Friday, January 9, 2009

Fashion Friday: My New Treasures

As you might remember, due to snow, I just celebrated Christmas with my family this past Saturday. A few of my gifts fit nicely into a Fashion Friday post so I thought I would share them with you!

The first gift is a green camouflage baseball cap, with a green crystal cross on it, which I am wearing above. I always wear baseball caps when working with my horse. I wish I was more comfortable wearing cowboy hats!

I have long hair and a few bangs and I have to keep my hair off my face when I'm riding, it drives me crazy. It also keeps the rain and the sun out of my eyes.

I also have to tell you about the necklace. It was a gift to myself. Doesn't everyone do that around the holidays? I have seen these dog tag necklaces, in various forms and styles, the past few years. Then a month ago, I found a blank stainless steel dog tag for $6.99 on clearance at a discount store. I was so excited! I took it to a watch shop that does engraving. I had "O! For a Horse with Wings!" engraved on the front. The engraver chose a great font to go with the Shakespearean quote. It cost me an arm and a leg but I love how it turned out. On the back of the tag, I had my horse's name engraved. It was hard to get you a good close-up picture of the engraving as the dog tag is so reflective.

Now, for the fun part. As a Christmas gift, I found a jewelry company online and had similar dog tag necklaces designed for Paint Girl and my mom! I had them choose from a list of short horsey quotes, but didn't tell them why. They chose To Ride a Horse is to Ride the Sky, and Horses Lend us the Wings We Lack. I had their quote engraved on the front and their horse's names on the back. So now we have matching dog tags necklaces. Another great western way to wear them is to take the tag off the bead ball chain and string it onto a piece of leather. I actually just used an extra saddle string!


Paint Girl got me a personalized gift for the holiday. She printed out all of her favorite photos of me and My Boy in black and white, then framed them together. I have thousands of pictures of my horse online, but very few are actually in frames! It was a really special gift!


My other fabulous gift, this one from my parents, was a western style cowgirl purse. Over Thanksgiving my cousin and I were shopping and I saw this purse on sale (we are a bargain shopping family, let me tell you) and I said I liked it and tried it on. But it wasn't marked down quite enough for me to splurge. My mom was Christmas shopping with my aunt and cousin a few weeks later and must have gotten the hint from my cousin that I liked it! Paint Girl got a similar styled purse, too. Now we will be matching bling bling cowgirl sisters!

I just love the hobo style. It has leopard print hide on one side, brown leather on the other, faux crocodile trim, and many, many amber-colored crystals on the belt-like shoulder strap.

Few people around these parts use bling bling western purses like this. Maybe I will start a new trend?
Thanks to my family for my new holiday treasures!

24 comments:

  1. Well done. I especially like the personalized dog tag presents. Those are very special.

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  2. Such thoughtful gifts, there are none greater!! That purse is toooo cute.

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  3. Awesome gifts! You were very creative with the dog tag necklaces, too! Very personal and special, I love it.

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  4. Your Christmas treasures are all beautiful! And I think they all have special meaning to you. The dog tag necklace was a great idea! Love the purse! Happy New Year!

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  5. How nice, I love the idea personalized gifts,so much nicer than just the generic.

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  6. lovely stuff!
    "O! for a horse with wings!" I need that to go with my Fantastyk Voyager logo!

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  7. Wonderful gifts...especially like the dog tag idea with the leather string...very creative!

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  8. Better be careful PG-If I ever get a chance, I am going to steal that purse...it is to DIE for!!!

    Love the necklaces too! Very special!!

    Megan and I wear a lot of baseball caps-Chris just picked one up for Megan...It says "Good Girl gone Redneck" with the rebel flag. He got it for her right after her failed party attempt-LOL.

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  9. I love all of your Christmas goodies. Especially the dog tag necklace. What a thoughtful gift for yourself and your Mom & Sis.

    Thanks for stopping by to see me. I hope you enjoyed your visit and will feel welcome anytime.

    Rhonda

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  10. What great gifts!! And I sometimes get myself my own gifts. My husband isn't the best at getting presents!!

    And I love that bag! I personally love bling!!!

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  11. Love them all! The dog tags are super cute and leopard print. Ah. I'm all about that! I have an orange camo ball cap with a rhinestone cross on it and I LOVE mine. I hope you enjoy yours as much. And I'm brave enough to wear a cowboy hat almost everyday, so you can be too!

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  12. Great gifts! I love the dog tag!

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  13. Great gifts! I love them all. Where or where did your mom get the purse? I need a new one SO bad. I hate buying purses for some reason and rarely find one that I like that isn't $200!

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  14. I love baseball caps...the one I wear at Dressage shows says "are you gonna cowboy up, or lay there and bleed". I love the reaction it gets!!
    Those dogs tags are very cool and the purse is way fun. I could not pull of a bling bling bag, i have always wanted to try though.

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  15. Girl you really made out like a bandit!!! Love the purse and the leopard print is my fav..

    Cathleen

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  16. I love the dog tags, that is a really cute idea.

    I'm a sucker for picture frames...I have them everywhere. And the bag...LOVE it!!

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  17. Great hat! Although I love my cowboy hat! I grew up with horses and would love to have them again...some day...sigh...enjoy!

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  18. Bargain shoppers??? You didn't mean to include your Auntie Rose in that category...did you?
    Your Desert Rose Auntie!

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  19. Sounds like a great Christmas celebration with your family and you received some great gifts!

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  20. I like the dog tag necklaces but especially love the bling bling purse!! I don't have one yet but have looked at them many times...I am waiting for the perfect one! Have a great weekend!

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  21. Cool stuff, but I really like the framed photos!

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  22. I love the dog tags, what a great idea! Your gifts are awesome, I love the cap.

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  23. What a neat idea on the dog tags. I love the purse too-- I have an addiction to purses like that, I must have a dozen of them

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