• Only 23 Shopping Days Until Christmas (and only 10 until Hanukkah…)

    NaBloPoMo Daily Mitzvah: Today I got home from work in an overall cranky mood. It was not pretty. It’s rainy, gross, and I got home later than expected.  Fortunately, The Calmer was waiting with open arms and hugs galore.  All I wanted to do was collapse on the couch and do nothing. I am sure you all know the feeling.  But, as I’m putting my things away I notice my cat Vincent sneaking over to the dish where his laser pointer toy resides. This kitty LOVES laser pointers. And when he wants to play he let’s you know.

    *jingle jingle*

    As his paw reaches into the dish.

    I take one look and sigh.

    *jingle jingle*

    Most cranky tired days I would’ve just walked away. Sat on the couch and relaxed.  I would’ve waited for him to get bored. He usually won’t obsess over the laser toy too long and if we don’t  play he’ll move along to something else.

    Today, instead of moving on I walked over and picked up the toy. And we played for a solid 15 minutes. Cat #2 Ebony even joined in on the fun. I am sure I made them both the happiest cats in the whole world today, just because I took 15 minutes out of my tired, cranky day and spent some quality time playing lasers .

    And amazingly I am now no longer tired or cranky! That’s the power of mitzvah.

    Now onto the important topic at hand….

    I know it’s been awhile since I posted one of my holiday gift ideas. And time is quickly running out! How are you all doing with your holiday shopping? Are you done yet? I am happy to report that my shopping is almost complete.  But for those of you still looking for suggestions I’ve got a great one today!

    One of my biggest accessory obsessions is handbags.  Just ask The Calmer. He’ll tell you, I have waaay to many. If I even utter the word handbag he goes from calm to concerned instantaneously. So it was no surprise that the moment I purchased my dslr back in June that I would go immediately out and find the perfect bag to carry it around in. It actually took a few weeks but I finally found exactly what I was looking for.

    This is the Milly bag from Wicked Stitch Designs. Custom designed by me and made by the talented Alida, founder of Wicked Stitch Designs.  My Milly bag is one of the smallest of her soft camera bags. For now it suits my needs. The bag has a clickable clasp on the front and opens up to one large pocket to hold my camera and two smaller pockets for accessories. I am easily able to carrly my dslr, a backup lens, and accessories (back up memory card, remote, memolio sample books, etc…). There is also an open back pocket where I can throw my keys, cell phone or whatever else I need to carry on the go. Many days this bag serves as my camera case and purse. It’s so stylish and versatile, I love it!

    The best thing about the bags at Wicked Stitch Designs are the number of options for customization. From large bags to small, rugged to soft, padded or zippered you can have it all! AND, you get to pick your fabric color from the Wicked Stitch site and fabric patter from Equilter.com. The options are endless!

    On my wish list now is this more rugged and padded bag from her etsy shop.

    Click here to see the coveted wish list bag.

    I love the pattern and it’s even ready to ship (…so if anyone is looking for a gift idea *hint hint*)

    Go now and check Wicked Stitch Designs out.  You won’t be disappointed.  But, If you’re hoping to get one of these fantastic bags for the holidays you better hurry! All custom orders must be placed on the website by this Friday December 4th in order to have your bag arrive in time for Christmas.

    Happy shopping!

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    CatinaDecember 2, 2009 - 5:04 pm

    Gosh – I am just LOVING your holiday pictures – another gorgeous picture to add to yesterday's. There's just something about the greens and golds and reds and sparkles… great shot! And you're really inspiring me to start a blog… I'm fighting it (because the last thing I need is another thing to add to the minutes of the day) but every time I read your blog I think about it some more!

    curiousillusionDecember 2, 2009 - 7:57 pm

    Really nice pic today Beryl, perfectly holiday themed!*crossing fingers that a similar bag is heading my way for Christmas*

    mycognitivedistortionDecember 2, 2009 - 9:02 pm

    Now I want a bag… does it matter that I don't have a spiffy camera to go in it????

    heatherdyanDecember 2, 2009 - 9:07 pm

    what a great shot of vincent with all of that yummy christmas tree bokeh! i'm such a cat person — my girl, sophie, can completely snap me out of a funk with just a look — they're such sweet creatures. glad you were feeling better after some play with the laser pointer 🙂

    KalaDecember 3, 2009 - 12:52 pm

    Love the christmas tree bokeh in the photo as well as the tilted angle. And your cat is posing very nicely in this shot. 🙂

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