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?

If you would like to send a comment/question, shoot me an email at:

If you would like to check out my other blog, here is the link:

If you would like to check out my purse blog, here is the link:

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

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013

Spring Has Arrived!

Well, maybe not so much weather wise here in good ol' Minnesota...
But it has at least arrived purse wise!
Gonna put these in the store uptown on Sunday
if you want to check them out in person!
Blue Raspberry

Pink Bubblegum

Caramel Popcorn

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Thank you for bearing with me this loooong, cold, winter. I haven't been posting as often as I would like, but now that Spring is just around the corner, I'm getting my groove back and things will once again be hopping right along!! I have been selling a few purses and other fun stuff over on Ebay, and want to remind you that you can order over there too. Here is the link:

I also want to let you know that I will be closing my Etsy store. While I do love the funky junk part of my business, the Etsy store just isn't working for me. It's a lot of work, and I can only put the little stuff that can be shipped on there, and I just don't have the time to do it justice. So, I will be closing the store this week. I have also decided to sell the "junky treasures" I've accumulated, at the Shady Hallow Flea Market this Spring. (Hopefully in May! I'll keep you posted.) I am going to let someone else make something fabulous out of it all. I have found that while I like to make/re-purpose/upscale old junk, I am better at doing it when something inspires me, for me or my friends. Not on a schedule/demand for a show or a market. It took the wind out of my sails and became work instead of fun. So, I will return my focus to my first love, my purses. My funky junk love, will be my hobby to fulfil my need for fun. I truely believe in the old cliche's, "You never know until you try." and "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!!" I do believe this is my 3,577th "try" for the decade. And I'm not out of ideas yet! The ride is far from over. Yee haw!!

Have a WONDERFUL day!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Keeping Shop

After much going around and around and around....I've finally decided to put my efforts into Ebay and let Etsy slide. I don't have much in my Etsy store and what I do, really hasn't moved. I think I've had 8 or 9 sales. Not too good. I've been doing much better on Ebay and I think it's probably because the items on Ebay are new, cute and blingy! (Of course!) So, my loooong term goal is to get all my purses over to Ebay, along with all the other fun stuff, and maybe just maybe, I will be able to not have to do anymore shows. I do love my shows, but my legs are starting to protest those 6 to 8 hour stand fests! So, if you feel like doing a little shopping, check out my little store. (And feel free to share the links with your friends!) It has a long ways to go, but I try and put a little bit in there each night and slowly but surely it will get there. Baby steps...

Here is the link to the Ebay store:

Here is the link to the Etsy store, although I am not sure how much longer it will be up and running...

Happy Browsing!!

Bling Bling

Got a little bling put up in the Ebay house tonight. It's coming along, bit by bit, baby steps...

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Got a few blingy belts and flipflops over in the Ebay house...Just a few. It's getting there one piece at a time! Actually, it's here. In my own house. But, getting the pictures taken and posted and writing the descriptions and figuring out the shipping....well, that's a whole 'nother job in itself! But, I won't give up and I'll keep on truckin'! Bear with me. Good things come to those who wait. (And work! ha!) Have a WONDERFUL day!