Friday Favorites: Glittersweet Bags

This is an old post – the bags are great


A friend of mine is a very talented bag designer. When I originally heard that Laura made bags using glitter vinyl, I have to admit that all I heard was “vinyl” and was very sceptical about these bags looking any good. I am very pleased to say that I was so wrong! On seeing her bags I immediately fell in love with the orange glitter vinyl and ordered the bag you see in the photo above.

A few months later Laura and I spoke about designing a bag for me with a penguin on the front. We settled on the penguin image I use on the back of greeting cards that I make. Laura mocked-up the image for me and then encouraged me to try the new design of bag she was experimenting with, the zipper and single ribbon strap as opposed to the snap button and double handles design…

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Profiles of my Ancestors – 1 – My Great Great Grandfather James Miller

My Great Great Grandfather James Miller was born in Dummerston Vermont in 1783, late in the 18th century, His early were spent in Dummerston and he married there in 1806. It was from Dummerston that he and his wife and. their 4 children emmigrated to Ohio in.18.14 or 1815,, approximately a 6 week journey. The young family settled in central Ohio in Licking County on the Licking River. James and Sarah’s family increased with the birth of 9 more children. My grandfather Charles Dana Miller was the 12th born in 1836.

Years Ago……….

Years ago in the late 1960’s we moved to Dublin in Ireland. We were newly married and expecting our first child. As an enthusiastic reader, I got hooked on reading about English history, in the form of the books by Jean Plaidy. Now 50 plus years later I find myself hooked on a history reading spree again. This time the author is Phillippa Gregory and I am reading about the Tudors and the Plantagenets. We are now living in Seattle, Washington, far from the British Isles, but my interest in that far Northwest corner of Europe is enduring. After all we came from there, recently and my ancestors 400 years ago.

One source of information
Stamp collecting – a pastime closely related to history
My big red stamp album from the 1940’s

Peter’s Pondering Pipes #5

A taste of piping- enjoy.

Peter's pondering

This is the fifth post in the series. Previous posts can be found by clicking on#PETER’S PONDERING PIPES.

We have moved from Ireland, via Northumberland, Wales, and now move down to Cornwall.

I am learning as much about pipes as you are so I shall ask an expert, Dr Merv Davey, to tell us a little about Cornish Pipes. Every 5th May might be the only time of year you get to hear any Cornish being spoken, so remember to join in and say Gool Peran Lowen (Happy St Piran’s Day) to your nearest and dearest each year!

Another name that constantly crops up when researching bagpipes is Julian Goodacre. He is a maker and researcher of the historical bagpipes of the British Isles, and is based in Peebles, Scotland. He has particularly specialised in reviving the extinct English bagpipes, Scottish bagpipes, and Cornish bagpipes.

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Trumbull – Dear Lad (2) – Christmas Visitors and Happenings – December 24, 1939

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons


The house is quiet here now as everyone who has skates has gone out to find a frozen pond. Ced, who has no skates anyway, is working on his car. Incidentally, I have bought him a pair of skates with your Christmas money and Dick a pair of skis.

While we were at dinner the phone rang and Dave, who answered it, reported that the American Railway Express in Bridgeport had a box of fruit from Florida consigned to us and asked if we were coming down to get it. With the possibility that we might stop in there when we went down for Elsie (Duryee, Grandpa’s sister) we said maybe, but no one has gone down yet, so we don’t know who sent it to us and will have to wait now until Tuesday to find out.

Mack has just come in and squatted down near this machine…

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