ThriftyThursday: beaded purses!

I almost forgot to do a thrifty post today!! Oh my goodness!!

So I found my beautiful vintage beaded purse and another not-so-vintage beaded purse to share today.  The photo’s won’t be great, as they’re taken at night here in my studio. :/

blog2011.05.12 photo001The purse on the left is not vintage but thrifted for a few dollars.  It’s not in good shape at all.  Stained on the inside and the beads on the outside have lost most of their finish.  But I got it so that I had something interesting for LARPing or Hallowe’en.

The purse on the right is a treasure.  I got it for $15 at MCC.  Which for MCC is a lot.  But so worth it and more.  I don’t know to much about it really.  The beads are metal with a 2 or 3 cut finish to give them sparkle.  I *think* the they’re made from brass (the gold coloured ones) but I’m not sure what besides steel the other 2 colours are made from.  It’s quite heavy too.  I keep meaning to graph the design.  I’m sure it’s from the 1920’s as it has an Art Nouveau feel to it.

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you can see how much of the finish is gone from the beads. I'm sure they must have been a sparkly silvertone.

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yucky inside. But that means it's good for Hallowe'en for Rhiannon.

The inside of the metal beaded one says Made in France.

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it's in good shape for being almost a hundred years old eh?

I’ve been busy today so I have a Sneak Peek for you and (drum roll puh-leeze) a FO as well!!! (…and the peasents rejoiced…)

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this idea has been kicking around in my head...and today I finally got it out of my head and done onto paper and then into beads. They'll be going into the shop!

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My Striped Shrug is finally done. It's from the May/June issue of Crochet Today! I have some issues regarding the way it "drapes" in the back (it doesn't). But I love the colours. I love the "look" (from the front). And it's easy!

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