Friday, 20 July 2012

Snake Purse Repair

The hand-me down snake purse from my mom has become my favourite. 

I have quite a few purses and usually try to use a different one every few days.  When I kept coming back to this one, it got me thinking why do I like it so much? What makes a great purse? 

Your must-haves for a purse might be different, but for me, I think a great purse should have the following characteristics:
  • Size: a purse should be big, not briefcase big, but big enough to hold a duo-tang - I have lots of stuff I like to carry around with me.
  • Have some outside pockets, with zippers or snaps so I can get at my transit pass, and access card without having to open the purse itself.
  • Have a zip top closure - I don't like it when things can fall out.
  • Have a few pockets on the inside - both zippered and non for pens, gum, candy and what have you
  • Be a handbag - I like the practicality of a messenger style bag, but nothing beats the look of a handbag; ideally the handles should be long enough to slip over my shoulder when I have a coat on
  • Be able to stand up to a few drops of rain - Lotusland is wet
So, when I damaged the snake purse during yesterday's fire drill, I was none too pleased:

Pink Calico: Snake Purse

Luckily the ripped piece was in the desk drawer, so I slipped it into my wallet for repair later.  I used that Weld-Bond non-toxic glue again. 

Here's the before:

Pink Calico: Snake Purse

And here's the after:

Pink Calico: Snake Purse

It's not perfect, but you have to look quite closely to see that it's been fixed! Not bad.

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4 comments:

  1. I'd say that the repair was a success...and you may have given me an idea to salvage the handle on my favorite book bag.

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    1. Hi Terri: I think it helped a lot that the purse has those textured bits - glad to have helped in salvaging your book bag. I am a little like that too, fix something until it's no longer fixable.

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  2. So glad you were ale to repair it, have one bag that tore up, it's vintage and it's falling apart, unfortunately I can't fix it so it's been sitting in my closet for the longest time.

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    1. Oh, don't you hate that Shey? Especially if it's a nice one and you don't quite know what to do with it.

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