January 31, 2018:

Hola!

Today is the Super Duper Blue Red Full Eclipse Partial Eclipse Moon, depending on where you may be viewing from.

Three years ago this day was my last day of working and I retired after 46 years of full-time work. I've enjoyed every single moment of my retirement since then - three years and hoping for twenty more, we'll see how things go...

February and March can be cruel months in southeastern Wisconsin where I live. January itself was nutso here weather-wise, with two separate thaws. I don't ever remember getting two January thaws before, and many years none happened at all.

Before I know it I'll be headed to Las Vegas to visit my friends and celebrate some sunshine and warm weather, and see a show (I always try to squeeze one in). Meanwhile, I am continuing, slowly, to make this smaller retirement ranch into a home that makes me smile in every room. I still have lots to do, including major painting projects. I keep putting them off. Seems at 66 I'm not so keen on painting as I was at 36. Gee, I wonder why...

Jan

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Five Accessories: Beneficial to the Makers and Eco-Friendly Too!

While doing yet more putzing around with Christmas decorations -- this time arranging faux-presents under the tree to cover up the bare tree "stem" until it disappears underneath my new-this-year "velvet" and "silk" tree skirt -- I had the t.v. on to some home-improvement program or other and caught mention of "Five," custom-made eco-friendly handbags.  I looked up in time to see a couple of really interesting looking handbags made out of bamboo and coconut!

So, now I've just gobbled down lunch (these days I have to remind myself to eat, I'm so busy doing other things!) I took a few moments to find them on the internet:

Five Accessories sells more than just eco-friendly handbags, but these handbags - LOVE!  Here are just a few -- for yourself and for budget-friendly gifts for your special friends.  These are just the most unique products and the coolest designs!
Brown coconut shell clutch: small size 6" x 8": $35; 10" x6": $40
and 12" x 6": $45 (satin lining)
 
Bamboo 1/2 moon jewel clutch: $25 (on sale)
for large size (12" x 6").  Small size (6" x6") also on sale for $20!!!

Check out some of this uber-unique jewelry!
 
Wooden bracelet is constructed with wavy wooden pieces
and held together with elastic and small beads in-between.
           A perfect rare statement piece! On SALE from $15 to $10.           
 
Brown and white mother of pearl shell bangle bracelet, from
the Bali Collection.  On sale for $10 (regularly $15).
Lots of other beautiful things in their design lines.  Best of all, not only are they eco-friendly, they also work with local crafts-people and a portion of the purchase price goes to assist local development, as well as providing the crafts-people with a much-needed source of income.  We need more businesses like this, so please, support Five Accessories if you can, with a purchase or two :)

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