Thursday, April 26, 2012

LOUIS VUITTON Poche Portfolio Document Case

I have a Louis Vuitton Monogrammed Portfolio (Document Case) that I purchased at the Rev. Eleanor V. Melton estate sale a couple of years ago. I get loads of compliments on it. As far as I know, it's authentic. I plan to look up the kind folks at The Purseblog Forum.

I am also interesting in adding my name to add to it. Anybody know how to do this?

It measures (LxHxD): 15.3" x 11" / 29cm x 28cm.
It has the Monogram canvas (one piece) that is upside down on one side, and right side up on the other. 
It has a loop handle, shiny golden brass pieces, and a zipper closure that runs along the top and one side.

It has a burgundy leather lining, with a pocket sewn on.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Quicky DIY: Converting Clip earrings to French Hook Earrings

Here's another "quicky" DIY that I did last weekend.

I bought opal clip on earrings from the Millville Goodwill store for $1.99. I bought a "Flower Ear Wire" French Hook ("The Jewelry Store; #124057L) at the Millville Hobby Lobby for .88 (Original price was $1.47)

Here they are, out of the package. The ear hooks came with those nice rubber stoppers.

I took the clips off with my pliers, and then opened the tiny jump ring, and attached the jump ring to the ear wires.

Ta dah!!!! The finished product! Saint Salvage strikes again for $2.87 (plus tax)!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

DIY: Sterling Silver and Unakite Ring

I decided to do a couple of "DIY" projects this past weekend while recovering from an outpatient medical procedure.

I bought these three items from Hobby Lobby in Millville, NJ on 04/18/12: Amazing E-6000 Clear Adhesive ($3.99) , Sterling Silver Adjustable Ring #227850 (was $11.99, on clearance for $7.19) and Traditions Natural Gallery's Unakite Pendant ($3.99)

I glued the ring (see.... it's Sterling.... it has the .925 stamped on the inside) to one side of the Unakite pendant. I let it cure overnight. Then, I cut off the bail.

Ta dah!!!!! All done. I made a sterling silver "statement ring" for a total of $15.17, and it's a one-of-a-kind.
Saint Salvage strikes again!!!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Road test: Cargo Swimmables Waterproof Eye Pencil Kit

I received a coupon from Ulta which gave $10 off for buying $50 of more. So.... I went with my son's girlfriend, and I bought a Cargo "Swimmables Waterproof Eye Pencil Kit" (Taylor ended up getting goodies that met the rest of the coupon). This kit is billed as a "Limited Edition: The kit includes 4 hot shades: Deep Teal, Dark Pewter, Royal Blue and Popsicle Purple." It cost $19 + tax for the set of full-sized liners.

Ulta's Link to Cargo Swimmables Kit

I work on a construction site, so I always am looking for long-lasting/ waterproof products.

It was hot and humid yesterday (highs in the low 80s). So..... I decided to give the "Deep Teal" a "road test" at work.

I applied this at 5AM, and took it off at 10PM after a WARM day (highs in the low 80s).

Good Variety of Colors, Easy Removal, Easy To Apply, Long Lasting, Good Pigmentation, Smooth Look, Good Colors

Best Uses: Sensitive Eyes, Going Out, Everyday,
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend. The liner held up extremely well. I am looking foward to trying all the colors.

Here's how I looked in the AM. Sorry about the bad lighting.

Here's how I looked in the PM. It still looks great.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

H&M lusting....

I saw previews of the H&M "Fashion Against AIDS" collection, and of course.... I want.  I hope they'll be available at my local H&M in NJ, because they're not available online. (Grrr.....)

H&M Fashion Against AIDS

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Playin' with Polish: Revlon Polishes = Tanicure

I was interested in going from a dark manicure to a light one last night, so I used two polishes.....

I started off with Revlon Colorstay "Bare Bones #300" (above).

Then, I added a coat of Revlon's Fast Dry "230 Popular" (it's a pale pinky-peach with different sizes of glitter).

It's a nice, early spring combo.....

Monday, April 9, 2012

Lovin' my vintage Coach "Willis" bag

Isn't interesting that Coach is getting back to its classier and historic roots?

I guess they're tired of riding the wave of conspicuous consumption "logo whores"? I'm really glad they are. I do like a quality label, but I don't like the things I own to BROADCAST it. Hello.... tacky!!!! Anyway.... I have a 1993 Coach bag (in British tan) in my personal collection (photo below). I added a modern chocolate leather Coach tag and a modern Coach ladybug charm for a little bit of fun color.

I've had this bag for several years now, so I wanted to verify that it was real. So, I hit up Purseblogforum. Below is a close-up photo of my creed, with serial number of A9C-9927. I found one that is darker than mine being sold on eBay Authentic COACH Medium Brown Leather STATION WILLIS Brief Bag

Anyway..... I am so thrilled that I bought this bag at an estate sale a couple years back for $10. The "New Willis" bags are going for $298.00 + tax. So.... classic isn't boring; it's classy!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Gluten Free Chocolate Sunflower Peeps Cake

My gluten free Easter cake, inspired by the cake I saw on Frugal Girls: the Easy Peasy Sunflower Cake. I also pinned it on Pinterest. So..... here it is.....

I got a container of Betty Crocker's Rich & Creamy frosting, in Milk Chocolate, two boxes of yellow Peeps, and a box of Betty Crocker's GF Mix in Devil's Food. 

I baked the cake per the instructions in a Pyrex mixing bowl to get a rounded edge on the cake. I unmolded it, and allowed it to cool. I cut the cake so it would sit flat.

Then, I iced it....... and surrounded it with Peeps.

Then, I dusted it with all the loose sugar that fell off the Peeps.

Ta dah!!!!! All done.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Rough Draft of my Saint Salvage Business Card

I just designed a business card, from a template from Shabbyblogs. I know the card is a little busy, but I wanted to include all my networking sources. Can anyone give me an honest critique?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Shameless plug: Saint Salvage online store

I am now peddling my wares on Storenvy.
SaintSalvage on Storenvy

Here's the 4-1-1:

Saint Salvage of NJ is all about finding unique and vintage goodies. I have enjoyed "bright shiny objects", since I was a little girl in the 70s. I love going through estate sales, yard sales, and flea markets. When I travel, I hunt at thrift stores, consignment shops, vintage stores and through online “swapping sites”.
So here I am, being ecofriendly by giving these vintage and sometimes upcycled items new life.  I am attempting to sell some of these “bright shiny objects”, and to provide a cheerful shopping experience for you. Each item I carefully select to sell, and provide an honest description of everything. In my shop, you'll find quality costume jewelry as well as some finer pieces. Browse around, and check back often, since I've just begun!

I want you to be just as excited when your “Saint Salvage” "present to yourself” arrives as when you discovered it. My hope is for you is to quote Carrie Bradshaw, and say “Hello Lover”! I am eager to provide excellent customer service! If you have any questions or special requests, please ask.
Payment Policy: I am happy to accept PAYPAL, money orders, and checks (in that order). Please notify me if you choose to pay other than PAYPAL, at the time of purchase. If you choose to pay with check, allow additional time as a check must clear prior to shipping. Shipping will not occur until payment is cleared. Payments not made within two days will be considered cancelled and the item will be re-listed. Cancellations will only be accepted before payment is complete.

Of course, if you live in southern NJ, I can accept payments in cash, or by “Square”, and give you your “bright shiny object” in person! We will arrange to meet in a mutually convenient public place.
Shipping Policy: Each piece is carefully hand packaged in tissue, bubble wrap, and cardboard to ensure maximum protection. When at all possible I will ship using clean "RECYCLED" boxes and packing material. It is incredibly important to me to be “green” whenever I can.
I ship all items USPS and highly recommend insurance for an additional $1.75 per $50 of coverage. Everything is shipped, "Hand Cancel ONLY." Confirmation numbers for tracking purposes are available for insured items only. PLEASE NOTE *** I cannot be held responsible for items lost or damaged in shipping. Insurance is always available for an additional fee.

All orders will ship in no more than 5 days from the date of purchase, though I do ship several times a week. In order to keep costs low, shipping prices given are for Parcel Post mail. I am happy to ship Priority for an additional fee. I am in southern NJ, so please allow one week to ten days if you are on the East Coast. West Coast, please allow an additional 3-5 days. Nothing I sell is illegal, flammable, explosive or a biohazard, so international customs should not be an issue. Again, if you live in southern NJ, all those pesky shipping costs will be completely unnecessary, because we can arrange to meet in a mutually convenient public place.
Refund Policy: As a general rule, all “Saint Salvage” items are non refundable. I do my very best to show you exactly what you're purchasing, and am happy to answer any questions you may have. If you feel there is an oversight on my part in the description or maybe you don't just LOVE your purchase after having received it, don't hesitate to let me know.

I cannot be responsible for damages as each item is packaged with exceptional care (My husband and I have been selling on eBay since 1995, under the user ID of newadditions, so our skills are tried and true). If you decline insurance and your item is lost or damaged, there is nothing I can do, so PROTECT YOURSELF- GET INSURANCE!
Additional Information:Since this store is a part-time passion of mine, I will list little by little. But if you're looking for something extra-special, please let me know, and I'll go through my collection and hit up my other resources to see if I can meet your wishes. Part of my fun in this store is the "thrill of the hunt" is finding your “bright shiny object”, and maybe something for me too ; - )

I guarantee that what you see is what you get- you will receive the item(s) you see in the photos. No lies, no fakes. I promise to answer any questions to the best of my ability, but please note that I am not a professional jeweler; I just love “bright shiny objects”!

Thanks again for looking at “Saint Salvage”. I hope this is the beginning of a beautiful “bright and shiny object” relationship.