Quick Bites from Pender

A Long Justification for Buying a New Bag

In Island Life on December 13, 2009 at 6:01 am

Everyone knows the rule right?  You never buy anything for yourself in December.  It’s hard and fast — it simply isn’t done.  Apparently, someone forgot to tell Howard.

I sat down beside him the other night, only to find him madly clicking around Amazon, throwing a PS3 and accessories into his cart with careless abandon.  I tried to stall him.  Really I did.  “Maybe they’ll go on sale on Boxing Day?” as well as, “Oooh, I don’t know sweetie — the Visa has taken a bit of a hit this month — the charge may not go through.”

He looked at me with glazed, unblinking eyes — it was too late — he was in the zone. The blinders were on and his pointer was hovering over “PLACE YOUR ORDER.”  I had to do something, and fast.

“STOP!  Wait a second,” I implored while stomping downstairs to retrieve the box. When I returned, I stood in front of him, face grim, holding out the huge (unwrapped) box unceremoniously.  “Here.  Merry Christmas.”  (pout)

“What?  Oh — NO WAY — You’re the best babe!  Games, Blu-Ray movies, let’s set it up right now!”

“Not so fast — you got yours.  Fair’s fair.  I want mine.”

And with that, our Christmas gift exchange was over.  We still have the get parties and family meals to look forward to, but the whole no-shopping-for-yourself thing is moot now, right?  RIGHT?

That’s what I thought.

ferry-to-saltspring

slow boat to giftware

With that in mind, I met my mom on the ferry last Monday, and we went over to neighbouring Salt Spring Island.  Salt Spring is the biggest island in the Gulf Islands, with a population of just over 10,000 full-time residents.  A veritable metropolis, compared to little Pender, population 2,200.  They even have a Town Centre.

We went over to see WinterCraft. Mom was looking for a wall quilt, and I was really just along for the ride.  But then I saw this:

shoulder-bag-from-deconstructed-man's-jacket

it's a bag, baby!

Made by a local artist who also has an Etsy store. Made from a deconstructed men’s jacket, it has an inside pocket, an outside pocket, and a removable flower pin. When I slung the bag over my shoulder and gazed into the mirror, it looked like it had always been there.  And now it is.

And that kids, is the story of how Theresa got her new bag.

If you are looking to do some shopping for gifts (or for yourself), then please check out my Gift Guides.  Happy shopping!

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  1. You never, EVER, need to justify a new bag!

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