High Heels on Ice

Saturday morning, I did a model shoot and my fashionable client gave me permission to post her shoe photos.

It’s not always easy to get a perfect shoe shot.

We collaborate, experiment, try new things and these came out nicely.

I was sporting my Dansko Confetti clogs so marvel at the design of these fancy shoes.

She walks in them with ease and elegance.

(Shot with the SONY mirrorless)

Red High Heels

Hot heels on ice.

Gray High Heels

A Repurposed Purse as a Camera Bag

(First of all I just reread the Psychology Today article on 8 Tips to Know if You’re Being Boring  by Gretchen Rubin of Happiness Project Blog )  but maybe someone has an old purse they can repurpose to hold a camera………………

What are they called in your part of the world? purse, handbag, pocketbook, tote, shoulder bag, carry-all ?

My DIL sent me a ton of links from ETSY and other places before Christmas as she knew I was looking for a cross body strap camera bag that didn’t look like a camera bag.

And there were some nice ones she found. (thanks Erika)

Her mother sent me an article with a link to camera bags created with women in mind and they were nice, too. (thanks Marlene)

But nothing seemed just right and at an affordable price.  The one I liked the best was about $325 so think again.

I have a big black padded and compartmentalized wheely backpack but it is just enormous and conspicuous.  Barely fits into the overhead on a plane, too.

This old slouchy  gray leather purse had the  lining split around the top.  I wasn’t using it as a purse anymore but the leather still seemed good.  I thought about relining it.  I thought about it so much and it seemed so tedious, I never did it!

I should have taken a before shot.  Didn’t think about photographing it until it was all stitched up!

At the local craft/fabric store I found the answer and I came right home and slipped this extra thick batting into the purse between the ripped lining and bag and then I stitched up the lining around the top with strong black thread.

And now I have a padded camera bag.  There is a zipper pocket inside which will hold camera cards or batteries nicely and there is room for a flash or an extra lens. And a top zipper is always a plus, which this bag has already.   A friend suggested treating the bag with mink oil to help moisturize the leather. It is not slouchy anymore, that’s for sure.

 

 

purse to camera bag 1

Now it stands up instead of slouches.  Grandson Michael tested it as a makeshift pillow as we sat in the bleachers, too.

I don’t know what brand the purse is originally, it has elephants all over the lining and says it was

Made in Italy.

 

purse to camera bag 2

All Things Harley-Davidson

Meet Donna.  She owns the Spirit Ready-Ride Motorcycle Boutique in Millvale PA.  The location is a repurposed church which used to be an antique store.  I saw it when I left the Millvale Post Office across the street and went in and introduced myself and Donna graciously consented to my blogging the boutique.  They don’t sell motorcycles but everything you need to go with your Harley is available and then some. Repairs is a big part of the business.  The back part of the place is the service area.

Be sure to “like” them on Facebook click here 

Going to return to Millvale soon and add a couple of photos to complete the story. Turns out I missed two important people.

Here is the comment I received from a follower of Ready-Ride :  

Hi Ruth, loved the blog on Spirit Ready Ride but was wanting to see a picture of Matt he is the main mechanic at shop and does a great job and had a big following also. Plus the other owner of the business Honey Sanford would have loved to see her on the blog also. Maybe you could stop back down or grab their pictures and write something on them also because that shop works as a team and they have a great respect and love for each other that’s why it works.  Megan Copeland

 

And yes, that is a Harley-Davidson Black Leather Couch and Easy Chair in the slideshow.

Meet Richard (from Rhodesia) an ironworker who repairs Harleys and rides.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

One photo, spot on, would be just right.  I usually have no problem choosing one image.

Until almost midnight on Monday night. Blue.

Yes, that is a leather bodice.  NYC shop window.  I was focusing on the shoes but the blue dress caught my eye when I was looking for a blue photo.