Tag Archives: Clay


13 Mar

A little less than two years ago I made a post stating the five types of bags you need . Today I discuss five SLG’s (small leather goods) as they are referred to in the luxury community that if you have will round out your bags and accessories collection. As always, this is by no means an exhaustive list, just a guide to help you pick your smaller goods. Also, this is my opinion and something I consider a staple you may not ever see the need for or vice versa and that’s okay.

So, first matter of business: “What IS an SLG exactly?” Well, as the name states it is a small leather good and that means anything that is not considered a handbag or luggage; items that are usually smaller than those . Secondly, let’s address the elephant in the room: NO, a “small leather good” doesn’t need to be made of actual leather. It can be made of vegan leather, coated canvas and numerous other fabrics so if you don’t want to use animal based products or can’t fit leather items into your budget right now you can still form your SLG collection.

The last thing I want to mention is something you’ll notice in the pics I’ve used. Everything has colour (primarily pink). Now I am 110% a black bag kind of girl because it goes with everything but I feel that with these smaller items you can really explore colour and patterns even if your larger pieces are more neutral.

So, let’s begin:


Coin Pouch by FOSSIL $38 US

A coin purse is perfect for holding small but bulky things that jingle: coins (of course), keys and small cosmetic items like lip balm.


Fleming Stud Slim Card Case by Tory Burch in Shell Pink $138 US

This is an absolute MUST for me. A card case holds all those cards we seem to have these days but because its so slim it can fit into even the smallest of bags. I often use a card case instead of a wallet whenever I’m on vacation carrying around smaller bags.


Stella Logo Pouch in pink by Stella McCartney $365

A pouch, sometimes called a toiletry pouch or clutch is something I consider a cross over item because of it’s versatility. One of these bad girls can be used as an evening bag one day then filled up with cosmetic items and tossed into your handbag the following morning. I have also been known to use pouches as pencil cases or to pack small clothing items when traveling.

FUN FACT: Stella McCartney (design brand whose pouch is featured here) is a Vegetarian brand using Alter-Nappa and Polyurethane to produce their leather like items


Le Foulonne zip around wallet by Longchamp in pink $295US

I’m sure I don’t need to explain why you need a wallet, lol, but for clarity purposes; a wallet is your home base for smaller accessory pieces. You keep your bills, some coins and all your cards there for everyday use.


Clutch Wristlet by Coach in Fuschia and Pewter $195US

For me, a wristlet is that final piece of the SLG puzzle. I think every single use of a wristlet can be interchanged with one of the other pieces already listed: you can keep cards in it, small cosmetic items, keys etc. But that’s just it, it can be a bit of a work horse serving multiple purposes plus the added benefit of being compact and able to be hooked around the wrist for a true hands free experience.

So those are the SLGs or small accessories I think you need in your collection. Which pieces do you already have and is there anything different you would have chosen?

Thanks for reading an have an awesome day!

The Gift of Thrift-Jewellry Holder DIY

26 Jan

Hello all,

I hope the new year is going okay for everyone so far. Mine has not been without some excitement (i.e drama) but I’m (mostly) always grateful to be alive and healthy.

Tonight I’m blogging about some DIY-ing I did a little while back. I’ve always been a bit of a DIY-er, even before I knew that term existed. Now I embrace the culture, I love it! As I mentioned in an earlier post I have taken to making many of the gifts I give, mostly because I love doing it and feel it’s more personal but also because when done with a bit of thought, it’s actually cheaper than most store bought stuff.

2 Christmases ago, I gave 3 of my female friends jewelry holders that I made and decorated myself.


If only I had anticipated all that time ago that I’d blog about this someday then maybe I would have whipped out my camera and taken shots from start to finish, but alas I did not. So I’ll show you what I have:

I used clay (as in real clay from the earth- which I bought not personally dug up or anything) Any durable variant of modeling clay found in a craft store should do.



Here is where the pictures (mercifully) begin:


Those are my pieces of clay and a bowl of water for working with. The first thing I had to do was knead the clay relentlessly in order to make it easy to work with and more importantly remove all the air bubbles which if left, would compromise the integrity of the piece once dry.

Then I rolled the clay into long cylindrical pieces and coiled them while scoring the edges to form the shape I wanted.

After that, using my fingers and some water I smoothed and smoothed until the surface was….well..smooth. Then I let them dry (I left them for months but it only took a few weeks). Whatever material you use, make sure it’s completely dry before proceeding to the next step:

Many moons later when I was ready for them I got back out my now very dry handmade jewelry holders (at a cost of mere cents each) and got ready to make them special.




If you know a bit about clay you’ll realise I didn’t have them fired (it’s still brown and not red) and that’s okay. Firing isn’t necessary for small items like this (and it’s costly unless you have your own kiln and you’re doing these in bulk), once they’re completely dry, it’s fine.

Using acrylic paint, I first painted it white as a base coat, since whatever colour I put over it I want to stand out.


I then painted the outside and all the edges of the compartments black for some contrast to the bright colours I then painted each compartment. I went with a kind of abstract-esque mexican inspired colour scheme but feel free to use whatever colours or style tickles your fancy.





Each compartment was a different vibrant colour.


The full view of the finished product.





I went for more geometric patterns with these ring holders painting them colours I thought suited the personality of the recipients.

These gifts were beautiful,imperfect,functional,appreciated and one of a kind. And the cherry on top is that they literally cost me under $1 US in materials-very much in keeping with my life on a budget. As for the labour, well it was a labour of love.

I hope this post inspires any DIY-ers looking for something fun,useful and thrifty to give as gifts or even for yourself.

Have an awesome day!

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