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August 5, 2007

In love again, naturally…

Filed under: Book Bags, Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:19 am

Good morning readers.

Yesterday was a day of going to the farmers market, the grocery store, making fish tacos with homemade tortillas and watching movies all afternoon. Basically I was kind of lazy all day.

So, I’m watching the movie Catch and Release and Jennifer Garner’s character has this cool looking messanger bag on her shoulder for a good two thirds of the movie. 

I’m such a bag wh*re. Everytime I get a new bag and think “this it it I found the perfect bag” another bag will catch my eye and before I know it I’m enamoured and I just have to have it.

 Screen grab from Catch and Release

I now have a big crush on that bag and since there is probably no way to track one down I’m going to attempt make my own bag in a similar style. I’ve been searching around for messenger bag patterns but will probably make my bag more like a schoolbag.

It will be made of canvas instead of leather like the one in the movie and it will have leather or cloth trim. The bag will have two pockets on the front with velcro closures and a leather carrying strap with buckles like the one in the movie. I’ve even thought of buying a canvas messanger bag from the Army Navy store and reworking the whole thing but I think it will be easier to start from scratch. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

Of note…

Check out the web site of caligrapher and book artist Beth Lee. There are examples of some of the beautiful books that she has made.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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July 10, 2007

Tuesday morning musings and the perfect bag redux…

Filed under: Book Bags, Morning Musings — jackie @ 7:43 am

Good morning readers.

Yesterday was another Hot Humid Hazy and did I say HOT? day here in Va. Beach. Yesterday I also found out someone stole my business check card info and tried to buy some stuff in my name on the QVC site Saturday evening. Kudos go to QVC for figuring out there something was wrong and closing the account and canceling the order. Which means neither myself or the bank is out any money. I did close out the card and am getting a new one. I don’t use that card much so I’m assuming someone at one of the places I used it last week snatched my info.

So you say you want to get organized? What better way to do it than with a handmade organizer. There are several sites that are very helpful in leading you down the path to self organization.

A great site for information and downloads for creating your own PDA is D*I*Y Planner. There is lots of information and downloadable planner pages on this site. From the site…We are a community of people who see the value of paper as a medium for planning, productivity, creative expression, and exploring ideas. We encourage visitors to share advice and inspiration, and we love to see submissions for templates, kit images and story articles. We are also the official home of the free D*I*Y Planner kits.

If you want to go smaller than a traditional PDA, check out the Pocket Mod site. From the site…The PocketMod is a new way to keep yourself organized. Lets face it, PDAs are too expensive and cumbersome, and organizers are bulky and hard to carry around. Nothing beats a folded up piece of paper. That is until now. With the PocketMod, you can carry around the days notes, keep them organized in any way you wish, then easily transfer the notes to your PDA, spreadsheet, or planner.

Now that you’ve got your planner made, you’ll need to brush up on your skills for staying organized. Here a website to help you in your quest. 43 Folders is a website about personal productivity, “life hacks,â€? and simple ways to make your life a little better.

Mind rattle alert… ;)

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April 26, 2007

The perfect bag…

Filed under: Book Bags, Morning Musings — jackie @ 7:24 am

Good morning readers…

It’s overcast and chilly here in Va. Beach this morning. All the critters have been fed and the humans have had at least one cup of coffee. You can see photos of my critters over on my sadly neglected photo blog

So… you can’t talk about journaling and books without talking about the perfect bag/satchel to carry your journals and books in.

I have been on a quest for the perfect carryall bag for years. I have tried many diff. styles and types of bags and while they each have thier own appeal none of them held my interest for very long. I quess you might say I’m a bit fickle when it comes to bags.

My latest bag is a sling type bag that I aquired at the craft store AC Moore for about $9.00 US right before the Holidays. I like it’s ergodynamic shape but it’s lacking some amenities such as more than two pockets and enough space for my camera as well as journal, wallet, ditty bag, etc. Here’s a pic of it.

My current bag

Ever since seeing the film The Ninth Gate. I have been looking around for a canvas bag like the one the character Corso carries in the film. It’s a generic sort of canvas schoolboy/messager bag. This is the best photo I could find of it.


It looks like it has two pockets on the front with leather straps and buckles to hold down the top flap and leather trim. I’m not sure why I am so enamoured of it. Perhaps it’s because he kept pulling that wonderful looking old leather book out of it all through the movie. I’m thinking that I’ll have to make myself a leather journal to carry around in my new bag.

There are tons of bags somewhat similar to this one on the army surplus sites. One that looks interesting is this one.

One of the bags I’ve been eyeing is a Brady fishing bag. Unfortunately they are way out of my price range starting at somewhere above $200 US. Used ones can be had on Ebay but are still pricey and most are only being sold in the UK.

Another bag that is similar to the Brady bag but geared towards photographers is The Billingham Bag. The Billinghams can be used as a field bag if you take the insert out. The price range starts around $170 US.

Filson has some cool looking field bags but they are still a bit pricey. Not as high as the two above tho. Here’s one I like that you can get off of Ebay for around $135 US.

Filson Bag

Orvis has a nice field bag on sale for $49. It’s the 100th anniversary edition of thier Battenkill bag.


I recently won an auction for a Brady bag look alike on Ebay. I haven’t gotten it yet so I’m not sure if it will be exactly what I am looking for tho I like that I only paid about $14 with shipping for it. Here is a photo of it.

Brady look alike

I’ve also got my eye on a used leather bag but I’m not sure I want to spend the bucks for it. I know…it’s a sickness.

So…I’m wondering what your perfect bag is. Feel free to comment here or surf on over to the forum and let us know.

I hope everyone has a great day. 

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