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Monday 29 January 2018

New handbag and painted jumpsuit

My new handbag. But it only holds water. Sometimes I spend money like water, so it will feel right at home in my handbag family with my lunch bag and tool box.

I found this one in the cupboard, under a down-comforter's worth of dust and cobwebs. At first I didn't know what it was, but the handle clued me in. You can hold it as a clutch or use the cord as a strap. So convenient.

O must have secretly placed the bag in the cupboard a couple of decades ago as a gift. It's sweet touches like this that really make a marriage work.

Definitely this is my new "it" bag. It's attractive, matches everything, and is compact with enough heft to use as a lethal weapon of self-defense. Open carry. Pepper spray is illegal in Canada. We can use bear spray, but it just doesn't cut it fashion-wise compared to this clutch.

I just can't figure out how to open it. There's the teeniest tiny hole in the top; coins won't fit in there. Maybe rolled up bills, but then how would I get them out? But that's okay - we all need water. It's essential for life. And I suppose I could just tape my credit cards to the bottom and carry everything else in my pockets like it seems you have to do with many of the cute little bags out there today.

But wait a minute. Something's wrong!

I am having horrific flashbacks. I feel dizzy. I'm sensing a huge wrinkle in time. Disgusting thoughts are pressing on my brain.

There is something oddly...familiar...? 

GAAAA~!!!! What's happening to me? I'm possessed!

Psssss!!! Stay back!!

WOW. That was close!! I don't know what happened there. This handbag brings out my inner Iron Maiden! Suddenly I knew a bunch of moves I didn't even know I had!

Don't worry though. I ironed everything out. Time to chill and blow off some steam with my new bag.

Fight scenes are always hot. Hot flashes are always hot, too.

No irony here. No, really - none.

I'm wearing my JLo cap-sleeve velour jumpsuit, which I painted on. The armlets are socks. I cut the toe part open so they wouldn't be useless mittens. I bought two pairs at one time knowing I would do this. See what I mean about shopping and water? Don't worry. I have mended my ways in a very Iron Lady Thatcherish fashion.

That's all for this week. I'm going to link up with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style and her Visible Monday and Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb for her #iwillwearwhatilike. Have a stellar week everyone. I'll ask O where he bought this bag in case any of you want one too!


  1. Don't worry about asking O, because turns out my hubby secreted one in my cupboard for me under the toilet paper! He must have known I'd find it there. Aren't they just the best?!
    I like to wear mine as a belt bag, nestled nicely on my hip. Although mine seems to have sprung a leak and sprinkles me lightly with water as I walk. But that's fine because it's boiling over here right now, and it keeps my right leg nice and cool.
    Now I just need to find some painted lady socks for tattoo sleeves and I will feel as cool as you.
    Although I can't help thinking useless mittens could be rather fetching as well, and exercise the fingers!
    You're the best. xo Jazzy Jack

  2. OMG, the painted jumpsuit is toooooo staggeringly good. And I am still not sure about that new bag; it's great-looking but has the whiff of repression about it. i remember my grandma using hers to smooth out SHEETS! You're a star, xox


  3. Hey, I think I have one of those bags too! It's in a cupboard, covered in dust! I love the jumpsuit -it's very space-y and jubilant and fun. Oh, the irony of the Iron Lady. So ironic. Ironical, even.

  4. WhaawaaπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I ll bet we will see the models on the catwalks with that,,handbag,,! This will be a trendsetting item!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Great idea about the socks!

  5. woww, there was one of those bags in any cupboard at any house I've lived! ;DD
    Never been a proper Iron Lady myself!;DD
    I'm loving your jumpsuit, so cool, and those faux sleeves you made of socks, brilliant, and so useful!

  6. I think my mom might still have one of those bags!
    That jumpsuit is faboo! Awesome customization!

  7. Hilarious! Thank you for the smiles today :)))

  8. With deep fear of being chastised I must own up to being a fairly consistent fan of this archaic device. Your repurposing is boldly creative and predictably forward thinking. I must say that your novel ideas have pressed me to rethink my habitual behaviour.
    Fabulously farked jumpsuit Melanie. I appreciate you more with each post!
    Love, Jude

  9. That little "bag" of yours is in constant use with my chosen art form - quilting. And, I don't even use a modern bag ... but an old retro one with no auto shutoff.

  10. That jumpsuit is one of my favourite pieces that you created. At first glance, it doesn't register that there's a mod, long-legged dame in a mini skirt on your front. She looks like we wear the same shoe size too.

    A will of iron, that's what you have! I'm soooo im-pressed with your self-essssteam. (okay, I'll stop now) XO

  11. Armlets made of socks and other strokes of genius πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹
    LOVE this brilliant post, Iron Maiden and all.
    If I had to use an iron, I , too, would not be a happy camper, I am more of a steamer
    Kind of gal.
    You are rocking this look, iconic friend of mine ! Extra kudos for the hand painting!

  12. How thoughtful of O to hide such a thoughtful gift!! Tell you what though, between the two of you and your awesome creative skills, maybe you could work out a way to open it up and clear the insides for some carrying space? and add some suitable closure? I dare you!!!

  13. Thank you! I was wonder what that thing I found collecting dust was.

  14. The painted jump suit is excellent! As usual, you have me sniggering over your wicked sense of humour. The IRONy of it- haha!

  15. I love this whole look, it's brilliant. Is it possible that you're becoming more and more creative? And the socks to armlets thing...genius and I'm "pinching" it!

  16. Thanks for sharing your secrets. I especially like the sock arms. I try not to use my iron handbag too much. Haha

  17. Thanks for sharing your secrets. I especially like the sock arms. I try not to use my iron handbag too much. Haha

  18. Jumpsuit is ace my dear one. Handbag perfect as self defence object which is clearly what hubby intended - a sudden spray of water can be enough to put anyone at a disadvantage.

    What a ray of light you are!
    Anna x

  19. I have now caught up with you, Melanie. I love the armlets - why wear such gorgeous things down there when you can show them off up there on your arms. the handbag, I have a blue one similar... xx

  20. Whahahaa.. you are mad. Love it.


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