding! Look for the store to be open....this weekend!! (But, I'm not promising. ha!)

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