First of all, apologies for the lack of posting recently. Like many others I have been hit by the January apathy and have been unable to motivate myself to blog and combined with the chaos which my life has recently descended into it has meant a distinct lack of posts.
Thank you to everyone who gave me congratulations on my engagement – I am really happy about it!
And thirdly, welcome to all of you who have trundled over here from Hawthorn Hill – I hope you like it here – please leave me a comment to say hello!
So, onto the subject of my post.
As you know from my previous post about supporting small businesses I like to buy things from individuals wherever possible and so when my trusty handbag of over 10 years finally gave up the ghost I decided to treat myself to a high quality decent bag. I am hard on my things – I don’t mean to be, I am just clumsy and somewhat rough with things, so high quality it is and I will always prefer to save for something and to spend more money on it if it will last.
Some time ago I came across this marvellous shop Fairysteps and immediately fell in love with everything in it. So I decided to get a bag from Ren there. I debated long and hard (seriously, I dread to think of the number of hours I have spent mooning around in her online shop) and measured everything I wanted to go into it. When I got it, the bag wasn’t quite big enough for what I wanted and so I emailed Ren and explained. And do you know what – she was amazing, ever so sweet and helpful. When I suggested that I would love the same bag in a bigger version she said she would make it for me. And so she did – the details and photos are on her blog here.
I love it – it can fit so much stuff in – I even took a photo for her – which she then put on her blog in a post called ‘Inside the tardis’!
So, as you can see, it fits a lot into it, including a Fairysteps purse and a dimple pouch and the bag from cre8tive mama to keep my flannel wipes in (which double as extremely luxurious hankys!). Ren also has her own ethical policy, which is another reason why I chose to buy from her.
Every where I go I get loads of compliments, as it is really unusual and wonderful. I love my new bag – the quality is amazingly high and I can see this bag getting better and better as it ages.
What is your favourite independent buy?