If we meet, I recommend against shaking my hand because there is no telling where my finger has been - up my nose is a far more probable placement than anywhere near the "pulse of the public." I am the Anti-trend, a perpetual apostate to what's popular. Rarely do I understand the latest fad; that is why, after finding an inexpensive, turtle-shaped, wicker purse in an out-of-the-way New Mexican antique mall several years ago, I was shocked to learn that the collecting craze for figural wicker purses was white hot! Some of the more desirable vintage examples beg prices upwards of $450! Inspired by the best in historical style, Kate Spade even created a line of wicker handbags shaped like everything from armadillos to elephants, apples, lemons, and Volkswagens! Falling far below the designer-purse tax bracket, Mary would just have to be contented with a turtle.
|The turtle purse in action|
It seems the turtle only works with outfits of the most exotic variety.
When I saw a wicker planter in the shape of a pig at the thrift store, I knew that destiny had intervened. I had found my next "Crazy Crafty" project and this little piggy was going to cry, "'Wee, wee, wee,' all the way home!" It was purse-making time!
|I forgot to take "before" pictures of the planter but, minus the weird|
googly eyes, my pig and this pig were obviously from the same litter.
(Source - available on Etsy)
As with the pig above, my piggy planter looked a little worse for wear, desperately needing some emergency ear repair. Even after ensuring the structural integrity, however, the pig still needed some work. Unsatisfied with the dark stain applied at the wicker pig factory, I decided to freshen things up with a new paint job. Would this be a literal exercise in putting lipstick on a pig? I wondered.
Off-white? Maybe I was finally onto something; maybe albinos would be the next big thing in the celebrity domesticated-pig-collecting market. But staring into those soulless eye sockets, I realized that this was the sort of face that only a wicker sow could love; I needed to up the cuteness quotient. Undeterred by the aggressive ear-posturing, I committed myself to painting a perky pink piglet, even if it did seem a little "on the snout."
With the paint job completed, I floundered when it came time to finish the purse. I couldn't decide whether to simply add handles or to give the pig my usual basket purse treatment with a fabric upper and bamboo handles. Once I decided on the fabric finish, I then anguished over the fabric selection. What would it be - gingham, stripes, novelty print?!?!! In the end, I might have done the porcine equivalent of "chickening out" by going completely monochromatic.
|Pickles the Pink Piggy Purse!|
|Using a sturdy cotton and bamboo handles painted to match, |
I made the modesty panels/handles for Pickles.
|I trimmed the opening in miniature, pink, pom-pom fringe.|
|Après-makeover, I kind of like Pickles, right down to her curly pink tail.|
|And while she may not have the movie-star appeal of Babe, |
Pickles sure looks a darn sight better than when I found her.
Between Pixie the Pink Pet Poodle and Pickles the Pink Piggy Purse, we are subconsciously building the wacky tacky pink pet menagerie! Having successfully granted Pickles, a once-pitiful planter, a new lease on life, I am seriously considering expanding my wicker-pig-rescue efforts to full-time status...as long as they're all "Boogie Woogie" piggies!
"Boogie Woogie Piggy" - Doris Day with Les Brown
As disinterested as I am in the term "upcycling," I guess that's what this is. Do you turn trash into treasure? Do you like novelty handbags or do your prefer utilitarian purses? Do you have any figural wicker in your purse collection? Would you carry Pickles the Pink Piggy Purse? As you ponder these things we just have one more thing to say...
"That's all, folks!"